Shrimp Pad Thai
Pad Thai is a very popular Thai dish. This easy Pad Thai recipe takes only 30 minutes to make; you can make Pad Thai with store-bought ingredients.
Pad Thai Sauce:
4 tablespoons store-bought Pad Thai paste
2 teaspoons tamarind paste/concentrate
3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 teaspoons sugar
2/3 cup water
2-4 teaspoons Sriracha or 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
8 oz packaged Pad Thai noodles
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 lb. peeled and deveined raw shrimp
1 tablespoon minced garlic
A small bunch of chives (cut lengths)
1 cup bean sprouts
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup coarsely chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
2 blocks fried tofu (cut into thin pieces)
Pad Thai Sauce from Scratch
1/4 cup warm water + tamarind pulp the size of golf ball
1/4 cup fish sauce
4 tablespoons palm sugar
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons paprika powder (if you like it hot, use 2 tablespoons)
Combine the ingredients for the Pad Thai sauce in a bowl.
Heat up a wok and add oil. When the oil is very hot, add the minced garlic and do a few quick stirs. Add shrimp into the wok and stir until half cooked and then add the fried tofu pieces, noodles and Pad Thai sauce into the wok and stir continuously. Push the noodles to one side and crack the eggs into the wok, break it up by stirring and wait for 10-15 seconds, and then stir in the noodles. Add bean sprouts and chives into the wok, stir for 1 minute, dish out, sprinkle some peanuts on top and serve with a wedge (or two wedges) of lime.
Pad Thai Sauce from Scratch:
Soak the tamarind pulp in warm water for 15 minutes to extract the juice. Squeeze the seeds and membrane of the tamarind pulp to get the juice. Filter the tamarind juice for use and discard the residue.
In a small sauce pan, heat up tamarind juice, fish sauce, palm sugar, and paprika powder. Lower the heat and let it simmer until the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat when it’s done.
The Pad Thai sauce is good for 8 oz. of noodles in the recipe.
Shrimp Pad Thai
Shrimp Pad Thai – easiest and best Pad Thai recipe with shrimp. This homemade Thai fried noodle is better and healthier than takeout.
Pad Thai is a popular Thai stir-fried rice noodles dish with vegetables with a sweet and savory sauce and topped with crushed peanuts. You can make Pad Thai at home with chicken, shrimp, or a combination of chicken and shrimp. I love shrimp Pad Thai the best.
I had the best shrimp Pad Thai at Bangkok’s international airport many years ago. I was on a transit and had a quick meal at the airport terminal. I ordered a serving of shrimp Pad Thai from a fast-food joint. Hot off the wok, my fried noodle was absolutely delicious, fresh, with the perfect balance of flavors. It was a tad spicy, savory, sweet and sour. I was instantly hooked.
Since then, Pad Thai has become a staple whenever I dine out at Thai restaurants. Somehow the ones I have tried here in the US pales in comparison. This is my shrimp Pad Thai recipe. Try it, it’s healthier and better than your regular Thai takeout.