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Simple Shrimp Pad Thai

Here's my shortcut version of pad thai. Stir in soy sauce and brown sugar, add a sprinkle of cilantro and roasted peanuts—no one will guess the secret ingredient is marinara sauce. —Erin Chilcoat, Central Islip, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked thick rice noodles
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium lime, cut into wedges
  • Sriracha chili sauce or hot pepper sauce, optional


  • Cook noodles according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, stir-fry shrimp and garlic in oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok until shrimp turn pink; remove and keep warm. Add eggs to skillet; cook and stir until set.
  • Add the marinara, soy sauce and brown sugar; heat through. Return shrimp to the pan. Drain noodles; toss with shrimp mixture.
  • Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime and, if desired, Sriracha.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups (caluculated without sriracha): 530 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 232mg cholesterol, 1212mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.
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  • hchambers
    May 31, 2019

    This was tasty and easier to make than traditional Pad Thai.

  • CherylD58
    Feb 28, 2016

    Next time I would make my own marinara sauce - I found the store bought sauce a bit strong and maybe less soya sauce. Will definitely try this again.

  • Remenec
    Jun 11, 2014

    Although marinara sauce is the secret ingredient in the recipe, it was my least favorite ingredient in this dish. When coupled with the cilantro, the sauce had too much of a salsa taste for my liking. I added some additional soy sauce and garlic powder to balance out the flavors. Although not a fan of the marinara, I loved the other ingredients in this recipe. My husband and two kids cleaned their plates the night I made this!

  • mmcloed
    May 18, 2013

    My fiance loved this! I wasn't a huge fan, but I guess it was just my taste buds. This is very simple to make. I substituted in spaghetti noodles instead of rice noodles.