Zucchini Pad Thai Noodles “Zoodles”

Healthy Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai Recipe on @WhiteOnRice

The sound of zucchini pasta didn’t exactly entice our appetites. We’ve heard of zoodles, or zucchini noodles but had never tasted them. Zucchini pasta recipes? Ok….how….interesting. Yes, we judged the humble zucchini. The thought of making zucchini noodles didn’t exactly have us running to the kitchen to whip up a batch. Maybe we thought zucchini pasta would be tasteless and we’d rather eat the real stuff and run 5 miles to burn it off. Well, we’re here to humbly apologize to the zucchini noodles because we were totally wrong. So, so sorry zucchini, we should have believed in you more.

How to make healthy "Zoodles" Zucchini Noodles on @whiteonrice

Our minds were blown when we were in Asheville for Food Blog Forum  a few weeks ago and for dinner at Corner Kitchen we had our very first plate of zucchini pasta. Our minds were blown.

We’re here to apologize again for waiting so long to explore the amazing world of zucchini noodles.

And finally, we here to tell you that we’re now totally and whole-heartedly addicted to zucchini noodles. What a complete 180 turn-around, right?

 That zoodle or zucchini pasta meal was so incredibly delicious, that we didn’t even miss the pasta. We inhaled our zucchini noodles and couldn’t believe how satisfying it was and how healthy it was. Two things that can’t go wrong in a dish: delicious AND healthy. We felt full and satisfied, the same way we feel when we eat noodles or pasta. Except without the normally resulting food-coma. But best of all, it was totally healthier, lower calorie and gluten-free. What an amazing option to serve when we have gluten-free friends over! Again, we’re zucchini noodle addicts.

As soon as we returned from Asheville, we went into the kitchen to research, explore, experiment and taste test. Here’s what we were able to play with in the kitchen, along with one of the first recipes we made: “Zoodles” Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai!

Here’s what we made on our zucchini noodle play day:

We used this awesome Paderno vegetable spiral slicer to make the curly zucchini noodles or pasta:

Low Carb and Healthy Zucchini Noodles on @WhiteOnRice

we love this vegetable slicer, especially for making bigger batches of zucchini noodles

How to make healthy zucchini noodles "zoodles" on spiral slicer on @whiteonrice

this spiral vegetable slicer, cuts up the zucchini super quick

How to make healthy zucchini noodles "zoodles" on spiral slicer on @whiteonrice

Our OXO vegetable peeler was equally awesome at making the noodles, without the curly look.

How to make healthy zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta with vegetable julienne tool on @whiteonrice

A Mandolin works great as well, but be safe. We used our safety gloves.

How to make healthy zucchini noodles on @whiteonrice

though a mandolin doesn’t have the curls either, the zucchini cooks up great.

How to make healthy zucchini noodles or zucchini pasta with a mandolin on @whiteonrice

With 20 pounds of zucchini noodles in the kitchen, we cooked up the healthiest pad thai ever.

Zucchini noodle "Pad Thai" that's healthy and satisfying on @whiteonrice

 We didn’t miss the regular noodles at all and the zucchini was fantastic

Healthy Pad Thai "Zoodles" made with Low Carb Zucchini Noodles on @whiteonrice

Can you tell? We’re obsessed.

Enjoy,

diane and todd

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Here’s a quick video for making Zoodle Pad Thai:

Zucchini Pad Thai Noodles "Zoodles"

Yield: Serves 2

Total Time: 30 Minutes

The best part about this Zucchini Pad Thai is that you can add what ever protein you want. We like to have our zucchini noodles a little on the crunchy side, so we like to cook the zucchini first, then let the water drain from the noodles before serving. The water that's reserved from the noodles won't water down any sauce or flavor in the zoodle recipe.

Ingredients:

for the zucchini noodle pad thai:

  • about 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound (225g) peeled and de-veined shrimp or what ever protein you prefer
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • about 2 cups (480ml) bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Few lime wedges for serving (optional)

for the sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) rice vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce or to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1 small red chili, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients (vinegar, fish sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, chili garlic sauce), then set aside.
  2. Cut the zucchini into noodles or long pasta by using a vegetable spiralizer tool or tools mentioned in our post write up.
  3. Heat a large pan on medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil (reserve the other half for later). Then add zucchini noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the zucchini noodles are tender. Don't overcook the noodles. The zucchini noodles should be slightly crunchy with a tender bite. 
  4. Let the noodles rest for about 3 minutes to allow as much moisture as possible to release. Remove the noodles from the pan and drain the excess water.
  5. Carefully wipe the same pan to remove the excess water, and then re-heat the pan on medium high heat. Add the remaining olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic until soft and translucent, about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp is tender and cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the bell peppers and green onions. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until tender. Add the egg and stir in with the vegetable until the egg is cooked.
  7. Add the zucchini noodles back into the same pan, then add the sauce. Cook for about 1 more minutes or until the zucchini noodles are heated through. Then stir in the bean sprouts.
  8. Serve the warm zucchini pad thai noodles with roasted peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges.
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  1. Selenne

    I make this recipe all the time! It’s my favorite. SO SO GOOD. However, instead of shrimp I add chicken, and instead of fish sauce I put some soy sauce. And still it is amazing. So happy & so thrilled with it.

