This recipe for Pad Thai sauce is easy to make ahead with soy sauce, fish sauce, tamarind, and other kitchen and pantry staples. Refrigerate it to make Pad Thai anytime you want it!
Pad Thai Sauce Recipe
Are you looking to up your Homemade Pad Thai game? You'll need a good Pad Thai Sauce, then. You found it!
This recipe is quick and easy to make with only 7 ingredients you likely have in your fridge and pantry. Just whisk them together for Pad Thai anytime you want it. No cooking needed for the sauce until you're ready to make Pad Thai.
This is a simple version you can pre-mix. Some variations include only palm sugar (or brown sugar), tamarind paste, and fish sauce. This has a few more flavor building ingredients that will excite your taste buds.
What is Pad Thai?
Authentic Pad Thai is a popular dish made with rice noodles with shrimp or chicken, scrambled eggs, and fresh vegetables, stir fried in a tangy, salty sauce.
It was created in Thailand in the 1930s by Chinese immigrants making noodle dishes with more traditional Thai ingredients. Today, Pad Thai is the national dish of Thailand, and has spread from the region because of its wonderful flavor.
It's definitely a favorite in the United States where it graces the menus of Thai restaurants everywhere.
Let's talk about how to make Pad Thai Sauce, shall we?
Pad Thai Sauce Ingredients
- Fish Sauce.
- Oyster Sauce.
- Soy Sauce.
- Tamarind Paste. Or use Tamarind concentrate.
- Chili-Garlic Sauce. Try my homemade chili-garlic sauce recipe, or use sriracha.
- Palm Sugar. Or use brown sugar.
- Rice Vinegar.
- Water. I use some hot water for thinning.
How to Make Pad Thai Sauce - the Recipe Method
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Store and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.
Boom! Done! Your pad thai sauce is ready to use. Easy enough to make, isn't it? Now you're ready to make some pad thai! Time to get cooking! Here is my Pad Thai Recipe.
Grab the bean sprouts, green onions, lime wedges and all your favorite toppings. It's time to make Pad Thai! You can also toss it with any Thai noodle dish or stir fry. Dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Don't Skip the Tamarind. Tamarind paste is a key ingredient in Pad Thai sauce and gives it a tangy and slightly sweet flavor. You can find tamarind paste at most Asian grocery stores, and it's worth seeking out for an authentic Pad Thai sauce.
- Balance the Sweet, Sour, and Salty Flavors. Pad Thai sauce should have a balance of sweet, sour, and salty flavors. Palm sugar or brown sugar add sweetness, rice vinegar or lime juice adds sourness, and fish sauce adds saltiness. Adjust each to your personal tastes.
- Adjust the Spice Level. For spicier Pad Thai sauce, use red pepper flakes or sliced fresh chili peppers. For a milder sauce, reduce the amount of spice or leave it out altogether. Start with a little and adjust as to your preference.
Pad Thai sauce will last up to 1 month or longer in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Simple use as desired.
You can also freeze it for 3 months. Freezing is a great way to extend the shelf life of the sauce and preserve its flavor.
That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this homemade pad thai sauce recipe. Let me know if you make it. I'd love to hear how you enjoyed it and how you made it your own.
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Pad Thai Sauce Recipe
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons tamarind paste or use 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
- 2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce or use sriracha
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar or use brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Store and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.