This vegan pad Thai adaptation is low-carb, flexible, delicious, and one that you could really get used to making! Possible garnishes include basil, parsley, cashews, edamame beans, sesame seeds, and lime wedges. Serve hot, but tastes fine cold as well.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
52 mins
35 mins
1 hr 52 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Dual-Use Tofu Marinade:
Sauce Ingredients:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place tofu onto a plate and place another plate on top. Set a 3- to 5-pound weight on top. Press tofu for 20 to 30 minutes; drain and discard the accumulated liquid. Slice into 1/2- to 1-inch thick slabs wide enough for easy flipping.

  • Mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, coconut oil, tamarind paste, garlic, ginger, and chili-garlic sauce together in a square container. Fit the tofu slabs in the marinade so they are submerged; marinate at least 15 minutes. Transfer tofu to a oven-proof plate, reserving the marinade.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine cabbage, carrots, daikon, red bell pepper, and onion in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup water; saute vegetables until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Bake tofu in the preheated oven, flipping after 15 minutes, until dry, 30 to 40 minutes. Chop tofu into smaller pieces.

  • Whisk flaxseed meal, peanut butter, chili powder, black salt, and stevia into the marinade. Let sit until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir kelp noodles and bean sprouts into the cabbage mixture in the skillet; cook and stir until softened and heated through, about 2 minutes. Mix in the sauce; cook and stir until sauce thickens and sticks to the noodles, about 5 minutes. Add chopped tofu, green onions, peanuts, and cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Olive oil or sesame oil can be substituted for the coconut oil, if desired.

You can replace chile-garlic sauce with minced or dried red peppers.

Use any color cabbage you prefer.

Add any of your favorite vegetables, such as zucchini, daikon, eggplant, broccoli, or red bell pepper.

I recommend using a julienne peeler or handheld spiralizer for the carrots and other veggies.

Shirataki, rice noodles, or spiralized vegetables can be substituted for the kelp noodles.

Nutrition Facts

497 calories; protein 20.7g; carbohydrates 49.6g; fat 28.2g; sodium 2330.1mg. Full Nutrition