Scallop Pad Thai

This pad Thai is especially delicious made with fresh bay scallops when they're in season in the late fall and winter.

Scallop Pad Thai
Photo: © Phoebe Lapine
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/2 pound pad Thai rice noodles (banh pho)

  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges, for serving

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or chile-garlic sauce

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3/4 pound bay scallops or large scallops, quartered

  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 2 cups julienned carrots (from about 3/4 pound carrots)

  • 4 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1/4 cup ground roasted peanuts


  1. Put the noodles in a large bowl and cover with very hot water. Let soak until just pliable, about 15 minutes (or according to package directions). Drain the noodles in a colander, shaking off excess water.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the fish sauce with the oyster sauce, lime juice, sugar, and Sriracha.

  3. In a large nonstick wok or skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the scallops and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the scallops to a plate. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the shallots, garlic and carrots and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the noodles and scallions and stir-fry until heated through, about 2 minutes.

  4. Scrape the noodles to one side of the pan and add the eggs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until nearly set, about 1 minute. Toss everything together. Add the sauce and stir-fry until the noodles are evenly coated and the sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the scallops and toss until heated through. Transfer the pad Thai to a platter. Garnish with the peanuts and serve with lime wedges.

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