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Recipe: Low-carb Pad Thai with kelp noodles

Kelp noodles have been in my radar for ages. Kelp is a seaweed, and thus these “noodles” are grain-free low carb and a good source of iodine. I haven’t been able to find them in shops yet and I didn’t want to pay a fortune for the ones that are sold online (they come from the US). Fortunately, I don’t crave noodles/pasta that often anymore, but I was still curious about them. Finally, I gave up and bought a package.

This 340g bag costs $10.50 plus shipping in the online shop I bought it from. The noodles come surrounded by liquid and must be rinsed before using. They do not require cooking but you can soak them for a while to soften them up.

Kelp noodles

Given its appearance and texture I thought they would work better in an Asian-style dish than an Italian pasta remake. I chose a Pad Thai recipe and tweaked it to make it low-carb.

Lowcarb Pad Thai
Yield: Serves 2

Low-carb Pad Thai with kelp noodles


  • 1 340g package of kelp noodles
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 small red chili (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 spring onions, in 2-inch pieces
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut or palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 large prawns, peeled and cleaned
  • 250 g chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 100 g enoki mushrooms
  • 40 g blanched & chopped almonds
  • coriander leaves
  • 1 lime in wedges, to serve


  1. Rinse the noodles and drain them.
  2. Combine tamarind with 1 tablespoon water.
  3. Pound chili, garlic, and sliced spring onions (reserve the 2-inch pieces) with a mortar and pestle.

  4. Combine both mixtures in a bowl. Add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
  5. Heat your wok. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Scramble the egg and reserve.
  6. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry the chicken, add the prawns, noodles and spring onion pieces.
  7. Toss with sauce.
  8. Mix with egg and serve topped with enoki mushrooms, coriander leaves and almonds.


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