Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

I know what you’re thinking… she forgot it’s Cinco de Mayo! I didn’t… Happy Cinco de Mayo! May your margarita glasses be filled to the brim and your enchiladas extra cheesey.

Now, on to Thai food.

Whenever I pose the question “What should I make?” on social media, a pad thai is always requested. When I first started the blog, I made a vegetarian pad thai. You can check that recipe out here.

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

However, I’ve decided to revamp the old recipe – now, I’ve got a pad thai for you that’s even more flavorful and easier to make. That’s the beauty of blogging – you can always just improve old recipes and they become new!

Who doesn’t love pad thai? It’s a pretty calorie-heavy meal due to the thick, yummy sauce, the peanuts and the noodles. Luckily, we have the spiralizer to save us about 250 calories on the noodles!

This vegetarian pad thai will totally satisfy your pad thai cravings. If you’re one who loves bean sprouts, add them in – I find them kind of soapy tasting, so I left them out. It’s my blog, after all!

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Pad thai is definitely everyone’s “gateway meal” into Thai food. It’s the equivalent of the California roll in sushi. Then, you’re hooked and before you know it, you’ve memorized every Japanese translation for all types of fish. When someone calls masago tobiko, you’ll chuckle.

Zucchini noodles work perfectly in this pad thai, since they’re light and absorb the yummy flavors of the sauce. Honey is the perfect substitute for sugar here and gives the sauce its needed sweetness.

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Since the sauce isn’t too watery, you can easily store this in the refrigerator and have leftovers. Who doesn’t like cold pad thai? It’s almost better that way!

If you want to add a bit more flavor, toss some shrimp in with the pad thai. It adds a natural flavor that compliments the fish sauce.

To make a long story short, quit requesting pad thai! Juuust kidding. You know I love you all.

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

What’s your favorite Thai noodle dish?

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Recipe and Nutritional Information

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai
Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Yields 2

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped cilantro + whole cilantro leaves to garnish
  • 2 medium zucchinis, Blade C
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (or hoisin sauce, if you're strict vegetarian)
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce (I used Thai chili garlic sauce)
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Scramble the eggs and set aside.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl, whisk together and set aside.
  3. Place the peanuts into a food processor and pulse until lightly ground (no big peanuts should remain, but it shouldn't be powdery). Set aside.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add in oil, garlic and shallots. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until the shallots begin to soften. Add in the sauce and whisk quickly so that the flour dissolves and the sauce thickens. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until sauce is reduced and thick.
  5. Once the sauce is thick, add in the zucchini noodles and cilantro and stir to combine thoroughly.
  6. Cook for about 2 minutes or until noodles soften and then add in the scrambled eggs and ground peanuts. Cook for about 30 seconds, tossing to fully combine.
  7. Plate onto dishes and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with lime wedges.

Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

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Carla says:
Fish sauce isn't vegetarian, as it is made from fish. This does look tasty, though.
Stephie G. says:
I was thinking the same thing. However, there are vegetarian versions of fish sauce available (like this one: Or, you can always make your own vegan fish sauce by Googling a recipe.
See the updated note in the ingredient list!
Anonymous says:
Flour? Did I miss an ingredient?
Ingrid says:
Recipes lists 1 t coconut flour
Amy says:
The instructions in step four state until flour dissolves but there is no flour in the ingrediants. How much flour is to be added?
Cheri says:
You mention dissolving the flour, however I see no mention of flour in the list of ingredients. Love to try it. How much flour?
Andrew says:
88% DV of Sodium!! I'd suggest roasted unsalted peanuts; low sodium soy and low sodium fish sauce. I'm sure it'll still taste great.
Anonymous says:
Looks delicious!!! I need one of those spiralisers :) I normally cut all my zucchinis by hand and it takes forever
Jen says:
The flour is the coconut flour... Ali, do you have another nut suggestion besides peanuts? Allergy issues...
Is your allergy to nuts or just peanuts?
Jen says:
peanuts. I could do other nuts
GeneO says:
I think pistachios would work fantastically in place of peanuts!
june says:
I just ordered my own spiralizer and expect it tomorrow! I am anticipating it's arrival so that I can use it and I know my mother would love one of her own to experience healthy eating right along with me!
Rosanne says:
Just made this for dinner and it was fabulous! My veggiphobic husband loved it. Th only modification was that I used 2tsp of chili sauce rather than 2Tbsp. He's kind of a wimp. This is definitely a new favorite in our house. Thanks Ali
Glad to hear it - thanks Rosanne!
Anonymous says:
Made this tonight! It's delicious! Thanks for the recipe -- I'll be making this a lot!
Lara says:
I cannot wait to try this tonight with some shrimp and cashews (I don't have any peanuts) - this looks fab!
We love Thai food and this pad thai is incredible! So glad I found your blog.
sweetphi says:
This sounds super yummy! Just discovered your blog from Rachel Cooks' blog and I'm so glad I did...I have a brand new spiralizer I've been dying to try out, now I see tons of recipes, yay!
teresa r. says:
Where do I get those chopsticks?!?! I'm already gonna try this, but I'd love the chopsticks!
Anonymous says:
Coconut flour? Will regular flour work?
Rachel says:
This was SO GOOD. My fiancé and I just demolished it in about two minutes. Leftovers? HA. Maybe if I quadrupled the recipe..
Dawn says:
What would be a substitute for coconut flour???
If you're not Paleo/gluten-free, you can use a regular flour. Or, arrowroot powder.
Dawn says:
Thank you! And thank you for making recipes for TWO!!
kcam says:
This is stunningly good, and simple to make. Thank you, Alissandra. My spiralizer arrived this morning and this is the first dish I've tried. What a terrific start!
Anonymous says:
Just made this and it was so delicious!! thanks so much! just one q - the noodles seemed to go quite soggy, is there something I could do to stop this from happening?
Anonymous says:
I added the flour, but the second I added the zucchini my sauce became very watery, any suggestions?
Anonymous says:
Sweat the noodles!!! If you sprinkle with salt, let sit for 15-30 minutes it helps swear out the water!!! It also softens them! We do raw vegan 80% and use that to give it a "cooked" consistency!!
Wendy Vernon says:
I made this with simple adjustments and it was fabulous. Hubby and I ate it up fast, probably too fast, lol! I used my spiralizer for the zucchini and a cucumber out of our garden. I mixed some natural peanut butter, the garlic chili sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, a little sesame oil, and lime juice. Crushed a few almonds cuz that is what I had andserved it raw with some brown and wild rice. Yummy!
Fabiola says:
Followed the recipe exactly and like someone else said, as soon as I added the zucchini noodles it basically became a soup :( even worse when I added the eggs. Was it supposed to scramble them separately before adding it to the noodles on the skillet? A bit confusing. It tastes good though.
Yes, you are supposed to scramble the egg separately, as noted in the recipe (the first step)! I'm so sorry to hear it was soupy for you!
Ellen Gauba says:
Made the Pad Thai last night and it was YUMMY! It was my second Spiralizer dish (zucchini noodles with pesto being my first). I used Hoisin sauce, as one of my dinner guests is vegetarian. I also added bean sprouts because I can't get enough of them. I tripled the amounts of all the ingredients and only had a little left over. I had to make it in two batches because my pan couldn't fit all the zucchini noodles at once. I used whole wheat flour, as I didn't have coconut flour, which worked fine. All in all, I think it took me about an hour to make this. I would definitely make it again. Oh and mine was kind of liquidy--moisture from the zucchini & bean sprouts--but we liked it. It was like gravy as you get in other stir-fries. (Could have added some brown rice to it to soak it up...maybe next time).
