Chow Mein

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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!

tongs picking up a serving of chow mein

Chow Mein | Quick and Easy!

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. So yeah. These Asian-y inspired noodles will make your skirt fly up and you can make them 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.

top down view of ingredients laid out on a counter

Main Ingredients Needed

You only need 10 ingredients and 15 minutes of time to whip of this quick and easy Chow Mein Recipe! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • 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 storebought fresh ramen or yakisoba noodles.
  • Olive Oil – used to saute the vegetables.
  • Cabbage and Onion – these are our veggies which is not a lot but, if you want, you could experiment and add steamed broccoli, or grab a frozen bag of peas and carrots!
  • Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil – they both bring essential Asian flavor to the whole dish and really make it tasty. If you are a soy sauce lover, add a little extra for all your salty needs.
  • Garlic and Ginger – two staple ingredients in any Asian dish. I prefer fresh but you can use store-bought minced garlic and ginger too.
  • Salt and Pepper – season as you go and season to taste!
  • Sugar – this is a much-needed contrast in flavor to all the other things in this recipe but it also helps make the sauce thick. Think of broccoli beef sauce and how it clings to each bite of meat and holds onto every broccoli floret. The sugar does that for this recipe but with noodles. YUM!
cabbage in a cooking pot with a wooden spoon

How to Make Chow Mein

When I say easy and quick Chow Mein I mean it! I start out with ramen noodles and cook those until chewy. Then I stir fry the vegetables and add all the dry seasonings. Adding the noodles to back to the pan with the veggies, I then toss it all together with the wet seasonings and that’s it! For full recipe details, check out the recipe card below!

Cook Chow Mein Noodles

Cook ramen noodles in boiling water until chewy and *just* cooked. Drain and set aside.

Sauté Cabbage, Onions + Ginger

In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Sauté onion, cabbage, salt, pepper, 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!

hand holding tongs into a pot of chow mein

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!

Freezing Instructions

Chow Mein actually freezes really well! Let cool then transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container (tupperware or a ziploc bag work great). Freeze for up to 3 months!

To reheat, thaw in the fridge overnight then do a quick stir fry to warm things up!

close up of tongs resting in a pot of chow mein

Side Dishes

If you feel like you need some protein with this meal check out my Korean Beef Recipe or Better Than Take-Out Crispy Sesame Beef. Chicken or shrimp would be super good too.

You could also serve this alongside some more vegetables or pot stickers!

chow mein on a white plate

More Asian Inspired Recipes to Try!

Give this Chow Mein Recipe a try tonight and see if you like them as much as my family did. And check out these other Asian dishes on the blog!

Printable recipe below! Enjoy, friends.

4.88 from 33 votes

Chow Mein Recipe

Make amazing Chow Mein in 15 minutes! These noodles are highly adaptable and you can make them sweet or spicy, however, you like! Love this recipe.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 4 packages ramen noodles* or yakisoba noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 10 oz shredded cabbage
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger or grate in a little fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  • 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.


*You are welcome to use fresh ramen or yakisoba noodles in place of the cheap ramen.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 844mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chow Mein, Chow Mein Noodles, Chow Mein Recipe

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106 Responses
  1. Marilyn

    I foroot to mention,that when my grandson did the running and banging his head…it was thefirst signs of Aspbergers…have your Dr. check him,it’s best to be certain then wait till he injures himself internally…

  2. Bobbi

    5 stars
    Just made this! Was pretty good! A bit dry but i can work on that next time. I used 3 pkgs of ramen. Used only 1 pkg of the seasoning. I didn’t have any soy sauce tho. Oh well. Still good. Easy & cheap!

  3. Stephanie M.

    5 stars
    I made this the other night and it was absolutely delicious. I have tried a few other versions of this recipe and yours is by far the best I have made. So happy to have this great chow mein recipe as my go-to now! Thanks!!

  4. Laura

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren,
    I made your recipe last night and everyone loved it. My 13 year old granddaughter told me thank you and she loved it. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Adrienne

    5 stars
    Just ran across this last week and have now been ordered by my HS daughter to make it 4 times!! I cheated even further and used frozen diced onion and bagged coleslaw everything else the same. Great quick meal for after sports plus I’m vegetarian and my family isn’t so this was a SCORE!

  6. Sharla

    5 stars
    Used this as my base recipe. Sliced pork very thin, marinated in soy sauce then coated with cornstarch and stir fried. Added diced carrots and celery.

    Came out delicious!

  7. Andy

    5 stars
    Maybe because I’m part Asian but we do a version of this recipe. But the only thing I would say to try is adding a little corstarch premixed in a glass with a little water to the it at the end. It will make the sauce stick to the noodles and changes the texture of your meat if you cook with it with meat too! I have small portions of cut up beef so I can grab it from my freezer if I want to add meat to this too. Depending on what we feel! Either way! Yummy!!

  8. Julie Olson

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a looooong time! I can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet – I love Chow Mein noodles and can’t wait to make them at home!

  9. Sandra

    5 stars
    So easy and so delicious! Have tweaked it to my family’s tastes, and added shrimp or pork. Now I’m passing the recipe along to anyone who mentions ramen in my presence! Thanks, Lauren!

  10. Jessy Anthony

    5 stars
    Hi, I made the recipe, it was delicious. Thank you for sharing. I have a question what is the serving size? Cups?? Oz??

    Counting calories

  11. T

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried this yet, but was thinking of making it for dinner tonight. I’m quarantined at the moment and was wondering if i can make this without the sesame oil? I don’t have any in the house and I REALLY want to try this recipe!

  12. Linda Wood

    Im curious on the recipe’s carb count, since one ramen packet is about 52 carbs??? Maybe I’m not understanding correctly? It looks delicious, would love to try it, but Im doing lowcarb.

  13. Jean

    I love all of your recipes just the way YOU post them! Do you add the flavoring packet? Never fixed ramen noodles before!

  14. Donna

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it is delicious! I only had 3 ramen packages so went with that. I used all the cabbage, onions and added one 1 large shredded carrot. I used fresh grated ginger. I also added thinly sliced pork loin that I soaked for about 5 minutes in the soy and fresh chopped garlic. Added the pork into the veggies in the middle of the pan, pushing the veggies to the sides until the pork got mostly cooked. Then stirred it all together to finish cooking. I finished the recipe as stated.
    Make this! I couldn’t stop eating it!
    Thank you for the recipe! 😋

  15. Jeane Deacon

    Does the sesame oil make a big difference. I don’t have any and plan on trying this. I have priced it in the past and it is a little pricey and for no more often than I would use it, I didn’t want to buy it.

    1. Lauren

      It adds an intense sesame flavor. You can leave it out, but it won’t be *as* flavorful as if you used it. Still should be good, though 🙂

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