Pad Thai couldn't be easier with Ramen Noodles and an Instant Pot. You won't even believe how good this super simple recipe is.
4 Servings | Ready in 5 minutes | Good for Dinner or Side Dish
About Ramen Pad Thai
If you love Thai Food, then you have to try this super easy Ramen Pad Thai for the Instant Pot. With only 7 ingredients you can make Pad Thai in about 5 minutes. That includes pressure time!
What is Pad Thai?
Pad Thai is a Thai dish commonly made with rice noodles, often served as a street food. It's a spicy hot stir fry noodle where vegetables or protein is added
Making Pad Thai in the Instant Pot or pressure Cooker is so quick and easy. We have loved making Asian Noodles as an after school snack and now Pad Thai is just a step up. With a pressure time of 0 (Zero) minutes, this is done cooking super fast.
Dump and Go
This recipe for Pad Thai is literally a dump and go Instant Pot recipe. Add your thin liquid, your water, Teriyaki sauce, fish Sauce, vegetable oil, and hot sauce and stir. Add your garlic, noodles and vegetables and set it to Zero minutes Manual High Pressure. It only takes a couple minutes to pressure up and it's ready!
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Ramen Pad Thai
- 2 Pkg Ramen Noodles
- 1 ¾ Cup Water
- ¼ Cup Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
- 1 ½ Tbs Creamy Peanut Butter
- ½ teaspoon Fish Sauce
- ½ teaspoon Hot Sauce
- 1 Tbs Crush Garlic
- 1 12 oz pkg Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
- Add Water, Teriyaki Sauce, Vegetable Oil, Fish Sauce, Hot Sauce, and Peanut Butter into Instant Pot and stir. The Peanut Butter will not mix in. It's okay
- Break Ramen Noodles in half and lay on the bottom of the Instant Pot
- Add Garlic and Frozen Vegetables (do not stir)
- Close Lid and set to Manual Pressure High for 0 (Zero) minutes
- Quick Release and Stir
Made this tonight, so simple and so delicious!! We also added frozen shrimp, which might’ve added too much liquid making noodles mushy, but it was still so good! Also, to avoid a possible Burn notice, I stirred well after adding the peanut butter and made sure none was sticking to the bottom! Such an easy and delicious recipe! Thank you!!
Hi Chelsey! Adding shrimp is a great idea, however with frozen shrimp it will take longer to pressurize which means the pasta is cooking longer than anticipated. Next time try thawing the shrimp before throwing them in. Hope that helps!
Should the broth packet be included?
Hi Carla, I do not use the seasoning packet when making Ramen Pad Thai. I toss that away and follow the recipe only using the noodles. Hope this helps clarify!
I am confused about the ZERO minutes.
Hi Martha! I'm sure "Zero" minutes can seem confusing. However, it's the perfect time when pressure cooking certain recipes. Set your pressure cooker to "Pressure Cook" and then adjust the +/- buttons to "Zero". The pressure cooker will heat up, build pressure and seal. Once it is sealed, it will beep letting you know the cook time has finished. Hope this helps!
This is delish! I cooked up some marinated chicken thighs and added them at the end.
Hi Stacey, I love hearing all the addins from everyone. Chicken is a great one to add for sure!
Just made this for dinner. It was delicious. Only had crunchy peanut butter, it was good. Thin sliced some sirloin and flash fried it with some soy sauce. When I took the lid off of the cooker, I added the cooked beef and stirred it in. Really tasty. This is a repeater for sure.
I love that you added some thin sliced sirloin... Sounds yummy! So glad you enjoyed it. We do too. 😉
You say set instapot for zero minutes is that right
Hi Keith, yes, set the Instant Pot to Zero minutes. Use the +/- keys to adjust the time to "0". The pressure cooker will heat up and come to pressure and then Beep. Then you can release the pressure. It's the perfect length of time to cook this recipe.
Hi Rebecca, would it be more than 0 minutes if you add a hand full of shrimp to it??
