Super-fast Pad Thai

Super-fast Pad Thai

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
This classic Thai dish from Good Food reader Emily Cramer is made using mainly storecupboard ingredients, and it's on the table in under 15 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal405
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.7g
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  • 200g rice noodles
  • 140g frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 200g frozen prawns



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 100g beansprouts
  • small bunch spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 beaten eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 3 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • small bunch coriander, leaves only


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil, add the noodles and cook for 3 mins, adding the peas and prawns for the final min. Drain, and set aside while you heat the oil in a large frying pan.

  2. Fry the noodles, prawns, peas, beansprouts and spring onions, tossing to coat in the oil for a few mins. Push everything to one side of the pan and pour in the egg. Stir until cooked, then mix everything well. Toss through the peanuts, soy and sweet chilli sauce so everything is combined. Scatter with the coriander and serve.

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Comments (20)

x-x-x-faerie-x-x-x's picture

Lovely, but not so keen on the nuts! My two year old and husband liked this, as well as me (although we all removed the nuts, so next time I won't put in, or will exchange for sesame seeds) As advised I used some fish sauce (about 2 tbsp) and instead of sunflower oil used 1 tbsp roasted peanut oil and 1 tbsp of sesame oil - very, very tasty and extremely quick and easy - will do again!

TheSplendidChef's picture

Great dish, one of my favourite, so many slight variations you can do to make it your own, check out our how to video ...

kapatu's picture

Was missing some oumph for me. Would add some fish sauce maybe and julienned carrots perhaps, some chilli... Have made better pad thai. But easy and quick it was!

Cooking Freak's picture

Very tasty and easy to make, will certainly make again. I also added some chicken which added another texture. However next time I make it I'll make sure I strain the noodles properly before adding them to the hot wok! I managed to produce some flames which reached the top of my cooker hood, I'm now in the process of giving the hob and cooker hood a good clean.

suzymmorton's picture

Very quick and very tasty. Will definitely be making this again.

elenav85's picture

Good recipe but I find that it is better if you add more sweet chilli sauce. I also add some fish sauce for a bit more flavour. Have tried this with prawns and chicken and I think I preferred it with chicken. Really simple and quick to make too.

mrshwc's picture

Lovely flavour (I used extra sweet chili sauce) but both times I've made this the noodles came out gummy. Any tips? Perhaps I need a wok and a bigger saucepan?

jennyh10's picture

Missed out the egg and beansprouts and added sesame oil. Very nice for a quick, healthy meal. Will definitely make it again and make sure I have beansprouts and eggs in the fridge next time!

caroljefferson's picture

sounds yummy, will be trying this with leftovers, thanks!!

frenchasaurus's picture

Quick, easy and tastey!

I blended the nuts to make them smaller, and also added in one of the ready mixed chinese stirfry packs to add more veg. Result was a definate success and I have been asked to make it again next time we have visitors!

jdwillow26's picture

Really enjoyed this great flavours an so quick and easy to make. Love it!

rebeccasenoj's picture

Really good, simple and satisfying! I used tofu instead of prawns as I'm vegetarian, and it worked very well.

alice4991's picture

great recipe - really easy and quick - great week night meal! and a nice change to stir fry. added baby sweet corns and sugar snap peas. you could add all kinds of vegetables. all used uncooked fresh prawns as they have a much nicer texture and taste. you can definatly play around with this recipe - adding more or less of all ingredients. this ones a keeper!

elliesmith01's picture

fantastic storecupboard/freezer + those remaining scraps of veg in the fridge recipe! we added a chilli as we like some heat, but appart from that it was great.

lucyb82's picture

Fab recipe for an evening meal. I had forgotten to get anything out of the freezer for dinner but it didn't matter with this recipe and it was so quick. I added carrots and mushrooms too.

vfirth's picture

lovely, could use more soy and sweet chilli and I used chicken instead of prawns, really good week night meal

purplechaffinch's picture

Very quick & easy to make. You could probably add other veg like shredded carrots or courgettes, great for using up leftovers!

angie1969's picture

Quick, easy and absolutely delicious. I was a bit sad my kids ate all theirs up, as I was looking forward to scoffing whatever they left. Will definately be making this again.

hummingbird's picture

I made this as a day to day meal and it went down extremely well. I followed the recipe and found it to be lovely as it is. Over time I might end up changing a few bits as you do. But this recipe is delicious as it is!!! You MUST TRY it!!

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TheSplendidChef's picture

The has to be one of my favourite dishes, absolutely loved it when we was in Thailand. We have made a short video for anyone who wants to check it out ... Please let us know how you get on!! :)

jkpaul's picture

Great meal, I made this with turkey, beansprouts, broccoli & carrots (different cupboard contents!) and it was fantastic. I added some finely chopped coriander stalks to the meat & vegetables during cooking, as well as some cashews to go with the peanuts and toasted sesame seeds to stick to the sticky may & veg just before serving. The egg mixed into the noodles was great - adding flavour & an extra dimension to the meal.