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Pad Thai

Pad Thai has never been easier to prepare at home. And our recipe for Pad Thai leaves you craving for more.

Coastal Living MARCH 2013

  • Yield: Makes 2 servings
  • Cook time:6 Minutes
  • Prep time:20 Minutes


  • 4 ounces wide rice noodles or linguine
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon seedless tamarind paste*
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon stir-fry oil or vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp with tails
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 carrots, cut into thin strips
  • 3 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup very lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges


1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain, and set aside.

2. Combine warm water and tamarind paste in a 2-cup measuring cup, stirring until dissolved. Stir in brown sugar, fish sauce, and chili-garlic sauce. Set aside.

3. Heat wok over high heat until a few drops of water evaporate immediately. Swirl 2 tablespoons oil in pan to coat. (If using a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.) Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add shrimp, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until done. Transfer shrimp to a plate.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok over high heat (medium-high, if using a nonstick skillet). Add reserved noodles and half of sauce mixture. Cook 1 minute, separating noodles with tongs.

5. Push noodles to edges of wok, forming a well in the center. Pour remaining 1 teaspoon oil into well; pour egg into oil, and cook, stirring, until done. Stir in carrots, green onions, remaining sauce mixture, and 1/2 cup bean sprouts. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Top with peanuts, cilantro, and remaining 1/2 cup bean sprouts; serve immediately with lime wedges.

*Tamarind paste adds bright, sour flavor to this iconic noodle dish. Substitute fresh lemon or lime juice, if necessary.


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