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Make amazing Chow Mein in 15 minutes! These noodles are highly adaptable and you can make them sweet or spicy, however, you like! I love this recipe along with the rest of my Asian-inspired recipes!
Quick and Easy Chow Mein!
I like Chow Mein from takeout places just fine. But when I make them myself, I can add in as much flavor as I want and eat a whole pan of them for maybe $2. I’m a cheap date, ya’ll. Also, I’m all about
lazy fast recipes and this one does not disappoint. You can make these Asian-y inspired noodles as salty, sweet, spicy, or gingery as you’d like….and all in 15 minutes!
But First, What is Chow Mein?
Chow Mein is made up of stir-fried noodles with vegetables and/or meat. It’s a popular dish in most American Chinese restaurants and now in your home too!
I made this recipe so it could be a customizable base for your dinner needs; add meat, different vegetables, and even a different type of noodle if you want.
Chow Mein Ingredients
- Chow Mein Noodles: Made with wheat and egg, traditional chow mein noodles have a distinctive bite to them that reminds me of classic Italian pasta noodles. You will get dry chow mein noodles in the Asian aisle in nearly every grocery store. Some markets also have pre-cooked noodles in the refrigerated section that you can simply throw straight into your pan with the veggies.
- Vegetables: Some classic vegetables used for chow mein include green onions, carrots, cabbage, or bean sprouts. However, you can get creative with your selection of veggies and use bok choy, broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, corn, and more. If you have any leftover veggies in your fridge, making chow mein will be an excellent way to use them up.
- Meat: Any type of good quality meat will work well as a source of protein for your chow mein. Opt for chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp – they will make your dish not only delicious but also filling.
Are you vegetarian or vegan? You can enjoy your chow mein in its plant-based version by using vegetable stock and replacing meat with tofu or tempeh. Incredible taste guaranteed!
How to Make Chow Mein
When I say easy and quick Chow Mein I mean it! For full recipe details, check out the recipe card below! Here is what you can expect when making this recipe:
Cook Chow Mein Noodles
Cook ramen noodles in boiling water until chewy and *just* cooked. Drain and set aside.
*Chow Mein Noodles* – AKA ramen noodles. I used the cheap packaged ramen that comes with little seasoning packets. However, you are welcome to buy and use store-bought fresh ramen or yakisoba noodles.
Sauté Cabbage, Onions + Ginger
In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Sauté onion, cabbage, salt, pepper, and ginger together until tender.
Toss Together with Flavorings
Toss together with cooked noodles, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil until heated through. Serve hot!
Storing Chow Mein
Any leftover Chow Mein can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. After that, things start to get a little too mushy!
Chow Mein actually freezes really well! Let cool then transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months!
To reheat, thaw in the fridge overnight then do a quick stir fry to warm things up!
More Asian-Inspired Recipes to Try!
- Ramen Stir Fry
- Kung Pao Chicken (Family Favorite!)
- Chicken Pad Thai Recipe
- Bang Bang Chicken
- Easy Fried Rice Recipe
Give this Chow Mein Recipe a try tonight and see if you like them as much as my family does.
Printable recipe is below! Enjoy, friends.
Chow Mein Recipe FAQs
Chow mein is a Chinese dish made with stir-fried noodles, vegetables, and meat or seafood. The name “chow mein” comes from the Taishanese word for “fried noodles.”
Chow mein noodles are typically made from wheat flour and eggs. They can be found fresh or dried in Asian markets and some grocery stores. If you can’t find chow mein noodles, you can substitute them with ramen noodles or even thin spaghetti.
Yes, frozen vegetables can be used in chow mein. Just make sure to thaw them before cooking and drain any excess water.
Be sure to cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling water and stir frequently. After cooking, rinse the noodles with cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent them from sticking together.
Yes, chow mein can be made ahead of time and reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop. Just be sure to store the noodles and vegetables separately from the sauce to prevent them from getting soggy.
Chow Mein Recipe
- Cook ramen noodles in boiling water until chewy and *just* cooked. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, cabbage, salt, pepper, ginger together until tender.
- Toss together with cooked noodles, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil until heated through.
- Serve hot.