Kids in the Kitchen: 5-Minute Pad Thai

If you’ve watched any of our live kitchen play dates, you know that my time in the kitchen with the kids is anything but polished. We make a mess, the kids fight, and sometimes they end up not liking what we make.

That’s okay, though, because in the end they’re learning to cook.

Sometimes, cooking feels like a bit of lost art – but it’s absolutely something I want my kids to know and be comfortable with when they strike out on their own. Sometimes, that looks like a really fun dessert… and sometimes it’s just learning how to dress up your ramen.

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Ramen was a staple for me during college and it’s still a nostalgic favorite. The kids love it, too – but sometimes you want something quick and a little different. That’s when this 5-Minute Pad Thai comes in clutch.

No, it’s not a true Pad Thai, but this dressed up ramen is delicious and easy enough that the kids can make it themselves. Teach them now, and this will be a dish that will get them through college!

How can kids help?

Kids can:

  • Measure ingredients
  • Stir everything together
  • Top off the finished dish

Adults will have to help with:

  • Cooking the ramen
  • Pouring off the hot liquid

More recipes for kids

If you’re looking for more recipes that are easy for kids to help with, make sure you look through the other recipes in our Kids in the Kitchen series. Some of our favorites include Unicorn Grilled Cheese and Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.


5-Minute Pad Thai

5-Minute Pad Thai

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 pkg. chicken-flavored ramen with seasoning packet
  • 2 Tbsp. chunky peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sriracha
  • Green onions, sliced, for topping
  • Chopped peanuts, for topping


    1. Prepare noodles according to package directions.
    2. When cooked, drain most of the water off - leaving just a few tablespoons in the bottom.
    3. Stir in peanut butter, soy sauce and sriracha until peanut butter is melted and everything is well combined.
    4. Top with sliced green onions and chopped peanuts.
    5. Serve immediately.

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