Btw luv ur live videos..😊
Hi Sandra, Great question. Shrimp is not something you want over cooked. Zero Minutes should be perfect, although I haven't tested it. Thanks so much for watching my videos and following along.
If I only wanted a single serving, with 1 pkg noodles and 1/2 the sauce, would there be enough volume to reach pressure? Or maybe pot in pot?
Can you use fresh veggies and how about adding chicken?
You can use fresh veggies however fresh veggie can have different cook times. Make sure to make small bite veggies before adding. Cooked Chicken can be added as well.
Has anyone tried this recipe with a peanut butter substitute or no peanut butter at all? Curious about the results. I can't cook with pb due to son's and husband's allergies.
I have not tested this recipe without Peanut Butter, however I have had others leave the peanut butter out and they have said it's delicious. So maybe give it a try and see what you think!
Hi Kerrie! Just wanted to check in and see if you ended up making this recipe without PB. I, too, am allergic but love the idea of this Ramen Pad Thai. Thanks!
You can make the recipe without the Peanut Butter. It would change the taste but would work just fine.
Used sunbutter and turned out great!
Hi Cytrus, Hey that's great to know!
This was GREAT!!! I made it exactly according to the recipe and even the kiddos chowed it down!!! Next time I may add some steamed shrimp. Sooo sooo good! Everyone loved it! Thank you!!
Hi! Thanks for your sweet comment. My picky eater loves this recipe. Shrimp will be a nice addition too. You can also add rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken to this and it's wonderful too!
I made this tonight it was wonderful! I double the recipe didn't have any problems with the noodles being mushy. The only thing I thought that is it should have a little more sauce so next time when I make it I will probably do two and a half times the sauce rather than just double the sauce. Will be a regular at my house.
Hi Shirl! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the Ramen Pad Thai. You can make more sauce if you wish. That would be no problem at all! Enjoy!
EDIT FROM JULY 21, 2019 POST - I added fresh, cleaned shrimp and it was a HUGE HIT! The ZERO cooking time had the delicate shrimp done to perfection!!! I also put a little drizzle of Sweet Thai Chili sauce on it when served. DEEEEEELISH!!!!! I SOOO wish I could post a picture of it!
Hi Felicia! I LOVE hearing this and so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Shrimp is a great addition to this recipe for sure. Feel free to post a photo on my Devour Dinner Facebook Page, I'd love to see it! 😉
What is the hot sauce that you use
We use a Tabasco Sauce when we want to add a little extra heat. But your favorite Hot Sauce will also work fine too.
This was the first dish I made in my Instant Pot that I just received last night. It was a hit with my family! We all thought it just needed a bit of salt. So next time I make it I’ll add a splash of soy sauce. Thanks for recipe! I’ll be adding this recipe to the list of dishes for my college bound daughter to make in her dorm.
Oh yippee! I'm glad you tried out your new Instant Pot with one of my recipes! Salt is always a personal preference for sure, so add to your liking! Make sure to let your college bound daughter know I do Facebook LIVE every Sunday where I show a recipe step by step. You can both join in and ask your questions. It's fun! (Sunday at 3:00pm MST) . Hope to see you!
Another option is to have the bottle of soy sauce on the table and everyone can add the amount they prefer. Salt is definitely a personal preference thing.
So true..everyone likes to add a little soy sauce on their own.
can you use angel hair pasta instead of ramen noodles
Hi Monica! Great Question, Angel Hair would take a little more time to cook but you could certainly try. I'd test it with 2 minutes pressure cooking time and a 1 minute natural release and see how that turns out for you. 😉
Can u make this without an instant pot?
Hi Mandy! Yes of course you can make it on the stove. Follow the stove top directions for cooking times.
Recepie says "fish sauce" and instructions say " fish oil". Which one is it?
Hi Crystal, Sorry for the confusion, it's Fish Sauce. I'll update that so there isn't further confusion for others. Thanks so much!
Made this tonight and it was superb. Thank you for the recipe! I left out the fish sauce to veganize, and added a few tsp vegetarian stir-fry sauce. Loved it, will make again!
