Low-carb Pad Thai with kelp noodles
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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.

Low-carb Pad Thai with kelp noodles

Low-carb Pad Thai with kelp noodles

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2


  • 340 g kelp noodles
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 small red chili optional
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 2 spring onions in 2-inch pieces
  • 1-2 tsp coconut or palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp 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


  • Rinse the noodles and drain them.
  • Combine tamarind with 1 tablespoon water.
  • Pound chili, garlic, and sliced spring onions (reserve the 2-inch pieces) with a mortar and pestle.
  • Combine both mixtures in a bowl. Add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
  • Heat your wok. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Scramble the egg and reserve.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry the chicken, add the prawns, noodles and spring onion pieces.
  • Toss with sauce.
  • Mix with egg and serve topped with enoki mushrooms, coriander leaves and almonds.
Keyword chicken, kelp noodles, low carb, pad thai, prawns, Thai

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