Easy Homemade Chow Mein

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This easy homemade chow mein recipe is the perfect way to enjoy take out at home, without having to order in!

Chow Mein noodles are tossed with a mixture of carrots, cabbage and bean sprouts in a tasty sauce.

Bowl of Chow Mein with green onions

We love Chinese food but we love it even more when it is homemade! Chow mein is always at the top of our list along with mongolian beef, beef stir fry, fried rice and shrimp stir fry (and of course crispy egg rolls)!

What is Chow Mein?

Chow mein is a standard of Chinese cuisine, involving lots of lightly stir-fried noodles with veggies in a tasty sauce. The chow means “stir fry” and mein means noodles.

This dish can vary a bit by region and can be served with crispy noodles or soft noodles. This recipe is a soft noodle dish.

You can easily modify this chow mein recipe by adding chicken, pork, beef or shrimp and mixing up the vegetables however you like!

Chow Mein Noodles

You can purchase fresh chow mein noodles in most grocery stores, often near the produce or deli areas.

Often, some kind of protein is added. Various versions include beef, shrimp, pork or chicken chow mein.

Ingredients for Chow Mein on a cutting board

Chow Mein Vs. Lo Mein – What’s The Difference?

These two dishes are very similar because they often include identical ingredients. The difference is in how the noodles are prepared.

Chow mein noodles are usually stir-fried and lo mein noodles are often boiled. Chow mein noodles tend to be thin round noodles where lo mein noodles are flatter and wider.

Both are egg noodles and can be used interchangeably in this dish if you only have one other the other. Even thin spaghetti can work in this recipe.

Chow Mein ingredients in a pan with sauce being poured on

To Make Chow Mein

Once you see how easy it is to make homemade chow mein, it’ll become a go-to!

  1. SAUTE: Cook the garlic, ginger, carrots, and cabbage in a wok or skillet over high heat.
  2. STIR: Stir in the noodles, sauce, and sprouts and stir fry for a couple more minutes.
  3. SERVE: Serve the chow mein with green onions and sesame seeds.

Chow Mein in a pan with green onions


Leftover chow mein will keep in the fridge for up to four days. To reheat, just pop it in the microwave or on the stovetop. Chow mein also freezes well making for great lunches. Store it in plastic freezer containers for up to four months and thaw before reheating.

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Review Recipe

Chow Mein

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Asian
This easy dish includes carrots, cabbage and bean sprouts swimming in a tasty sauce.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ cup carrots julienned
  • 1 cup napa cabbage sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 6 ounces chow mein noodles cooked according to package directions.
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • cup chicken broth low sodium
  • ¼ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

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  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Heat the oil in a stir fry pan or deep skillet over high heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
  • Add carrots and cabbage. Stir fry 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender.
  • Add bean sprouts, noodles, and sauce and stir fry an additional 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Top with green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 260, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 1410mg, Potassium: 206mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2823IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg
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