Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pad Thai

One of my husband's favorite dishes is Pad Thai. As much as I love eating it, I was hesitant to try to make it. It seemed like an intimidating dish, mostly because I was not familiar with the ingredients. I had never bought fish sauce before or cooked rice noodles. Now that I've made it several times I realize it is not that complicated. There are numerous ways you can make the dish. I used vegetables and shrimp in mine. Enjoy!

Pad Thai:

1/4 red onion, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 pound shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup cilantro
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 package rice noodles, cooked according to directions
2 tablespoons roasted & salted peanuts, chopped

6 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
Mix together in a small bowl.

Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Add carrots, red and green bell pepper and red onion. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add sauce and cooked shrimp. Cook for two more minutes. Serve over cooked rice noodles. Garnish with roasted peanuts, cilantro and lime juice.


  1. I always assumed Pad Thai was complicated beyond the effort---You've motivated me to change dinner plans! Thank you.

  2. maggie - It was really easy to make and if you have all your ingredients prepped ahead of time ( I rarely do) it doesn't take that long to cook.

    PS Love reading your around the world posts.

  3. My husband loves pad thai too - and I was just thinking of trying to find a recipe! I can't wait to give this a go.

  4. Jen - My husband orders it every time we go to Pei Wei. The dish is so versatile that you can substitute egg, pork, beef or chicken for the shrimp. You could also use bean sprouts, bok choy or snow peas for the bell peppers. I just use whatever veggies I have in the fridge.

    PS I sometime double the sauce. I like my Pad Thai saucy:)

  5. this looks awesome! good for you trying a new dish that seems intimidating. looks like it's not nearly as challenging as i always feared. i'll have to try it!

  6. Amy - Thanks. It is a pretty healthy dish so I don't have to feel bad about eating it.