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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

4.92 from 56 votes
Drunken Style Noodles with Shrimp recipe inspired by the popular Thai street food pad kee mao, or “drunken noodles.”
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Drunken Style Noodles
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 generous cups


  • 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)


  • 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

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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


Serving: 2 generous cups, Calories: 487 kcal, Carbohydrates: 59.5 g, Protein: 35 g, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 306.5 mg, Sodium: 1539.5 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 6.5 g


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96 comments on “Drunken Style Noodles with Shrimp”

  1. This recipe is great! The only issue we’re having though is that we can no longer edit your recipes in WW.  All other recipes we can, and we used to be able to with yours, but the edit option is missing when importing to WW.  We use brown rice noodles instead since grains are one of my 0 point foods.  Any idea why your recipes lost the ability to be edited?

  2. This was DELICIOUS!! One of the best new recipes I’ve made/tried in a while. Would love to give it more of a ‘kick’ next time, like when I order drunken noodle Thai takeout. What would be the best way to do that??

  3. This was amazing. Absolutely delicious! I signed up for emails and receive weekly meal plans with great ideas for new recipes to cook. Started weight watchers in January and can attest my success to both the WW app and Skinnytaste recipe ideas. In the recipe card section of the website there is a button to see WW points. Makes it so easy and delicious! 9 Points for 2 cups of this absolutely amazing recipe!

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    Jeanette Moyer

    Absolutely delicious!!!  I also added more veggies like some others. Water chestnuts, matchstick carrots (like others suggested) and a red pepper I needed to get rid of! 
    Cut the sriracha and used cilantro instead of basil for garnish. 
    No leftovers!!!
    We just love all of your recipes. 

  5. BEST EVER! I cook practically every night and have been married 51 years. My husband gave it 5 stars and said it’s one of the best new recipes I’ve ever made. He won’t stop raving about it to everyone and it’s getting annoying. The only noodle I found said “Ramen” and came in four individual packages, they were perfect. 

  6. My husband LOVED this recipe! I could not find oyster sauce and used Hoisin instead. I also do not like the flavor of Siracha so I used mild harissa.

  7. Loved this recipe! Will definitely be making it again. I was wondering what the WW points are? I couldn’t find them. 

  8. I made this dish for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I decreased the sriracha to 1/2 tablespoon and that was just right for us.

  9. This was REALLY good. Very important not to oversoak the noodles. Spice was perfect. I may try fresh rice noodles from the Asian market last time. Gina thanks for the WW personal points conversion. Sooo easy since it imports into WW. Pour a good Chardonnay with this and enjoy. 5 stars!

  10. This was delicious,  I added shredded carrots and snow peas, and used sesame oil to sauté the scallion whites and garlic before adding the noodles in.  My 6 year old asking for seconds.  

  11. Winner! Winner! Shrimp dinner!!! This was absolutely DELICIOUS and perfect for a easy Friday meal to cap off a hard week! I had been eyeing this recipe for a while and am so glad we opted for this instead of carry out! It hit the spot and now I’m ready for my ice cream and a movie! 

  12. This was absolutely delicious and so full of flavor. It was pretty easy to make as well. 
    Thank you for such wonderful recipes. 

  13. I just want to say that every.single.recipe. Here is awesome. The way it’s presented and simple is awesome. And I cannot thank you enough for tips and tricks. I am a “above average “ home cook with a 40-70 hour a week job amd family.