Shrimp Pad Thai

This Easy Shrimp Pad Thai offers a simple yet flavorful combination of tender rice noodles, succulent shrimp, and a harmonious blend of traditional Thai seasonings. With its delicate balance of sweet tamarind, tangy lime, and savory fish sauce, this homemade Pad Thai captures the essence of authentic Thai street food while offering a healthier, gluten-free, and dairy-free alternative to traditional recipes.

Shrimp Pad Thai

With its perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy notes, this homemade Pad Thai is a delightful culinary adventure that's simple to prepare and utterly irresistible.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 4


  • Large skillet or wok
  • small saucepan
  • Strainer or colander


  • 8 oz rice noodles (225g)
  • ½ lb shrimp (225g) -peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts (fresh -130 g)
  • 1 red bell pepper (finely sliced)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp dry roasted peanuts (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce for a vegetarian version)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • cilantro (fresh -for garnish)
  • lime wedges (for garnish)


  • Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the tamarind paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and lime juice. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, sliced bell pepper and shrimp, and cook until the shrimp turn pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Push the shrimp to one side of the skillet and pour the beaten eggs into the empty space. Scramble the eggs until cooked through, then mix with the shrimp.
  • Add the cooked rice noodles to the skillet, followed by the tamarind sauce. Toss everything together until well combined and heated through.
  • Stir in bean sprouts, sliced green onions, and chopped peanuts. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the bean sprouts are slightly softened.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, adding more fish sauce, lime juice, or brown sugar to taste. If desired, add red pepper flakes for extra heat.
  • Serve the Easy Shrimp Pad Thai hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.


  • Customize your Pad Thai by adding your favorite vegetables such as carrots, or broccoli.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute tofu for the shrimp and soy sauce for the fish sauce.
  • To make it spicy, add sliced Thai bird's eye chili or sriracha sauce to taste.
  • Garnish with additional crushed peanuts and a sprinkle of cilantro for extra flavor and freshness.
Keyword Dairy free, gluten free, Pad thai

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