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Pad Ped Talay Recipe (Thai Spicy Seafood Stir Fry)

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Pad ped talay is an irresistible Thai spicy seafood stir-fry, packed with juicy shrimp, fiery red curry paste, and fragrant kaffir lime leaves. It’s incredibly easy-to-make, with a mix of sweet, sour, salty, and hot.

Pad ped talay, spicy Thai seafood stir-fry with beans, shrimp, and squid, served in a white dish.

Pair it up with some rice, absolutely delicious.

Pad ped talay recipe

This recipe is my go-to for a delicious spicy seafood dish. It’s a game changer if you love authentic Thai flavors for your dinner, it’s so good!

Sweet, spicy, sour, and salty, basically it’s everything you and me love about Thai food.

It’s like an all-in-one seafood meal you want to eat again and again.

White dish with pad ped talay / spicy Thai seafood stir-fry featuring kaffir lime leaves, red curry paste, beans, shrimp, and squid.

And you can totally load it with as many clams, mussels, crab meat, fish, scallops, shrimp, or squid you want to. Just toss it in the wok and enjoy the aroma.

Trust me, this is the perfect spicy dish for midweek or weekend dinners. It’s super easy and filled with flavors.

And it comes together quickly, too.

Don’t miss out.

Close-up of spicy seafood stir-fry in a white dish featuring kaffir lime leaves, shrimp, and other seafood.

Totally into spicy food? You’ll love my collection of spicy recipes, including my Thai basil recipe vegetarian and the best gaeng daeng recipe (red curry with chicken).

5 Reasons to try this spicy seafood stir-fry

  • Perfect for seafood lovers. Every bite is packed with seafood flavors, aroma, and Thai spices.
  • Thai restaurant quality. The flavors of this Thai spicy seafood stir-fry are of restaurant quality.
  • Quick and easy. One-pan, simple steps and instructions, minimal cleanup.
  • Healthy. This pad ped talay recipe is loaded with tasty seafood and healthy spices. It’s high in protein, healthy fats, and nutrients.
  • Unique. You won’t find many similar recipes. This is a unique seafood stir-fry recipe with authentic Thai ingredients and the best flavor.

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Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


  • Seafood – I used shrimp and squid, feel free to add others. You can sub the seafood for other protein like chicken or pork if you want to.
  • Red curry paste – Use my homemade blend of herbs and spices, or get store-bought curry paste (Maesri or Mae Ploy) in Asian grocery stores or at Amazon.
  • Kaffir lime leaves – You can find these fresh or frozen at Asian supermarkets, markets, or at Amazon.
  • Red spur chilies – Red spur chilies or prik chi fa are a popular ingredient in Thai cuisine. They’re not too spicy, and typically 4–5 inches long.
  • Yard long beans – Also known as snake beans. Feel free to add additional vegetables.
  • Palm sugar – Use palm sugar to add a caramel-like sweetness.
  • Fish sauce – Adds a salty, umami flavor.
  • Water – We’ll add a splash of water to create a delicious sauce, blending all the flavors.
  • Oil – Use a neutral cooking oil.

Cooking instructions

  1. Sauté curry paste

    Close-up of sautéed red curry paste in a wok.

    Place a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add oil and sauté the red curry paste until fragrant.

  2. Cook seafood

    Add the seafood, gently stir-frying it until fully cooked, about 1–2 minutes.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients

    Close-up of stir-fried pad ped talay in a pan.

    Mix in the remaining ingredients, stirring gently until well combined, the sugar has dissolved, and the beans are tender to your preference. Serve immediately.

Tips for the best Thai seafood stir-fry

  • Don’t overcrowd your wok. Make sure each piece gets cooked quickly and evenly.
  • Adjust the spice. Adjust the amount of curry paste and chilies to control the heat. If you’re not into very spicy food, start with a small amount and add more if needed.
  • Taste as you go. Taste as you cook and adjust the flavors to your liking.

Kitchen tools

  • Cutting board and chef’s knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Granite mortar and pestle: If you want to make your red curry paste from scratch.
  • Wok or large skillet
  • Spatula

How to serve pad ped seafood

Serve immediately alongside jasmine rice or with noodles.

Accompaniments and condiments

  • Prik nam pla: Serve with this spicy chili-garlic-fish sauce condiment.
  • Lime wedge: For those who like a tangy flavor.
  • Fresh herbs: Garnish with chopped cilantro, green onions, or coriander.
  • Extra heat: Add thinly sliced red spur chilies for those who can handle a 10 on the spice-o-meter.

How to store and reheat

Let your seafood stir-fry cool down to room temperature. Transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate. Consume within 2 days. I suggest eating everything in one go, as seafood tends to spoil quickly.

Reheating instructions: Quickly stir-fry in a skillet or wok until hot. Avoid the microwave.

Did you know?

In Thai, “pad” translates to stir-fry, “ped” means spicy, and “talay” refers to seafood.

Frequently asked questions

Is this recipe gluten-free?

This recipe is gluten-free. But make sure to double-check the labeling of your fish sauce to be absolutely sure.

Can I use frozen seafood?

Yes, you can use frozen seafood. Just make sure it’s defrosted and well-drained before cooking.

Can I add more vegetables to this spicy stir-fry?

Totally. Feel free to add other stir-fry vegetables like bell peppers, Thai eggplants, or others.

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Pad Ped Talay Recipe (Thai Spicy Seafood Stir Fry)

Pad ped talay, spicy Thai seafood stir-fry with beans, shrimp, and squid, served in a white dish.
Feel free to add extra vegetables and seafood of your choice.
Praew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Serving Size 1

Ingredients

  • 10.5 ounces seafood
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2.8 yard long beans slice diagonally
  • 1 red spur chilies to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  • Place a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add oil and sauté the red curry paste until fragrant.
  • Add the seafood, gently stir-frying it until fully cooked, about 1–2 minutes.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients, stirring gently until well combined, the sugar has dissolved, and the beans are tender to your preference. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Feel free to add vegetables and use a mix of seafood.
  • Serve with rice.

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