Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles

This Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles recipe is drizzled in a spicy, tangy sauce and topped with chopped peanuts. Zucchini noodles are fresh, tasty, and easy, and just in time to get fit. This Pad Thai zoodles dish is ready in 10 minutes and is vegan, too!

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles are in a bowl with chopped peanuts on top. There's a cutting board in the background with a knife, carrots, a red bell pepper, and a zucchini.

If you love using vegetables to replace your carbs, like rice, be sure to check out my Cauliflower Rice Sushi. Good stuff!

My love affair with zucchini noodles continues. Do you blame me? Also, zucchini noodles by any other name will sound just as sweet. In fact, you may hear these referred to as:

  • Zoodles
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Spiralized Zucchini
  • Delicious! 🙂

I’ve been a fan of the zucchini noodle for forever. Or at least since I first tried them…like a year ago. Now I’ve been serving these tasty noodles in a number of favorite recipes.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • A sweetener is added to the pad Thai sauce, adding distinctive flavor to every bite
  • Almond butter adds healthy fats and a more neutral flavor to the sauce
  • Zucchini noodles are cooked in the sauce, creating tender noodles that are surprisingly delicious

Ingredient Spotlight

Three zucchinis sit side-by-side on a white table.

What Zucchinis are Best

Select zucchinis that have smooth skin that’s thin. To tell if the skin is thin enough, scrape a little bit with your fingernail. It should come off easily. Zucchinis with pitted skin are older and not as fresh. Select smaller zucchini, around 6 inches in size. Large zucchini may look nice, but they can be bitter and watery.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Almond butter — You can substitute peanut butter.
  • Tamari — This is a gluten-free soy sauce you can find in health food stores or even the health food section of many grocery stores. Substitute soy sauce if you don’t have issues with gluten.
  • Miso paste — I use a mild white or yellow miso paste. You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of vegetarian Better Than Bouillon.
  • Sweetener — You can use a bit of agave nectar, maple syrup, or even stevia to make this sauce slightly sweet.
  • Lime juice — I prefer the distinctive flavor or lime in this recipe. You can use freshly squeezed or bottled.
  • Sriracha — If you’re not into spicy, you can leave this out, but we’ll use just a bit and it does add some amazing flavor. You can substitute chili sauce of your choice.
  • Onion — You’ll need one green onion.
  • Garlic — Use one clove of garlic for this recipe. You can substitute a tender clove from garlic confit or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Red bell pepper — You can cut off slivers from a whole bell pepper or use one or two mini bell peppers.
  • Zucchini — This is the star of the show. You can use one zucchini or double the recipe and use two.
  • Carrot — You’ll need one whole carrot.
  • Peanuts — You can use roasted chopped peanuts here or substitute your favorite nuts, such as cashews.

How to Make Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles

  1. Combine the water, almond butter, tamari, miso paste, lime juice, and sriracha in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and red pepper slices and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the sauce mixture and continue cooking over medium heat.
  3. Use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Repeat this process with the carrot to create long strands of carrot noodles.
  4. Add the zucchini and carrot noodles to the sauce and veggies and cook over medium heat until the noodles are tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour into two bowls and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Marly’s Tips

A spiral noodle maker has a zucchini in it and is being used to make zoodles (zucchini noodles). There are 3 whole zucchinis next to the tool.

Making Zucchini Noodles

The best way to make zucchini noodles or zoodles, is to use a spiralizer. You can get these in so many places now. This Kinzi Tri-Blade Spiralizer is our favorite, and it’s so easy to use when you’re making things like pad thai noodles and zucchini. I always cook zoodles until tender. You can do this in a saucepan or even in the microwave.

Healthy Noodle Alternative

If all you’ve ever had is wheat-based noodles, I have some good news for you. Zucchini noodles are a nice, healthful replacement. I love having a gluten-free noodle that’s naturally low in carbs and high in plant-based nutrients.

