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The BEST Way To Reheat Pad Thai

Let me guess. You've just been defeated by a monster Thai feast. Or you may just be being sensible and planning your meals for the next week.
Either way, you may be wanting to know what the best way of reheating pad thai is.
I have experimented with virtually all of the reheating techniques you can imagine, to find out what delivers the freshest, tastiest, and least dry reheated pad thai.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: pad thai, reheat pad thai
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 400kcal



  • 1 portion pad thai
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 splash liquid water or sauce


  • Put the pad thai in the microwave for 5 seconds to soften the noodles (optional).
  • Gently prise the noodles apart with a fork so they’re easy to stir when you start heating them in the pan.
  • Heat some oil in your pan/wok on a high heat until it’s shimmering (peanut oil is a good choice for pad thai).
  • Add the pad thai to the pan along with a tablespoon of water or extra sauce.
  • Stir the pad thai constantly for 2-3 minutes or until it’s piping hot.


The microwave step is optional, but I recommend it. When you get your pad thai out of the fridge, it will more than likely be stuck together in one big blob. If you put this blob straight in the pan and start stirring, all the noodles will break.
The microwave will soften the noodles and make the whole thing easier to separate, so you don’t end up with a bowl of broken noodles.
Five seconds seems short, but it’s all you need. Any longer and you risk ruining the noodles’ texture.


Serving: 128g | Calories: 400kcal