Pad Thai Sweet Potato Noodles

These Pad Thai Sweet Potato Noodles are the perfect easy weeknight meal and have all the traditional flavors of Pad Thai you love in a grain free and meatless version using sweet potato “noodles”.

Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Noodles makes the perfect easy weeknight meal and so much better than takeout!
One of our favorite take-out dishes I make most often is Pad Thai.

I love recreating this dish at home since it’s less greasier than our local Thai restaurant and I can pack in extra veggies.

Instead of using the traditional rice noodles this time, I decided to switch things up and use sweet potato noodles instead.

It’s so easy to make and all you need is a julienne peeler if you don’t have a fancy spiralizer.

Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Noodles makes the perfect easy weeknight meal and so much better than takeout!
The hubs often cringes whenever he knows that I am trying to get him to eat more veggies……but this time he was actually on board with this grain-free and meatless version Pad Thai Sweet Potato Noodles.

He seriously loved it and had no idea I had replaced the noodles with sweet potatoes until I told him.

Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Noodles makes the perfect easy weeknight meal and so much better than takeout!
We added some eggs but you can definitely omit the eggs or add any other protein of your choice. Chicken or shrimp would work well for a non-meatless version.

I also added the usual suspects for a traditional Pad Thai dish with some carrots, a bell pepper, bean sprouts, cucumber, cilantro and chopped peanuts but use any veggies or nuts you like.

Since we are all about the sauce, his makes a generous amount to coat the noodles and have a little bit leftover but feel free to cut the ratio down if you prefer less sauce :)

Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Noodles makes the perfect easy weeknight meal and so much better than takeout!
The sweet potatoes worked really well with the Thai flavors but I think any spiralized veggies would work well in here like zucchini, spaghetti squash, asparagus and even carrots.  The possibilities are endless!

Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Noodles makes the perfect easy weeknight meal and so much better than takeout!

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Pad Thai with Sweet Potato “Noodles”

All the traditional flavors of Pad Thai you love in a grain free and meatless version using sweet potato "noodles".

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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* 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and spiralized (can use 4-5 ounces of dried rice noodles for a traditional pad thai instead)

* 1-2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced

* 1 carrot, sliced in rounds or diced

* 1-2 eggs, lightly beaten (leave out if desired)

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

* 1 shallot, minced

* 1 lime wedge


* 1/3 - 1/2 cup fish sauce, to taste

* 1/3 cup palm sugar, brown sugar or honey (I used palm sugar)

* 1/2 cup tamarind concentrate

* 3 cloves garlic, minced

* dash of white pepper

** 2-3 teaspoons of garlic chili sauce or sriracha (optional and to taste depending on how comfortable your spice tolerance is)


* 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced

* 1 cup of bean sprouts

* 1 green onion, thinly sliced

* 3 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped

* 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, chopped

* lime wedges


  1. In a small saucepan on medium low heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil while whisking, until the sugar has dissolved. Adjust seasonings (the flavor should be spicy, savory, sweet and sour at the same time). Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, dunk sweet potato noodles in pot for 2 minutes to soften. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  3. In a large wok or frying pan, add some olive oil on medium heat, add garlic, onions and ginger until fragrant for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the carrots and bell pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the beaten egg. Allow to cook.
  6. Toss in the sweet potato noodles and combine with rest of ingredients.
  7. Add the sauce and gently toss everything together for another minute. Squeeze some lime juice from one lime wedge over the noodles. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  8. Serve with cilantro and fresh vegetables as well as chopped nuts.
  9. Serve with fresh lime wedges to squeeze over each portion.


* This makes a generous amount of sauce to coat the noodles and have a little bit leftover but feel free to cut the ratio down if you prefer less sauce :)

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Lovely comments

  1. Oh my – and just like that, I am hungry again! Even after the mini red bean paste Korean donut I just polished off! This looks AH-MAZING!!! I so love that you used sweet potatoes instead of noodles – such a brilliant idea! Does that tamarind concentrate come in a block that’s kinda dehydrated? My mom uses tamarind a lot and the only tamarind I’ve seen her use comes in a square block. Awesome recipe Kelly – I am off to check out those julienne peelers!

  2. I am so going to make this! I just bought a $14 cheap spiralizer and I can’t wait to use it with your Pad Thai recipe. I love Pad Thai, but not all the greasiness like you. I’ve been trying to use less grains in our house. I feel better when I’m not “grained” down. I love your creations, Kelly. I hope you have a wonderful week. xo
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  3. This sounds delicious and I think my family would adore this meal!

