Easy Pad Thai Recipe (2024)

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Pad Thai is so easy to make, even kids can help to make it! This easy Asian recipe for Pad Thai comes together in just 15 minutes for Asian takeout, made at home.

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I am excited to be participating in another #SundaySupper event this week! My first time was only two weeks ago, and although I’ve been following along for awhile, I’m just now jumping in and getting involved. A few weeks ago, Isabel, the FamilyFoodie, asked for hosts for upcoming events and when I suggested a Kids in the Kitchen event, she loved it and I agreed to host!

If you’re not familiar with #SundaySupper, the idea is that we all need to take the time, even if it’s just once a week, to get back to the family dinner table and share our time with family. For generations before ours, it was a weekly tradition and it’s something that we hope to make a tradition once again in households across the globe.

My kids and I all love getting into the kitchen and cooking together. Not only does it help them learn basic skills on how to make something to eat, but it also gives us time together. I’ve written before about how kids, even toddlers, can be involved in the cooking process.

When I asked them what they wanted to make for this Kids In the Kitchen event, they both said, without hesitation, “Pad Thai!” We love many different kinds of Asian food and eat and prepare them often. Pad Thai has become a dish that they can practically make all on their own now, but we all still like to make it together. It’s also a dish that my husband likes to make with them.

We have made Pad Thai using the mixes available on the Asian food aisle, as well asa bit more authentic version, using tamarind. But tamarind paste can be hard to find (I get it at the Asian food market but it’s not close so when I’m out, I’m out!).

We found this easy Pad Thairecipethat tastes pretty much like the real thing, and it comes together in just 15 minutes.

We like to use any leftover meat that we have on hand—beef, chicken or shrimp and sometimes use cubed tofu. It’s totally customizable and the flavors are terrific! I hope you’ll give it a try sometime soon!

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I originally found this recipe on Brownies For Dinner but she adapted it from aMartha Stewartrecipe. We’ve both adapted it a bit from the original to make it our own!

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Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 408kcal

Author: Brenda Thompson


  • 8 ounces dry wide rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice plus wedges for serving
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • teaspoon Sriracha sauce optional
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup roasted salted peanuts chopped



If you have any leftovers (which are rare in our house!) you can heat them up in the microwave or in a small skillet to warm the noodles. But Pad Thai is best the first day as the sauce tends to get soaked up in the fridge somehow. Just squeeze a little extra lime juice over it and you’ll be good to go!


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 966mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

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It doesn’t take too many ingredients to whip up this Easy Pad Thai! Most of it you probably already have on hand!

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  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

    I´ve never made Pad Thai, but it sounds delicious. You can´t go wrong if the kids love it so much!


  2. Renee

    Love Pad Thai! Thanks for sharing this easy recipe and now I can ready to cook it for a nice weeknight meal.


  3. Family Foodie

    My daughter and I both love Pad Thai and can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you so much for inspiring this week’s awesome #Sundaysupper .


  4. Tora Estep

    I love pad thai. It would be fun to try to make it at home. Thanks for the recipe!


  5. Jen @JuanitasCocina

    We love pad thai but I’ve never made it at home! I can’t wait to make this!


  6. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious

    The theme you suggested this week is perfect! This is my first week and it has been really fun!


  7. Nicole @ The Daily Dish

    I love that your kiddo’s enjoy Pad Thai. What a great dish and fantastic recipe. Love this! P.S. Thanks for the theme this week – it’s absolutely perfect – I loved giving my kids a week to shine!


  8. Laura @ Family Spice

    So cool that your kids like pad thai! I love seeing kids exploring and eating new foods.


  9. diabeticFoodie

    I love that you ask your kids what they want to eat and they say “pad thai” 🙂 Thank you so much for hosting Kids in the Kitchen – it was a lot of fun!


  10. RedKathy

    Superb summer meal and easy enough for the kids to join in. Like that you used an electric skillet too. Living down here in Florida I look to avoid the stove any chance I get.


  11. Jerry

    I love the simplicity of this interpretation. Like most asian dishes it’s quick, uses few ingredients and is to the point. I’ll be making this soon.


    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

      Thanks Jerry! I agree, it was SO simple and that makes it addiitonally appealing. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical at first that it didn’t have tamarind in it, but it really did taste so much like the real thing–an extra bonus for sure!


  12. Kim Bee

    I’ve never actually pad thai but have always wanted to. This looks fab.


  13. Kristen

    This is the kind of meal that my kids say is just like a restaurant. Looks fabulous and I bet it tasted even better!


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