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Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe
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Shrimp Pad Thai

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"This is a Pad Thai recipe I got from a restaurant. The sauce is made with ketchup, fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar, and it's sprinkled liberally with bean sprouts and chopped peanuts."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a medium bowl, soak the noodles in cold water for 15 min; drain. Cover noodles with hot water, and soak for 15 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook until pink. Stir in ketchup, fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar. Pour in the beaten egg, and cook without stirring until egg is partially set. Add drained noodles, 1/4 pound bean sprouts, and 1/2 cup peanuts. Mix while cooking until noodles are tender.
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  • Transfer to a serving plate, and scatter noodles with 1/4 cup bean sprouts, lemon slices, 1/2 cup chopped peanuts and cilantro.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 25, 2004

This was very good, and little bit sweet but that's exactly the kind of pad thai I was looking for. I made a few changes on the advice of others: I doubled the sauce ingredients, but I did not double the amount of vinegar. I substituted fresh lime and lime juice for the lemon, added about 2 tsp of garlic chili sauce to give it a little needed kick, and about 1 tsp soy sauce to take the edge off the sweetness. I decreased the peanuts by 1/2 cup to cut calories(just used a sprinkling on top for garnish) and added 1 cup of julienned carrots to the garnish at the end. With these changes, it tasted just like the Pad Thai I get at my favorite Thai restaurant.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 14, 2011

This did not taste like pad thai at all.

Dec 17, 2005

WOW! After many, many years of loving this for carry-out, we have finally found an easy and delicious alternative! Changes: double/triple the sauce recipe as the previous reviewers suggested, added 1 tsp red pepper flakes (we like it HOT), and 2 tsp garlic chili sauce. We added a handful of shredded carott, fresh basil, fresh bean sprouts, about 1/3 lb spicy sausage (this is the way my fave restaurant makes it) and used Trader Joes Rock Shrimp. I've also used chicken. Perfect. If you love spicey Pad Thai restaurant style, you will be very happy with this. Good enough to entertain with. Thanks Laura, and thanks previous reviewers!

Sep 30, 2003

I liked this recipe but it lacked the tanginess usually associated with Pad Thai. Next time I will use half the noodles, double the sauce, and half the bean sprouts and peanuts. The egg part is a little tricky and is probably best done by pushing all ingredients to the sides of the wok, cooking the egg in the center until almost cooked, scrambling the egg, and then mixing with the rest of the ingredients. I served this with mango salad and it was quite nice.

Oct 09, 2006

I've been looking for a better Pad Thai sauce than the one I've always use. I don't like the paprika in it. This one wasn't too bad. First, don't substitute the fish sauce and all. That's what makes the sauce taste good. That's the base of most, if not all, Thai cooking. So if you don't use that, don't even try this recipe. Second, I scrambled the eggs then added the noodles then the sauce. If your noodles are too soggy it's either because you didn't use the right size noodles (I don't recommend the small size since they're too thin. Medium or large is best. If you can't find the variety at your regular grocery store, go to an Asian store, they'll have it.) Also, don't soak your noodles in hot water or for too long. That makes the noodles too soft which once cooked will be too soggy. Your noodles are ready to be cooked once they're bendable but still have a slight crunch in them. Overall, it wasn't too bad. I'd use it again.

Apr 14, 2007

Excellent! I did make some changes as recommended by other reviewers. I tripled the sauce, and scrambled the eggs before adding the sauce. I also substituted chicken instead of shrimp. I just cooked the chicken in a separate pan, chopped it and added it after cooking my eggs and before adding my sauce. I also added cayenne pepper to give it more of a kick and for color. Cayenne or red pepper flakes are a must in this recipe, otherwise it will be bland.

Jan 29, 2006

I had been looking for a basic Pad Thai recipe for awhile, and when I came across this one I knew it would work. Try changing the following though: added: green onions, carrot, chili sauce and a splash of hot sauce, oyster sauce rice wine vinegar, cabbage (just abit) and the lime. I dumped : ketchup, fish sauce white wine vinegar and the lemon. Oh, by the way... double the sauce!

Aug 10, 2009

Skip the ketchup. Flavor is too bold with it, and this should have a delicate flavor. Don't use dry roasted nuts- raw unsalted peanuts are better. Having grown up in Thailand I may be a bit too picky, but I really found this an unsatisfactory take on one of my favorite dishes.


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  • Calories
  • 541 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 68.7 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 23.2 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 6.6 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 20.2 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 488 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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