Sunday, August 21, 2011

Shrimp Pad Thai

I watch incredibly too many hours of Food Network every week. Alternated sometimes with HGTV but mostly, it’s Food Network. Or Cooking Chanel. But they are really the same thing anyway. So, to recap, I just spend too many hours watching some form food on my television. I also spend too much time browsing cookbooks, my recipe binder and recipe websites. It should be noted that I don’t need new recipes. In addition to my collection of cookbooks and recipe cards, I have an enormous amount of recipes that are bookmarked, saved in Word documents, scribbled on the back of junk mail and torn from magazines. Yet, I keep collecting new ones. It’s an obsession, friends. A continually worsening addiction. Is anyone else with me or am I alone in this? Please say I’m not alone!

I decided that I have to start going through some of these recipes, crossing them off of my list to make room for new ones. I found this one three times. Once bookmarked in Firefox; once saved as a Word document; once in an email that linked directly to the recipe at the My Recipes (via Cooking Light). I guess this one sounded good.

One of our favorite restaurants (or at least, one of my favorites in the city) is Lulu’s Noodles in downtown Kansas City.  It’s such a fun atmosphere and the food is awesome…including their Pad Thai.  Paul loves theirs, especially.  He orders it with shrimp and he usually orders extra heat.  I adapted this recipe just a bit, in hopes of creating one that resembled Lulu’s version. It was not exactly the same but came very close. Regardless, it was delicious and we will be making this one again!

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Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


8 ounces rice noodles
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 tsp. oyster sauce
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs. Sriracha (more or less depending on your desired heat level)
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
3 Tbs. canola oil
1 1/2 cups green onions, sliced into 1-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs. cilantro, divided
12 ounces peeled, deveined shrimp
1 – 2 cups bean sprouts
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted


Cook noodles according to package. Drain and drizzle with olive oil.

While the noodles cook, mix the brown sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, lemon juice, Sriracha, ginger and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large, high-sided skillet or Wok. Add onion, garlic, shrimp and 1 tablespoon cilantro; stir-fry for 2 minutes until shrimp is almost cooked. Stir in sauce and cook one minute, stirring constantly. Add the cooked noodles and bean sprouts. Garnish with peanuts and the remaining cilantro.


42 Responses to “Shrimp Pad Thai”

  1. #
    Erin — August 21, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    This looks amazing! I LOVE Pad Thai! I will have to try this one out soon! Thanks!

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    Angie's Recipes — August 21, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    Deeeeeeelish! I love seafood pad thai.

  3. #
    Naoko — August 21, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    This looks so delicious, I will try this recipe for my family.

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    Alan Cooke — August 21, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Looks delicious! I'm with Paul, turn up the heat :). I'm with ya on the recipes, too. I have enough to last 3 lifetimes, but keep looking anyway! 😉

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — August 21, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I can understand why you saved this recipe in several places, Cassie. It has all the flavors we love in a dish too. I'm bookmarking this one for sure.

  6. # — August 21, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    You are definitely NOT alone about the recipe hoarding!! Ha! I don't think I'll ever make it through them all. I have recipes thrown out from magazines. I have cookbooks. And of course I have a billion recipes found online that I've either bookmarked or pinned on Pininterest. I think you're smart to finally go back and knock some out that have been waiting for awhile.

  7. #
    Anonymous — August 21, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    No tamarind? No fish sauce? Lemon instead of lime?

  8. #
    kyleen — August 21, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Mhmm that looks delicious. I love pad thai. And I hoard recipes too. Every time I go to the library, I manage to bring back another cookbook. I have so many recipes that I want to try and not enough time!

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    Peggy — August 21, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Trust me, you're not alone. I find recipes scattered all around the house – has been a life saver for me, at least it helps me keep the mess in a somewhat organized fashion lol

    And no wonder this Pad Thai was bookmarked so many times – it sounds and looks delicious!

  10. #
    Parsley Sage — August 21, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Heh. I'm the queen of bookmarking recipes I'll probably NEVER get to 🙂 This Pad Thai sounds awesome!

  11. #
    Denise — August 21, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    This looks delicious! I LOVE Thai food. I like it spicy but not the extra spicy Thai hot so much. We make lots of Thai food-I have been to Thailand and we have someone from Thailand living here currently so it is a favorite here. I think the photo of your version looks wonderful.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 21, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Cassie, I love this! I love pad thai, but I've never attempted to make it myself. I also have too many recipes to make on my to-do list, but I saved this one and will hopefully get around to making it soon! 🙂

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    Ali — August 21, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    This looks amazing! P.S.- You are not alone in the recipe addiction 😉 I have a few HUGE binders and several shelves filled with books and I keep collecting. Especially when I see good ones like this!

