Easy Vegetarian Pad Thai Noodle Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free option)

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Jordynn: "Sooooooo yummy! I didn’t add any hot sauce but I…" Read More


  • 1 pound rice noodles (Asian-style)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari if you need it to be gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 block tofu (diced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (chopped or crushed, optional)
  • 4 green onions (scallions, sliced)
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NutritionView more



Calories460Calories from Fat190
Total Fat21g32%
Saturated Fat3.5g18%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat190
Total Carbohydrate55g18%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Melissa D. 9 days ago
Too spicy!! Very disappointing, because I was looking for some good Pad Thai.
Jordynn 28 days ago
Sooooooo yummy! I didn’t add any hot sauce but I did add more ginger, which really elevated the sour aspect of the dish! Great for just starting vegetarians and the gluten free option really helped!
Sir kNasty 13 Aug
Great dish and very unique taste. I want to try it again with tamarind. Be careful with the rice noodles, they overcook easily. The lime juice is a bit high, I'd take it down to 1/4 cup and level it out with the sugar. Must try. No leftovers!👍🏾
Natalie 11 Aug
I liked everything except for the peanut butter and soy sauce mixture.... my family really though!!
Ali 27 Jun
Really yummy. I used sweet chilli sauce and less sugar. I didn’t have tofu so added shredded cabbage and carrots. Would make again.
Timbadia 22 Jun
would make it again for sure!
Meghan R. 13 Jun
Turned out amazing! I didn't have to change a thing (only less hot sauce).
Bunny 17 May
First off, i am a very beginner-level cook. That being said I found the instructions are a little confusing (...do i add the noodles then the peanut sauce, or both at once?...). Also, I found that the 1/2 cup of lime juice made the dish entirely too sweet, and ultimately inedible. I ended up mixing this recipe with one i found on google to make with the rest of my unused rice noodles and ended up with a very good dish. lncludingthe peanut butter from this recipe in my new dish especially added to the taste, so i think that is what i mostly takeaway from this.
Emily 15 Apr
Cut the recipe in 1/2 because 1lb of noodles is quite much. Substituted sugar for coconut sugar and only utilized 3 tbsp. Added chili paste and red pepper flakes. Overall a very yummy dish!
Aviya 26 Mar
Delicious would definitely make again! Might try to thicken the sauce somehow though!
Kyle Starr 25 Mar
This tastes nothing like Pas Thai. Authentic Pad Thai should have Tamarind Paste/Concentrate in it, I wish I had known this before I made this recipe. Also it makes a ton of food, I ended up wasting a bunch brace this tasted so bad.
Paige 20 Mar
delicious😁 it was so good and it made so much we didnt have to worry aboutunch the next day!
Libby 14 Mar
Very very tasty! I added more peanut butter to make it more creamy!
Excellent Making it again. 1 week later
Sam R. 6 Feb
super quick and easy! took 10 minutes and tastes great as leftovers!
It was delicious. I would add less noodles to make it more saucy and more peanut butter for taste.
Absolutely delicious! Now my favourite dish.
Gale 5 Jan
While it was easy it was not what I wanted from pad thai
Suzie E. 4 Jan
Yummo!! Added mixed veggies.
Brien A. 30 Oct 2017
Amazing. I used amino instead of soy and had some trouble with the tofu. since it didn't specify, I used medium firm and it took much longer to cook, around 20 minutes since I didn't dry it out before cooking. I never cooked tofu before and found i should use firm or extra firm and press dry for 39 minutes before cooking. That all being said, it still tasted wonderful.
Maysoon 23 Oct 2017
It was okay... I would use dark Soya sause next time and less lime juice .
Emily Montemarano 21 Oct 2017
mine came out a little odd, would use a dark soy sauce next time
Joshua McCool 1 Jun 2017
This was really good! However, I need to get a wok - it was tasty but would get better flavor with one I think.
Chris L. 5 Dec 2016
Was a little spicy for me but i loved it. Can't wait to try it again. Maybe will try it with more veggies next time
Fatima Lemonde 25 Sep 2016
It turn so good. It's almost better than when I bought Thai in a restaurant. 😋 I will definitely do it again!!
Jessica B. 8 Sep 2016
It turned out perfectly, did it with smoked tofu and half chicken was great and I would make it again
José B. 6 Sep 2016
One of the best noodles I made at home. I made it without tofu and it ended up very well and tasty. I recommend it
Steve A. 31 Aug 2016
I also decided not to use the sugar as stated and swapped the tofu for more veg. Sauce was incredible!
Meghan 16 Aug 2016
Soooooo good!!! I would make more sauce next time but this tasted incredible! Even my meat eating family liked it!
Katie Diane S. 11 Jul 2016
This was super easy and really great! I took the advice of a previous commenter and eliminated the sugar. I will definitely making this next time but with 1/2 tbsp more peanut butter (i used organic crunchy pb), and less lime juice. I used bottled lime juice and will just juice 1 lime instead next time.