Use accessible ingredients to create Pad Thai in single skillet
  • Monday, June 17, 2019
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Use accessible ingredients to create Pad Thai in single skillet


    Authentic pad thai requires ingredients like preserved daikon, palm sugar and dried shrimp. This version is flavored simply with brown sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.

Our version of this classic uses accessible ingredients to re-create the sweet, sour and salty flavors of what is normally a complex dish. It is surprisingly easy to make and requires just one skillet.


  • By America’s Test Kitchen
  • 8 ounces (3/8-inch-wide) rice noodles
  • 3 quarts boiling water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (3 limes)
  • 1 pound extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces (4 cups) bean sprouts
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

Place noodles in large bowl; cover with boiling water. Stir, then let soak until noodles are soft and pliable but not fully tender, 12 to 15 minutes; stir once halfway through.

Drain noodles and rinse until water runs clear. Drain well.

While noodles are soaking, whisk sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice together in bowl; set aside.

Pat shrimp dry with paper towels.

Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high until just smoking. Add shrimp in single layer and cook until spotty brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

Stir in garlic during last minute of cooking. Transfer shrimp to plate and tent loosely with foil.

Add noodles and lime juice mixture to now-empty skillet and cook over medium heat until sauce is thickened slightly, about 4 minutes.

Add sprouts and shrimp; cook until both are warmed through and noodles are well coated and tender, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. Serves 4.

Approximate nutritional information, per serving: 478 calories, 10 g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 143 mg cholesterol, 1,894 mg sodium, 76 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 21 g protein

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