July 23, 2013

THIS PAD THAI SAUCE IS AWESOME. That may be an adrenaline fueled outburst, but it’s a couple days later and I’M STILL STANDING BY IT. This sauce is much more than I could ask for in a pad thai sauce. Thank you everyone who helped get me to this point. I share this with all of you. A true Academy Award moment. What I like about this sauce, and what my angle was when writing the recipe, was for there to be an easy pad thai sauce to make at home with ingredients you already have on hand.

Try it on this better-than-takout easy pad thai!

Better Than Takeout Pad Thai SaucePad Thai Sauce
Serves four 

1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sriracha
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup brown sugar

Whisk together ingredients. Serve several over pad thai.

5.0 from 3 reviews
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  1. Whisk together ingredients. Serve several over pad thai.


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  • Kat

    I LOVE this recipe! The sauce and the Pad Thai I make all the time. It is one of my bf favorites and requested for special occasions. Sometimes I have to tweak the sauce, but it’s a great base to start from and always a hit!

  • Krissy

    The best pad Thai hands down!! Our little family loves this recipe, thank you!!

  • Love it! Came out perfect

  • Jaymee

    I wonder if I can use lemon juice instead lol I have all the lemons and no limes :)

  • Amanda Hartman

    Was this recipe previously posted with smaller ratios? I have been making this from your site for a few years but tonight I noticed that the quantities were much larger than usual. I like the sauce but it was a bit too much.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes here is the old recipe!

      3 tablespoons soy sauce
      1 tablespoon sriracha
      2 tablespoons lime juice
      2 tablespoon canola oil
      2 tablespoons brown sugar

      Whisk together ingredients. Serve several tablespoons over pad thai.

  • SJ

    This recipe is perfect!!! A keeper!
    Thank you!

  • Jenae

    I am obsessed with this sauce and have made it so many times that I thought I needed to leave a comment to show my love:) take out pad thai is just not as enjoyable to me now that I’ve had this! I make the sauce as is, but sometimes add peanut butter as others have done in the comments. Both ways are amazing! I use regular linguini or rice noodles…whatever I have on hand. Super easy to customize and just all around awesome! Thank you so much for sharing – it is definitely Oscar worthy in my house!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Awesome! Thanks Jenae.

  • xavier

    This is awesome….I tweaked it a little as I see a lot of others have. I left out the soy sauce, sriracha, lime juice, canola oil, and brown sugar. I replaced these with a pepperoni pizza from dominos. It was great!

    • This Lady

      Savage lol

  • Stacie

    Can the sauce be made ahead of time and put into the fridge? How long will the sauce keep??

  • martha

    I used less sriracha and added some hoisin sauce.. I appreciate the gluten free dairy fee option with this recipe

  • Deidre

    Great recipe- weeknight or weekend entertaining. I double the sauce, add garlic and fresh ginger. When I really want to change it up a bit- I add a bit of peanut butter to the sauce. Delicious recipe. Thanks.

  • Annie

    Was too sweet. Next time I’ll omit the sugar.

  • Kris

    I love this! I had been looking for a good sauce recipe because I love pad thai but cannot eat fish sauce. This is the best sauce ever. Thank You!

  • Don newman

    Gonna try this tonight.which pork the other white about fresh ginger,and garlic in the sauce.I’ll let you know.

  • I have made this recipe of Rachel’s more than a dozen times for friends and family. It is without a doubt better than any pad-thai you get in the Thai restaurants. I also triple the sauce amount because…well, it makes it better! Wonderful recipe!

  • Justine

    I have yet to make a recipe of yours that my boyfriend and I don’t both love! Excited to make this tonight for the second time!

    • Rachel Schultz

      That is great to hear Justine, thanks!

  • Courtney

    I love this recipe! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really do like this better than traditional Pad Thai. I often use tofu and add tamarind and fish sauce into the sauce. Yum!

  • Michelle

    Can you mkae the sauce ahead of time? How long will it keep?

  • Susan

    Sauce is wonderful! I chose to use Kikkoman Ponzu citrus seasoned sauce (Lime )along with the soy sauce. I used Tamari soy sauce. Then, I added a splash of Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce! The meal was wonderful!

