30 minutes is all you need to make these delicious Thai red curry noodles that are loaded with flavour and are naturally vegan and gluten-free!
This is an old recipe from the blog that was updated to make it even better!
Here they are. Thai red curry noodles that are like a cross between a Thai curry dish and a Thai noodle dish. This recipe is made using rice noodles, red curry paste and coconut milk for a deliciously creamy noodle bowl that comes together in less than 30 minutes!
Which noodles are the best to use
You can use any type of rice noodles to make this recipe, but I like them with traditional Pad Thai style noodles, which gives this dish a similar texture to linguine.
My second favourite type of noodle to use for this recipe are wide rice noodles, like the ones I use in my Vegan Pad See Ew. These will give a slightly chewier texture to the dish, which is also equally as delicious!
If you don’t have rice noodles on hand, you can also opt to make this recipe will some good ol’ spaghetti noodles. Regular or gluten-free spaghetti will work just fine. (Though I personally find the recipe better with traditional rice noodles!)
How to make Thai red curry noodles
These noodles are super quick and easy to make!
- Soak the rice noodles in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes
- Add the curry paste, garlic and coconut milk to a large skillet on medium-high heat
- Drain and add the noodles, then season with soy sauce, maples syrup and lime juice.
- As the noodles start to absorb the sauce, add a few splashes of vegetable broth.
- Serve immediately and top with cilantro, green onion and sesame seeds.
Choosing the right red curry paste
Red curry paste is a traditional ingredient used in Thai cooking. It’s a paste made from a blend of aromatic ingredients including lemongrass, shallots, lime and red chillies (which is it the vibrant red colour!)
Some red curry pastes contain dried prawns or prawn paste in them, so if you want to make sure this recipe is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, you’ll want to check the label of the red curry paste to make sure it doesn’t contain these ingredients.
Some brands of red curry paste may also be spicier than others, so keep this in mind when making the recipe. You may want to start with a bit less curry paste, and add more if you’re not sure how spicy you want it.
Red curry paste can usually be found in the grocery store in the same aisle as you would find soy sauce, sriracha and other Asian sauce ingredients.
Tips for making perfect red curry noodles
- Soak your rice noodles in warm water until they are pliable, but not completely cooked. The noodles will continue to cook in the sauce, so you don’t want to cook them too much before adding them to the pan.
- Thai food is all about the balance of sweet, salty, tangy and spicy. So make sure to not skip out on adding the soy sauce, maple syrup or lime. These will build big flavour in your noodles!
- Keep the heat on medium while cooking, you don’t want the stove to be too hot!
- To achieve a super creamy sauce, use some vegetable broth to thin out the sauce as you cook the noodles. The liquid will get absorbed as they cook, so adding some liquid will help keep the noodles nice and saucy!
Other Thai noodle recipes to try
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Quick and easy Thai red curry noodles that take 15 minutes to make!
- 1/2 pack rice noodles (about 8oz)
- 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
- 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (from a can)
- 1/4 cup-1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1–2 tbsp soy sauce (depending on how salty your soy sauce is, use gluten-free if needed)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (can sub honey or agave)
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- Cilantro, sliced green onion, and sesame seeds to top
- Place the rice noodles in a large bowl of hot water. Let sit for 5 minutes to soften just until the noodles are pliable.
- Add the curry paste to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Let cook for about 1 minute to allow the aromas to come out. Then add the garlic and let cook for another minute
- Reduce the heat to medium, add the coconut milk and stir until combined.
- Drain the noodles and add them to the pan. Stirring to combine with the sauce, then add the soy sauce, maple syrup and lime juice and mix until combined.
- As the noodles cook and absorb the sauce, add the vegetable broth, 2-3 tbsp at a time while stirring and continue to cook just until the noodles are soft, but still have a bit of a chewy bite to them. (About 3-4 minutes)
- Taste the noodles and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Top with cilantro, chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
Rice noodles can be easy to overcook, so they should still be a little firm (but pliable) when you add them to the pan. When the noodles seem soft but have just a little bite to them, that’s when they’re ready!
Read the label when choosing a red curry paste to make sure it’s vegetarian-friendly (if needed.)
You can find red curry paste at most grocery stores in the same aisle that you would find other Asian sauces, like soy sauce.
These noodles are best enjoyed fresh, so eat them right away!
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 504
- Sugar: 10g
- Sodium: 800mg
- Fat: 30g
- Saturated Fat: 26g
- Carbohydrates: 49g
- Fiber: 4.8g
- Protein: 4.5
Keywords: Thai noodles, red curry noodles
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