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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.

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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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103 comments

  1. Allison says:

    This tasted good, but keep in mind that coconut aminos have sugar, some brands more than others. The lowest sugar brand I found has one carb per tsp, which means about 4 carbs in this recipe. The Trader Joe’s version has even more sugar.

  2. Sandi Dranchak says:

    Hi! Just wanted to ask how you ended up with a carb count of 2 grams? I entered recipe into MyFitnessPal and it came out to be 25 grams! I even omitted the molasses. I didn’t check but I’m also pretty sure there wasn’t 23 grams of fiber. Can’t wait to try it though as Thai is one of my favorite cuisines!

  3. Tracy D says:

    Shut the fish sauce front door!!! I made it according to your recipe and it was absolutely amazing. Who knew Keto Pad Thai could be as good as my favorite Thai restaurant??!! Gnom-gnom did that’s who. It was so good it will be made weekly ( or more 🙂

  4. Autumn says:

    Holy schnikes….

    This was amaaaaaazing. I made chicken bc I couldn’t get fresh shrimp last night at the store. But I just added some extra stevia to the sauce and lime juice and it was perrrrrfect. Def will be remaking this! I also added some carrots and some cabbage for some crunch.

  5. Mikaelah M Morocco says:

    hi again! I just called the Miracle Noodle company and they said ‘no’ to freezing leftovers and said it would be good in the fridge for two days. Next time I won’t make so much! I really hate to waste it. 🙂

  6. Mikaelah M Morocco says:

    I made this for the second time tonight. It is SO good!!! I did not have any of the fettuccini noodles – but I did have the Miracle rice – so used that instead. Reminded me of awesome fried rice. Question: Do you know if leftovers can be frozen – wondering how the Miracle noodles hold up after being frozen. Thank you!!!

  7. Kelli says:

    Have you tried left overs if this? I’m trying to meal prep and missing pad thai so much that I got excited for this! Just not sure how well the noodles do over a day or two in the fridge.

  8. Sarat says:

    Awesome recepie .. Posted just in time when I restarted my keto after a month’s break .. have tried the shrimp version and yet to try the chicken version … Thank you ..

  9. Kim says:

    I’m in heaven and can’t believe this is low carb!! I’m not going to lie though – when I opened that pack of noodles and caught a whiff, I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out!! My fiancee walked in and wanted to know where the “dead fish” smell was coming from hahaha!!!
    But this really is delicious!! Thank you!!

    • Paola says:

      Oh lol Kim definite yes on the noodles the first time around, I was like whaaaaaat…..?! The rice version can be pretty awesome too! So happy you enjoyed the recipe though, and thanks for reporting back again! xo

  10. Milovat says:

    I found this website looking for a pad thai recipe using konjac noodles. I made this recipe and it’s actually better than most pad thai I’ve eaten at thai restaurants. I added in some lemongrass and made mine with chicken, shrimp, and tofu. VERY good. I have since also tried another recipe from your blog – the super fudgey brownies and also my favorite brownie recipe! Thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Oh wow that’s wonderful to Hera Milovat! And I LOVE your addition of lemongrass! Also awesome to hear about the brownies, those are def top 5 favorites of mine too 😉 xo!

  11. Donna says:

    OOPS…totally neglected to read your note with the almond sub!!! So sorry and should have realised you amazingly think of everything…and everyone’s particular eating lifestyle situations!

  12. Donna says:

    Cannot WAIT to make this recipe…but…but…are peanuts paleo or keto compliant?! Not sure I can imagine Pad Thai without some kind of peanut…or at least some kind of crunchy nut factor!! Thank you for your endless ingenuity and creativity in devising all of this lusciousness.

    • Paola says:

      Lol! So happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes Donna! Peanuts aren’t paleo because they’re a legume, but they’re lower in carbs than almonds so technically keto? There are different thoughts on this, I say go with what your own body says (for instance, they work great for me but cause immediate inflammation for my mom who has arthritis). Hope this helped xo!

  13. Kim says:

    Hi Paola! I love your recipes. I wanted to add (as someone that uses Miracle Rice a lot), you can microwave the noodles in order to dry them out and to greatly reduce their odor. I drain them in a sieve, then microwave them for 2 minutes. Drain the water released and then microwave for another minute or two. They’re usually pretty dry and have almost no odor. I know some people are against using the microwave and obviously, this method would not be for them. But for others, like myself, it is very fast, easy, and effective. *the length of time might vary on different noodles* Also, I have a 1000W microwave – as an FYI.

    • Paola says:

      Kim this is an AWESOME tip thank you for sharing!! I actually don’t own a microwave (total hippy food blogger here lol!), but always SUPER helpful to readers 🙂 xo and have a lovely weekend!

  14. Casey Fernandez says:

    I made this tonight (with chicken and tofu-shirataki fettuccine noodles) and I could hardly even tell that it wasn’t the real thing. I can do keto forever with recipes like this.

  15. Vanessa says:

    Great recipe! Thought the sauce tasted gross on its own so I was concerned. But all mixed together, it totally worked and was delicious! Pretty darn close to the beloved carb-laden original. Will definitely make again.

  16. Shantelle C Stephens says:

    This was wonderful, I made this for my husband and I tonight and everything was magnífico! Thank you, your recipes are written so well and easy to follow for me. I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and already this is my 5th recipe of yours. Your photography is what got me here, but the amazing food keeps me coming back.

  17. Jane Ritchuk says:

    Made this last night for hubby and I. He got some regular pasta in his and I just got more bean sprouts. He was very satisfied with his meal and asked me to make it again. Mine was absolutely delish even without any noodles. I cant find the noodles in the recipe so just settled for without. Still absolutely fabulous and I was totally satisfied.

  18. Penny says:

    Made this twice already, it’s amazing! I love the texture of shirataki noodles and the sauce is so flavourful, I didn’t notice their flavour. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Sidd says:

    I just made this with chicken and it was absolutely amazing!!!! I can’t believe I’m eating a low carb dish. It tastes just like the real thing!!! You are a star!! 🙂

  20. Rayan says:

    Delicious recipe, but I ended up with a stomach ache and discomfort due to the miracle noodles. I looked at the reviews of miracle noodles, and it might have been that I ate too many or it just doesn’t agree with me. Might be good for others to start with smaller portions to see if it agrees with them.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Rayan! Thank you so much about reporting back with this, I just did a quick google on the matter and it does say that if eaten in excess (and/or not chewed thoroughly or consumed with enough water) it can cause discomfort in some peeps. I’ll add a note to the post! xo! P

  21. Dany N says:

    I started with a silly grin after the first bite and couldn’t help but smile until I was done eating the whole thing! THANK YOU for bringing Pad Thai back into my life!

  22. Jean says:

    I’ve made this one a few times already with both chicken and shrimp and I must say that were it not for the shirataki it would taste EXACTLY like pad thai! Damn shirataki lol! But in all honesty thank you for this recipe, no longer crave takaway now!

  23. Bird Girl says:

    This was outstanding. The noodles were unremarkable–just what I’m looking for in a dish like this–and the shrimp and flavors were perfect. Next time, I won’t forget the green onion at the store!

  24. Anna says:

    Probably the best post I’ve seen all month! I just got my miracle noodles at Walmart and I’m making a quick chicken version tonight!

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