  4. Oh this dish is so cool! I would have never thought about grain free pad-thai!! Now you can eat more without feeling so heavy! Lovely dish Kelly!! :) Have a great week!
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  5. Ooh I’m loving this idea! Sweet potato would be so yummy with the tamarind and peanuts! Pinning and can’t wait to try 😉
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  6. I was just researching yesterday how to make Pad Thai! Never did I come across anything like your amazing version – I think using sweet potatoes is such a genius idea :). This is a MUST make!!!

  7. Pad thai is definitely one of my favorite dishes. I am terrible at cooking the pad thai noodles correctly – I always try to cook too much of it at once and then the noodles get gummy. Using sweet potato noodles like you did sounds like it would solve my problems! :)

  8. I might get my family to eat this too!! Looks healthy and yummy! Tks for the pad thai sauce recipe as well!
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  9. Great recipe, Kelly! I love Pad Thai, and I imagine that the sweet potato noodles add such a great flavor to it all. Fantastic meal :)
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  10. What a great, healthy alternative to pad thai! Love all the extra veggies you get with this version. Can’t wait to try it Kelly!
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  11. I love love your Pad Thai, I have never made it but I’ve good things about it!

    ela h.

  12. I had a “duh” moment a few months ago when I saw someone use a julienne peeler on a cooking show and thought “why hadn’t I thought of that!” Anyway, I bought one and it’s rocked my world…haha! I wish I’d never bought my oxo mandolin because I’m just grabbing the peeler these days. Seriously though, this dish looks amazing and I simply love sweet potatoes but would never have thought to use it like this! I make zucchini and carrot “noodles” mainly. This is just lovely and such a healthy twist to a favorite. I want a big bowl!

  13. Not sure if my last comment will appear, I used a different feed address. Anyway, the Pad Thai looks fantastic, never tried it, but I’ve heard good things about it. ciao!

    ela h.

  14. I haven’t had pad thai since Thailand and I really miss it. This is such a cool way to make it more nutritious, I definitely need to add more sweet potatoes in my life.
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  15. Oh I am all over this! I’ve made a few “pastas” with zucchini noodles and am completely addicted. I need to try using sweet potato now with your recipe! Pad Thai is a big favorite of mine!

  16. Kelly you are making me hungry for dinner!! I love pad thai and we haven’t found a good restaurant since we moved. I really need to make my own. And with sweet potato noodles!!?? I love that!
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  17. How cool! The sweet potatoes even look like spicy rice noodles in pad thai. And if a regular noodle fan like your husband endorses it, then I’m definitely on board! :)

  18. Can I come over for dinner?! I want to try these sweet potato noodles!

  19. Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes, I never though of replacing the noodles with sweet potatoes, what a great idea! YUM.
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  20. wow Kelly, what a fantastic idea of using sweet potatoes in this traditional Thai noodle dish! It looks really tasty!

  21. another great recipe kelly! the vegetarians in my hosuehold would definitely appreciate this dish.. one i will be making. thanks!
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  22. I love pad Thai! It is one of my fave dishes. Yours looks great with all the extra veggies you get with this version. THanks for sharing!

  23. When I looked at that first photo I seriously thought I was looking at actual noodles. This pad thai looks AWESOME, Kelly! I love sweet potatoes in just about everything and I’m pretty sure I would be in heaven with sweet potato noodles. Gorgeous photos too, girl!
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  24. HI Kelly, love your version of Pad Thai. Very clever to add the sweet potato. Lovely presentation!
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  25. Kelly, I crave Thai food on a daily basis but hardly ever make it at home. That will change now, thanks to this gorgeous recipe!
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  26. Such a great alternative to traditional pad thai. This looks delicious and I know my family would love these flavors.

  27. I adore pad thai! Love that you used the sweet potatoes, too. The eggs sound like a great protein addition! You rock the meatless meal options, Kelly. I’m craving this now!

  28. Kelly, this is ingenious — I love the idea to use sweet potatoes for noodles! These would be my favorite noodles ever, especially in that delicious sauce! Pinning. :)
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  29. What a great idea, to use sweet potatoes as noodles!! I’m going to have to dig around to find my julienne peeler, because this looks absolutely fantastic – thanks for sharing the recipe!
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  30. This dish sounds delicious and looks spectacular. Excited to use my julienne peeler again.

