Miso Mahi-Mahi Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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I hope you guys like Thai food as much as I do because I’m excited to share this one.

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So Thai is one of the cuisines that isn’t overly popular in my house, so I don’t actually make it as often as I’d like. Honestly though, every time I make it I wonder why I don’t make it more because it’s one of my personal favorite groups of flavors. I think one of the best parts is that all the ingredients used in Thai cooking ar pretty interchangeable. I don’t know if I’ve told you guys this but my day-to-day style of cooking usually involves a lot of winging it and using what I’ve already got on hand when I’m missing an ingredient. For that reason, dishes like this are my best friend.

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I had this Uber driver while I was in San Diego that was trying to politely make small-talk during our drive. (Since I’ve already thrown in some random tidbits about me I might as well let you know that small-talk is one of my least favorite things ever.) Anyway, he was asking what kind of restaurants are popular where I live and believe it or not I couldn’t think of a single one to mention because I just don’t eat out much, if ever.

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I couldn’t help finding it funny that this guy just couldn’t get his head around someone having a lifestyle that didn’t involve eating at restaurants. I tried to explain that up here everyone pretty much has there own cars, lives a bit far from grocery stores, and cooks there own food at home. He didn’t register that at all, then I mentioned being a food blogger and that’s where I really lost him. Haha, well it’s okay. There are plenty of things about city life that I wouldn’t be able to understand probably.

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This is one of those meals that you can do in just a few quick steps and alternate working on one part while waiting for another. Those are my favorite kinds because I get bored easily and I like to stay super busy in the kitchen. Plus, when you cook that way it makes the prep time fly by and you’ve got dinner on the table in no time.

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I used gluten free brown rice noodles so this recipe is pretty allergy friendly. I also stuffed it full of veggies, but feel free to use different ones if these aren’t your favorites. Basically any kind can be subbed in here.

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Miso Mahi-Mahi Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Dinner comes together quick and easy with these flavor-packed pad thai noodles made with classic Thai flavors and tender mahi-mahi.


1 (8 ounce) package brown rice pad thai noodles *see note
1 pound, boneless/skinless mahi-mahi, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon miso
3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or dark brown sugar)
2 medium zucchini, spiralized (or julienned)
1 bunch bok choy, sliced
2 cups fresh sugar snap peas

Optional Toppings:

roasted cashews
cilantro leaves
green onion
lime wedges



Combine the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, curry paste, lime juice, rice vinegar, miso, and coconut sugar (or brown sugar) in a large glass bowl and whisk together. Place the fish in the bowl and toss to coat. Allow the fish to sit in the marinade while you wash and chop the veggies and prep the rest of the dish, at least 15 minutes. Soak the noodles in boiling water for about 10 minutes, drain and set aside.

Pad Thai:

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and once hot, add the fish and sear for 3-4 minutes, brushing the fish with the marinade as it cooks. Flip pieces and cook until fully done. Remove from pan and pour into a separate dish, then cover and set aside for a moment.
Add the sesame oil to pan along with the bok choy and snap peas. Cook for 3-4 minutes then add in the spiralized zucchini and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Pour in any of the remaining marinade and add the basil and cilantro. Gently stir over heat for another minute.
Now add the noodles and cooked mahi-mahi and toss together until heated through, about 2 minutes. Scoop noodles into serving bowls and top with any of your desired toppings. I used roasted cashews, green onion, extra cilantro, and lime wedges.


I used Gluten Free Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles but a similar noodle will do just as well. Just be sure to cook according to package directions before adding to the dish.

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what an amazing combo. I really enjoy fish in my salads as well, and with your idea of pad thai noodles, this is simply a perfect combo. I cannot wait to give it a try, who knows, maybe I will post about it.

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Oh yum! And healthy too. Gotta go find some coconut sugar!

shouldn't be in problem to find in the City. Kind of a fad right now, so it will probably be in every nut and berry store - LOL

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I love hot food, Looks delicious from here
Well done .. Thanks for the recipe

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Now that looks delicious! With the bok choy and snap peas -- what a welcome into spring! Bok choy is so good. I like the lime and cilantro of the Thai cooking. I'm with you on not eating out much. I like my own cooking so much better, lol. Restaurants use so much salt. And I am used to good produce. But travel is challenging. It's easy to get in the habit of just asking for food and then - Boom! - it just shows up, and usually pretty quickly. And there's no cleanup, lol.

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Hi dear! How are you? My husband he made me eat this one!!! He always prepare it for me but with chicken!!! He cooked it very good! When I was in Morocco I never eat this kind of food, but when I come to Mauritius I discover it and I like it so much , this asian food!!!!

I hope you give it a try and make it with your Moroccan style. Thanks @creativewoman

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I've only been to Thailand once, but I'm a fan of Thai food. So I often order it in restaurants. Most of all I like spices, especially lemongrass.
When I look at your posts, I think: your family is definitely lucky! When I would eat these dishes every day - I would not go to the restaurant) Thanks for the recipe, someday I will definitely try to cook!

