Quick & Easy Pad Thai Recipe Is on the Table in 30 Minutes | Dinner

Quick & Easy Pad Thai Recipe Is on the Table in 30 Minutes

Pad Thai is one of my all-time favorite meals. One of my goals has been to learn how to cook my favorite dishes myself, and I am happy to share an easy, delicious Pad Thai recipe with you!

The easy Thai recipe has noodles, protein of your choice, eggs, peanuts and vegetables tossed in a homemade Thai sauce. My two favorite things about this recipe (besides the taste!):

  1. You can make it in 30 minutes.
  2. You can easily make substitutions to please picky eaters and make the recipe your own.

Cuisine: Thai

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces flat rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons oil (divided)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces uncooked shrimp, chicken or firm tofu, cut into small pieces
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced finely
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (divided)
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Here’s how to make it: 

  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions, just until tender. Rinse under cold water.
  2. To make the sauce, combine sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the protein (shrimp, chicken or tofu), garlic and bell pepper. If using shrimp, cook about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until pink. If using chicken, cook until just cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes, flipping only once.
  4. Push everything to the side of the pan. Add a little more oil and the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs, breaking them into small pieces as they cook.
  5. Add noodles, sauce, bean sprouts and peanuts to the pan (saving some peanuts for topping). Combine all ingredients in pan. Garnish the top with extra peanuts, green onions, cilantro and lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Note: To make this a vegan or vegetarian dish don’t use eggs. Use tofu and substitute the fish sauce for more soy sauce.

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