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Today I am bringing you yet another Thai dish. But a simple one…20 Minute Pad Thai.

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First…can we talk about birthdays? Do you guys like your birthday?

I mean do you look forward to this day? Do you like to celebrate it with a party or dinner out? Do you like the attention being all on you? Receiving gifts and cards and having people do things for you that they would not normally do?

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I am a birthday well…hater. Yes, I really do not like my birthday.

I will celebrate anyone else’s happily, but my birthday? No thanks, I would rather pretend it did not exist.

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I know, ba humbug! The thing is, I do not like any attention, which I do understand is ironic, seeing as a write a blog for everyone (hopefully) to see. It just makes me uncomfortable.

I can blame my dad for this, I get it all from him. Mom and I could not be more different. She LOVES any reason to celebrate, whereas Dad and I, well not so much. Honestly, we are weird birds.

If you are wondering, no it is not my birthday. But yesterday, was my dad’s birthday. And he’s probably going to kill me for saying anything. But really, I just had to share this random little fact about my dad and me.

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So I made Pad Thai. Cause really, who doesn’t want Thai food on their Birthday? It’s the perfect little make your own take out treat for your Wednesday night!

And you know what, it was SO easy. I was not expecting it to take (seriously) twenty minutes, but it did, and it was awesome! Twenty minutes and one pan! You can not get takeout faster than that, so put away those menus! Trust me this is so much better than that greasy, soggy, overly salted stuff you’re about to order.

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If you make this 20 Minute Pad Thai, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

20 Minute Pad Thai

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 472 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Place noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit 10 minutes and then drain.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons peanut oil, ancho chile powder, and sambal oelek.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a wok or a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add eggs and cook, stirring, until set, about 30 seconds. Remove eggs to a plate.
  • Return pan to stove and increase heat to high. If needed add a tablespoon more of oil. When the pan is hot add the red bell pepper and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, add the sugar snap peas and garlic stir-fry a few seconds. Add noodles and toss well with ingredients in the pan. Stir-fry 1 minute.
  • Add fish-sauce mixture to the pan, tossing to combine with noodles. Add half of the peanuts, and eggs. Stir to combine, and transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts, cilantro, and scallions. Toss immediately and serve with lime wedges.
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Am I a freak…or does anyone else not love their birthday?


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  1. I hate my birthday too!!! I also hate getting presents – weird, huh? I thought I was the only one. I love celebrating anyone elses. Off to make your pad thai!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe…. Made it once this week and enjoyed it so much I made it again tonight!
    Used sesame oil instead of peanut oil. Also left out the chili powder since I didn’t have any, and it was to die for!! 10/10.

    1. Hi Laura,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Roseanne,
      Sure, that would work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. Hey Roseanne,
        Wonderful! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  3. Hi! Looking forward to making this tonight! I just noticed that I don’t have peanut oil- will the dish taste totally wrong if i substitute a different oil for it? Or do you have another solution! Thank you!

    1. Hey Kristin,
      You can use another oil that you have. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. It’s was less Pad Thai but maybe that was the tequila :). Overall 5/5 but unexpected.

  5. 5 stars
    So good and easy! Made ours with fried tofu, mushrooms, and broccoli as it was what was in the fridge. The sauce is just scrumptious! This recipe is so quick and easy!

  6. Made this for dinner with a Tom Kha soup. As always, your recipes are perfect. This was no exception. Fabulous work!