Pad Thai Recipes

Find easy recipes for traditional (and not-so-traditional) pad thai, a fresh and flavorful stir-fry chock full of vegetables.

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Okinawan-Style Pad Thai

Rating: 4.68 stars
This is a famous dish popularized in Thailand. Although the recipe varies from cook to cook and region to region, this is a good attempt at recreating what I ate from Thai-owned hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Okinawa, Japan. Key to the flavor are the sugar levels, unsalted peanuts, peanut oil, and either oyster or fish sauce.

Pad Thai

Rating: 3.97 stars
This is a traditional Pad Thai recipe used by a friend's mother. You can use chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or a combination. You may want to start with less pepper, and work your way up.

Authentic Pad Thai

Rating: 4.23 stars
Inspired by the pad thai at Thai Tom, this recipe features a tamarind paste, vinegar, sugar, and fish sauce mixture over perfectly stir-fried eggs, chicken breast, and rice noodles, garnished with peanuts, chives, and fresh bean sprouts.

Authentic Pad Thai Noodles

Rating: 4.23 stars
This is an authentic Thai recipe, with the proper ingredients (no ketchup or peanut butter). It is easy, quick, and absolutely delicious.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Rating: 4.69 stars
This low-carb dish is tasty and filling, even if you're not watching your waistline! Spicy and flavorful, this dish is always sure to please!

Joe's Fusion Chicken Pad Thai

Rating: 4.45 stars
My girlfriend and I were craving pad Thai! So we looked at a few recipes and made our version. It is not exactly traditional pad Thai, so -- lo and behold -- the name!

Pad Thai Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 4.59 stars
This recipe uses quinoa which is gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, and has a nice nutty flavor. But you can always substitute for either rice or noodles. Take out the chicken and add extra edamame and you have a great vegetarian meal instead. Or add shrimp if you like. A seriously good, versatile recipe!

A Pad Thai Worth Making

Rating: 3.95 stars
The wonderful national noodle dish of Thailand, it is now served in many trendy restaurants. 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. This is a recipe for those who like it HOT, if you can't handle the heat, go easy on the chile sauce.

Zucchini Noodles Pad Thai

Rating: 4.62 stars
A healthier adaptation of a Pad Thai recipe. Serve with extra lime wedges.

Dad's Pad Thai

Rating: 3.87 stars
This is the best Pad Thai recipe ever. My father's Pad Thai is better than most Thai restaurants! I like it because of all the fresh ingredients, it is not greasy. It's satisfying and healthy. There is no meat in this recipe.

Raw Pad Thai

Rating: 4.62 stars
This is an uncooked version of pad Thai.

Chicken Pad Thai with Peanut Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
I made this chicken pad thai for my wife on her birthday and she loved it. Make sure to pick up medium rice noodles.

Inspiration and Ideas

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Rating: Unrated
This is a non-spicy, vegetarian version of the traditional Thai cellophane noodle dish. Serve on its own for a quick meal, or with a variety of curries for a more elaborate occasion.

Shrimp Pad Thai

Rating: Unrated
This is a Pad Thai recipe I got from a restaurant. The sauce is made with ketchup, fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar, and it's sprinkled liberally with bean sprouts and chopped peanuts.

Classic Pad Thai

Rating: 3.71 stars

This recipe is a perfect example of Thai cooking for beginners. Once mastered, you'll forget stopping for take-out and make this easy stir-fry a weeknight staple.