  31. I adore pad thai but am sometimes hesitate to order it because it can be on the less healthy side. LOVE that you did sweet potato noodles. I could seriously devour that entire bowl!
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  32. What a colorful dish! Recipe sounds just amazing!
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  33. As a pad Thai AND sweet potato lover…I am in wholehearted approval of this fake-out. Love this!
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  34. What a wonderful recipe! Love Pad Thai and sweet potatoes. I have a spiralizer but haven’t gotten around to using it with a sweet potato. Have to try this recipe! Pinning!

  35. This is genius! I love this spin on Pad Thai! Such a fun idea, I can’t wait to try!
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  36. Yumm!! looks so delicious!! what a twist!! sweet potato noodles.. Fab!! what a great way to trick hubby to eat veggies.. 😉 love it! :)
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  37. YUM! These look delicious! SO nourishing and healthy! Like usual, great recipe girl!! I hope that you have a great rest of the week :)
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  38. Awesome!!! I have never thought of using sweet potatoes to make noodles. Brilliant, Kelly! This looks very tasty and healthy.
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  39. YUM! This looks amazing! I love the added nutrition from sweet potatoes!

  40. OMG what a fantastic vegetarian dish I love it so much. I think using sweet potatoes instead of noodles is such a great idea and a really great way to get extra veggies on the plate and I bet the pad thai it amazing!

  41. I’m so loving this grain-free meatless twist on Pad Thai! What a brilliant idea to use some sweet potato noodles – I’m sure they make this even tastier! I need to try this noooooow <3
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  42. What an awesome idea!! When I first looked at the photo I had no idea you had made sweet potato noodles! I love Pad Thai and can’t wait to make it with sweet potato noodles! I really love this :)
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  43. Mmmm, this Pad Thai sounds delicious! I love the sweet potato substitution! :) My family would love this!

  44. What an interesting idea! Though I think i’d add sweet potatoes AND noodles 😉 But this would be a yummy veggie side dish.

  45. Grainfree and meatless version?! That looks and sounds brilliant – I’ve never thought about using sweet potato as noodles! A julienne peeler is pretty handy, I love using it for green papaya and other julienned veggies. Glad your hubby loves it! I would love to give the sweet potato ‘noodles’ a try, I just made some pad thai with my vegan fish sauce last month and it was sooo tasty! Now I wanna use these ‘noodles’ to make it now… thanks lovely Kelly for the inspiration, you’re awesome! ❤

  46. Wow, looks really delicious and healthy. I need to get a julienne peeler!

  47. wow, what a great idea!!!
    i only know about squash spaghetti, before, this is must try recipe…..
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  48. Wow, how cool and very neat!

    I love pad thai and sweet potatoes. This looks amazing!

  49. What an absolutely brilliant idea. I love the idea of recreating take out options at home. I am going meat free (trying to) at the moment so this is perfect. And using sweet potato – brilliant! I can’t wait to try this when I am home, I can impress my friends and we can all tuck in without guilt :) thanks for sharing!
    Anisa – The Macadames. xx

  50. This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.
    Looks really yummy.
    I like to eat Pad Thai, I like Thai Food.

  51. Thanks for this! I don’t eat regular pasta anymore, so I’m addicted to my spiralizer. I’ll be making us some pad thai tonight now! Check out my blog too if you get a chance – cheers!
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  52. This sounds so yummy, but I kinda balked at the half cup of fish sauce. Don’t get me wrong, I love fish sauce, but half a cup seems like it would be SUPER salty? Just wanted to double check. If I wanted to watch the salt, is there a way to work around the extra fish sauce? Can’t wait to make this for my family. :)

    • Hi Stacy, I know it seems like a lot but it won’t be super salty since it gets balanced out by the sourness of the tamarind concentrate and the sweetness from the sugar. You can definitely reduce it to 1/3 cup or a 1/4 cup if you would prefer and then add more from their according to your tastes :) The ratios for the sauce provide leave a good amount to coat the noodles with a little left over since a lot of people e-mailed me telling me the sauce is their favorite part so they would rather have more leftover for their rice. You can definitely reduce the amounts by 1/3 or half if you would rather have a drier noodle :) Instead of sweet potato noodles, this works well on 4-5 ounces of dried rice noodles as well. Good luck and feel free to adjust according to your taste and hope you enjoy :)


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