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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.

hand holding tongs into a pot of chow mein

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.

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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

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