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bowl of cooked rice noodles

How to Cook Rice Noodles

  • Author: Jenny Meier | Kitchen Skip blog
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to cook dried rice noodles for all your favorite stir-fry, soup and cold noodle salad recipes!


  • 8 to 14 ounces dried rice noodles (also called "Pad Thai" noodles or "Stir-fry Rice Noodles" or "Rice Stick Noodles")


For Detailed Cooking Instructions and Cooking Tips, Read the Blog Post Above

  1. Boil a pot of water
  2. Turn off the heat
  3. Add rice noodles to the pot, or pour the boiling hot water over the noodles in a wide bowl, covering the noodles completely
  4. Swish the noodles around briefly to separate
  5. Soak the noodles for 6 to 10 minutes* until tender but still slightly firm and chewy. 
  6. Drain the noodles
  7. Rinse briefly under cold water. 

Stir-Fry: Add the noodles to a very hot wok with sauce, and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes until the sauce is absorbed

Soup: Add the noodles directly to soup broth when the soup has finished simmering

Cold Salads: Toss the noodles with dressing and other ingredients 


*Soaking time varies, depending on the brand and width of noodles. Start checking at 6 minutes, aiming for noodles that are "al dente" or tender with just a little bit of firmness and chewiness still. If the noodles soak too long, they will be too soft and mushy. Especially if you are going to heat the noodles again in a stir-fry or hot soup broth, error on the side of soaking the rice noodles for a shorter amount of time.  

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: soaking
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: rice noodles, pad thai, stir-fry noodles, rice stick noodles