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Suuuper Easy Pad Thai 🍜 gluten free, keto & paleo

Whip up this low carb, paleo & keto pad Thai in just 15 minutes for true and incomparable traditional flavors! Make it with shrimp or chicken (or both!) for an ideal keto weeknight meal.

A bowl of keto pad thai with shirataki noodles and shrimp
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles

Paleo & Keto Pad Thai 🍜

Suuuper Easy & Quick!

Pad Thai needs no introduction. This much loved noodle, a staple of street Thai cuisine, has gained worldwide love; conquering taste bud after taste bud with it’s incomparable burst of flavors. But in case you didn’t know, it’s also one of the easiest and quickest dishes you can possibly whip up!

Traditionally made with rice noodles, this keto pad Thai uses shirataki instead. Making an entire bowl just 2g net carbs (!!).

Plus, you can whip it up in just 15 minutes. So it’s definitely a permanent weeknight staple over here chez gnom-gnom!

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Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai

The Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles, composed mostly of water and konjac yam (a water-soluble dietary fiber), are a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine. They also go by other names: konjac noodles (from the plant they originate), miracle noodles (because of the most popular brand) or konnyaku noodles. What has them trending, however, is that they’re effectively zero calories and carbs.

What do they taste like? Shirataki noodles are actually taste-less and will take on the flavors of the dish. Texture-wise is where they vary, as they are more rubbery than your traditional noodles. And tbh, we’re not fans of using them outside the realms of Asian cuisine. But given that the rice noodles used in pad Thai are also on the chewy-side, shirataki noodles do work quite well here. And in our book, definitely worth a try.

Plus, they’ve become so popular that you can now find them in different shapes and sizes. Think fettucini (i.e. pad thai), angel hair… and even ‘rice’. Just be sure to prepare them properly.

So in order to get them ready, we think best to follow manufacturer’s instructions (albeit rinse for a little longer until the konjac plant aroma goes away). So it’s easy peasy: drain the noodles, rinse well in cold water, place in boiling water for two minutes, then dry the noodles in a non-oiled pan over medium heat.

Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai

Paleo & Keto Pad Thai with shirataki noodles 🍜Just 2g net carbs! #keto #paleo #lowcarb #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #padthai

Paleo & Keto Pad Thai With Shirataki Noodles

Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: keto pad thai, pad thai shirataki noodles, paleo pad thai
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 265 kcal

Whip up this low carb, paleo & keto pad Thai in just 15 minutes for true and incomparable traditional flavors! Make it with shrimp or chicken (or both!) for an ideal keto weeknight meal.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package shirataki fettuccini noodles *
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons xylitol or erythritol
  • 1/4 teaspoon blackstrap molasses optional**
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice to taste***
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or ran through a press
  • 200 g fresh shrimp or chicken
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 30 g bean sprouts

To serve:

  • 3 green onions finely sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves torn
  • 35 g unsalted peanuts lightly toasted & roughly chopped
  • lime wedges

Instructions

To prepare the shirataki noodles

  1. We think best to follow manufacturer’s instructions (albeit rinse for a little longer until the konjac plant aroma goes away). So it’s easy peasy: drain the noodles, rinse well in cold water, place in boiling water for two minutes, then dry the noodles in a non-oiled pan over medium heat. Set aside. 

For the keto pad thai

  1. Whisk together thoroughly in a small bowl fish sauce, coconut aminos, sweetener and red pepper flakes or cayenne. Add lime juice to taste, starting at 2 tablespoons.

  2. Heat up oil in a skillet or pan over medium heat. Add in garlic and sautée briefly until it just starts to brown. Add in shrimp and cook for 2-5 minutes on each side (depending on their size), until just cooked through. Pile the shrimp on the edge of the pan.

  3. Pour in the lightly beaten eggs and continue to cook, stirring them to scramble, until solid but still moist and tender.

  4. Pour in the prepared sauce and mix briefly until the shrimp and scrambled eggs are evenly coated. Add in prepared noodles, tossing to coat in the sauce. Add soy sprouts and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Garnish with green onions, cilantro and peanuts. Serve immediately with fresh lime. 

Recipe Notes

*Or use whatever shape of shirataki noodles you have around. 

** Pad Thai is traditionally made with brown sugar, and so adding a touch of molasses to your sweetener will do just that (with minimal carb impact). Having said that, you can always skip it or use a brown sugar substitute such as Sukrin Gold

*** Traditional pad thai uses tamarind paste, and it does 

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated using shrimp and peanuts.  

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Keto Pad Thai With Shirataki Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 415mg138%
Sodium 840mg35%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 8.6mg10%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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96 comments

  1. This is the BEST recipe. I risked buying the coconut aminos and the fish sauce, things I’d never buy ordinarily, hoping that it would turn out well enough to “invest” and make it again… oh, I will make it again!! Like, maybe every week! No reason to miss out on “regular” Thai food when you can make this. AND the nutrition counts are perfect for Keto. Gnom-gnom is the BEST. Thanks so much!

  2. Josie says:

    Thank you for this recipe! It is super tasty and really easy to make. I was going to give up on Keto because I couldn’t find recipes that I liked but on your site, I’ve found so many 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      Jayne, I am not sure where you live, but most grocery stores in the US have it next to the soy sauce and if you have a Trader Joes, they carry their own brand.

