Keto Pad Thai – Shirataki noodles make it possible

Keto Pad Thai – Shirataki noodles make it possible

Keto Pad Thai – Brings back so many wonderful memories of my trip to Bangkok, Thailand many moons ago. A very diversified country with friendly, hospitable and unpretentious people with a big smile on their faces. Street food is a quintessential part of touring Bangkok. Plentiful food stalls everywhere you look. I tried a variety of dishes on this trip and one of favorite was Pad Thai. This Pad Thai is a popular culinary inventions of Thailand. It is also the national dish of Thailand. Undoubtedly!! Pad Thai is a stir fried rice noodles and wok tossed with your choice of meat, seafood, egg, tofu, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts and an array of sauces. This is popularly sold as a street food and also served in fancy restaurants around the world.

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Initially, I really missed Thai food as most of the options are rice or noodle based. which is high in carbohydrate making it difficult to fit into the macros for the keto diet.

Keto Noodle Alternatives

I soon learned of alternatives for rice and noodles. For rice I typically use cauliflower rice and for noodles I use shirataki noodles. I have experimented and created many recipes for Thai cuisine and this Keto Pad Thai is one of my favorites and is delicious.

Since Pad Thai is noodle based I needed a low carb noodle option. Shirataki noodles were a great option and tends to go well with Asian cuisine. What are shirataki noodles? They are a translucent traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam. They are mostly composed of water and glucomannan (dietary fiber) and have less than 1g of carbs and very low calories.

Where to find Shirataki Noodles

Costco has the Healthy Noodle brand that only needs to be rinsed as it does not have the bitter taste that other brands do if not prepped appropriately. It also has a rice noodle consistency that is perfect for Asian inspired noodle dishes. For the other brands I recommend to rinse the shirataki in water for a few minutes. Then put it in boiling water for three minutes. Drain and then dry roast on a pan or skillet. This also gets rid of any excess water and makes a huge difference in taste and consistency of the noodles.

If the Costco option is not available for you, check out Miracle Noodles. I have tried the Miracle Noodles brand and taking the steps of rinsing, boiling and dry roasting make a difference in enjoying these noodles.

They are also available in Asian grocery stores.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes 
  • Servings: 2 
  • Calories: 320kcal
  • Net Carbs: 4.3g

Keto Pad Thai Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder adjust to taste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili flakes adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind pulp dilute with water
  • 2 tbsp monk fruit sweetener Erythritol
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 3 oz ground chicken
  • 6 large shrimp large u13 to u15
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 packet shirataki noodles Healthy Noodles (Costco)
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 tbsp peanuts crushed
  • 1/4 onion red onions chopped
  • 3 stems spring onions 2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Keto Pad Thai Instructions

Prep Vegetables and Sauce

  • Finely chop red onion, cut spring onions into 1 inch pieces, and coarsely crush peanuts, chopped cilantro and keep aside along with bean sprouts.

Vegetables

  • Then take a 1/2 tsp of tamarind pulp/concentrate and dilute with 2-3 tbsp of water. Mix well.
  • Then add fish sauce, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, chili powder and Monk fruit to the tamarind mix. Mix well and keep aside.

Tamarind Concentrate Diluted with Water

Prep Shirataki Noodles (optional) If using Healthy Noodles from Costco only need to rinse in water

  • Bring 4 cups of water to boil
  • Then rinse noodles in water for a few minutes
  • Then put noodles in boiling water for three minutes
  • Drain water from noodles using a strainer
  • Then take noodles and dry roast on pan for a few minutes to release excess water. Keep aside.

Cooking

  • Put 2 tbsp of oil into the wok/pot
  • Then add chicken, shrimp, salt, pepper and 1 tsp of prepared sauce. Then saute until meat is fully cooked. Set aside the cooked contents into a separate bowl.

Saute Chicken and Shrimp

  • Into the same wok/pot add onions and cook until they are soft. Then push to side freeing up 1/2 the wok/pot. Then add 2 eggs and scramble on the empty side of wok/pot.

Scramble Eggs

  • Add the Shirataki Noodles, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili flakes, remaining sauce, salt and meat that was set aside.

Add Shirataki Noodles

  • Then mix thoroughly and let cook for a minute
  • Then garnish with spring onions and cilantro

Garnish with Spring Onions and Coriander

Notes

  • This recipe has 4.3 g net carbs (6.8 g total carbs – 2.5 g fiber)
  • Adjust chili powder according to your own tastes and tolerance of spiciness.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.8g | Protein: 18.9g | Fat: 25.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 163.8mg | Sodium: 2794mg | Potassium: 449.6mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 2.4g | Vitamin A: 1008.3IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 55.6mg | Iron: 2.5mg | Net Carbs: 4.3g

Keto Pad Thai

Keto Pad Thai

The Thai favorite Pad Thai made with shirataki to make it keto friendly
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Keyword: chicken, Healthy Noodles, noodles, pad thai, shirataki, Shrimp, thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 320kcal
Net Carbs: 4.3g

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep Vegetables and Sauce

  • Finely chop red onion, cut spring onions into 1 inch pieces, and coarsely crush peanuts, chopped cilantro and keep aside along with bean sprouts.
  • Take a 1/2 tsp of tamarind pulp/concentrate and dilute with 2-3 tbsp of water. Mix well.
  • Add fish sauce, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, chili powder and Monk fruit to the tamarind mix. Mix well and keep aside.

Prep Shirataki Noodles (optional) If using Healthy Noodles from Costco only need to rinse in water

  • Bring 4 cups of water to boil
  • Rinse noodles in water for a few minutes
  • Put noodles in boiling water for three minutes
  • Drain water from noodles using a strainer
  • Take noodles and dry roast on pan for a few minutes to release excess water. Keep aside.

Cooking

  • Put 2 tbsp of oil into the wok/pot
  • Add chicken, shrimp, salt, pepper and 1 tsp of prepared sauce. Saute until meat is fully cooked. Set aside the cooked contents into a separate bowl.
  • Into the same wok/pot add onions and cook until they are soft. Push to side freeing up 1/2 the wok/pot. Add 2 eggs and scramble on the empty side of wok/pot.
  • Add the Shirataki Noodles, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili flakes, remaining sauce, salt and meat that was set aside.
  • Mix thoroughly and let cook for a minute
  • Garnish with spring onions and cilantro

Notes

This recipe has 4.3 g net carbs (6.8 g total carbs – 2.5 g fiber)
Adjust chili powder according to your own tastes and tolerance of spiciness.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.8g | Protein: 18.9g | Fat: 25.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 163.8mg | Sodium: 2794mg | Potassium: 449.6mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 2.4g | Vitamin A: 1008.3IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 55.6mg | Iron: 2.5mg | Net Carbs: 4.3g
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