This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.
This is NOT a low sodium recipe.
GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce instead of soy sauce and check to make sure the fish sauce is gluten-free.
"He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician." -Chinese proverb
Rice noodles are great for a quick meal. As they cook, the noodles absorb the flavors in the liquid. They are delicate and generally cook in under 10 minutes making them the perfect weeknight meal. Simple: one pan (or maybe two) and all in less than 30 minutes start to finish.
A similar Pad-Thai-like noodle dish was on the menu at a restaurant I ate at recently. Topping the cooked noodles with seafood - scallops, shrimp or even salmon - makes a complete meal that's easy to cook, elegant, and fast.
I prefer to use the Annie Chun's brown rice noodles. They are widely available now and cook just as quickly, but they have 4 grams of fiber instead of the only 1 gram of fiber found in the traditional white rice Pad Thai noodles.
Servings: 2 | Serving size: 6 ounces scallops with noodles
Cooking time: 30 minutes
This recipe can easily be multiplied but does not make very good leftovers.
|4 tsp.||toasted sesame oil (divided)|
|1 large||carrot (finely diced)|
|4 large||green onions (thinly sliced crosswise)|
|1 clove||garlic (minced)|
|1 1/2 cups||water|
|2 tsp.||reduced sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce|
|1 tsp.||maple syrup|
|1/2 tsp.||fish sauce|
|1/8 tsp.||red pepper flakes (optional)|
|4 ounces||pad thai style rice noodles|
|8 ounces||sea scallops|
|to taste||fresh ground black pepper|
Place a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil and swirl to coat the pan.
Add the carrot and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.
Add the green onions and garlic. Cook for about a minute. Stir frequently.
Add the water, soy sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes and cook for about 30 seconds.
Add the rice noodles and reduce the heat until the noodles are simmering.
Cook the noodles for about 8 to 10 minutes until done.
While the noodles are cooking, place the remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a large skillet over high heat.
When the oil is hot, add the scallops and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes. Turn and cook for another 4 minutes.
Serve the noodles topped with the seared scallops.
Serving size: 6 ounces scallops with noodles
Amount Per Serving
|Calories 457||Calories from Fat 99|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 11g||17%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrates 65g||22%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||32%|
|Vitamin A 380%||Vitamin C 25%|
|Calcium 6%||Iron 4%|
|Vitamin K 68mcg||Potassium 463mg|