Easy Pad Thai Recipe

Easy Pad Thai, also kid-friendly! from @mealplanmom

I am excited to be participating in another #SundaySupper event this week! My first time was only two weeks ago and although I’ve been following along for awhile, I’m just now jumping in and getting involved. A few weeks ago, Isabel, the FamilyFoodie, asked for hosts for upcoming events and when I suggested a Kids in the Kitchen event, she loved it and I agreed to host!

If you’re not familiar with #SundaySupper, the idea is that we all need to take the time, even if it’s just once a week, to get back to the family dinner table and share our time with family. For generations before ours, it was a weekly tradition and it’s something that we hope to make a tradition once again in households across the globe.

My kids and I all love getting into the kitchen and cooking together. Not only does it help them learn basic skills on how to make something to eat, but it also gives us time together. I’ve written before about how kids, even toddlers, can be involved in the cooking process.

When I asked them what they wanted to make for this Kids In the Kitchen event, they both said, without hesitation, “Pad Thai!” We love many different kinds of Asian food and eat and prepare them often. Pad Thai has become a dish that they can practically make all on their own now but we all still like to make it together. It’s also a dish that my husband likes to make with them.

We have made Pad Thai using the mixes available on the Asian food aisle and also a bit more authentic version using tamarind. But tamarind paste can be hard to find (I get it at the Asian food market but it’s not close so when I’m out, I’m out!). We found this easy version that tastes pretty much like the real thing and really is so quick and easy to put together. We like to use any leftover meat that we have on hand—beef, chicken or shrimp and sometimes use cubed tofu. It’s totally customizable and the flavors are terrific! I hope you’ll give it a try sometime soon!

Dinner’s ready!
(BTW, the writing on my daughter’s arm is from her swim meet the day before–all of the events she swam in!)

I originally found this recipe on Brownies For Dinner but she adapted it from an Everyday Food recipe. We’ve both adapted it a bit from the original to make it our own!

Easy Pad Thai Recipe-Kids In the Kitchen #SundaySupper
Serves: 4 servings
  • (adapted from Everyday Food)
  • 8 ounces dried, wide and flat rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 squirt (about ⅛ teaspoon) Sriracha (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 3 scallions (green onions), white and green parts, separated and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 large eggs, light beaten (optional)
  • 1 cup firm tofu or cooked meat--steak, chicken, shrimp
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts
  1. Soak noodles according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, and Sriracha.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat
  4. Add scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  5. Add eggs and cook, scraping skillet with spatula until eggs are almost set (about 30 seconds). Transfer eggs to a plate
  6. Add noodles, scallion greens, and sauce to skillet. Cook, tossing constantly, until noodles are soft (about 1 minute). Add egg mixture and toss to coat, breaking eggs up gently.
  7. Serve noodles with lime wedges, topped with cilantro and peanuts
If you have any leftovers (which are rare in our house!) you can heat them up in the microwave or in a small skillet to warm the noodles. But Pad Thai is best the first day as the sauce tends to get soaked up in the fridge somehow. Just squeeze a little extra lime juice over it and you'll be good to go!

It doesn’t take too many ingredients to whip up this Easy Pad Thai! Most of it you probably already have on hand!

We use a small juicer to get all the lime juice out.

You have to be quick to scramble up that egg–but it’s really easy!

Soak the rice noodles in VERY hot water for about five minutes until they’re soft.

After a few minutes in the hot water, the noodles are soft and ready to use.

Stirring up all the ingredients and heating through–almost done!

The #SundaySupper Group was super excited to have Kids In the Kitchen this week and as you can see from the list below, lots of them got busy whipping up some yummy things! I can’t wait to try a few of them myself!

Start Your Day:


Healthy Snackers:


Main Squeeze:


Sweet Treats:


Be sure to check out the live #SundaySupper Twitter chat starting at 3 pm EST. We will be sharing great family recipes all afternoon plus tips on how to get kids into the kitchen and we want you to share yours with us! Follow us on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper.


  1. says

    I love that your kiddo’s enjoy Pad Thai. What a great dish and fantastic recipe. Love this! P.S. Thanks for the theme this week – it’s absolutely perfect – I loved giving my kids a week to shine!

  2. says

    Superb summer meal and easy enough for the kids to join in. Like that you used an electric skillet too. Living down here in Florida I look to avoid the stove any chance I get.

  3. says

    I love the simplicity of this interpretation. Like most asian dishes it’s quick, uses few ingredients and is to the point. I’ll be making this soon.

    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

      Thanks Jerry! I agree, it was SO simple and that makes it addiitonally appealing. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical at first that it didn’t have tamarind in it, but it really did taste so much like the real thing–an extra bonus for sure!


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