Pad Thai is a dish that you will doubtless have seen in Thai restaurants. Traditionally, pad Thai consists of noodles, pressed tofu, shrimp, bean sprouts, and a fish sauce. It blends delicious flavors and a combination of textures to produce a delicious dish that you’ll return to time and time again.
It provides a classic umami flavor with fishy undertones, and it has been a take-out classic for years. There are many modern adaptations to this recipe, including vegan options. If you don’t like tofu, you can also switch it out for another protein like chicken, more suited to the western palate.
In this recipe, we will be using authentic pressed tofu and prawns, sticking true to the original Thai dish. However, the twist in our WayofLeaf version is that the sauce is infused with a delicious canna-oil. Read on to learn how to infuse your pad Thai with marijuana and which strains are the best to use.
Make the Perfect Canna-Oil for Pad Thai
For this recipe, you will need cannabis oil. All cannabis recipes require canna-oil, cannabutter, or canna-milk to work since marijuana binds well with fat. In recipes like this, oil tends to work best. Luckily, preparing canna-oil is really simple.
Start by grabbing a cooking oil of your choice, such as vegetable, sunflower, or olive. Then, you need a cannabis strain; we discuss the best ones for this recipe below. You can also pick a generic strain – or your favorite one – and make a huge batch of canna-oil to cook numerous recipes with.
Why not make a huge batch of canna-oil to cook numerous recipes with?
First, decarboxylate the buds by placing them on a baking tray in the oven for 30-45 minutes at 350˚F. Halfway through, turn them over. This process activates the cannabinoids you need to make this recipe a big hit.
Then, fill a crockpot or slow cooker with the desired amount of cooking oil. Grind up the decarbed cannabis nugs into smaller chunks, then stir them into the oil. Heat it on low for about three hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
When it’s done, strain the canna-oil through a cheesecloth and into a container. The cheesecloth catches the plant material and leaves behind a clear, tasty canna-oil. You can store this the same way as any other cooking oil, ready for use when you need it.
Best Strains for Cannabis Pad Thai
You can use any strains you like for cannabis pad Thai, but there are some that work particularly well with the flavors of this dish. You also need to think about your desired effects. Are you serving this dish at a social gathering? In that case, you’ll need an energizing strain to keep the party rolling and ensure your social mood doesn’t run out.
If you’re planning on eating this fake-out meal on the couch and going to bed, however, then an indica might help you achieve the perfect night in.
This zesty sativa-dominant hybrid is perfect for this pad Thai dish. The lime juice in the sauce complements the citrusy tones of Lemon Thai really well. Plus, it packs an average THC content of 19%, ensuring that you feel energized and uplifted all night long. Medical users employ it for chronic fatigue on account of its energy-inducing effects. If you need to perk up and lift your mood, then Lemon Thai is a perfect choice.
Super Lemon Haze
Every cannabis enthusiast has heard of Super Lemon Haze. This strain is also sativa-dominant; it will make you feel positive and creative. It’s ideal for a lunch-time pad Thai when you have things to do in the afternoon. Many users enjoy this strain during work hours because it instills the consumer with productivity. As you may pick up on in the name, it is also a lemony, citrusy strain that blends well with pad Thai.
Last up on the list is Northern Lights. It’s almost a pure indica, with 95% indica genetics. This strain is a better choice if you plan on chilling out after enjoying your pad Thai. Users say that they feel mellow and pacified, ending up in a blissful state of tranquillity. It’s common to feel dreamy and dozy, so expect to sink into the nearest couch and not move for hours. As for taste, Northern Lights is piney and sweet. It blends well with most dishes, making it a great strain to use for edibles in general.
What Else Do I Need?
The other ingredients you will need for this dish include the likes of noodles and vegetables. Here are some of the primary ingredients and where to find them:
- Fresh shrimp: You can find these in most grocery stores and supermarkets. Try to find sustainably sourced shrimp, which can include the farmed variety.
- Rice vinegar: Commonly found in Asian supermarkets.
- Dried shrimp: If you can’t locate this in your local grocery store, then try an Asian supermarket.
- Fish sauce: If you can’t locate fish sauce, then soy sauce works as a less fishy substitute.
- Noodles: Rice noodles are the more traditional variety, though you can also pick up egg noodles or any other kind you like.
Most of the other ingredients are commonly found in stores and should be easy enough to find.
How to Make the Perfect Get You High Pad Thai
This marijuana-infused pad Thai is the perfect dish for any occasion. Whether used as meal prep for lunches, served at a gathering, or devoured by yourself on a night of relaxation, it’s a recipe that you should learn to cook off the top of your head!
- 5oz rice noodles
- 2 limes
- 2x chilies (red and green)
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 5oz silken tofu, pressed
- 4 large shrimp, peeled
- ½ cup dried shrimp
- 1.5oz unsalted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
- 1 large egg
- 2oz beansprouts
For the Sauce
- 1 tablespoon canna-oil
- ½ cup fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Prepare the rice noodles according to packet instructions.
- To make the sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until the sugar dissolves. It should taste both sweet and sour with a touch of salt.
- Slice the chilies, then add to a bowl with the juice from one of the limes and set aside, allowing them to pickle.
- When the noodles are ready, drain them.
- Heat a little oil in a wok. Slice the tofu into 1cm chunks, and prepare the prawns for cooking. Run the dried shrimp under cold water and pat dry.
- Add the dried shrimps to the wok when the oil is hot. Toss for 2-3 minutes and add the chili flakes and peanuts.
- Add the shallots to the pan and fry until turning golden. Then, add the large shrimp and cook until the prawns are cooked through.
- Beat the egg in a bowl and add it to the wok, folding through the other ingredients.
- Throw in the tofu, noodles, and beansprouts. Pour the sauce on top and stir until well combined.
- Cook until the tofu is ready, then divide the pad Thai between bowls. Add the pickled chilies on top with a few extra peanuts. Squeeze on some lime wedges and enjoy!
Final Thoughts on Marijuana Pad Thai
It’s difficult not to adore this marijuana pad Thai dish. We hope you love it, too! Make sure you enjoy marijuana edibles responsibly; edibles can take a few hours to kick in, so don’t take any more pot during that time. Furthermore, make sure any guests are fully aware that they are consuming weed.
Have you given this recipe a try? Let us know in the comments what strain you used and if it tasted good!