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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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126 comments

  1. joan May wilkerson says:

    Reading some of the reviews or comments was shocking!! You don’t deserve any of the negative comments and who ever took the time to be so nasty must really have some serious issues. I am guessing that person is very over weight and is just plain miserable and jealous of you and the people who take pride in their diet. You are awesome and don’t let those fools make yo feel bad about anything. You are a rock star!!!

  2. Veronica says:

    This was a hit tonight! My family loves Thai. Even my kids. I added sriracha to garnish for more spice. I will be making it again. The miracle noodles were not chewy and they took on the flavor perfectly.

  3. connie nordby says:

    Yum, Yum! Just finished this new keto friendly noodles dish! even my husband loves it. I think I’d leave out the sugar next time. It’s great with soy sauce too. Next time I’LL ADD MOVE VEGGIES. IT REALLY helped my craving for pasta. I used konjac noodles from walmart.

  4. Asha says:

    Delicious! I also have cooked shiratake before and not enjoyed it. I think boiling and dry frying first really helped. I used tamarind paste (I didn’t quite understand the *** note), I am not strictly keto and maybe tamarind is a no-no. This was easy and delicious.

  5. Nauseously disgusted. says:

    You people are so delusional. If Shiritaki has ‘no real flavor of it’s own’, then it doesn’t taste like pasta. If it can be (and is) described as ‘gelatinous’, it is nothing like any form of pasta, unless the pasta cook is an idiot. Who’s interested in something that by all descriptions, looks, tastes, and feels like the product of a runny nose? This constant BS of trying to say one ‘food’ can replace another food, when there are ZERO similarities between them, is a really bad, and classless joke. I love cauliflower, but it is not and never will be rice, bread, pizza crust, mashed potatoes, or grits. There is nothing you can do to make cauliflower have the taste or texture of the foods you’re trying to counterfeit. Just STOP. You’re as bad as vegans who keep seeking out fake meat.

    • Lol… someone’s having a bad day on the Keto diet?! 😉

      pssst! There’s absolutely no cauliflower in this pad Thai… and please note that shirataki noodles are an actual Asian produce, that is not supposed to be pasta! They’re noodles, different thing!

      So please do show some respect for foods and produce of different cultures!

    • Honest biotch says:

      Obviously this nauseously disgusted **** doesn’t like anything many of us on keto are eating clean and healthy for our health and can’t eat the potatoes rice and traditional pasta because it causes inflammation or even gastric issues. So eat a fat bomb and stfu!!!!

    • Johnny B says:

      Seriously… your reading a Keto recipe… Keto = no pasta or sugar. Of course there will be substitutions…

      Anyways… Great recipe and great use of Keto friendly ingredients! Those noodles are awesome and perfect for a pad thai!

    • Lia says:

      Then don’t eat it. It’s not that hard. No one is making you try these recipes or eat the food. People who follow the keto diet may still want to be able to eat foods everyone else does– like noodles, desserts, bread, etc.

    • Jay J says:

      In fact, these noodles are not gelatinous, it isn’t a replacement, has nothing to do with cauliflower, and unless you’ve tried it, you have no business making any kind of comment or comparing it to anything else. You must be a troll, sitting in your mom’s basement, with nothing meaningful happening in your life, and taking out your discontent and dissatisfaction with your crappy life by writing mean and nasty comments on food blogs. Grow up.

    • Donia says:

      Oh dear, Have you ever suffered from IBS and the need for a very restrictive diet to stop flare ups ?
      I am so grateful for this site and the different and delicious keto recipes! I haven’t had so many options and felt so good in years.
      I am wondering how much toilet paper you have stacked in your store room, you seem like that type?
      Thank you gnom-gnom, no panic buying in this house. Just healthy bodies and happy grateful hearts 🙏❤x

  6. Diana Gaskin says:

    Love the look of the recipe, but you shouldn’t call it paleo if it has peanuts in it. I’d substitute that for cashews.

  7. Maryse says:

    Hi Paola, I have a question for you. The Shirataki noodles, I’m using a different brand, Liviva, how many ounces total should I use. Thanks!!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Omg, this recipe is SO GOOD! I have to admit, I had some apprehensions going in, as I had tried a shirataki noodle recipe once before with less than desirable results. But, as it turns out, they work great in pad thai! This recipe is absolutely delicious and I will be making it again in the immediate future. Thank you so much! You actually enabled me, a person with virtually no cooking skills whatsoever, to make a keto-friendly pad thai dish that rivals the best pad thai dishes out there! I am forever grateful.

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