This is the Easiest Pad Thai Peanut Sauce recipe that takes about 5 minutes using pantry staples you already have.
When I traveled to Thailand in 2015 I had the joy and honor to soak up the Thai culture including the most delicious fresh foods, including pad thai. Disclaimer, this is totally not a full on pad thai, but when I’m in a time crunch and I want to throw a healthy meal together that “tastes like pad thai”, or at least reminds me of those meals in Thailand, this is the sauce and dish I make.
I hope that you guys enjoy making this when you’re craving pad thai but want to whip it up with ease at home using most of your pantry staples and some fresh bits.
What Is Pad Thai?
Pad Thai is easily one of the most popular dishes ordered at local Thai restaurants and is a great introduction to Thai food in general. In fact, it is the national dish in Thailand which makes sense as it’s so delicious!
Pad thai is a simple stir-fry dish that usually contains rice noodles, eggs, tofu, another source of protein such as shrimp, chicken, etc. and flavored with fish sauce, tamarind paste, garlic, red chili pepper, palm sugar, cilantro or Thai basil, and a lime wedge. People describe the flavors of this dish as bold, rich, vibrant, sweet and sour, and a little funky from the fish sauce.
There are a variety of ways you can make this dish with your choice of protein, sprinkling crushed peanuts on top, adding a handful of bean sprouts on top, and more. It’s up to you and what you like or think will fit well with the flavors.
This sauce can be made and used for meal-prep if you need to whip up a quick lunch or dinner, if you’re just craving pad thai but you’re in a hurry, or if you’re hosting a couple of friends at your home. Either way, it won’t take you much time which is the important part.
Want To Step It Up?
Again, this is a bare-bones sauce that hits the spot when you’re craving pad thai, but to get the real thing, try adding these ingredients to your grocery shopping list and how to use them in this recipe to make a full on pad thai:
- Garnishes: fresh bean sprouts, dried shrimp, red chili oil, lime wedges, roasted peanuts
- Add to the sauce: fish sauce (I’m personally not a fan of the flavor of fish sauce, but it does give pad Thai its umami flavor that can’t be beaten — oh, and a little goes a long way), coconut sugar (about 1 teaspoon to this sauce for the whole sweet, spicy, and savory thing), and tamarind
- Recommended vegetables to use: garlic chives, pickled radishes
- Proteins recommended: anything from organic tofu, fresh shrimp, scrambled eggs in with the noodles, to chicken, whatever you enjoy and fits your lifestyle