Katie says:
This was so yummy! I used hoisin sauce and siracha sauce as that is what I had at home. I can't hardly wait to make this again!
Lee says:
This looks fantastic! (The video music is really LOUD, though. Ouch.)
Ellen Gauba says:
I just made this again last night and it was just soooo good! I reduced the sauce, so it wasn't soupy at all. I didn't have peanuts this time, as it was a last minute dinner decision, so I used dry roasted almonds. Mmmm!
So happy to hear that you're making this recipe work for you!
JC says:
Thanks, I Don't have coconut flour and was wondering if wheat would work.. Am planning on making tonight...
Yes, it will! The flavor won't be as yummy (the coconut flour adds that slight coconut taste), but it will work in terms of overall dish!
Ellen Gauba says:
I use whole wheat flour and it still tastes great!
Lindsay says:
I see you have 2 recipes for pad thai - why two? do you prefer one better than the other??
The most recent one is the best version!
Alissa says:
I made this last night and it was tasty but way too sweet, which was disappointing. However, I just looked at the ingredients again and realized I added 1 Tablespoon of honey instead of 1 teaspoon. That explains it. I will try it again and do it right this time! I also used cashews instead of peanuts.
Amanda says:
This was great, thank you! It was a tad spicy so I think I'll use less chili sauce next time, but I admittedly am sensitive to spicy foods. It would also be easy to add chicken for those of us who aren't so vegan :)
Jessica says:
Made this last night, with the Hoisin sauce. One of my new favorites!!!! Thanks again Ali!
Mary says:
Spiriziled zucchini retains moisture. Try draining in a colander for 30 minutes before adding to other ingredients.
Lara H. says:
Just received my spiralizer and have used it twice already. Love it. This recipe is great! I did add a jalapeno to the garlic and shallots and since I doubled the recipe, instead of adding 2 more zucchini, I added a yellow pepper and a yellow squash. I also added chopped rotisserie chicken for my husband and 20 year old. (They are my testers before I give it to my picky 13 year old twins!:-)
Ali Maffucci says:
Lara - thank you so much for your support! I'd love you to leave a review here for the Inspiralizer when you have a moment:!
Rej says:
Hi Ali! Congratulations on your wedding! Reading from all the comments, i believe that i may be the only thorn amongst the roses here. I just made this recipe for lunch and the wifey surely loved it even if i left out the fish sauce. Keep those recipes coming! Rej
Greg says:
Yummy. Made my first Spiralizer recipe with this Pad Thai. I put extra hot sauce in and man it was kicking' So delicious. Looking forward to making more fantastic healthy meals
Shari says:
In response to the comment that this is not a vegetarian recipe if fish sauce is included. Many vegetarians do eat fish, eggs, cheese, etc. Vegans strictly eat vegetables and no animal products
Becky says:
Those of us who eat fish but no mammals or birds are not vegetarian, we're pescatarian.
Anonymous says:
No VEGETARIAN eats ANYTHING that had a face...
Marianne says:
really was hoping this would have turned out for me, sadly the zucchini waters down the sauce and I was left with soup .
Shannon says:
Recipe #2 since receiving my inspiralizer. Another win! My husband immediately asked for more but it was already gone. I will definitely double the recipe next time! And on a side note, I inspiralized an apple to include in each of my kids' lunchboxes and they really enjoyed eating "apple spaghetti" at school today.
Meaghan says:
This is AWESOME to hear, Shannon. We're so happy you're enjoying the recipes and your Inspiralizer!! Keep us posted on what else you're making and what you're spiralizing for your kids!! Apple Spaghetti sounds like a total hit.
Yasmin says:
Hi, I just made this and followed it to the T, but as soon as I put the flour in the sauce became a paste. So I went to look 4 a video and thank you for uploading one.... I realized the amounts that you have written in this recipe are different then the amounts you use in the video. Why is that? TIA
Waterl0u says:
Loved it! But I'm confused on WHEN TO ADD COCONUT FLOUR.
Jessica says:
Wow, I can't believe I made pad thai! This was amazing, and so simple! Thank you for such a tasty recipe for one of my favorite dishes. I was hoping to have leftovers but I couldn't help myself. Can't wait to make it again:)
Yabbi Yum says:
The spiralizer in the photo above is not a Paderno brand. It's a knock-off. I know, I own both kinds. You can search on Amazon for Paderno and that one will come up, but it's like a Paderno, not the same. Go to a high-end bricks/mortar store like Sur le Table or Williams-Sonoma and ask to see a Paderno.
Anonymous says:
Ummmm, are you serious? The "knock off" is the Inspiralizer, which is the best spiralizer out there. Do you even know what blog you are commenting on?? There isn't a person on here that would search Amazon for a Paderno. We have all gone on Amazon to order the Inspiralizer though.
