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Two plates of pad thai on small white plates, with chopsticks on the side.

Speedy Vegetable Pad Thai

  • Author: Kate Alexandra
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat


Who doesn’t love a big bowl of slippery, saucy Pad Thai? This is my twist on the classic, easy to make at home. It’s got that signature sweet, salty, tangy flavour, thanks in large part to the star ingredient – tamarind paste. I’ve kept this one veggie-based, but it’s easy enough to add some extra protein if you like (think chicken or shrimp).


Units Scale
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 3 tablespoons sweet chilli jam
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 225g/8oz dried rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 200g/7oz sugar snap peas
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g/10oz bean sprouts
  • 4 scallions (spring onions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges
  • A handful of cilantro (coriander) leaves



STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: The Pad Thai will keep for at least 3 days, stored in the fridge. Reheat it in the microwave, at 30-second intervals. Just add a splash of water if you need to loosen up the noodles a bit – they’ll continue to absorb liquid as they sit so often after they’ve been in the fridge.

INGREDIENT NOTES: Play around with your veggies here – green beans, broccoli or broccolini, baby corn or even asparagus would work well here (add them with the bean sprouts and sugar snap peas). You can also throw in firm tofu, shrimp or chicken (add them after the onion and before the eggs) – it’s also a good way to use up any leftover meat you might have. 

MAKE IT VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN: Swap the fish sauce and oyster sauce for vegetarian/vegan versions – these do exist (they’re often made with mushrooms) and are the best swaps you can make here. Skip the eggs for a vegan version.

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: fakeawa
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: thai


  • Serving Size: 300g
  • Calories: 482
  • Sugar: 12.95g
  • Sodium: 1300mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 86.32g
  • Fiber: 5.5g
  • Protein: 19.4g

Keywords: pad thai, noodles