Drunken Style Noodles with Shrimp

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This Drunken Style Noodles with Shrimp recipe is inspired by the popular Thai street food pad kee mao, or “drunken noodles.”

Drunken Style Noodles
Drunken Noodles with Shrimp

The flavor of these drunken noodles is perfectly balanced – spicy, savory, and slightly sweet – and the lime juice rounds the whole dish out. This Thai noodle recipe is also filling, loaded with protein from the shrimp and eggs and naturally gluten-free if using gluten-free soy sauce. More of my favorite Thai shrimp recipes are this Shrimp Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry Coconut Shrimp with Basil.

Drunken Noodles with Shrimp

I recently got my hands on a new cookbook, Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend Cookbook by Jenn Segal and I’ve been dying to make this dish. The book is 70% fast and easy weeknight meals and 30% slow and soothing weekend recipes. All her recipes look wonderful, and this dish did not disappoint! I slightly tweaked this one by cutting back on the oil but otherwise kept it the same. I think you’ll love it as much as we did, it had so much flavor!

What makes drunken noodles drunken?

Jenn says: “Contrary to what the name implies, the dish does not contain alcohol. Pad means “stir fry” and kee mao means “drunkard,” so it’s not the noodles that are drunk but rather the person who is eating them! I’m sure the dish is comforting after a night of partying – or that it’s spicy enough to sober you up – but for me, it’s simply a delicious weeknight dinner, ice-cold beer optional.”

Drunken Noodle Ingredients:

Below are the ingredients for this shrimp drunken noodle recipe:

  • Noodles: Rice noodles and water
  • Protein: Shrimp and eggs
  • Vegetables: Broccoli and green onions
  • Flavor: Salt, garlic, basil, lime juice

Here’s what Jenn has to say about the width of rice noodles:

“I call this version “drunken-style” because, traditionally, drunken noodles are made with fresh wide rice noodles. I use medium rice noodles because I can count on them being stocked in my grocery store – these are the noodles used for pad Thai, which makes the recipe more of a drunken noodle-pad Thai hybrid.”

To make the drunken noodle sauce, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oyster sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Brown sugar
  • Water

Variations & Tips:

  • Protein: Switch up the protein with chicken or tofu or skip it if you want vegetarian drunken noodles.
  • Spiciness: If you want milder pad kee mao noodles, omit the sriracha. Like it spicier? Add more.
  • To make gluten-free drunken noodles, use gluten-free soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos.
  • For ultimate efficiency, prepare the other ingredients while your noodles soak.

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Drunken Style Noodles with Shrimp

487 Cals 35 Protein 59.5 Carbs 11 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Thai
Drunken Style Noodles with Shrimp recipe inspired by the popular Thai street food pad kee mao, or “drunken noodles.”

Ingredients

  • 8 cups plus ¾ cup water, plus more as needed
  • 8 ounces rice noodles, as thick as you can find
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free Tamari
  • tablespoons fish sauce
  • tablespoons sriracha, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound large (31/35) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • cups bite-sized broccoli florets , (from an 8-ounce/225 g broccoli crown)
  • 1 bunch of scallions, light and dark green parts separated, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup loosely packed Thai or Italian basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, from 1 lime
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Soak the noodles: Bring the 8 cups (2 L) water to a boil in a large pot. Remove the pot from the heat and add the rice noodles. Stir very well so they don’t stick, then let soak, stirring frequently, until soft, pliable, and just shy of perfectly cooked (they should be al dente, just like regular pasta). This process should take 10 to 20 minutes; check the noodles frequently as the soaking time varies greatly depending on the width and brand of the noodles. Drain and rinse well with cold water. (If not using the noodles right away, toss them with a little oil to prevent sticking.)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sriracha, brown sugar, and ¼ cup (60 mL) of the water.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs with ⅛ teaspoon salt.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large (12-inch/30 cm) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with ⅛ teaspoon salt; cook, tossing occasionally, until the shrimp are opaque and just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl and wipe clean.
    shrimp in wok
  • Spray the skillet with oil; add the eggs and scramble until cooked through.
  • Transfer the eggs to the bowl with the shrimp.
    Eggs broccoli and shrimp in a bowl.
  • Add the broccoli to the pan along with ⅛ teaspoon salt and the remaining ½ cup (120 mL) water. Cover and steam until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the broccoli to the bowl with the shrimp and eggs.
  • Discard any excess water from the pan and wipe it clean with a moist paper towel.
  • Return the pan to the stove, increase the heat to high, and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the light scallions and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the noodles and sauce to the pan and toss with tongs until the noodles absorb the sauce and are perfectly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. If the noodles remain a bit tough at this point, add 2 tablespoons water to the skillet and continue to toss and cook until tender. Repeat with more water as necessary.
    noodles in pan
  • Add the shrimp, eggs, and broccoli, the dark scallions, and the basil and lime juice to the skillet and toss until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If the noodles seem dry, add another tablespoon

Notes

Variations & Tips:

  • Protein: Switch up the protein with chicken or tofu or skip it if you want vegetarian drunken noodles.
  • Spiciness: If you want milder pad kee mao noodles, omit the sriracha. Like it spicier? Add more.
  • To make gluten-free drunken noodles, use gluten-free soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos.
  • For ultimate efficiency, prepare the other ingredients while your noodles soak.
*Gluten free options for oyster sauce- Kikkoman and Wok Mei

Nutrition

Serving: 2generous cups, Calories: 487kcal, Carbohydrates: 59.5g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 306.5mg, Sodium: 1539.5mg, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugar: 6.5g
Keywords: drunken shrimp, noodles, rice noodles, thai recipes

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94 comments

  1. I didn’t have fish sauce so used all oyster sauce. I never had drunken noodles before and this was delicious – better than some restaurant dishes I’ve had!

  2. Oh, this is delicious! I couldn’t find Thai basil, so I used sweet basil. I added some carrots, and I doubled the sauce. It’s the first Thai dish I’ve ever tried, and it’s perfect! Thank you!

  3. Extremely yummy, felt a little labor-intensive for a week night , but I’m not sure that it would the second time I made it when I knew what I was doing. Great advice from one of the reviews to cook the noodles according to your package directions, we did not have a problem with mushy noodles.  I also used  a combination of soy sauce and extra oyster sauce as I could not find fish sauce at Publix. I used chicken instead of shrimp, cut up small with a little chili oil and red pepper flakes because we like heat. Thanks Gina , your recipes are always amazing!

  4. So yummy! Lots of flavor! I used hoison sauce instead of oyster as I couldn’t find it. Also used sambal olek instead of siracha as I like the flavor better. Totally a make again!

  5. So GOOD! Wish I would have had some peppers to add just for more veggies.

  6. Love so many recipes on this site. This one was just not for us. The soy sauce/oyster sauce/sriracha/fish sauce mix just wasn’t very good – not like drunken noodles we’ve had elsewhere.

  7. Just made this for dinner.  Easy and delicious.  I followed the recipe exactly. 

  8. Just made this for dinner.  Easy and delicious. 

  9. Made this for dinner tonight, excellent! Used chicken instead of shrimp. I tend to use more vegetables than recipes call for so I doubled the sauce in order to ensure that there would be enough for what was in the pan. This definitely satisfied my desire for Thai and at a fraction of the cost!