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Home Base Pad Thai

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Yield: 4 1x


This is a great starter recipe that provides a good base for variations. Feel free to add in a bit of shrimp or some bean sprouts to make it your own.


  • 8oz wide rice noodles
  • 1/3c fresh lime juice
  • 1/3c water
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Asian sweet chili sauce, or a dash of Sriracha
  • olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4c cilantro, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 34 Tbsp cashews, roughly chopped

For variations:

  • 1/2lb shrimp, peeled and deveined or 1 heaping cup bean sprouts


  1. Place rice noodles in a large bowl and cover with the hottest tap water you can get. Allow noodles to soak in water for 25-30 minutes, or until tender (but not mushy). Drain.
  2. While the noodles are soaking, prepare the sauce by whisking lime juice, water, soy sauce or tamari, fish sauce, brown sugar, and sweet chili sauce or Sriracha. Set aside while you cook the eggs.
  3. Heat a small drizzle of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Pour in eggs and cook, without scrambling, in a large egg pancake/open omelet shape. (The egg layer will be thin) As soon as it looks cooked through, remove egg pancake from the pan and place on a cutting board. Chop into strips or cubes.
  4. (Note: if adding shrimp or sprouts, heat another drizzle of olive oil in the same pan used to cook the eggs, and add them here. Cook over medium heat until shrimp are opaque or sprouts are heated through. Remove from pan and set aside with eggs.)
  5. In the same pan used to cook the eggs, add prepared noodles, egg, and sauce. (If using shrimp or sprouts, add the cooked shrimp or sprouts here as well.) Toss to coat everything well. Top with cilantro, green onion, and cashews.


For a gluten-free version, I use San-J Gluten Free Tamari sauce. Also, double check that your sweet chile sauce is gluten and dairy free. Thai Kitchen brand is a good choice.