World's Best Pad Thai Noodle Recipes

Make Restaurant-Quality Pad Thai at Home

Pad Thai is now one of the world's favorite noodle dishes, and luckily it's easy to make at home with these delicious Pad Thai recipes. Choose from chicken pad thai to shrimp or vegetarian pad thai—they're all wonderful!

  • 01 of 08
    Pad Thai, famous rice noodle dish
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    Here is a simple, one-page recipe for chicken pad Thai. It's an authentic recipe from one in the know. Add more or less chile to adjust the thermostat, and you're simply going to love it.

  • 02 of 08
    Pad Thai Without Tamarind
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    Love Pad Thai but don't have all the ingredients? Then this recipe is for you! It's an authentic recipe from a Thai chef in southwestern Thailand. If you're living in a place where Asian ingredients are difficult to find, then this tamarind-free recipe might just make your day.

  • 03 of 08
    Thai Noodles with Chicken
    Darlene Schmidt

    This scrumptious noodle recipe for Pad Thai Gai features stir-fried rice noodles with chicken in a tangy sauce along with toppings of chopped nuts and basil.  You'll love the sweet-sour balance of flavors along with the comforting combination of chicken and noodles.

  • 04 of 08
    Shrimp pad Thai
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    You'll find this recipe easier than traditional Pad Thai recipes and, yet, the taste is all there. Many of you are discovering that tamarind paste—a traditional ingredient in Pad Thai—is difficult to find. But originally pad Thai was made without tamarind (it didn't become part of the standard recipe until much later)—lime juice was used instead. Try it and see how easy and delicious ​Pad Thai can be.

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  • 05 of 08
    Pad Thai with Shrimp
    Darlene Schmidt

    This recipe for Pad Thai noodles with shrimp is authentic, easy, and so scrumptious! It's based on pad traditional Thai dishes and those from some of the best Thai restaurants in North America. The sauce is simple to make, and the noodles come out tasting chewy-sticky and delicious.

  • 06 of 08
    Pad Thai with shrimp
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    This recipe for pad Thai noodles is authentic and simple enough for any aspiring cook to make. The pad Thai sauce is easier to create simply because there is no tamarind paste to mess with. Traditionally pad Thai was made just in this way, simply and wonderfully, so be sure to give it a try.

  • 07 of 08
    vegan pad thai
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    This is an authentic Pad Thai recipe for real vegan and gluten-free Thai food lovers or for those who want a lighter noodle dish without the meat. This recipe does offer adequate protein in the form of eggs (vegans can omit this ingredient), and ground nuts. Plus, because it's made with rice noodles, Pad Thai is a gluten-free recipe.

  • 08 of 08
    Pad Thai shrimp
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    To get your pad Thai just right, follow this easy step-by-step recipe and find out what a cinch it is to make restaurant-quality pad Thai at home.