  2. Rach's Recipes

    This was fantastic. I used a lot of ginger to make it more aromatic, as well as some carrots. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sarah

    YUM! I was a little leery of this recipe, how could zucchini noodles really hold up to regular Pad Thai noodles? But I was thrilled to find out that this recipe is DELICIOUS!! I highly recommend! I followed others’ suggestions of cutting down the fish sauce and adding some peanut butter and it turned out fantastic! I added chicken breast as my protein instead of the shrimp, used 1/2 green bell pepper, 1/2 red bell pepper, and yellow onion instead of green as this is what I had on hand, and double the entire recipe. I used my Vegetti spiralizer to make the zoodles, slicing thin those last tidbits. I omitted the roasted peanuts for calories’ sake, but they would’ve been a welcome addition! I made 6 servings, coming out to 309 calories each according to my calculations.

  4. Lauren

    Thank you so much for this much appreciated

  5. Doreen Chassie

    Made it for dinner tonight. . .any data what calories or nutritional information on it?

    1. HappyForks

      Doreen, how it tasted? I recommend to check nutrition info yourself, because our recipes may differ from original, list of ingredients isn’t strict. I checked this recipe (no optional ingredients, no sauce) on our Recipe Analyzer. Estimated values for whole recipe: 963 kcal, Protein: 74.64 g, Fat: 63.92 g, Carbohydrates: 33.13 g.

  6. ankeethitech

    This was, great. Fulfilling and a liable joy to eat as much as you need. The spouse completed the container off. I will be making this once more

    Regards
    Anjali

  7. Caitlyn

    Hey so I made your pad thai for supper today and it was great!! I followed the recipe for everything except the shrimp, as I had tofu on hand that needed eating. I will definitely make this again, although I will experiment with the sauce a bit; I found the 2 Tbsps of fish sauce a little too flavourful! I would probably reduce the fish sauce to 1 Tbsp next time and mix in a couple Tbsps of fresh peanut butter for extra “peanuttiness”!

    1. Shiny

      Coincidentally, these are the exact modifications I used tonight — tofu instead of shrimp, added some peanut butter, reduced the fish sauce because of its high sodium. It turned out great!

      I also used tamarind paste (3tbps) instead of ketchup as I’ve never been a big fan of the ketchup version of pad thai. (I’ve read that vinegar and brown sugar is a good substitute for the flavours in tamarind paste, so I reduced these two ingredients somewhat, but included a bit of each.)

      I’m sold on zoodles — and on zoodle pad thai!

  8. Krista

    Made this tonight!! LOVED IT!!! Awesome flavor:)

  9. Priyanka

    @Todd & Diane

    This looks great.
    Waahh!! Shrimp everywhere. I cherished cooking zucchini noodles however I for the most part put the best dim sum hk with a few vegetables and chicken, yet since I adore shrimp and I saw this, well then will be putting shrimp rather than faint whole. Yahoo! Can hardly wait to set it up.

    Regards
    Priyanka

  10. Jenn

    Fantastic!! SO happy! I have something new, healthy and delicious to my boring repertoire!! Thank YOU!! This is the 1st I’ve reviewed a recipe – it’s THAT good!!

  11. Molly

    Hands down, one of my most favorite meals that I’ve ever made for myself. I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical about the sauce but it was absolutely delish and had a nice kick to it. Thank you and I’ll be sure to check out your other recipes!

  12. Laurie

    I made this dish last night to take for lunch today but I couldn’t wait and ate some for dinner. Delicious! Thank you so much!

  13. fsh

    For vegetarians you can substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce.

  14. fsh

    This looks so yummy. I am a vegetarian so I asked what could be used instead of fish sauce. They told me that many vegetarians use soy sauce. sounds good to me.

  15. cookiesandthingsLigia

    Is there a way to make this without ketchup? What can be used instead of ketchup?
    Thanks.

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hello! You can use tomato sauce to replace the ketchup and it should still be delicious. The tomato sauce adds a little sweetness to the recipe, so you can add a touch of sugar if you like.

  16. Carole Anderson

    This was very, very good. Satisfying and a guilty pleasure to eat as much as you want. The husband finished the pan off. I will be making this again, going to try chicken next time.

  17. Mara (@bklyncyclone83)

    Does anyone know whether any company sells ready made zucchini noodles? I don’t have a spiralizer or anything here besides a regular old peeler.

    1. Violet

      I’ve seen zuchinni/squash noodles at Whole Foods.

    2. znymka

      You can just use your regular old peeler! that type of “flat noodle” is also tasty.

  18. rkay11

    Amazing – I have shared this recipe with several friends – thank you

  19. Dan

    This is one of the most delicious recipes I have ever cooked and so healthy! We don’t yet have a spiraliser so I just used my veggie peeler and it turned out great.

