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pad thai in a skillet with lime wedges, fresh herbs and tongs

Healthy Turkey Pad Thai Recipe

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4.3 from 4 reviews

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Healthy Pad Thai is made with ground turkey, simple ingredients and kitchen staples you can find at any grocery store! It’s even faster than takeout because you can get it on your table in 30 minutes flat!


Units Scale
  • 6 ounces Thai stir-fry rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced and whites and green parts divided
  • 8 cups sliced Napa cabbage or Chinese cabbage, (about 1 small head)
  • 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted cashews or peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil, preferably Thai


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the stir-fry noodles according to their package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk brown sugar, fish sauce, tomato paste, lime juice, vinegar and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add turkey and scallion whites. Crumble and stir the meat with a wooden spoon as it browns. Cook until the meat is cooked through, 6 to 9 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage and coconut milk and reduce heat to medium. Stir until the cabbage is just slightly wilted, 1 to 4 minutes. Transfer the turkey mixture to a large bowl.
  5. Add the reserved sauce to the skillet and the drained noodles and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the noodles are heated through, about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer the noodle mixture to the bowl with the turkey, add the scallion greens and toss to coat. Serve each portion topped with the herbs and nuts.


How to reheat leftovers:

Place the Pad Thai in a covered microwave safe dish, add a bit of water and reheat in 30 second increments.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size: 2 cups each
  • Calories: 365
  • Fat: 13
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 21 g
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