Easy Pad Thai with Shrimp

Easy and delicious shrimp pad thai recipeI LOVE Thai food. It's probably a favorite of mine. We only have a few thai restaurants in town, but I frequent them often. I'm a big fan. I love the mix of flavors you find in Thai dishes. Who would have thought that noodles, peanuts and cilantro could all go into the same dish? The best homemade pad thaiLike any enthusiastic home cook, I typically find dishes that I love out in the world and try to recreate them at home. That being said this pad thai recipe is anything but traditional. It's a blend of flavors and ingredients that I like and prefer. And it's super easy to make. You can whip this up in about 30 minutes, making it a perfect week night dinner option.Easy homemade pad thai recipeEasy Shrimp Pad Thai, makes 2-3 servings. Loosely adapted from here.

1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons ketchup (weird, right?)
2 teaspoons worcestershire
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 lb. home-style wide noodles (or you can use rice noodles if you're feel more authentic)
1/2 lb. cooked shrimp (you can use uncooked if you prefer, just be sure to cook longer than I suggest below)
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/4 lb brussels sprouts, sliced thin
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 lime for servingEasy pad thai sauceStir together the first seven ingredients (eight if you are using the red pepper flakes). Set aside. Cook the noodles according to your package directions. You want them a tiny bit under cooked. Next stir fry the bell peppers in a bit of oil until just softened. Now stir in the shrimp and sliced brussels sprouts and cook until the sprouts are bright green, 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Pour on the sauce over the stir fry noodles and cook an additional 5-6 minutes until the sauce has somewhat evaporated/cooked into the other ingredients.Shrimp pad thai recipeIn the last minute of cooking stir in the peanuts. I like just to top the dish with cilantro—seems more professional that way. But you could stir it in too, either way. Live your life.It's so easy to make pad thai at home!Serve hot with a few wedges of lime. Don't like shrimp? Add cooked chicken or baked tofu. I'm not holding you back. Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. Need a few more easy dinner ideas? Try: mushroom burgers, black bean tortilla soup or red wine pasta.

  • As someone with Celiac’s I’m always keeping an eye out for things that I can adapt to be gluten-free. This doesn’t require any adaptation at all if you opt for the rice noodles. Awesome recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  • this looks incredible.

  • This recipe sounds great! I will definitely be trying it.


  • That looks amazing!! Will definitely give it a go. Would you mind if I link your blog when I do my What I ate Wednesday post?

  • Oh my, this looks tasty! It looks like you bought it from the thai restuarants themselves.

    I would love to try it!!!

  • I love Thai food as well! I was in Thailand at the end of Feb and actually did a cooking class there, with one of the recipes being pad Thai. The recipe I used it more traditional, so it’s pretty different, but still oh-so-good!!

  • Hi Emma,
    This looks so yummy! You literally made me cook some pasta for dinner tonight! I made a sauce with what I has in my cupboard: I sliced tomato then made them “melt” in spring roll sauce and I mix it with the pasta + salt & pepper and I covered it in emmental cheese. Not bad!

  • Ooooh this will be perfect for when I get home after work! I’m often ravenous after work, but I get home right when I’m usually serving dinner. I dig this!

  • mmm delicious, can’t believe you made this it looks so professional! Definitely going to try it!
    Fashion Ganache

  • omg, obsessed! looks SO good! thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Oh this look great! Thai food is actually on my list of foods to learn to create. Also a big fan (and attender) of Thai food restaurants!

  • I love pad thai!!

    And I love that you substituted brussel sprouts for bean sprouts!! I HATE bean sprouts!! They are too bitter!

  • I was in Thailand in November its one of our favourite places ( we ate a lot of it there) , we adore pad thai so much its a weekly staple at our home


  • Oh my! This looks amaze!!:D

    Lulu xx


  • Pad Thai is one of my fav Thai dishes. I never make it at home because of the fish sauce. It would just get tossed.


  • yummy! I am vegetarian so i have to used soy protein instead of shrimp, sometimes i miss this guys, but this is my life now, the recipe looks terrific and i believe can be make a veggie style.
    I am hungry now…


  • Thai food is one of my faves! Always wanted to try making pad thai. Thanks for the recipe!

