This easy Low Carb Shrimp Pad Thai recipe is full of bold Asian flavors! Ready in just 20 minutes this lightened up version of the Thai classic substitutes rice noodles for extra vegetables before the whole thing is tossed together in a creamy, rich, peanut butter and lime sauce. And did I mention this lighter Pad Thai recipe is also gluten-free and dairy free? What could be better?!
Okay this Low Carb Shrimp Pad Thai is my most recent obsession. How could I not be head over for heels for something smothered in this delicious peanut sauce? This recipe seriously is at-home Thai flavors at their very best.
A lot of pad Thai recipes are made using noodles, but I wanted to make this more of a veggie heavy dish and decided to go with the cabbage! You could definitely add in some noodles here if you want and can also use this to top on rice if you want. The important thing is you still include plenty of veggies & you don’t skimp on the peanut sauce. Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with this peanut sauce?
There are so many reasons why this will now be on rotation here for dinner. I’ve been loving using green cabbage which I have replaced the noodles with in this recipe because it lasts for a while in the fridge! It’s something great to pick up next time you’re at the store because there are so many ways to use it! Plus, it’s cheap.
I’m sure you’ll also love my Shrimp Pad Thai recipe because:
- because of the peanut sauce (which you can also drizzle all over these Buddha bowls!)
- it’s super easy!
- who does not love a recipe made with delicious, juicy shrimp?
- it’s great even the next day so hello leftovers!
Is this Shrimp Pad Thai suitable for Whole30?
While this isn’t Whole30 because of the peanut sauce, you can simply change the creamy peanut butter in the recipe for a creamy almond butter and it will make this compliant! WOO! This is dairy free and gluten free too.
Can I substitute the shrimp?
If shrimp isn’t your thing, take it out! You can add in tofu or even use a different seafood like scallops or salmon on top. If you’ve got some leftover cooked chicken or beef, you can use that too!
Does this recipe work with noodles?
Of course! You can either enjoy this easy Shrimp Pad Thai recipe as it is, toss in some cooked rice noodles, or even serve it over rice for a bigger meal.
What meat goes well with Pad Thai?
Shrimp and chicken are the standard meat served with Pad Thai. You will find that some serve it with crab meat or pork.
How do I make really good Pad Thai?
The difference between okay Pad Thai and great Pad Thai is the use of fresh ingredients. Garden or market fresh lime for squeezing over the finished dish. Pad Thai noodles should come from an Asain supermarket.
What are some side dishes for Pad Thai Recipes?
With the combination of meat, vegetables, and seasons you will have a whole meal in one dish. Covering all the food groups will make this a filling dish. It can be served as a meal that stands on its own. Enjoy your easy cooking and even have less clean-up with this one-dish meal.
Is there dairy in Pad Thai?
The difference between dairy-free Pad Thai and Pad Thai with dairy is the recipe. Traditionally it is not made with dairy but some versions of the recipe may include milk. You can use coconut milk for this and preserve the heritage and healthy option.
Is Pad Thai a Gluten-Free recipe?
Traditional recipes are gluten-free but the catch is if you are ordering at a restaurant you will want to ask about their ingredient list because it might actually have gluten in it depending upon the noodles used or spices. It will vary from place to place, recipe to recipe.
How is cabbage healthy for you?
Cabbage is a good source of fiber for your diet. With 1 gram of fiber for every 10 calories, you are packing a good amount of fiber into your plate. It is a good source of antioxidants which helps your body fight free radicals. Magnesium is one of those harder to get nutrients which you also find in cabbage.
If you love this recipe, you may also enjoy these recipes on One Balanced Life:
- Thai Pork Rice Bowls
- Thai Chopped Chicken Salad with Almond Butter Dressing
- Thai Sesame Shrimp Salad
- Thai Brussels Sprouts
- Sweet and Sour Chickpeas
- Healthy Salmon Cakes with Garlic Aioli
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- 1/2 lb shrimp
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 small head of green cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup red onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup carrot, shredded
- 1 small red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 lime, juice
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/2 tbsp sriracha
- 2 tbsp water (+ more for desired consistency)
- red pepper flakes
- cilantro (optional, for garnish)
- peanuts (optional, for garnish)
- In a pan, add shrimp to saute.
- In seperate pan large enough for all your ingredients, add sesame oil and green cabbage, red cabbage, red onion, carrot and red pepper to saute on medium heat.
- Add in sea salt & garlic powder and continue to stir.
- Once shrimp have throughly cooked through, add in with veggie mix.
- In bowl, prepare peanut sauce by mixing together the peanut butter, garlic, lime juice, coconut aminos, sriracha, and add water to reach your desired consistency.
- Take pan off heat and pour peanut mix on top (use desired amount of sauce) while continuing to stir to mix thoroughly.
- Top it off with red pepper flakes, cilantro and peanuts.
I used the frozen Argentinian shrimp from Trader Joes which is one of my favorites!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1228mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 20g
until next time...