Easy Pad Thai

by simplylife on October 3, 2012

Are you the type of person who orders the same thing at the restaurant, every time you go?  You like the guarantee that you will enjoy the dish and know exactly what to expect.

Or are you the type that has to try something new every time you go out to eat?  There are just endless options and you have to try as many as possible.

Yeah, I have a feeling you know which type I am.  Before going out to eat, my rule is generally that the restaurant has to have options that I can’t (or just won’t) make at home.

Let’s take Thai food as an example.  Nearly every time we go out for Thai food, my husband orders Pad Thai.  I, on the other hand, request to eat Thai during lunch hour because most places offer a “lunchbox special” that comes with a variety of selections and this doesn’t force me to choose just one thing.  I like spring rolls, fried rice, noodle bowls, curry and more.

So when I found this recipe that was for Pad Thai, I knew I needed to try it.  It was a win-win: my husband was guaranteed to like it and I got to try a new recipe!

Plus, an added bonus: it was incredibly easy and used an ingredient list I could understand!

Easy Pad Thai

by Simply Life

Adapted from Brownies for Dinner 

Keywords: saute entree vegetarian vegan Thai

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 8 ounces dried, wide and flat rice noodles
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup corn (I use frozen) 
  • 2 large eggs, light beaten
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts


1. Soak noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lime juice, and soy sauce.

3. Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Add peppers and cook 3-5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and corn cook 1 minute. Add eggs and cook, constantly stirring and scraping skillet with spatula until eggs are almost set (about 30 seconds). Transfer to a plate and set aside.

4. Add soaked noodles and prepared sauce to skillet. Cook while frequently tossing until noodles are tender, about 1 minutes. Add eggs to mixture and toss together. Serve, top with cilantro and peanuts, and enjoy!

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    That granola looks delicious!! I tend to be someone who sticks to what I know and like, but I also do enjoy new foods too. This pad thai looks like such a great homemade version!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Your pad thai looks & sounds great! It’s definitely a dish I tend to order.

    I try to be adventurous in restaurants and order new things, but I have a few favorites I have to have. One of my favorite restaurants always has a pumpkin curry on the menu. I HAVE to always order it. I also tend to order gnocchi whenever they are on a menu… 🙂

  • Julie @ Sweetly Balanced

    I LOVE pad Thai!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever ordered anything else at a Thai restaurant. I’m the type that orders the same thing from certain restaurant and different things from others, I have a few place that I only go to bc I’m craving a certain meal eg Pad Thai!!! I’ve never attempted to make it myself but will definitely be trying this recipe out!!!

  • http://www.singerskitchen.com/ Singerinkitchen

    Yes! Pick me! I am that person who ALWAYS orders Pad Thai at a Thai restaurant. I will try a new soup or appetizer but I will always order pad thai. It is my fav go-to and I like comparing them everywhere I go. It is also fun to make too. Lovely recipe!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I always go for the woon sen. SO good. But I do love pad thai, as well.

    We were just talking about thai food over dinner and how it’s hard to make the noodles come out anything more than a disaster. Clearly I need to practice…

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I love to try new recipes and restaurants!

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    I’m amazed that u cook Pad Thai too. U seem to like Asian food a lot 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes, I do!!!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I’m a creature of habit so normally I like ordering the same thing, but blogging has actually really helped me in that sense, because now I am more curious about trying new dishes!

  • http://twitter.com/LisaEirene Lisa Eirene

    Pad Thai is my absolute favorite dish to order in a Thai restaurant. I know it’s not the healthiest option I could make but I LOVE it!

  • yummychunklet

    This is bookmarked because I LOVE pad thai. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Sure! Hope you like it!

  • http://twitter.com/TheSpicyRD EA Stewart, MBA, RD

    So funny, I usually like to try new things when I go out, but when we go out for Thai (one of my favorite cuisines!) the one dish we ALWAYS order is Pad Se Ew noodles. This Pad Thai looks pretty delicious too though, and love the simplicity of it as well!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I usually like to try something new, except at a couple places where I have an absolute favorite. Your Pad Thai looks tasty! I once ate Pad Thai on a mountain in Thailand, and since then every version I’ve had just hasn’t lived up to that memory. I really should try to recreate myself.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh I could see how that would be a very difficult dish to live up to!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I love the ingredients in your version of pad thai! Looks so delicious and doable 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    Definitely a favourite Thai dish my friend, you make it beautifully 😀

    CheersChoc Chip Uru

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/pinchandswirl Marissa

    Your timing is perfect! I’m totally craving Pad Thai and have never made it at home – can’t wait to try this!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh good! Hope you enjoy it!

  • http://twitter.com/WillJogForFood Natalie O

    I love Pad Thai! But I have never made it before. Now I might have to give it a shot 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You definitely will!

  • camille

    This pad thai doesn’t call for fish sauce! That means I can actually make it without raising eyebrows! And I used to be a “same thing every time” diner, but I’m much more of a “what have I not tried yet” person now. Also? That cinnamon chai granola is CALLING to me.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! I’ve been looking for a recipe without fish sauce- I know I always like it in restaurants but never want to buy it, especially to use such a small amount. Hope you like the recipe!

  • dishingwithdish.blogspot.com

    Definitely going to try this one! I might have to sub the noodles for something though, as I live in a pretty remote location. 😉 But this looks like the easist, friendliest recipe I’ve ever seen for Pad Thai! Yay! I have everything on hand right now except the noodles.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh great! I hope you enjoy it!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I do a little of both – I generally try to order new things, but if I’m at a favorite restaurant I don’t go to often, I usually order a favorite dish. It’s always hard to resist pad thai though!

  • cquek

    Fabulous post and thoughts on food

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    We’ve been looking for just the right at-home pad thai recipe. Will have to try this one!

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com wearenotmartha

    Beautiful! I’ve made pad thai before, but yours looks so much better! Whenever I get any type of Asian food, I like a variety. My husband is the opposite (he’ll literally order General Tso’s chicken and call it a day… No sharing!). I finally taught him about ordering multiple items and sharing 🙂


    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, that’s pretty cute 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/swankydietitian Kristen RD

    I love pad thai! I have never tried making it at home though.
    I go back and forth. If there is a dish that i love love love, i usually stick with it. I think spitting foods is the best way since you can get a taste of something new.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Agreed! 🙂

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  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Mr Bite always ordered pad thai too 🙂 So I’m pretty thrilled you posted this recipe!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh good! I hope you both like it! 🙂

  • Decocinasytacones

    I normally change the main dish, but sometimes, the entry is the same….depends on the restaurant.
    My favourite in San Sebastián is http://www.zuberoa.com and there are some dishes I love to repeat, for example the seafood ravioli…I love that.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh, seafood ravioli sounds SO good!

  • www.glidingcalm.wordpress.com

    you take such beautiful pictures!! this looks delicious!!! 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thank you so much!

  • Mom

    Good for you and especially good for your hubby! This looks delicious and how wonderful to be able to prepare it at home! I’m sure you know I like to order safely…and maybe try a bite from someone else’s dish. A win-win for me!

  • DeliciousDish

    I always get pad thai. I’ve been afraid to make it at home because all the recipes I see for it require so many obscure ingredients. This version definitely looks doable!

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  • Julie Anonymous

    This was really great! Proteined it up by adding some turkey to the pepper mixture, and used less noodles. The noodles was actually my favourite part of the dish though, so simple and soooo delicious! 😀 Will definitely make it again, and soon it’ll be up on my blog! With reference to this page of course 🙂
    Hope you have an amazing weekend 🙂 x

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