Janet says:
It's stupid to list fish sauce for a vegetarian recipe. Fish isn't a vegetable.
Mike says:
It's stupid to preclude fish sauce just because it isn't a vegetable. I'm a vegetarian, but I'm not stupid about it - Pad Thai requires fish sauce, period - otherwise, it's not Pad Thai. I even (gasp!) reduce some anchovies to make zucchini noodle puttanesca, which is also delicious. So I'm no longer a vegan Eagle scout - although I consider myself one. I try to truly enjoy my food, within health bounds that are based on an actual medical requirement, not by zany limits prescribed by some intolerant zealot. Sheesh. Taste your food. Your organic zucchini was probably fertilized with animal-derived manure, worm castings, and fish meal. Get over it.
Sophia says:
I just want to say that this recipe is really good. My husband and I made it for supper a few weeks ago and it was fabulous and my husband keeps on telling people what I made for supper and we plan on making this again this weekend when we have some friends come over for a meal. This wonderful recipe will be in our rotation of meals. (I just discovered the Zoodler and loving it).
Meaghan says:
We're so so happy to hear this!!
Arctica says:
This receipe is absolutely amazing! I was a bit sceptic about the different quantities first, but everything is exactly the right amounts and created a Pad Thai as good as from my favourite Thai restaurant. I couldn't even notice that there were no "real" noodles in there. This is going to be a firm favourite in our kitchen. And all that even though neither I nor my partner are huge fans of zucchini!!
Emiy says:
This recipe didn't work for me :( It became very pasty and then the egg never actually cooked into pieces of scrambled egg but just made everything even more pastier. Shame :(
Neil Traubenberg says:
Hi, Ali. Just bought your new inspiralizer and enjoying it so far. We're making this recipe tonight, and since my wife is on weight watchers, we try to be very aware of the nutritional values of dishes. We've looked at this recipe a couple of different ways, and are having trouble with some of your numbers and thought that you might be able to enlighten us. The biggest difference that we're getting is in the carbohydrate/sugar area. We can't see what in the recipe could be bringing such a high value. Obviously, the honey seems to be the primary culprit, but that won't bring nearly what you are reflecting. Can you help us understand, please. Thanks.
Ginny Barrett says:
I was on Weight Watchers and it works great. It turned me onto a new way of thinking of food as fuel. Anyway I think the answer to your question is in the hoisin sauce. The bottle I have listed 20 grams of sugar for 2 tablespoons. Healthy luck to you.
Santiago says:
Recipe was awesome and easy to follow. Also added shrimp and baby bok choy to the mix. Made an amazing valentine's dinner for my girlfriend, thanks again!
Tamara says:
Do you think sweet potato noodles would work? What adjustments would you suggest?
Nancy says:
Hello! I am counting calories and the nutritional information says there are 2 servings of 308 calories in this recipe. But then the recipe says it is 1 serving? How many calories in the whole recipe as given, please?
Meaghan says:
Yes, we always list calories per serving. We recommend only enjoying one serving if you're concerned - that will only be 308 calories!
Priyathanya Ramanath says:
Tried this recipe and this was just amazingly tasty. instead of the eggs I added some leftover cooked chicken and was just perfect. can't ask for more. thank you
Meaghan says:
Yay! We love to hear that!
Priyathanya Ramanath says:
Tried this recipe and this was just amazingly tasty. instead of the eggs I added some leftover cooked chicken and was just perfect. can't ask for more. thank you
Nice and simple! A must try item!
Marylin says:
Mine didn't look like yours at all, certainly was just a veggie on the side
Thanks for finally talking about >Vegetarian Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai - Inspiralized <Liked it!
Jennifer says:
I am not a good cook - but I was able to make this dish and it was delicious! I'm so happy to have found a healthy substitute for Pad Thai. I will make this again and again!
Carly Glazer says:
So happy to hear Jennifer!
Anonymous says:
It said "scramble the eggs." I did so. It did not say to cook the scrambled eggs. I ended up with a Pad Thai omelette!
Meaghan says:
oh no! We're so sorry for any confusion. Yes! Cook the scrambled eggs first. Thank you for your feedback.
Elle says:
This was a seriously wonderful dish! I guess it's bad that I ate all of it??? I usually only eat one meal a day, so, it's alright. LOL Thanks for the great keeper recipe!!!
Meaghan says:
This is one of those meals that there's no need to feel guilty about!! Enjoy, Elle!
Miraitowa says:
Hi, I made this last night and it was amazing.
Meaghan says:
Isn't it the BEST?! Goodbye, boring pad thai!

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