Pad Thai

Recipe courtesy Good Housekeeping, 2012
Show: Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping Episode: Meal and Lifestyle Makeover

Photo: Pad Thai

TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 20 min
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 package (7- to 8-ounce) rice stick noodles ( rice vermicelli), or 8 ounces angel hair pasta per recipe
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce ( nam pla)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, shelled and deveined, then cut lengthwise in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
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Directions

In large bowl, soak rice stick noodles, if using, in enough hot water to cover, for 20 minutes; drain. With kitchen shears, cut noodles into 4-inch lengths. If using angel hair pasta, break in half, cook in large saucepot as label directs, then drain and rinse with cold running water.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Prepare all remaining ingredients and place next to stove for easy assembly.

In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add shrimp, garlic, and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add eggs and cook, stirring, until just set, about 20 seconds. Add drained noodles and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add fish-sauce mixture, half of bean sprouts, half of peanuts, and half of green onions; cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Transfer Pad Thai to warm platter or serving bowl. Top with remaining bean sprouts and sprinkle with remaining peanuts, remaining green onions, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories 495; Total Fat 17g; Saturated Fat 3g; Cholesterol 235mg; Sodium 827mg; Total Carbohydrate 65g; Dietary Fiber 2g; Protein 25 g

Notes

Tips and Techniques:
On the side: Serve each person 1/2 cup steamed spinach. Start with 3 cups raw spinach leaves per person and steam or microwave until wilted; toss with a few drops of soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger, if desired.

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  • on April 21, 2013

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    Worst Pad Thai I have ever tasted! This was extremely easy to make, but there was WAY too much fish sauce - that was the only thing you could taste. My husband and I have both traveled to Thailand and were extremely disappointed by this recipe. I would give this 0 stars if I was able to.

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  • on March 01, 2013

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    This was easy to make and full of flavor. Everyone loved it! It especially benefits from the hit of lime at the end - the acidity brings out the full flavor. I will make this again!

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