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Pad Pak (Thai Vegetable Stir Fry)

Pad PakLiven up vegetables and make restaurant-style pad pak in 15 minutes! The Thai stir-fried vegetables are loaded with flavor and pair perfectly with rice or protein to make it a complete meal. 

Pad pak on a plate ready to serve.

WHAT IS PAD PAK RUAM?

Pad pak is a traditional Thai dish consisting of stir-fried vegetables tossed with homemade stir-fry sauce and sometimes prepared with chicken, fish, or tofu.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

The ingredients for pad pak.
  • Sesame Oil: Saute the vegetables in sesame, avocado, or vegetable oil. 
  • Garlic: I suggest using three cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use – measure with your heart.
  • Vegetables: We use a classic combination of stir fry vegetables like broccoli, carrots, snap peas, red bell peppers, mushrooms, and baby corn. If you’re pressed for time, use a frozen bag of mixed vegetables and prepare them with the pad pak sauce in the recipe card. If using frozen vegetables, drain the pan halfway through since the vegetables will release water as they defrost and cook.
  • Stir Fry Sauce: Our homemade sauce combines soy sauce, oyster sauce, and Maggi Liquid Seasoning; finish it with a pop of sugar that helps the sauce coat the vegetables and sweetens the overall dish.

HOW TO MAKE PAD PAK RUAM

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Then, add garlic and cook until aromatic, for about 30 seconds.

Garlic and oil cooking in a wok.

Add broccoli florets and carrots to the wok and simmer for 2 minutes. Then, add in the remaining vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.

Vegetables cooking in the wok.

Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, Maggi, and water; stir to combine. Simmer untouched for 3 minutes. Then, stir in the sugar to serve.

The sauce added to the vegetables cooking in the wok.

COOKING TIPS

  • Stir the vegetables often as they’re cooking so they cook evenly and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

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Pad pak on a plate ready to serve with a plate of fish in the background.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

  • Rice: Make a bowl using jasmine rice, brown rice, coconut rice, or cauliflower rice.
  • Noodles
  • Protein: Serve the vegetables with chicken, fish, shrimp, beef, pork, or tofu.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • TO STORE – Store the leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for three days.
  • TO FREEZE – Allow the dish cool. Then, add it to a freezer-safe container or bag. Pad pak freezes for three months.
  • TO REHEAT – Warm the vegetables in the microwave or stovetop.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Is Pad Pak healthy?

Pad pak is considered a healthy dish, but that varies depending on your goals. The wide range of fresh vegetables makes it high in macronutrients. However, the sugar and oyster sauce increases the overall carbs and sugar in the dish, and it’s a bit high in sodium, but paired with protein makes a complete meal.

What veggies are best for stir fry?

Use this recipe as a starting point and add vegetables you have at home. In addition to those listed in the recipe card, I love onions, cauliflower, green beans, and water chestnuts.

Can I add meat to this stir fry?

Of course! Start by seasoning and stir-frying the beef, chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside. Then, add the vegetables and cook according to the recipe. When they’re done, return the protein to the pan and combine it with the sauce.

Is pad pak gluten-free?

Because of the liquid Maggi seasoning, soy sauce, and oyster sauce (some brands have gluten-free), this recipe is not gluten-free. You can replace the Maggi and soy sauce with Tamari Sauce or Coconut aminos.

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Pad pak on a plate ready to serve.

Pad Pak (Vegetable Stir Fry)

Tressa Jamil
Make restaurant-style pad pak in 15 minutes! Flavorful Thai stir-fried vegetables pair perfectly with rice or protein to make it a complete meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 68 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup broccoli florets, cut in half
  • ½ cup carrots, round slice
  • ½ cup snap peas, cut in half diagonally
  • ½ cup red bell peppers, sliced
  • ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup baby corn, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Maggi Liquid Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • ¼ tablespoon white sugar

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Then, add garlic and cook until aromatic, for about 30 seconds.
  • Add broccoli florets and carrots to the wok and simmer for 2 minutes. Then, add in the remaining vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, Maggi, and water; stir to combine. Simmer untouched for 3 minutes. Then, stir in the sugar to serve.

Notes

Cooking Tips: 
  • Stir the vegetables often as they’re cooking so they cook evenly and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
 
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSodium: 421mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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