Hi Deana! This is a great recipe. Good idea to swap out the Fish Sauce and 'veganize' the recipe. I LOVE it! You might also like the Asian Noodle Recipe too. Check it out!
Why does this say set to 0 minutes?
Hi Pat! Great question. The pressure time is "0" minutes. Set your Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual High and use the +/- buttons to adjust the time to Zero. These noodles don't need long to cook and it's the perfect amount of time. Allow the Instant Pot to pressure up, and once it beeps, then do your Quick Release. Hope this helps!
Do you add the seasoning packets that come with the ramen noodles?
Hi Maureen, No I do not add the seasoning packet. I use the ingredients listed in the recipe, it's so much better!!! 😉
Delicious recipe! I made it for supper and all my kids loved it and went back for seconds.
Hi Shannon! I love hearing when people enjoy my recipes. It's such fun and easy recipe!
Can raw chicken be added to this? If so does any time get added
Susan, this recipe wouldn't work with raw chicken, raw chicken would cook longer and the noodles would be mushy. You can throw in cooked chicken just fine to this recipe without adding any extra time.
Could you also sub Oyster Sauce for fish sauce?
Yes you could substitute Oyster Sauce! Great Question!
What kind of hot sauce do you use or reccomend?
Hi Miriam... You can use your favorite hot sauce. I use Cholula Hot Sauce. You can also add more or less depending on how much heat you want. Good Luck!
If I wanted to add chicken to this, would you suggest cooking the chicken separately on the stove?
I'd throw in some cooked shredded chicken! It would be great!
Curious that the sodium is so high with just a small amt of Teriyaki sauce and fish sauce.
I Lorraine! The nutritional Information is auto calculated and can be off. It's an estimate. But I would agree. I don't believe this recipe has this much sodium. 😉
Just made this and doubled the recipe. I was disappointed it turned out mushy and the burn notification came on. Not sure why since I doubled the amount of liquid and put it on zero minutes. Any other tips?
Hi Nate... I'm sorry your Ramen Pad Thai didn't turn out as expected. If you allowed any kind of natural release this would lengthen the cooking time and over cook the noodles. It's possible using a different brand of noodles could also be a factor. We make this often and have not had this problem. But those are my suggestions!
I can’t wait to make this! Do you use regular Top Ramen noodles?
Yes, I use the cheap ramen noodles for this recipe. And it turns out so good!
So for doubling the ingredients the time stays the same at "0" minutes?
Hi Tony! Yes the time would stay the same, but double the ingredients if you wish. Good Luck!
This was so easy to make! I used 2- 8oz packages of Steam Fresh veggies (carrots, snow peas, broccoli and water chestnuts). I also added the noodles after the 0 cook time and let them sit long enough to soak up most of the liquid, maybe 3-5 min. It was very good, I plan to make it again.
Hi Michelle! Thanks for the fantastic review. It's such a fun and easy recipe. So glad you loved it too!
Would you need to cook it for longer in the instant pot with fresh veggies?
Hi Lisa, Frozen Veggies are often blanched before being frozen so they have started the cooking process. Raw Veggies tend to need a little extra time, but not a significant amount to get a little more cooked. Although it's a personal preference on how tender you like your cooked veggies.
I keep seeing great recipes for instant pot it temps me to get one, this recipe looks amazing and I love love pad thai, thanks for inspiration.
Using the Instant Pot or any Pressure cooker is really great! You are so welcome! Hope you come back for more recipes.
Ramen is just so fun to eat, especially with the winter weather we have right now. I am blown away that this is a 5 minute dish! Awesome!
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This recipe looks so healthy and nutritious. I love all the fresh veggies. I don't have an instant pot, and they really are super popular right now!Pinning!
Yes! Instant Pots and Pressure Cookers are super popular right now. They are also very fun to cook with too!
I usually avoid ramen noodles but this recipe has my tummy growling over here! LOL
My boys love Ramen, I'd prefer a different noodle...but I'll be honest... These were really good! For a quick and easy recipe made in minutes. My son loved loved them too