  • This looks amazing! Thai food is seriously one of my favorites too. I ate the most boring foods growing up and as soon as I came to college I started to branch out. I thank my roommate emma for that. She makes the best curry.

  • this looks SO good. i loveeeee thai food too.. i made a stir fry for lunch using thai flavors.. so good. i love pad thai, i always cheat when i make it and use store bought pad thai sauce, haha, not the same but still delish! i’ll have to remember this recipe though.

  • There is literally nothing I love more than pad thai, literally. I will definitely be trying out this recipe. So glad you shared!!


  • I haven’t had Thai food in forever! I really should try to make some at home. And shrimp – whoo, that stuff never needs to be replaced! Shrimp is my favorite food of all time, ever. Can’t get enough of it.

  • That looks delicious! I’m in love with all the recipes you post :)!

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  • Looks so good, will definitely try this at the weekend (but with chicken, seafood freaks me out!) Rosie xx


  • wow this sounds amazing! I’m a huge fan of prawns and of pad thai!! Definitely think I’ll need to try this recipe out! 🙂

    Hannah xx

  • This sounds so yummy! To bad I am back in my college dorm where there isn’t even a kitchen:(

  • yummy, looks delish and much healthier than a typical pad thai that soaks in fat for 24 hours. can’t wait to try!

    xo Andrea

    Wanna try it as soon as possible!
    Great 🙂


  • This looks delicious perfect way to end the easter weekend!! I would use fresh chilli though as it gives a fresher flavour.

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  • Mmmmm, I LOVE Thai food. Pad Thai isn’t my favorite dish, but I still love a lot of the flavors in it – the peanut and cilantro together, specifically. Great idea making it at home!


  • yum !! i love shrimps so this is a perfect recipe for me !


  • I have gone through so many pad thai recipes trying (and failing) to recreate my favorite restaurant. This is going on the list!


  • Uhm, yes please! I love thai food and can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  • This sounds delicious! I know what I’m going to make tonight for dinner.

  • This looks delicious! I’m a huge thai fan too, and always order pad thai. Love the idea of making this at home.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  • looks delicious !

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  • This looks de-li-cious! It’s my ultimate favorite meal. Will definitely give it a try next weekend when my boyfriend gets back home 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Yuummy, I like that recipes. Have a nice monday.


  • Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gooooosh. A bad idea is to come to abm when hungry. Nuff said.

  • Looks great! We haven’t made Phad Thai in quite a few months….maybe we’ll have to fix that.

  • Ohhh, hmmm I like Pad Thai. I was in Thailand last December and Pad Thai is, what I eat most there. It’s easy to make and soooo good! Yna

  • I worked in a Thai kitchen and it is my favourite food to cook and eat too! I have not made this in a while, you have inspired me to give it whirl with my kiddies!

  • I’ve always wanted to learn how to make Pad Thai! It’s delicious! I have to try this!


  • Thanks so much for this recipe, I love thai food but never know how to make it my self, thanks for sharing!


  • Love thai food! You’ve inspired me to create a vegetarian version of this for dinner.


  • yumm! That looks delicious. I am always looking for new recipes to try and this is going on my to do list.

  • This looks interesting. I have never tried Thai food before but I will try making this.

    xo janika

  • Yummy! Thank you for sharing. We love your food posts.

  • This looks so delicious! Pad thai is my favourite thai dish. I will bookmark this page.


  • Pad Thai is by far one of my favorite meals! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  • looks delicious. have you tried this with tofu, chicken or beef? i’m not a fan of shrimp so I will probably try this with an alternative protein source. the flavors sound delicious though!

  • i definitely want to try this out with some tofu! sounds and looks delicious!

  • yummy thank you! I have been craving for pad thai ALL last week.. weird.

  • OOh! I love Pad Thai. There was a time when I’d go to a mall an hour away from our place just to have my fix. I’m surely trying this!

  • Looks delicious! I love Thai as well, but have yet to find a place nearby that’s up to snuff. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

  • Looks delicious!
    Would you mind if I link to this recipe on my next meal plan post?

  • This looks delicious! My husband and I order Thai food all the time… I would love to make it at home instead! This looks like a perfect start, thanks!

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