Easy & Delectable Shrimp Pad Thai

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Pad Thai is stir-fried shrimp, chicken or tofu (or all three) enveloped in rice noodles swirling in a succulent sweet, salty, sour and spicy sauce then crowned with roasted peanuts. It has been a long-standing, family favorite due to its explosive flavor combinations. After all, it still IS pasta, right? This time in Asian form.

One of the wonderful things about Pad Thai is its amazingly magical balance of sour, salty, sweet and spicy created by the tamarind, fish sauce, sugar and chili sauce. That said, Pad Thai really only takes about 10 minutes to cook and things go quickly after the first ingredient hits the pan. The secret to success is making sure that you have all of the ingredients prepped before you start cooking.Pad Thai 500 9000.jpg

It’s so easy to enjoy Pad Thai at home, even on a busy weeknight and with this recipe it is sure to become one of your favorite meals as well!


  • 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate (or 4 tablespoons lime juice)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce or to taste
  • 6 ounces rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 6 ounces shrimp, chicken or tofu
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime lime cut into wedges


Heat the tamarind, fish sauce, sugar and chili sauce until the sugar is dissolved.Soak the noodles in water as directed on package until just pliable.

Heat oil in a large saute pan.

  • Add shrimp, shallots and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add sauce and the noodles and mix and move to the side of the pan.
  • Add egg, let it set a bit and then mix it into the noodles.
  • Add peanuts and bean sprouts and cook for a minute.
  • Add green onions and cilantro and remove from heat.Pad Thai 500.jpg

Recipe adapted from & photos courtesy of Cooking in a Closet


26 Comments Add yours

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    Another great dish, Lana!

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  2. now you have made me soooooo hungry!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! It’s wonderful!

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  3. Shrimp pad thai is awesome!

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    1. No argument from me, Kathryn šŸ™‚ xoxo Thanks!

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  4. cynthiamvoss says:

    This looks great!! Just a couple questions: where do you get the tamarind concentrate? Is it a liquid, paste, refrigerated? Also, do you use fresh bean sprouts or canned? There is an Asian grocery store nearby so I feel confident that I could find these ingredients. I’m excited to try it.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I buy the tamarind concentrate at a local Asian market & it’s a thick liquid. I also use fresh bean sprouts found at a local supermarket. It’s wonderful and fairly easy to make šŸ™‚

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      1. cynthiamvoss says:

        Thanks for the tips, Lana!

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  5. Archana says:

    Yumm!! Love Pad thai!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Archana! So packed with flavor!

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  6. So droolworthy!! I’m hungry now šŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks, Freda! I must be doing my job! You’re a gem šŸ™‚

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  7. Delicious !!!! šŸ™‚ x

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! šŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Lynn! ā™„

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  8. Ivette says:

    Looks awesome!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ivette! Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for discovering me which led me to you šŸ™‚

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      1. Ivette says:

        You are very welcome Lana! I am glad I found you!:)

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  9. This loooks so yumm!!! I am a big fan of Pad thai not to forget shrimps.. love the combo!

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  10. Linda says:

    Pad Thai is one of my favorites!! Looks yummy Lana! šŸ™‚

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    1. Mine too! Thanks a bunch, Linda!

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