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  • Writer's pictureColleen Clesen

Sweet n Sour Pad Thai

Chinese foods are one of those take-out items that can be very tricky when it comes to ordering gluten-free. Majority of their options include soy sauce which contains gluten. Luckily, a lot of restaurants offer gluten-free options with GF soy sauce, but there can still be a lot of cross contamination. I've worked pretty hard on making my own recipes at home that mimic some of my favorite take-out Chinese options.

I'm not a huge rice fan so instead I love to cook up the Lotus Foods Organic Millet & Brown Rice noodles. Lotus Foods is a sustainable brand that sources rice from around the world to bring you high-quality, heirloom foods that help promote organic agriculture, rice biodiversity, and support farmers. Costco carries the large bag of these which is a steal for the price!

I usually pair my pad thai with whichever protein I have available. Sometimes it is ground chicken, turkey or beef and other times it is grilled chicken breast or beef tips. Costco also carries Kevin's ready-to-heat Mongolian Style Beef that is high quality grass-fed beef tips that I use a lot of times to pair with this pad thai.



  • 1 cup of pineapple juice and 1/2 cup chopped pineapple (optional)

  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey

  • 1/3 cup of rice vinegar

  • 2 TBS organic ketchup

  • 2 TBS coconut aminos

  • 1 1/2 TBS arrowroot powder

  • 2 TBS warm water

  • For heat: add in 1-2 tsp sriracha or 1 tsp chili pepper flakes

Stir-Fry Ingredient Options:

  • Lotus Foods brown rice noodles or soaked & pressure cooked rice

  • Vegetables: carrots, bamboo shoots, sprouts, water chestnuts, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, etc...

  • Protein: chicken, beef, pork, turkey


  1. In a saucepan whisk together the pineapple juice, sweetener, vinegar, ketchup and coconut aminos.

  2. In a small bowl you will want to combine the arrowroot powder and warm water. This will be your starch that will thicken your sweet n sour sauce.

  3. Add this thickener to your saucepan and whisk until it is dissolved while keeping the heat on high for 1 minute.

  4. Turn off the heat and let it cool. As the sauce cools it will thicken up.

  5. Pair the sauce with your starch, veggies and protein of choice! Optional to add in spices such as sriracha, chili flakes, ginger or garlic.

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