An easy 15-minute Asian vegetable stir-fry with Asian lo mein noodles. This Vegetable Lo Mein is a quick dinner recipe or side dish with stir-fry bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, snow peas, and green onions. It’s tossed in a delicious Asian stir-fry sauce made with soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil.
An easy Asian recipe made from scratch; if you’re considering Chinese takeout, consider this Vegetable Lo Mein recipe because it’s better than any takeout and so easy to make.
This quick Chinese stir-fry can be used as a base with the addition of beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish, scallops, or tofu. I’ve included a guide to the best cuts of meat to stir-fry as well as other Asian recipes to serve with lo mein when served as a side dish.
How Do You Make Lo Mein?
Lo Mein a quick Chinese noodle dish with stir-fry vegetables. Also, it’s made in under 15-minutes which makes it the perfect, last-minute pasta recipe.
- Cook lo mein (or other alternative noodles) according to package directions. I prepare this first and while it cooks I can stir-fry the vegetables.
- Add broccoli florets and water to a microwave-safe dish. Place plate on top and microwave for four minutes.
- Heat stir-fry oil and vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet. Dice tri-colored bell peppers and green onions. Add peppers and white parts of green onions to hot oil. Stir fry until slightly soft; about 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in shredded carrots, and snow peas. Stir fry vegetables until fork-tender; about 7 minutes total.
- Make Chinese lo mein sauce. Add to drained noodles and toss to coat.
- Stir in broccoli, stir-fried vegetables, remaining green onions, sesame seeds.
How do I serve Lo Mein? My 15-Minute Vegetable Lo Mein is an Asian stir fry. In fact, Lo Mein is THE perfect dish to make for dinner because it doubles as a side dish and a main course dinner recipe. My vegetable lo mein recipe can be served with meat or served as a side dish to another Asian recipe.
What is the Best Cut of Meat or Protein for Stir Fry?
My quick stir-fry recipe can be used as a base with additions of meat, protein or other vegetables.
- BEEF: Flank steak, tenderloin steak, sirloin steak, flat iron, sirloin tip side steak, ribeye steak, skirt steak or fajita beef, hanger steak. Cut beef into strips for use in stir-fry recipes.
- POULTRY: Chicken breasts, thighs or duck works best if cut into small strips or chunks.
- SHRIMP: Shrimp (prawns) need just a few minutes to cook when sauteed. This makes it a great addition to lo mein.
- SHELLFISH: Scallops, lobster cook quickly.
- PORK: Pork tenderloin, pork ribs, minced pork, pork butt, bacon. To make a crispy pork stir fry, make sure your skillet is well oiled and hot.
- FISH: Cod, halibut, sea bass, or red snapper. Use firm-fleshed fish that will hold shape when stir-fried, steamed, or poached in oil.
- Tofu: Well-drained, cubed and firm tofu can be substituted for meat.
- EGG: Fry or scramble a few eggs to add to lo mein.
Expert Tips: Stir Fry
Lo Mein Stir Fry Additions: What protein is best for stir fry? Simply adding protein into a stir fry recipe offers additional flavor, texture, and protein to curb hunger. The following recommendations are ideal for stir fry recipes.
Shopping for Ingredients
- EASY PREP: I used stir-fry bell peppers and broccoli. Both of these can be found by the fresh produce, pre-packaged and weighed.
- NOODLE ALTERNATIVES: Head to the ethnic food aisle. Try to find lo mein or thick stir-fry (rice) noodles. Spaghetti noodles or ramen noodles will work, too.
- STIR-FRY OIL: I picked up a bottle of Asian stir-fry oil. Typically, this oil is seasoned with garlic and ginger flavorings. Feel free to substitute with vegetable oil. Then, if you have it, simply add a few dashes ground ginger to the sauce if not using stir-fry oil. **Oil needs to be hot before adding any vegetables or protein.
Best Stir-Fry Ingredients
- BOLDER CHINESE STIR FRY FLAVOR: Stir-fry and toss ingredients together. Add more soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, garlic, or ginger once done for more flavor. My sauce recipe is sweet and savory. Feel free to adapt as needed. Flavor while it cooks: Using stir-fry oil adds flavor the vegetables while they cook.
- STIR FRY VEGETABLES: Use this recipe as a base and use whatever vegetables you have on hand. I like asparagus, green beans, sweet peas, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, spinach, mushrooms.
- STIR FRY PROTEIN: Read my post to get the best stir-fry meat recommendations. I’ve included cuts of beef, pork, chicken, shellfish, and fish that are commonly used in Asian stir-fry recipes above. Other protein options like tofu and eggs can be added.
- STIR FRY PARINGS: Asian Baby Back Ribs, Kung Pao Chicken, Asian Garlic Sesame Chicken, Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli, Asian Lettuce Cups, Egg Roll in a Bowl, Vegetable Fried Rice, Orange Chicken, Asian Garlic Sesame Meatballs, Korean Lettuce Wraps, Korean Fried Chicken, Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken.
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15 Minute Vegetable Lo Mein
- 8 oz uncooked stir-fry/lo mein noodles (spaghetti noodles or thick rice noodles as an alternative)
- 4 tsp stir-fry oil (may substitute with more oil)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 lb colored bell peppers, diced (I bought stir-fry bell peppers)
- 8 green onion stalks, diced
- 8 oz broccoli florets (I bought stir-fry broccoli florets)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 6 oz snow peas
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp sesame oil
- 5 garlic cloves, minced or 2 tsp garlic paste
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (if not using stir-fry oil)
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- Cook noodles in a large saucepan according to package directions, Drain and set aside.Place broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/2 cup water. Cover top of bowl with a microwave-safe plate. Place in microwave and cook 4 minutes.Heat oils in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in diced bell peppers and white parts of green onions. Stir fry to color; about 3 minutes.Stir in shredded carrots, and snow peas. Stir fry vegetables until fork-tender; about 7 minutes total.Whisk together the sauce.Add lo mein noodles to a large saucepan. Toss with sauce. Add in stir-fried vegetables and steamed broccoli.Serve with remaining green onions and sesame seeds.
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