With 10 minutes of active preparation and 20 minutes for soaking the noodles, this easy Pad Thai comes together in no time flat. Not a fan of shrimp? Toss some cooked chicken in with the 5-ingredient sauce to make a delicious alternative.
Place rice noodles in a large bowl. Cover with very hot tap water, stir and set aside until tender, 20 minutes. Do not over soak. Drain and reserve 1 cup soaking liquid.
Whisk to combine peanut butter, sambal, lime zest, fish sauce and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large skillet over high heat, warm oil until shimmering. Add shrimp and cook until nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Add noodles, peanut butter mixture and ? cup reserved soaking water. Cook until fragrant and warmed through. Remove from heat, add lime juice and season to taste with additional fish sauce, adding additional soaking water if necessary to thin sauce. Add tomatoes, bean sprouts and cilantro. Toss everything together to combine. Serve immediately, garnished with peanuts, cilantro and sliced limes.
Serve immediately, garnished with peanuts, cilantro and sliced limes.