Colorful Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe
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Colorful Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe

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Bright fresh veggie flavors, a splash of tart lime juice, the crunch of peanuts and a hint of heat make this healthy and beautiful shrimp stir-fry a real standout! —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 ounces uncooked thick rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or additional reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 2 cups fresh snow peas
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 352 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 208 mg cholesterol, 955 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, chili sauce, oil and pepper flakes until blended; set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry shrimp in 2 teaspoons oil until shrimp turn pink; remove and keep warm. Stir-fry snow peas and carrots in remaining oil for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add eggs; cook and stir until set.
  3. Drain noodles; add to vegetable mixture. Stir vinegar mixture and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Add shrimp, bean sprouts and green onions; heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Colorful Shrimp Pad Thai in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p41

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 6, 2016

"Wonderful!! List looks a bit intimidating at first, but everything is very basic and straight forward. I omitted the cilantro, green onions and peanuts just as a taste preference. I also used avocado oil instead of sesame, and did not have fish sauce so just kept using the soy sauce. Results were very satisfactory."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"It was really yummy, we all had seconds. I like it spicier than my boyfriend so I added additional chilli sauce on mine when I served it. Not spicy at all if you make it just as is. It has great flavor that someone like me, who isn't very good at cooking, would of never been able to create if it wasn't for this awesome recipe . Absolutely loved it! I will definitely make again using chicken, as another reviewer suggested."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"My 1st homemade pad thai and wow! I did have fish sauce, but may try it next time. This is a keeper"

Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"loved loved loved this recipe.. I made it for my family and they all loved it so I made it again for mothers day and everyone at the table licked their lips nothing but wonderful compliments re this Pasta! I am too going to try it with chicken/ I made salmon on the side with brown sugar glaze it was devine!"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"whole family loved it! Went easy on the chili sauce but had it on the table for anyone who wanted it spicer"

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