  3. manuela says:

    Hi Paola!
    I love this recipe and we have been making it every other week. But I had a question… I decided to put this recipe on carb manager (app) since my husband and I both started trying to keep better track of our carb intake. We usually make it with chicken, and we don’t even use 200g as it just seems like so much chicken when we first cooked, so we reduced to 180g, and we do add a teaspoon of sriracha, which is another carb and we’re aware. Also, we don’t like bean sprouts, so we skipped that. These are really the only changes we made to the recipe and for the most part, our ingredients are the same brand. However, we’re getting twice as many net carbs from the app. I tried adding it all up myself, and the same thing. I know not to count carbs from the sweetener, so where do you think I’m getting things wrong? I’m sorry to bother you with that and for the most part, I really don’t care, but my husband will eat 2 servings of this easily. Thank you for any input.

    • Kyra says:

      Same here – I put this recipe into myfitnesspal and came up with 5g net carbs per serving. Still nice and low carb though.

      • Kimi says:

        It was indeed delicious! But I discovered the same thing when I researched all the ingredients, that it has more carbs than listed. Here is the actual breakdown, from multiple sources:
        Shirataki fettucine noodles 2 servings—1g (label says “<1g" carbs per serving, but it goes up since there are 2.3 servings in the package you have a link to)
        1/4 tsp Blackstrap molasses—1g
        1-1/2 Tbsp Fish sauce—1g
        1-1/2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos—1g
        2 Tbsp Lime Juice—2g
        2 Garlic cloves—2g
        2 eggs—1g
        30g bean sprouts—1g
        ——
        Total for 2 servings—10g (conservatively), 5g per single serving.
        I totally understand that this is not a big deal to most people, but as an epileptic I'm limited to 12g carbs for the whole day. I just think it might be important to review actual carbs as carefully as possible, when describing things as ketogenic—the original ketogenic diet was created for epileptics, and it can be very dangerous for us to go over our carb limits.

        • Hi Kimi! Yeah you guys have given quite a few heads up here that clearly something got calculated wrong by the software (those of you who follow me long time know this is never on purpose, just a human mistake). Should be 4-5g net carbs a serving not 2g!

          I’m away this week for my health, but this is already on my to-do list to get fixed 😉 big kiss guys and thanks for always taking the time to make gnom-gnom better!

  4. Emily says:

    Omg I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while and I finally made it tonight. I love everything about it! Even the noodles (first time having them too!). Totally satisfying and delicious. I’m going to make this for my friends soon!

  5. Lara says:

    This is so good! I’m not keen on those noodles so I cooked the meat with the sauce, then added in a bag of coleslaw, then mixed the egg through. More like a crack slaw, but sooo good! Thanks so much, I love your recipes ❤

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      Ooooh nice one Lara! I’ve made them with zoodles too, but love the idea of coleslaw! Thanks for the tip will love to try it! xo!

  6. Melissa says:

    Can I just say, you’re my hero! I adore Pad Thai and ever since going Keto, I’ve been craving it. This is by far the best Keto meal I’ve made. In my opinion, this is better than the original carb laden version. Amazing. Thank you!!

  7. Gigi Fergus says:

    Made this tonight and followed the recipe exactly. My husband who refuses to eat “keto” ate this and his comment was, “I’m impressed.” High praise, indeed!

    Actually this is very easy to make and the taste is excellent. Thanks and I will be coming back to try more of your recipes. Wish there was a way to post the pic I took — it really came out wonderfully.

    • Emily says:

      Loving your site! Such awesome recipes:) excited to work with Shirataki noodles. What would you say if I prepared this for a couple of meals and ate it cold as well? Would it work you think?

      Thank:)

  8. Amanda says:

    OMG.. as an Aussie girl who grew up in Asia slurpie noodle dishes are a constant cracking on low Carb. I know I used to eat these noodles as a kid and loved them but since they’ve been in the news have always been weary of cooking them myself. Made this as per you recipe tonight, chucked in broccoli & asparagus as it was wilting in the fridge… AMAZING! Thank you for opening up a whole new world.

  9. Criffy says:

    Wow! I’ve just recently delved into the world of low carb/Keto recipes and your blog is so inspiring. I truly appreciate your creativity. This recipe is amazing!! So, so satisfying. I doubled the recipe for 3 people, and every last bit was devoured. I also added some crispy tofu in addition to about 8 ounces of shrimp. Thanks to your blog and many others that I continue to discover, I feel like a whole universe of recipes (edible possibilities!) has opened up to me and I don’t feel restricted at all! I gotta admit bacon and eggs every day was wearing me down. Keep it up! I can’t wait to eat more!

  10. Beverly Ticer says:

    Did you use Bragg Liquid aminos or Braggs liquid coconut aminos. Only asking cause the link takes me to just the regular Braggs liquid aminos. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  11. Linda McDonald says:

    The noodles shown in your photo here are definitely NOT shirataki noodles, they are clear, not opaque, as shown here, a little misleading I think.

  12. Victoria H says:

    This recipe is amazing! My boyfriend and I loved it so much we were fighting over the leftovers. I didn’t use the molasses but it came out fine. I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for future use.

  13. Amanda says:

    Hi. I don’t have 2 tablespoons xylitol or erythritol. Can I use stevia as a substitute? I’m not doing Keto or whole 30. Thanks

    • Paola says:

      I don’t think you would quite get the taste with stevia tbh Amanda… but if you aren’t doing keto could you do something like coconut sugar or honey? xo!

      • Jill Vandersterre says:

        I just made it using Monk Fruit Sweetner (which from what i read online is keto friendly & better than stevia) and it the recipe tastes great! I also left out the molasses.

  14. Andrew says:

    This. Was. Amazing! We are still new-ish to Keto and I have been dying for Pad Thai. Hit the nail on the head. Our first time trying Miracle Noodles, couldn’t tell a difference.

    Only subbed the sweetener with truvia (2tsp), only 1 tbsp of the peanuts and cooked the eggs in a separate.

    Cannot than you enough!

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