The Best Shrimp Chow Mein[Ever]

By: Prasanna| Published: 8:06:00 AM


Shrimp Chow Mein is a takeout style noodle dish with shrimp, vegetables, and chow mein noodles all tossed in an easy savory sauce and ready in under 30mins! These noodles are better than restaurants!

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This shrimp chow mein is a one-pot meal with lots of vegetables, shrimp, and chow mein noodles stir-fried and tossed in an easy and best savory sauce.

If you love the Chinese takeout menu then chow mein must be your favorite and this shrimp chow mein recipe will be a winner for sure!
a pan with easy shrimp chowmein
pan with shrimp chow mein (1)

Shrimp Chow Mein

If you are loving chow mein in your orders at Panda Express then this version of Chinese shrimp chow mein is not only easy and delicious but it's just a one-pot meal that will fix your lunch/dinner in under 30mins.

What is in shrimp chow mein?

This recipe for shrimp chow mein requires a few ingredients that you will have in your pantry if you make Chinese food at home:
  • Egg Noodles
  • Shrimp
  • Vegetables(Cabbage, carrot, garlic, ginger, spring onion, mushrooms, bean sprouts)
  • Sauce
ingredients used to make the shrimp chowmein noodles
ingredients to make shrimp chowmein recipe

What sauce is in chow mein?

the sauce that goes in this chow mein recipe is made of:
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Dark Soy Sauce
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Chili Oil
  • Water
  • Sugar
ingredients to make sauce for shrimp chowmein

What is the difference between shrimp chow mein and shrimp lo mein?

Both chow mein and lo mein use Chinese egg noodles.

Lo mein noodles are cooked and then tossed in the sauce along with shrimp and vegetables.
In chow mein, the noodles are stir-fried and then further tossed in the sauce along with shrimp and vegetables.

What vegetables are added to shrimp chow mein?

You can add more vegetables as per choice:
  • Bell Peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Water Chestnuts

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How to make shrimp chow mein?

Step1:  Cook the noodles as per package instructions or soak the noodles(if the package mentions them). Drain the noodles and toss with little oil to avoid sticking.

Step2:   In a cup add the ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Keep this aside.

Step3:   Marinate shrimp with salt, pepper powder, cornstarch, vegetable oil, and soy sauce and keep aside. 

Step4:   In a wok, add vegetable oil and let it heat up. Add shrimp to the wok and cook them by turning them occasionally till they are pink. Keep them aside.
_a bowl with shrimp marinated
steps to make shrimp chow mein
Step4:   In the wok, add sesame oil and let it heat up. Add ginger and garlic to the wok, and stir quickly to avoid burning ginger garlic. 

Step5:   Add mushrooms, spring onion whites, cabbage, carrot, and saute till the vegetables are soft. 
steps to make shrimp chow mein and mushrooms
Step6:    Add noodles to the wok and keep flipping the noodles till noodles get evenly crisp on all sides.

Step7:    Add shrimp to the pan, add sauce, mung bean sprouts, spring onion greens, and keep tossing till the noodles, vegetables, sauce, and shrimp are mixed well together. Adjust salt in the dish. Serve and enjoy!
how to make shrimp chow mein with vegetables
a pair of tongs lifting the shrimp chowmein from the pan
close up of a tongs holding chowmein with shrimp

How long can I refrigerate shrimp chow mein leftovers?

Shrimp chow mein leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3days.

To heat the leftovers, microwave the chow mein noodles at intervals of 30secs till they are heated through.

Tips to make shrimp chow mein:

  • You can use any kind of Asian noodles for this recipe if you can't find egg noodles.
  • If you want vegetarian chow mein then skip shrimp in this recipe.
  • To get the smoky flavor for chow mein you have to use a wok for this recipe and make sure the wok is hot. Keep tossing the noodles on heat but make sure the noodles do not burn. 
  • Noodles need to be tossed in a wok at high heat to get the fried crisp texture just like from the restaurants.
  • I have used dark soy sauce in this recipe to get the deep color for the noodles instead of lighter color. But you can instead use only light soy sauce.
  • You can add any protein of your choice. Instead of shrimp, you can add chicken, pork, beef, or eggs to this dish.

a skillet with best and quick shrimp chow mein
closer look of chowmein with shrimp and mushrooms
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