  • penny

    Thanks so much.Some of us love asian food so much but do not want msg( monsodium glutamate) in our food.It has many names. Autolized,hydrolyzed protein ,yeast extract. Very bad for the brain and body.I am very grateful for a substitute made of real ingredients.

  • I am trying this recipe this evening and am very excited. I really appreciate that the ingredients are common things I already have in my pantry.

  • Courtney

    Hi Rachel! I just stumbled on your website and I’m slowly starting to believe it was fate. I love the recipes and i will definitely be making pad thai soon.

    Here’s my question: Do you have to melt the brown sugar or just mix it in with the other ingredients as is.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Mix as is! Thanks Courtney

  • Cari

    hey listen…you’re site is awesome and so are your recipes…JUST SAYIN

  • Mel

    What kind of jackhole browses recipe blogs to gripe about how “real authentic” something isn’t? Not to mention starting out with a rude “hey listen” and ending it just as rudely with “just sayin'” in all caps?

    I thank you for the recipe! I personally look forward to trying it out, subbing out a hot sauce less hot than Sriracha. I might even add a little tamarind. ;)

  • hey listen…real authentic pad thai has tamarind and fish sauce in it. JUST SAYIN!

    • Jesse

      I realize that, and I’m sure Rachel does too, but I live in a part of the country where fish sauce and tamarind are NOT available (on a bad day I can’t even get cilantro). I appreciate recipes that use regular ingredients so I can make them too.

      • Dustin

        What’s a “regular” ingredient?

        I hear you though I can’t find fish sauce around me either, I just order 3 crabs from amazon though. And I added it to this recipe and omitted half the sugar.

    • Ewan

      I have to agree with Mel’s first paragraph.

      However, I also have to add that the only thing really that is missing that would be in a true Pad Thai recipe is the tamarind, because the sriracha sauce is a mix of hot peppers and fish sauce by definition. My nine year old daughter has been eating store bought Pad Thai sauce since she was a baby, and although I am not Thai I cook a lot of Thai food. My daughter loved this recipe.

      Jesse, Spring is coming and it’s time to start your own herb garden with cilantro and Thai basil!

      • Anonymous

        sriracha doesnt have fish sauce. this isnt a realy pad thai sauce without the main key ingredients of tamarind and fish sauce, its a flavored soy sauce.

    • Forrest

      This recipe is NOT pad thai. It’s something else and it may be very good. The very basics of a pad thai sauce are: tamarind pulp, palm sugar, fish sauce. That’s it. If a recipe doesn’t have these three ingredients (at a minimum), it ain’t pad thai. If you want authentic Thai recipes, check this out:

  • Audrey

    Amazing Pad Thai sauce. As good or better than I’ve had in Thai restaurants. I substituted Thai red curry paste for the sriracha and added a tiny bit of fish sauce (maybe 1/4 tsp). Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Carrie

    This looks so yum! Question…..When I have eaten Pad Thai in restaurants, it always has a peanut sauce. ??

  • Megan

    This is amazing!!! I have been looking for a good homemade sauce recipe. This is my favorite I’ve found!

  • Alison

    This recipe is phenomenal. I make it multiple times a week. Thank you SO much Rachel.

  • Tracy

    Is this a spicy Pad Thai sauce? My daughter doesn’t do spicy…at all. Can I leave out the sriracha?

    • Rachel Schultz


  • SO excited to find this sauce! I have a great pad thai recipe, but the sauce includes fish sauce. Last time I made it and the fish sauce hit the pan – my boys ran screaming “the smell! the smell!” equating it to dirty feet. Can’t wait to try this alternate version :) Thanks!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Haha! Yep. I can relate. Which is why I wanted one, sans fish sauce :)

  • Rachel

    I’m definitely going to have to try this! I’ve only tried Pad Thai once after reading this blog post, but I’m now looking to make it myself to save a bit of money. The sauce seems perfect for it :) Thanks! P.S: great name!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Haha! Thanks. Hope it turns out great :)

  • Laura

    Just tried this now (on top of your pad thai recipe). It was absolutely delicious and SO easy. I love that all the ingredients are easy to find. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      You’re welcome! That’s what I love about it too.

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