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Easy Thai Steak Noodle Bowl

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 21 mins
Total time 21 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 bowl)

The Anderson family loves Thai food, but they don't have many options to satisfy cravings in their small town. This recipe gives them the flavors they love with supermarket ingredients.


  • 2 1/2 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 8 ounces uncooked flat brown rice noodles (pad Thai noodles, such as Annie Chun's)
  • 12 ounces top sirloin steak, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste (such as Thai Kitchen)
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 4 lime wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 395
  • fat 10.6 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 22 g
  • carbohydrate 54 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 45 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 690 mg
  • calcium 29 mg
  • sugars 4 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 2 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine cabbage, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss well to combine. Set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  2. Prepare rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

  3. Toss steak with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add steak to pan; cook 2 minutes. Turn steak over; cook an additional 30 seconds or just until browned. Remove from pan; keep warm.

  4. Add 1/2 cup water to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add curry paste and coconut milk, stirring well to combine; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons lime juice, remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Arrange about 1 cup noodles in each of 4 bowls; divide steak evenly over servings. Ladle about 1/2 cup broth over each serving; top each with about 1/2 cup cabbage mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt evenly over servings. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.