Stir fry shrimp, mushrooms, tofu, beef, broccoli, and more layers of flavor and texture for homemade noodles customized to your liking.
Pad Thai is short for kway teow pad Thai, meaning "Thai-style stir-fried rice noodles." The trademark takeout dish in the United States has variations around the world. The beloved Thai noodle dish is based on a delectably sweet, salty, and sour sauce that's seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, tamarind, and lime juice. These pad Thai recipes pack layers of vegetable and protein variations that you can make at home with chewy noodles, and tweak that signature, savory flavor until it's customized to your taste.
Shrimp Pad Thai
Chefs Ann Redding and Matt Danzer load their perfectly chewy noodles with layers and layers of flavor by using shrimp three ways: head-on fresh shrimp, fried dried shrimp, and shrimp paste.
Wild Mushroom Pad Thai
Cookbook author Phoebe Lapine recommends playing around with different types of mushrooms in this pad Thai. In summer, try buttery-sweet chanterelles. In the spring, you can splurge for a few morels.
Beef with Broccoli Pad Thai
Make this a fast, one-pan dish by sautéeing the steak and steaming the broccoli all in the same wok.
Seafood Pad Thai
This seafood pad Thai is made with rock shrimp, scallops, and squid, and you can try any combination of seafood.
Kale Pad Thai with Daikon Radish
All of the beloved flavors and textures of pad Thai are preserved in this dish, and as a bonus, it’s packed with greens and fresh herbs. Cookbook author Anya Kassoff combines soft rice noodles with crunchy fresh daikon strips for an interesting variation.
Tofu Pad Thai
Chef and writer Lara Lee's meatless pad Thai stars hearty, savory fresh oyster and shiitake mushrooms, which suffuse the dish with earthy flavor and combine beautifully with chewy noodles; golden-fried tofu; fresh, crisp bean sprouts; lightly spicy long red chiles; and crunchy peanuts.
Vegetable Pad Thai with Peas, Carrots, and Mushrooms
It's easy to vary this vegetable pad Thai as desired. Swap in snow peas or sugar snaps for the sweet peas, or add some julienned bell pepper in place of the carrots, for example.
Smoked Tofu Pad Thai
Smoked tofu and tamarind paste packs vegetarian pad Thai with extra pleasure.
Scallop Pad Thai
Make this delicious, 30-minute pad Thai with fresh bay scallops when they're in season in the late fall and winter.
Vegetarian Pad Thai
Make this meatless pad Thai with tender scrambled eggs. For even more protein, add some crispy tofu just before serving.
Quick Shrimp Pad Thai
Former senior F&W Test Kitchen editor Grace Parisi's great, fast version of American-style pad Thai with shrimp has an appealing combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.
Pad Thai with Cashews
Sweet, tangy and spicy, this pad Thai hits a range of flavors. The cashews replace the traditional peanuts, a great alternative for those with peanut allergies.
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