Shrimp Pad Thai with Vegetable Noodles

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Shrimp pad thai with spiralized vegetable noodles tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce for a better for you twist!

shrimp pad thai with spiralized vegetable noodles

Do you love the exotic flavors of Thai cuisine but a little hesitant to make it at home for your loved ones? I’ve got a recipe that makes it easy to recreate one of your favorite noodle dishes right in your kitchen with a better for you twist!

Pad thai is traditionally made with chewy and delicious rice noodles but requires soaking and some wait time. Instead, I’ve added vegetable noodles for a produce-packed dish. This shrimp pad thai explodes with sweet and tangy flavors with a hint of heat. Plus it’s loaded with tons of garden-fresh ingredients.

Colorful spiralized vegetable noodles on a cutting board

Have you tried making spiralized vegetable noodles? It’s my new obsession! Using a simple spiralizing tool, you can create ribbons of vegetables for more fun and enjoyable way to enjoy your veggies. I’ve used it to make crunchy salads and as a substitute for pasta in my coconut curry meatball dish.

The summer brings gorgeous squash and carrots at its peak, so I used those as the noodles for the pad thai dish. The vegetable noodles cook up in a matter of minutes so that they can be gobbled up in an instant! One of the key ingredients in traditional pad thai noodles is tamarind paste. It adds that sweet tang characteristic to the plate, but it’s not very easy to find and usually needs to be purchased at an Asian market.

Bowl of shrimp Pad Thai with Spiralized vegetable noodles

One plate of pad thai is filled with lean protein and vegetables tossed in the rich sauce. Succulent shrimp, tofu, and eggs are sauteed to make the meal more satisfying, perfect for a family meal after a long day!

Grab your chopsticks and get ready to twirl! The tasty fruit and honey sauce get absorbed by the spiralized vegetables, making you wish you had more. The crunchy roasted peanuts and beans sprouts add just the right amount of crunch to each bite.

Chopsticks picking up spiralized vegetable noodles from a bowl of shrimp pad thai

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What is the best way to tell if Shrimp is perfectly cooked?

Nobody enjoys tough, rubbery shrimp, we all want those tender and succulent bites right? Shrimp cooks very quickly, usually within a few minutes on each side. Luckily for us, if we keep a watchful eye you can immediately witness the shrimp change from raw to ready. Shrimp is translucent with whitish gray-colored flesh, applying heat turns the protein to an opaque light whitish pink color. You’re going for a “C” shape and not a tight “O”, as cooking any further will cause the shrimp to be overcooked.

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Shrimp Pad Thai with Vegetable Noodles

Protein packed shrimp, tofu and spiralized noodles are tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce for a better for you twist!
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5 from 5 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree
Cuisine Thai



  • ¼ cup tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Pad Thai Noodles

  • 5 cups squash, spiralized, (2 to 3 large squash)
  • 2 cups carrots, spiralized, (2 to 3 large carrots)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces shrimp, medium-sized, 16/20 size
  • 1 cup tofu, firm, ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges



  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together paste, lemon juice, fish sauce, and honey. Set aside.

Pad Thai Noodles

  • Use a spiralizer, grater or thinly slice squash and carrots to create noodle strands. Set aside.
  • Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oil and allow to heat.
  • Add garlic and saute for 20 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add shrimp, cook about 2 to 3 minutes, flipping halfway through until shrimp is pink. Transfer to a clean plate.
  • Add tofu and stir-fry for 2 minutes, until warmed. Transfer to plate with shrimp.
  • Add egg and scramble until cooked, creating smaller pieces.
  • Add noodles and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add sauce, toss to combine and cook 1 minute.
  • Add back shrimp and tofu, and half of the bean sprouts. Toss to combine for 1 minute, turn off the heat.
  • Add pad thai to a large serving bowl and top with remaining sprouts on the side, top with chopped peanuts, green onions, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


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Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Pad Thai with Vegetable Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 826mg34%
Potassium 852mg24%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 11350IU227%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Judy says

    Hi Jessica,

    I really appreciated the tip on how to tell if shrimp is perfectly cooked. Often I will buy the precooked shrimp. Since it is already pink how do you handle the cooking or warming of it?


    • Jessica Gavin says

      Great question Judy! I would add the shrimp towards the last step and toss it in with the vegetable noodles and cook 2 minutes, or until warmed.

  2. Judy says

    Hey Jessica,

    One more thing, I started using the Ibotta app this last week. One thing I noticed though is a person really has to read the details for the specifics. I had several that were rejected because there were additional things to buy with the product that was shown on the picture in order to gain the refund. I was a bit disappointed with that but it was my own fault as a new user not paying close enough attention.

    Have a great day,

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you so much Jessie! Which spiralizer did you buy? I’m thinking to get the bigger one soon 🙂

  3. Karly says

    Well isn’t this just the most gorgeous dinner I’ve ever seen!? Love love love using my spiralizer, and this is such a great recipe to put it to use! Yum!

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