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Lo Mein Noodles are tossed in the most delicious lo mein sauce with seasonal veggies. A fast, healthy 20-minute weeknight dinner you will love!
Lo Mein Noodles are a quick and easy vegan dinner I think you’ll like. What I love about this recipe, besides the amazing flavor is how loaded up with fresh vegetables it is! You can adapt these veggies based on the season!
Add mushrooms, shredded cabbage, carrots, snow peas, bell pepper or any other vegetable you feel like chopping up or want to use up. Garnish with green onions. In spring, try adding asparagus. And this would be good in winter with any leftover roasted veggies you have on hand too! For protein, add crispy tofu, or chicken breast, or shrimp if you like.
Or leave the protein out… and opt for a veggie feast! So adaptable and customizable. The best part? These Lo Mein Noodles can be made in 20 minutes flat!
How to Make Lo Mein Noodles | 40-sec video
What makes this Lo Mein Recipe so good?
The lo Mein Sauce! After getting a few tips and pointers from our local Chinese Chef, I’ve been testing and adjusting this recipe for months.
Ingredients in Lo Mein Sauce
- soy sauce (or GF Braggs)
- sesame oil
- Chinese Cooking Wine or Mirin
- maple syrup, honey or sugar.
- white pepper
- optional oyster sauce (this adds depth, but is not typically vegan or GF)
- and a secret ingredient…can you guess?
How to make Lo Mein
Step One: Whisk together the Lo Mein Sauce.
Step Two: Cook the noodles!
Step Three: Bring everything near the stove and begin by stirfrying the veggies.
Step Four: Once the veggies are tender, yet crisp, add the noodles.
Step Five: Pour in the flavorful Lo Mein Sauce and toss and stir, for two minutes! If adding tofu or meat, add it in now ( you will have already cooked it- see recipe notes).
Step Six: Serve immediately! Divide among bowls and top with green onions.
Vegan Lo Mein Noodles… so easy, so flavorful! Healthy too.
Lo Mein FAQS:
- What is Lo Mein Noodles? Lo mein noodles are generally thin egg noodles. To keep lo mein vegan, use wheat noodles, soba noodles or even linguini. Also this brand of Lo Mein Noodles is egg-less. Cook lo mein in a wok, or an extra-large skillet.
- How do you make Lo Mein Noodles without sticking? Constantly stir the lo mein noodles– the Lo Mein Sauce will keep the noodles from sticking.
- What is the difference between Lo Mein and Chow Mein? The main difference between Lo Mein and Chow Mein is in the preparation and oil content – Chow Mein is typically fried noodles with higher oil content and noodles are crispy. Lo Mein is more “saucy” with lower oil content. Lo Mein tends to be lighter, healthier and lower calories with more veggies than chow mein.
I love this recipe for Lo Mein and can’t wait for you to try it! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Other Noodle Recipes You May Like:
- Kimchi Noodles
- Quick & Easy Soba Noodles
- Chinese Sesame Noodles with Veggies!
- Singapore Noodles!
- Jade Noodles
- Kung Pao Noodles!
Fast, easy recipe for Lo Mein that can be made in under 20 minutes. Loaded up with healthy vegetables, this easy dinner is perfect for busy weeknights! Keep it vegan or add chicken breast or shrimp. Gluten-free adaptable.
4-5 ounces dry lo mein noodles – typically thin egg noodles, but sub any noodle you like- soba, GF noodles, whole wheat linguini, etc. If using fresh noodles, weight will be different, basically use enough for two servings.
Lo Mein Sauce: please see notes.
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (GF Braggs)
- 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine (or mirin, or sub 1 1/2 tablespoons water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon honey)
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, sugar or honey
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2– 1 teaspoon sriracha ( or chili paste)
Lo Mein Stir Fry:
- 2 tablespoons wok oil, peanut oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced ( 1 cup)
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup matchstick carrots
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 cup snow peas
- Other options: a handful of baby spinach, bok choy, shredded veggies like brussel sprouts, bean sprouts. In spring, asparagus is nice, in winter, roasted veggies work well too!
Garnish: scallions, sliced
Optional Additions: Crispy Tofu , chicken breast, shrimp, thinly sliced beef…etc.
- Set water to boil and cook the noodles according to directions on the package.
- Stir together the Lo mein Sauce ingredients in a small bowl (see notes)
- Prep any and all veggies and set near the stove.
- In a wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and saute 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously. Turn heat to medium, add the garlic and ginger and saute 2 minutes. Add the bell pepper, carrots, cabbage and snow peas and stir often, just letting them get tender, but still crisp, 3-4 minutes.
- Add the noodles and give a good stir and toss a few times to incorporate.
- Add the Lo Mein Sauce and stir and toss continuously 2 minutes. If it gets too dry add a little splash of water to loosen.
- Serve in two bowls, garnish with green onion.
- Classic Lo Mein often includes Oyster sauce, Oyster Sauce is not vegan or GF. It does add great flavor here, but feel free to leave out. If leaving out you could, also sub Hoisin Sauce which is usually vegan but not GF.
- Classic Lo Mein has a subtle smokiness that is hard to replicate at home. It actually comes from the seasoned wok being used over a high-heat restaurant stove, and the sugar in sauce caramelizing. A few drops of liquid smoke can really mimic this taste. Go light here. I really like it- but up to you. 🙂
Feel free to substitute other veggies, keeping the proportions the same.
If adding crispy tofu, chicken or shrimp or beef, season with salt and pepper and quickly sear in an oiled wok. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Add this into the wok with the noodles at the end with the sauce.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 464
- Sugar: 14.4 g
- Sodium: 717.6 mg
- Fat: 16.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 67.8 g
- Fiber: 7.2 g
- Protein: 13.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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