Spicy Tofu Cabbage Pad Thai

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Spicy Tofu Cabbage Pad Thai

Pad thai is one of the most popular Thai dishes for a reason – it’s absolutely flavorful, full of different textures, and versatile. Here we’ve replaced noodles with spiralized (or shredded) cabbage for the same flavors with more veggies!

Spicy Tofu Cabbage Pad Thai

Of course, without noodles, this isn’t a traditional Pad Thai and it won’t be noodle-y like you’re used to, BUT if you have an open mind and love Pad Thai flavors, you will love this meal.

Spicy Tofu Cabbage Pad Thai

The cabbage is stir fried with ingredients like ginger, fish sauce, and lime juice and then tossed with cooked egg and peanuts like the traditional dish. The cabbage is shredded into strips with the spiralizer, so they’re nice and long like a noodle and are perfectly al dente when stir fried.

I love adding spice to everything and here, it gives this dish the extra kick it needs. Tofu pairs well in Pad Thai and has a similar consistency to the egg, working well together.

Spicy Tofu Cabbage Pad Thai

There’s a version of this recipe in my Inspiralized and Beyond cookbook with shrimp, so if you want a non-vegetarian version, check that out. Otherwise, you can use any other proteins – pork or chicken would work really well, too.



Spicy Tofu Cabbage Pad Thai

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ block extra firm tofu pressed to remove moisture and then cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes + a pinch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce + more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cups spiralized green cabbage use Blade A, about ½ cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce omit if vegetarian
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¼ loosely packed cup of cilantro leaves
  • to serve: well chopped cashews or peanuts


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the tofu and cook for 5 minutes to brown the tofu. Add half of the garlic, the red pepper flakes, and half of the soy sauce and cook for another 3 minutes until tofu browns.
  • Push the tofu to one side of the skillet, and add in the remaining sesame oil. Add the ginger and remaining garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cabbage and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, remaining soy sauce, honey, fish sauce (if using), and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • When the cabbage is crisp tender, combine it with the tofu in the skillet and then make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the eggs and cook, stirring with a spatula to scramble them, until set, about 3 minutes. Stir the eggs into the cabbage, combining all the ingredients in the skillet. Add the soy sauce mixture and cook, tossing to coat. Taste and season with more soy sauce or fish sauce as needed. Stir in the cilantro and divide the cabbage between two plates. Garnish with cashews (or peanuts) and serve.

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We made this for dinner and it was so good. I can’t get over the texture of the “noodles!” I’ve tried making pad Thai with rice noodles several times and it’s never come out quite right, but this satisfied that craving and was way healthier.
Meaghan says:
This makes us so happy to hear!!
Hi! We have loved every one of your recipes that I’ve made. Can’t wait to try this one. I like to use tamarind in my pad Thai. If I wanted to use it would that work? Would I omit the lime juice for that?
Meaghan says:
Definitely experiment with flavor profiles that you love! Let us know how it goes!

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