  20. Charlie Cook

    Can’t wait to make these! – Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com/

  21. Z Miller

    Looking forward to try this thai noodle recipe! Looks yummo!

  22. Stephanie Doublait

    Now I am dying to have this zucchini noodle maker! This recipe looks great so I am going to order it.

  23. Jacobleon

    I appreciate your work for making such wonderful Noodles. Sure, I will try it on this valentine day for someone 🙂

  24. Sarah

    I’ve made this twice in a week. It is sooooo good! I also added some Sriracha for a little extra kick.

  25. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    This looks gorgeous! I love zoodles and pad thai and can’t wait to try this out!

  26. Amber

    Just whipped this up and it is PHENOMENAL! I never write reviews but I felt compelled to write this one. If you love Pad Thai and don’t love all of those calories, zucchini noodles are the way to go. I will be the first to admit, I did not have very high hope for the zucchini noodles…I even purchased regular rice noodles just in case. But these zucchini noodles were fabulous. Definitely worth giving this a try! It’s also a pretty quick fix so I will definitely be adding this as a weekly staple! Thanks for the amazing recipe!!

  27. Jeff

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks incredible.

  28. Courtney

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. My husband who was hesitant about “zoodles” ate two helpings and then finished mine. This recipe is a keeper, thank you.

  29. lisa ribs

    Tried this tonite so easy so amazing!!!!! We loved it much better the rice noodles!!!!
    We will be making this again!!!!! Thanks for the great recipe!!!!

  30. Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen

    I bought myself a vegetable slicer during my visit home to Canada, so now I know the perfect recipe to use it for! Thanks, looks delicious.

  31. Lucy the Zucchini Lover

    I’m always happy when I find a new zucchini recipe. 🙂 This must be really delicious, it’s unfortunate that I won’t have the time today to go shopping. 🙁 Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

  32. Kim Pawell

    Hi Todd & Diane,

    This Pad Thai zoodle dish looks awesome. You’ve motivated me to unbox my spiraler. I see your photos in an entirely new light after taking your class. (No pun intended!) I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

  33. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    I love the zucchini noodles in the pad thai! I can’t wait to make it!

  34. sassygirl

    zoodles are the best.

  35. S. Charto

    Made it last night – easy and tasty my kind of recipe thanks
    Suzy

  36. susan loren-taylor

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was fabulous–flavorful, satisfying, and easy! Thank you for another wonderful addition to my dinner repertoire .

  37. Sarah | Drool-Worthy

    Love it! And your pictures are gorgeous. Very inspiring 🙂

  38. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    wow..these look so fresh and healthy! I have to try this 🙂

  39. Jess

    I’ve been doing zucchini pasta for a while now and absolutely love it, I’ll mix it in with some pasta sometimes to bulk it up. I’ve never even thought to turn it into noodles or a pad thai. I’ll give this a go one night, thanks!

  40. Morgan @ Host the Toast

    Ah this looks amazing! I absolutely need to try this =)

  41. Linda

    I made this dish last night and it was delicious! This was the first time making zoodles, and I will be making them again:)

  42. Emily

    I’ve heard of “zoodles” but have yet to try them. They look divine!

  43. cheyenne

    i just recently bought a spiraler and loooove it. definitely giving this recipe a try :))
    xo, cheyenne

  44. Kathleen@hapanom

    This sounds incredible! And such beautiful zoodles! I may have to finally get that spiralizer I’ve been eyeing.

  45. ami@naivecookcooks

    I have felt the same about zoodles but you have me convinced!! Will be trying these soon seriously!

  46. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I love devouring pad thai but always feel so guilty afterwards due to all the thick rice noodles, so this recipe is perfect for me. I definitely will be trying your zucchini noodle version.. thanks for the idea!

  47. Gwen

    This is so genius! I haven’t invested in a spiralizer thingy yet, but you may have convinced me. Now I’m searching my brain for other noodle dishes the zoodles could sub in…

  48. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Absolutely gorgeous! I need to give this a try.

  49. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I love to learn new things in a kitchen and I looove this idea. The first machine looks awesome 😀

  50. Corinne

    yum! this looks delicious & I can’t wait to try it!

  51. Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom)

    I have been in love with Zoodles for well over a year. I discovered them after trying Shirataki noodles and not being impressed, but needing something to sub for regular pasta. I also love to do ribbons with the zucchini. Your recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

  52. Radhika Vasanth

    Zoodles pad thai looks terrific. I bumped into your book at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. It looks fabulous. Congrats to both of you.

  53. Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

    Love this idea! We’ve been making zucchini noodles all summer – even when we use actual pasta, I love how they extend and lighten up the dish.

  54. gina@skinnytaste

    I’m obsessed with my Paderno, I’ve been making zoodles all summer! This Pad Thai will def be going on the menu soon!

  55. Becca from It's Yummi!

    There are food fads and crazes that I could do without (like Nutella on everything), but zoodles is one that I hope sticks around indefinitely. This dinner looks amazing!

  56. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Love zoodles!! Especially when it’s made tastefully 🙂

  57. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is gorgeous! Love the curly zucchini noodles. Yum!

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