Easy Shrimp Lo Mein is super easy less than 30 minutes one-pan stir-fried noodle dish for any day of the week really!! Better and more wholesome than take-out!
I can’t tell you guys enough how often we make stir-fry noodles or noodle soup in this house. Most of the time I find it a no-brainer and quick to make (especially stir-fried noodles). There is a gazillion of varieties of stir-fried noodles out there (if you just google it). Sometimes I just stir-fry noodles without any specific recipes, but most of the time it always involved soy sauce, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce.
So, this was Sunday evening and I just made a fresh batch of egg noodles in the afternoon and the thought of lo mein just popped up. I didn’t feel like cooking up a storm really. Took a quick peek inside the fridge and in less than 30 minutes later, we had this shrimp lo mein. This version I made is more of a Chinese American version. They are easy and I know my American friends love it. I also have requests from readers who want to see some Asian American fusion recipes on the blog, so this is one of them 🙂
Fiorina came to me and said, “Mama, when I grow up, I want to make shrimp lo mein”. I just wanted to burst out laughing because it was such a sweet thing for her to say and how much I love that innocence in her.
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Easy Shrimp Lo Mein
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 8 -10 large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 stalk scallion cut into 2-inch length
- 1 large red bell pepper seeded and cut into strips
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 2 dried shiitake mushrooms wash & soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, stemmed & thinly sliced
- About 10 pieces of snow peas
- 10 oz lo mein noodles
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
- 1/4 cup liquid from soaking shiitake mushrooms
- 1-2 Tbsp sriracha chili sauce optional (if you like it spicy)
- Mix all the ingredients for seasonings in the bowl and set aside ready for cooking
Cooking the noodles (only do this when you are ready to stir-fry the noodles):
- Cook the lo mein noodles according to instruction. Fresh noodle usually only take 1-2 minute to cook while the dried version may take 3-5 minutes. Please take care not to overcook the noodles. Don't rinse the noodle with water after that
- Preheat a wok or stir-fry pan. Add in the sesame oil and swirl to coat the wok/pan. Add in the garlic and saute for 5 seconds. Add in the shrimp and let them cook undisturbed to let them brown a little bit and then flip to the other side. It shouldn't take long to cook the shrimp. Remove from the heat when they are pink, about 1 minute or so
- In the same wok/pan, add in the scallion and bell pepper. Stir fry for about 10 seconds. Add in the carrots and give it a few stir. Add in the snow peas and shiitake mushroom. Stir everything for about 20 seconds. Pour in the seasoning and it will sizzle. Add in lo mein noodles and stir to make sure the seasoning is coating the noodles and everything. Add in the shrimp and give it a final stir. Have a taste and add more soy sauce if needed. It should be savory and slightly sweet (but not too much) with some wetness. Remove from the heat into serving platter and serve immediately