15 Rice Noodle Recipes for Quick, Healthy Weeknight Dinners
Rice noodles are the secret weapon for quick healthy dinners. And they're so easy to prep: Simply pour hot water over dry rice noodles and soak them while you prep the rest of the meal. In about 15 minutes, the noodles are tender with just the right chewy bite. Top them with chopped mixed herbs, lettuce or cabbage, and matchsticks of carrots, zucchini, and fresh jalapeno peppers. Then add grilled chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp. Sprinkle over some chopped peanuts and add a tasty dressing. With rice noodles on hand, dinner's easy to improvise.
Sukhothai Pad Thai
"This dish can be made with shrimp, chicken or pork instead of tofu," says Nan. "Look for the more exotic items in the Asian foods section at your local grocery store. Adjust the pad Thai sauce ingredients to taste." Dinner's on the table in 30 minutes.
Thai Rice Noodle Salad
Toss rice noodles with romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, red and green onions, cucumber, garlic, ginger root, jalapeno pepper, and fresh basil and cilantro. "With these noodle bowls, the real clincher is the sauce, and this one is quite good," says Buckwheat Queen. "Delicious."
The key to this authentic Vietnamese noodle pho is the beef broth, which slowly simmers with onions, star anise, ginger, and fish sauce. "If you have a large enough slow cooker you can set the broth going in the morning and have pho for supper after work," says Arlene Preston. "This recipe is great, it tastes just like the pho at my favorite restaurant!"
Joe's Fusion Chicken Pad Thai
Here's a quick, creative spin on traditional Pad Thai. "Very easy to make and delicious," says LatinaCook. "A bit spicy due to the cayenne so adjust accordingly if you are sensitive to heat."
Pad Kee Mow (Drunkard's Noodles)
This Thai-inspired "drunkard's noodles" dish features colorful, crunchy veggies in a flavorful sauce spiced up with red pepper flakes. "Rivaled the Pad Kee Mow that I order at my favorite local Thai restaurant," raves Christina. "It was quick, easy, and fabulous!"
Cao Lau (Vietnamese Noodle Bowl)
"Cao lau is made with noodles, pork, and greens traditionally found only in the town of Hoi An, Vietnam," says Michael Kuhn. "This recipe approximates authentic cao lau with easier-to-find ingredients." It preps in about 20 minutes, and cooks in about 10.
Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad
This is ready in 15 minutes. "A nice light and healthy meal, and very delicious," says BATCAVES. Cooked rice noodles mix it up with carrots, cucumbers, mint, and napa cabage, topped with a snappy dressing of lime juice, jalapeno peppers, fish sauce, and cilantro.
Thai Curry Soup
This Thai-style noodle soup features coconut milk, red curry paste, ginger, shrimp, mushrooms, and spinach. It's also great with chicken instead of shrimp. Either way, I love this soup anytime!" says Kaeli.
A Pad Thai Worth Making
"The wonderful national noodle dish of Thailand, this is a recipe for those who like it HOT," says Fatty Arbuckle. "It can be adjusted to your taste, add ingredients that you like and make it as spicy or tart as you want to. It is also great as a basis for a stir fry of leftovers." It's ready in 30 minutes.
Four-Ingredient Red Curry Chicken
"We loved this simple and delicious recipe! I used two pounds of chicken but kept the rest of the ingredients the same and there was still plenty of sauce," Christina says.
Quick and Easy Pancit
"Wonderful! Tasted just like my mom's pancit! I used rice noodles and soaked them for about 10 minutes did the trick, but make sure to break the noodles before soaking them or you'll have some really long noodles. The noodles, when cooked, will come out with an al dente texture to them. Even Mom's leftovers still had that a day or two later," Jeanne Cupertino says.
Singapore Noodle Curry Shrimp
"This was very tasty," says Chicken. "Next time, I might add a touch more curry powder, but I followed the recipe exactly this time and found it quick and easy."
Chicken and Rice Noodle Stir Fry
"Pretty versatile and easily adaptable to your diet — tofu instead of chicken and tamari instead of soy. I changed up some of the veggies. After tasting the stir fry halfway through, I decided to toss in some fresh ginger and thought it worked pretty well. I would use rice wine the next time instead of cooking wine," Buckwheat Queen says.
Fried Seafood Laksa Noodles
"Family loved it. We are gluten-free and soy-free, so this was great. Switched up the soy sauce to coconut aminos," Julie says.
Carrie's Pad Thai Salad
"This is my favorite Pad Thai creation. After I started making it at home, I could never go back. This is a full meal, suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike," Carrie Medina says.