Thai Crispy Rice Noodles

Thai Crispy Rice Noodles

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  • Total: 13 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings

Everyone loves those crispy noodles you get as toppings in some high-end Asian restaurants. They burst into the air when fried, so making them is a bit like magic. Thai cuisine has made whole dishes out of these crispy noodles, so their uses are versatile.

They're scrumptious on their own and great as a topping for lettuce wraps, stir-fries, salads, and soups. These crispy noodles are made with regular supermarket rice noodles (the skinny kind), which makes them gluten free. The key to crispy noodles is having the oil hot enough—you'll get all the details below.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Uncooked rice noodles, oil and salt
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  2. Separate rice noodles by pulling apart the various sections into manageable amounts. Using scissors, cut the noodles into strips 4 to 5 inches long.

    Rice noodles separated on a plate
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  3. Place oil in a wok or small to medium frying pan. The smaller the pan, the less oil you will have to use. Heat oil over medium-high heat for a minimum of 1 minute.

    Oil heating in a wok
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  4. Take a few longer noodle pieces in your hand and dunk in just the ends.

    A single rice noodle puffing up in hot oil
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  5. When the oil is hot enough, the submerged parts will bloom within seconds into puffy, crispy noodles. If this doesn't happen, remove the submerged parts and cut them off. Wait a little longer for your oil to heat up, then try again.

  6. Now gently drop handfuls of noodles in the hot oil.

    Rice noodles cooking in oil
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  7. Have a utensil at the ready to quickly flip them once, then remove. The actual cooking time is only a few seconds.

    Fluffy, cooked rice noodles in a wok
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  8. Set puffed noodles to drain on paper towels and shake over a little salt if desired. Continue frying the rest of your noodles, reducing heat as you do so to medium.

    Cooked rice noodles draining on a towel
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  9. Use your crispy noodles as a topping for lettuce wraps, soups, salads, and other Asian dishes. Crispy noodles also make a great snack.


  • Crispy noodles should be eaten the same day or stored in a plastic food storage container overnight or longer (no need to refrigerate). How long they will stay crispy depends largely on the climate and level of humidity where you live.