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I’m fancy of Tai and Vietnam food as well! There are many fresh vegetables and ingredients to make the dish taste fresh! Wanna try this recipe soon!😋
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As always, everything is perfect.
Have a nice day.

You got it perfect again and just with the right details to got me glued to read this and imagine how good it is on my tongue. I can almost taste it...

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I almost missed this one, yes, I've given a lot of thought to a cookbook. I may do a 'coffee table' version some day.

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Your dishes are always healthy and colourful ...I like noodles but i had no idea of adding greens in it so i will give this a try and share my experience with you :)

thanks so much, I do hope you give it a try, I will be eagerly awaiting to hear how it worked for you

Winner Winner Pad Thai Dinner. :) Awesome photos! So on the heat scale 1 - 10 what would this be? haha, I am a wimp when it comes to hot spicy, so when I get Thai, I usually ask for (-1) lol. Great job again, always amazed with your work.

this was not hot at all, but you can certainly dial it up or down to whatever you want. Winner, winner Pad Thai Dinner, I like that. I might use that in the future if you don't mind?

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Have not eaten that but from the looks, it might really taste good. Hope to try that meal soon

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nice photography and looking fresh

As always your food looks delicious. Of course being Thai I love anything that is a Thai dish. I will tell you though that in Thailand we generally use a thicker and flatter noodle in Pad Thai dishes. Sometimes the thinner noodle is used but generally the thicker noodle is better because it can hold on to the spices and sauce better. But what you made looks absolutely beautiful and delicious. We do not have Mahi Mahi here but we have similar fish. Come to Thailand o we can cook and eat together please.

I will come to Thailand someday and learn how to do it right, thanks for all the info

We can maybe do it together. But let me tell you this. What you have cooked in this picture I would definitely eat and be very happy. Keep on cookin sister!

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Very appetizing food. I've never tried it before. It would be interesting to cook such a dinner at home. If i can find all the ingredients in my local stores.

I hope you are able to find all of the ingredients and give it a go @anna-mi

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i need a taste of this...i cant entirely look it but am guessing it will taste really great...

Don't know what is better, or the photo or the recipe. Do you have vegetarian dishes?

Yes, I have several veg dishes, just posted one actually

You watered my mouth with the presentation of the dish, you notice the fascination when cooking. My husband likes to cook more than I do and I'm sure this dish would like to prepare it looks delicious. I admire your art with photography and food, what you do with love is always spectacular.

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Oh my, Pad Thai! This is my favorite Thai cuisine. And true enough, it can easily be prepared/cooked. I will try your recipe. And the photos are amazing by the way. :)

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This is not the usual type of food we get to see in your blog but it still gives the same effect to us. :-) I wasn't familiar with Pad Thai until a couple years ago when we ate at a restaurant near our place. They were known for their Pad Thai. Your recipe (and photos obviously) looks very promising. I'm not so familiar with all the ingredients but I might try this soon (hopefully. lol)

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It looks amazing! I love Thai food, especially the sweetness and the different flavors. It looks like this recipe makes more than enough for 2 people. I wonder how this would be the next day, cold.

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I am very pleased to find a great brown rice options for noodles to add to Asian inspired dishes. These are basic, plain noodles, that are easy to flavor when pairing with other ingredients. On their own their just tasteless.
They cook very quick (I just soak them in hot water 10-15 minutes). The noodles are great both warm (stir fries, casseroles, basically as a carb side to meals) and cold (noodle salad). They don't tend to stick together, even when stored in the fridge for several days.
The Amazon 6-pack is very convenient and makes this a staple for my pantry.

thanks so much the advice on noodles

looks amazing! And pretty healthy too.

Yeah, I'm on a health kick recently. But, don't let down your guard, I have some brownines coming

I also love Thai food. Interestingly, I used ingredients I had on hand to make a "mock thai" red curry fish last night. It was delicious!

you should make a post about it

Thank you for your suggestion; however, I have my doubts about it being worthy of attention. I look forward to your posts!

Looks delicious! Now look what you did! You made me hungry! I love Thai food and I like it Thai hot! I have visited 35 countries so far. I love ethnic food! In the Philippines where I live, I don’t see Mahi Mahi, but another fish we have here will substitute with no problem!
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I LOVE Thai food, but my wife does not so it's rare i get too eat Thai food any more. It all looks so very, very good.

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I opened this post because it was food, I love food!

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I love Pad Thai. One of my favorite dishes. :)

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Yummy! I would try this delicacy out someday since you mentioned that it super fast to cook. Nothing bore me more than spending hours in the kitchen, only to get too tired of eating the food eventually. As a student, I am always having a lot on my table, therefore, time is essential.

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Recently travelled to Thailand and having Pad Thai withdrawls! Thanks for the recipe :) This is definitely a nice twist on the traditional dish - can't wait to experiment with it :) As always, amazing photography!

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My little heart does not bear all this how delicious it looks

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I loooove pad thai!! Never tried the brown noodles before... sounds much healthier:) will check it out in the sipermarkets!
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Wow! I really need to try this, it looks amazing. I loveee! noodles. It's one of my favorite parts about living in Asia. Do you think spicing it up would be a weird combination?

nope, spice it up all you want