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Authentic Pad Thai served on a plate with chopsticks
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The Best Pad Thai

This Authentic Pad Thai dish has scrumptious pad thai flavors with sweet, sour and salty accents. It’s so much better than takeout and comes together in 30 minutes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pad thai
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 429kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 8 oz Thai rice noodles
  • 1 lb raw shrimp 21-25 or 26-30 size, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 3 large eggs

Pad Thai Sauce

  • 1-3 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Topping ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanuts crushed
  • 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and then remove from heat. Add in rice noodles and check every 3 minutes until noodles are soft but still undercooked. (This is important as the noodles will be cooked more in the skillet).
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add tamarind paste, brown sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce. Mix well to create the “Pad Thai” sauce. Taste the sauce and add more tamarind if needed. Look for sweet and sour flavor balanced with salty and spicy flavor.
  • Heat remaining 3 tbsp oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger and white part of green onions and cook for about 1 minute. (Optional: Add red flakes)
  • Add carrots and sauté for 2 more minutes.
  • Push the mixture to the edge of the pan and add eggs to the center. Cook and scramble until eggs have cooked through.
  • Add in bean sprouts and cook for 1 minute, and then add in shrimp and toss everything together and cook for about 3 minutes until shrimp turns pink.
  • Then add noodles to and sauce mixture to the skillet. Toss everything together and combine well.
  • Remove from heat. Squeeze fresh lime to taste along with peanuts, cilantro, more green onions. Serve and enjoy


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 283mg | Sodium: 1494mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3mg