Easy Vegan Pad Thai

Okay, so after having an epic cooking marathon this past weekend for Christmas, I’ve been feeling a bit less motivated in the kitchen and have been making my boyfriend survive off of leftovers. Finally, I regained the desire to cook up something fresh last night and decided to whip out this pad thai for dinner because we had everything on hand and it was about as simple as recipes come.

Although this recipe was simple, it was (to my honest surprise) super delicious. Sometimes I find “half-assed” pasta recipes to be bland and not as flavorful as their scent but this stuff was really as good as take out. It took us maybe 20 minutes to whip up (at the most) so I am excited to add this one to my weeknight rotation when I’m short on time and need something comforting.

Plus, it’s vegan (thank goodness. Cheese in pad thai…yuck)!

Vegan Pad Thai

  • 8 ounces of Lo Mein noodles
  • 4 cups of broccoli
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Peanuts, chopped (for garnish)

In a large pot, boil the lo mein noodles according to the package directions. In the last five minutes, add the broccoli. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Next, add the noodles/broccoli and soy sauce mixture. Toss until the noodles are well coated with the sauce. Remove from heat and stir in the green onions.

Garnish with cilantro and peanuts.

Enjoy with your kitty while watching an episode of Twin Peaks and wishing you had every article of clothing that Audrey Horn fashions.



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  • Amanda
    December 31, 2011

    Is that fresh or frozen broccoli?

    • shellywest
      December 31, 2011

      I used fresh but I am sure you can substitute frozen if you just let it boil for however long the package recommends

  • Amy
    January 2, 2012

    This looks faaaaabulous. I love Twin Peaks! I sooooo wanted to be Audrey Horne when I was a teenager.

  • VogueVegetarian
    January 9, 2012

    OMG, this looks awesome! My family will love this!

  • Jessica
    January 10, 2012

    I was a bit hesitant to try this because Pad Thai recipes never usually turn out…however, this is AMAZING!!!! We have a favourite Thai place in town and it tastes exactly like their Pad Thai but I bet a lot healthier then they make it. Thanks so much, I have a new fav and easy go to recipe!!

  • Amanda R.
    January 19, 2012

    Made this for dinner tonight, added tons of broccoli and mushrooms. It turned out absolutely AMAZING. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  • paigethom
    February 29, 2012

    Just made this and loved it! I added tofu, and it was even better. Love your site!

  • HomeGrown Healthy Living
    April 6, 2012

    Yum! Will have to try this!

    • Rosey
      HomeGrown Healthy Living
      August 22, 2014

      Sounds delicious… 🙂

      I will give this a try over the weekend.

  • christaedwards
    May 22, 2012

    this is going to be dinner! yummy! thanks

  • nataliemareec
    May 22, 2012

    I’ve never had to endure cheese in pad Thai before, that would be yuk. Great recipe, I’m going to try it out next week. 🙂

  • Morlan Carr
    May 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on Jack Sprats Cafe and commented:
    I love Thai Curries, here is a quick iffits recipe, if it is in the fridge it is in the curry, enjoy!

  • TheMarconeSociety
    May 29, 2012

    Can’t wait to try this!! Thank you 🙂

  • sheelbeel
    May 29, 2012

    Mmm that looks so good!

  • n e c e s s e a t i e s
    May 31, 2012

    Chloe Coscarelli has the same recipe woah ! http://chefchloe.com/entrees/pad-thai-noodles.html

  • thedogwalkinggardener
    June 19, 2012

    Reblogged this on thedogwalkinggardener's Blog and commented:
    This looks like a nice, easy recipe!! I’ll be trying this one.

  • happyhippierose
    June 20, 2012

    This looks so good, and it seems soooo easy to make. Thanks!!

    • happyhippierose
      June 20, 2012

      PS, I just pinned it – so I’m sorry if you get a ton of traffic all of sudden!

    • shellywest
      June 20, 2012

      Of course! Thanks for stopping by.

  • LotusArtichoke
    June 20, 2012

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog, too. I’ll be checking out some of your other recipes… looks good! This one looks very fresh and tasty. I have a funky Pad Thai recipe I’ll probably put up on the blog and almost certainly in the book. Have you ever experimented with tamarind paste? It’s a really wonderful flavor. Goes excellent with Pad Thai and several other Asian noodle dishes.

    • shellywest
      June 20, 2012

      I remember trying to find tamarind paste for a recipe a while back but had no luck. Do you have to get it at a specialty store?

      • LotusArtichoke
        June 20, 2012

        You should be able to find it at an Asian / Indian market or shop. There are one or two well known brands from South Asia (India) and countless from South East Asia, particularly Thailand. It comes in a jar or plastic container. The variety with the seeds in it is usually sold as a block and is more work to deal with.

        • shellywest
          June 20, 2012

          Oh! We have several Asian food marts in Bloomington so I will have to go check it out. Thanks for the info!

          • LotusArtichoke
            June 20, 2012

            If you do an image search for Tamarind paste you’ll see what I’m talking about. Many brands say “concentrate” also. You should be able to find something natural and tasty without funny additives. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Tamarind is fairly bitter so you can offset the flavor with something sweet. Your recipe calls for brown sugar, so you’ll be fine. I’d suggest making your own tamarind sauce with the lemon juice, sugar, tamarind paste and water. See if your specialty shop has Thai rice noodles, too. 😉

          • shellywest
            June 20, 2012

            Will do for sure! Thanks again for the tips!

  • globalgirlbkk
    June 21, 2012

    Looks awesome! I wish I would have seen this recipe when I was on a Vegan restricted diet for 21 days (called the Daniel fast)! This would have been delicious. I will have to try it.

  • Recovered Baptist
    July 2, 2012

    That looks amazing. I’ll be giving it a try!

  • menusofamom
    July 17, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – this looks delicious! I love Pad Thai, but it intimidates me. I’ll have to try this out for our meatless meal night.

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  • Nora
    January 20, 2013

    I made this last night and it was amazing! So fresh and easy to make. I’ll definitely be adding it to my rotation of easy vegan recipes. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Shellywest
      January 20, 2013

      Wonderful! It is such an easy and delicious recipe to go to after a long day..

  • Rochelle
    February 11, 2013

    How many servings does this recipe make?

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  • Jan
    July 6, 2014


    Aren’t Lo Mein noodles made from egg? That would make this recipe decidedly not vegan.

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