This vegetarian pad thai with zucchini noodles is an amazing recipe to have and only takes minutes to make!

But don’t take my word for it. Here are some of the reasons this vegan pad thai with zucchini noodles recipe is oh-so-good for you:

  • Zucchinis are lean, green machines, full of Vitamin A, magnesium, folate, and more
  • Carrots are a great source of beta carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into Vitamin A
  • Red Peppers provide lots of Vitamin C
  • Garlic is rich in Vitamin C, manganese, and more.

Keto Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles

If you’re paying attention, keto, or low carb, is all the rage! This recipe fits perfectly with your keto vegan goals because it’s made with zucchini noodles which are naturally low in carbs. Here are the nutritional estimates per serving:

Calories: 143 Protein: 6g Carbs: 12g Fat: 8g Fiber: 4g Net Carbs: 8g

More Zucchini Recipes

Zucchinis are so versatile and so are the recipes made with them. Here are some more zucchini recipe ideas:

I hope you love this pad Thai zucchini noodles recipe as much as we do!

A bowl of zucchini noodles has chopped peanuts on top. There's a wooden bowl with more chopped peanuts on the side and a cutting board with veggies in the background.
Zucchini Noodles Pad Thai is in a bowl in front of a red bell pepper and other ingredients.

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles

These delicious vegan Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles will scratch that pad thai itch while keeping it plant-based, healthy, low-calorie, and even fast. What else could you ask for?
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg or Tamari*
  • 1 teaspoon mild miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (or chili sauce of your choice)
  • 1 medium green onion, root removed, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ medium red pepper, cut into slivers
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium whole orange carrot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts

Instructions

  • Combine the water, almond butter, tamari, miso paste, lime juice, and sriracha in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and red pepper slices and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the sauce mixture and continue cooking over medium heat.
  • Use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Repeat this process with the carrot to create long strands of carrot noodles.
  • Add the zucchini and carrot noodles to the sauce and veggies and cook over medium heat until the noodles are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour into two bowls and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

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Notes

*I use Tamari because it’s a gluten-free version of soy sauce. if you’re not worried about gluten, then a low-sodium soy sauce can be used here.
Nutrition Facts
Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 702mg29%
Potassium 522mg15%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 5832IU117%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

National Zucchini Day

I love celebrating national food days. How about you? Well, today is National Zucchini Day and I’m collaborating with some awesome national food day food blog friends to bring you a whole bunch of zucchini recipes. That we can ALL celebrate! Just so you know, some of these recipes are not vegan. Heck, some of them may not even be vegetarian. Just send me a note if you’d like ideas for veganizing any of them. Otherwise, enjoy!

Celebrate National Zucchini Day with recipes from your favorite food bloggers, and this 10-minute Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai recipe!

Tis the season for lots and lots of zucchini. Enjoy your zucchini by following #nationalzucchiniday on social media all day long!

Whatever zucchini dish you’re dishing on, enjoy!

8 Responses to Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKara Reply

    I bought a spiralizer but haven’t used it yet. I need to try this!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiego Lopes Reply

    I’ve never made zucchini noodles before, but your pictures look so delicious that I’m gonna have to try it. Thank you for sharing the details!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I hope you give them a try. We love them!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Diego! I keep my spiralizer on hand and ready to make zucchini noodles all the time now! Hope you love them!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyYael Tamar Reply

    This was a great alternative to eating my spaghetti sauce with rice. The zucchini has great taste. And your picture is awesome, that attracted me first..

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Yael! So glad you like it. Oh yes, spaghetti sauce over zucchini noodles is better than rice. I once had spaghetti sauce over a baked potato! Actually…I kinda liked it! In fact, I added some vegan mozz and I call it a “PoPizza”!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJennifer @ Show Me the Yummy Reply

    Zucchini season is the best season!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Jennifer! I agree! I love making zoodles and it takes a lot of zucchinis to make that happen!

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