  14. #
    The Culinary Lens — August 21, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    I am such a lover of Asian flavor profiles and Pad Thai is no exception. I love trying to replicate restaurant dishes

  15. #
    Lizzy — August 21, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    At least you're saving yours on the computer! I'm stuck in the last century and still print off way too many. I have a thing for Asian noodle salads, too…and this sounds fabulous~

  16. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 21, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    I always have Food Network on in the background when I am in the kitchen 🙂 I can't multitask enough to cook and write down the recipe ideas I hear though! I am always searching back for something I knew I heard!

  17. #
    Ann — August 21, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    Looks amazing! I, too spend a ton of time watching food programs…

  18. #
    Manuela — August 22, 2011 @ 4:20 am

    Hahahaha I am just like you… I have so many recipes saved/bookmarked and I never get around to try any of them!!! This pad thai looks scrumptious btw!

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    Taylor — August 22, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    The #1 worst thing about not having cable is that I can't watch Food Network…so sad!! My bf loooooves pad thai and so I am always on the lookout for a great pad thai recipe…this one looks awesome! Can't wait to give it a try.

  20. #
    Baker Street — August 22, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I absolutely love shrimp anything. Pad Thai looks delicious.

  21. # — August 22, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    oooh i'm the same way! i have way too many recipes to try, more than a lifetime's worth. 🙂 my mom is the same way. this looks great, glad it was a saver. 🙂

  22. #
    Jennifer — August 22, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I love Mingle Monday! I just love Pad Thai and your recipe looks just wonderful! Look forward to trying! 🙂

  23. #
    Jennifer — August 22, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    LOL You are too funny. This looks lovely. I don't think I've had this before.

  24. #
    Kate from Scratch — August 22, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    This looks delicious. Definitely going to try your recipe. Looking at the ingredients, I can tell it tastes fantastic.

  25. #
    Julia — August 22, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    I love shrimp! And peanuts! And ginger! Looks yummy 😀

  26. #
    Monica — August 22, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    This looks delicious! and I can say that you are definitely not alone with your recipe obsession! 🙂

  27. #
    Ryan — August 22, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Ooooh this looks delicious, I love pad thai and now I want a big bowl of it!! I totally share your recipe addiction– maybe we all need to form a support group (and swap recipes) 😉

  28. # — August 22, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Hahaha..those are my three favorite channels too!! I love pad thai…most of the time I make it with chicken. I think I need to try this shrimp version! 🙂

  29. #
    Christine's Pantry — August 23, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    Looks wonderful. Yum!

  30. #
    Beth — August 23, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    I am totally with you. I try to cull recipes (and cookbooks) as often as possible, but it's hard to keep up!

  31. #
    Becky — August 23, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    Congrats on the Top 9 today! Your Pad Thai looks soo good with all those flavors. I. too, am like you with so many recipes in every form, saved in Word,, bookmarked, torn from magazines, and I need to review them, someday…

  32. #
    Kitchenarian — August 23, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    This looks delicious. I have a whole list of things I have bookmarked too. So glad you tried this one and shard it with us. Congrats on Top 9!

  33. #
    Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) — August 23, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    This looks totally perfect! And congrats! 🙂

  34. #
    Mercedes — August 23, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    I have been looking for a good and predictable pad thai recipe and this one looks amazing. Thanks for sharing, I will be making it this week!

  35. #
    Margaret Murphy Tripp — August 23, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    I'm with you on both the recipe collecting addiction and time spent watching food related shows. Currently hooked on "MasterChef." I love the pad thai at our local thai restaurant but have never attempted it at home. I think you have piqued my interest and I'll have to try it!

  36. # — August 23, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I love pad thai! Bookmarking your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  37. # — August 23, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    wow, that looks so delicious! Congrats on top 9!!

  38. #
    Helen — August 23, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    OMG, I completely understand! I have a massive bookcase with well over 100 cookbooks and keep buying more..not to mention the million I have bookmarked! This recipe looks delicious and I will definitely be doing this one in the future!

  39. #
    Reeni — August 23, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    Pad thai is one of my all-time favorites! This is a delicious recreation! And I feel your pain with all the recipes – I have more saved up than I could make in a lifetime.

  40. #
    Anonymous — August 23, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    I am the same way, I have too many recipes and too many cookbooks. What really aggravates me is when I want to cook something we liked and I can't find it again. I bought a notebook binder and started printing the recipes and putting them in my binder. Even though it's already in a cookbook, I know I won't find it again! So I guess I'll call it my "favorites" recipes.

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    Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having — August 26, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    This sounds amazing! I've been looking for a good pad thai recipe. Can't wait to try this!


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