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Easy Pad Thai

Easy Pad Thai with shrimp and tofu is done in less than 30 minutes, allowing you to ditch take-out. Dinner couldn’t be more comforting and easy! Asian rice noodles make this dish gluten-free.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: how to make an easy pad thai recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 451kcal


  • 14 oz rice noodles
  • 3 tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined; if using frozen, thaw before using
  • 10 oz extra firm tofu cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Bean sprouts, chopped peanuts, green onion slices and lime wedges for topping


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and immediately remove from heat. Let sit for 8 minutes, drain and rinse in cold water.
  • While the noodles are cooking, heat the canola or vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and tofu and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp and tofu to a dish (do not clean out skillet).
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the eggs to the skillet. Using the edge of a spatula, cut through the eggs as they cook to create small egg pieces. Add the noodles to the skillet, along with rice vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, shrimp and tofu. Stir mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until heated through. Serve immediately.


Toppings that would be delicious include bean sprouts, peanuts, green onions and/or lime wedges, if desired.
To make this recipe healthier:
Decrease the amount of rice noodles in the recipe and add more bean sprouts.
Replace the soy sauce with a low-sodium version.
Decrease the oil used in the recipe by half.


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 272mg | Sodium: 1625mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 3mg