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Where EAST meets the Northwest

One-Pan Shrimp Pad Thai. (Daniel J. van Ackere/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

From The Asian Reporter, V28, #13 (July 2, 2018), page 13.

A simple shrimp pad thai that requires just one skillet

By America’s Test Kitchen

Our version of this take-out classic is surprisingly easy to make and requires just one skillet.

While truly authentic pad thai, with its sweet, sour, and salty flavors, requires hard-to-find ingredients like preserved daikon, palm sugar, and dried shrimp, our simplified recipe uses accessible ingredients to create a simple flavor profile.

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One-Pan Shrimp Pad Thai

Servings: 4

Start to finish: I hour

8 ounces (3/8-inch-wide) rice noodles

1/3 cup lime juice (3 limes)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup fish sauce

1 pound extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

8 ounces (4 cups) bean sprouts

Fresh cilantro

1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

Bring three quarts water to boil in large saucepan. Place noodles in large bowl. Pour boiling water over noodles. Stir, then let soak until noodles are soft and pliable, but not fully tender, stirring once halfway through soaking, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear. Drain well and set aside.

While noodles soak, squeeze 1/3 cup lime juice. Whisk sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice together in bowl. Mince garlic. Chop 1/4 cup cilantro. Chop peanuts.

Peel and devein shrimp. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels.

Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add shrimp in single layer and cook until spotty brown and cooked through, about two minutes per side. Stir in garlic during last minute of cooking. Transfer shrimp to plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Add noodles and lime juice mixture to the now-empty skillet and cook over medium heat until sauce is thickened slightly, about four minutes.

Add sprouts and shrimp to skillet and cook until shrimp and sprouts are warmed through and noodles are well coated and tender, about three minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts and serve.

Nutrition information per serving: 478 calories (98 calories from fat); 10 g fat (1 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 143 mg cholesterol; 1,894 mg sodium; 76 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 21 g sugar; 21 g protein.

Easy recipes similar to One-Pan Shrimp Pad Thai are found in Dinner Illustrated.

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