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Vegan Pad Thai Recipe

Cooking time

30 min

vegan pad thai recipe easy

Pad Thai is a delicacy of a dish, it’s yummy, warming, satiating, and fairly simple to recreate at home. The combination of noodles together with perfectly cooked vegetables in a sauce that’s bursting with flavor is truly what makes pad Thai at least a once a week craving. I’m sure you have your go-to place for the perfect pad Thai but in times like these, it almost forces us to learn how to recreate the same at home. There are many variations of vegetable pad Thai recipes and will be sharing some of the best veggie pad Thai recipes that are simple, easy to follow, and promise a delicious result.

The perfect pad Thai vegan recipe should provide a colorful, flavorful result that can be adapted to your preferences in order to create a dish that not only you can enjoy but your entire family too! It’s one of those that’s particularly hard not to like!

Best Vegan Pad Thai Recipe

In most cases, pad Thai contains eggs and often chicken or some sort of meat but for this veg pad Thai recipe the egg is not necessary and the chicken or meat can so easily be replaced with tofu or some sort of plant-based meat alternative and if these are not for you your easy pad Thai recipe vegan can be purely made up of veggies, so there is something for everyone and a gluten-free option of course.

Easy Vegan Pad Thai Recipe

The first step of beginning to create your masterpiece of a meal is to gather all your ingredients that make this pad Thai vegan recipe easy and simple to follow, no chef skills are required at all.


There are three components to creating the perfect vegan pad Thai and those are the sauce, the stir fry, and the toppings.


  • 1 1⁄2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (coconut aminos can also be used as a lower sodium alternative)
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp spicy garlic sauce
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp vegan “fish sauce” (this is optional)

Stir Fry

  • 230 grams’ pad Thai rice noodles (usually gluten-free)
  • 1 sesame oil (for frying can be replaced with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu cut into cubes (Satan, tempeh, or extra veg can be used as a substitute)
  • 1 1⁄2 red Thai chilies (can be fresh or dried) option to replace chilies with 1⁄2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp. soy sauce (or alternative tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 3⁄4 cup diced green onions
  • 1⁄2 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • extra veg such as zucchini, corn, and broccoli can also be used to bulk up the dish and add more vegetable diversity
  • 1/3 cup roasted and salted peanuts finely chopped


All toppings are optional but these are the best for finishing off your perfect easy vegan pad Thai recipe.

  • lime wedge (1 per serving)
  • cilantro
  • a spicy sauce such as siracha or the garlic chili sauce used in the sauce
  • shredded carrot
  • crushed up roasted and salted peanuts


Now we need to combine these ingredients to create these perfect three components that we can eventually add together to create the ultimate pad Thai vegan recipe easy, simple, and delicious!

pad thai recipe vegan


In a medium-size saucepan combine the tamarind paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, spicy garlic sauce, lime juice, and optional vegan fish sauce and stir over medium heat until all combined into a slightly thick in consistency sauce and then removed the saucepan and set aside to cool. It should only need about 30-50 seconds on the heat to combine

Stir Fry

The first part of creating your stir fry is to prep all your ingredients, make sure your vegetables are cut, your garlic is minced and if you are using tofu then that should be pressed until all the excess liquid is removed. Once all these are all prepared and ready heat your oil in a large pan and then add your tofu or plant-based alternative, sauté this until slightly golden brown in color. Щnce cooked add your Thai chilies or chili flakes, your garlic, and your soya sauce and mix around gently until slight brown in color, you should start smelling the pad Thai aromas by now. The next step is to add all your veg to the pan, your carrots along with your chopped bell pepper, bean sprouts, green onions, and any additional veg of your choice and toss until all is cooked and combined.

The final cooking step is to add your chopped peanuts, noodles, and your already made sauce to your pan and toss over medium heat until well combined and everything is coated in your sauce this should roughly take around 3-4 minutes.

Then switch off the heat and transfer to a dish of your choice.

The total final step is to serve and add your toppings so your lemon wedge, shredded carrot, cilantro and roasted peanuts with a hint of sriracha if you’re feeling the spice.

And just like that, you have yourself the ultimate pad Thai recipe vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and oh so delicious. This vegan pad Thai recipe easy to follow, simple ingredients, fast preparation, and cooking time is the perfect meal for a dinner for one, a romantic evening, and family night and is equally as good the next day or even two!

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