Easy Chow Mein Recipe – Super delicious and easy Chinese chow mein inspired recipe made with cabbage, carrots, green onion and noodles tossed in an amazing chow mein sauce.
This recipe has become a staple in our house. It is so dang good and whips up in under 30 minutes. I love serving chow mein with my favorite Asian main courses like teriyaki chicken, fried rice and so much more. I will link a few of my favorite recipes to pair with chow mein for you below.
This recipe serves about 4 people as a side dish. If you are cooking for a large crowd, you can easily double this recipe. Store leftovers completely cooled in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Ingredients you need to make homemade Chow Mein:
Chow Mein Noodles – You’ll need about a half pound of chow mein noodles, or you can use thin spaghetti if you don’t have chow mein noodles on hand.
Carrot – You’ll need one large carrot.
Cabbage – About a half head of cabbage shredded very thin or equivalent to 3 1/2 cups.
Green Onion – About four green onions or equivalent to a quarter cup cut into 1 inch pieces.
Garlic Cloves – Fresh garlic is best in this recipe! You will need a total of 3 large cloves.
Oyster Sauce – You can use regular oyster sauce or vegetarian oyster sauce. You should be able to find this in the Asian cuisine aisle of your grocery store.
Soy Sauce – I highly recommend low sodium soy sauce.
Sesame Oil – A good pure sesame oil is best.
Sugar – Regular white granulated sugar is best, but you can also use brown sugar if you don’t have white on hand.
Rice Vinegar – Rice vinegar or white wine vinegar both work excellent in this recipe.
Sriracha – Adds minimal heat to the sauce.
Water – To mix with the cornstarch.
Cornstarch – To lightly thicken sauce.
Tools to have on hand for this recipe:
- Wok or Nonstick Skillet – To cook the chow mein in.
- Wooden or Silicone Spoon/Spatula – For stirring the chow mein while cooking.
- Measuring Cups + Spoons – To properly measure all of your ingredients.
- Cutting Board + Chef Knife – For chopping veggies prior to cooking.
How to make the easiest Chow Mein Recipe at home:
For the sauce: In a small bowl, add cornstarch and water and whisk to combine. Add remaining sauce ingredients to the bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Cook chow mein noodles according to package instructions.
In the meantime, heat 1 tbsp of oil in your skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once nice and hot, add grated carrot and cabbage. Cook, stirring frequently for a few minutes until veggies are tender. Sprinkle in minced garlic and green onions.
Add noodles and sauce to the hot skillet with veggies and stir fry by stirring frequently until well combined for a few minutes. When done, serve immediately!
My favorite Asian main courses to serve with chow mein:
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers – The most delicious marinated teriyaki chicken grilled to perfection and finished with a delicious teriyaki sauce.
Sweet and Spicy Crispy Asian Chicken – Just like takeout! Crispy pan fried chicken tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian style glaze.
Garlic Ginger Chicken – Flavor packed Chinese takeout style chicken recipe made with fresh ginger and garlic in a soy sesame caramelized sauce.
Sweet & Sour Chicken – Takeout style Chinese chicken recipe made with crispy chicken and caramelized onions in a delicious sweet and sour sauce.
If you enjoyed this recipe, here are a few more Asian side dish recipes I think you’ll love:
Fried Rice – Super simple take out style homemade fried rice with carrots and peas. Serve this delicious side dish with your favorite Asian main courses.
Creamy Asian Cucumber Salad – Thinly sliced cucumber and red onion tossed in a delicious creamy peanut dressing. This is one of my all time favorite salads!
Chicken Fried Rice – Loaded with chicken, carrots, peas, onions, garlic, rice, and corn. This rice works great as a side dish or as a delicious main course.
Honey Roasted Whole Carrots – Whole carrots seasoned with honey, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and fresh dill roasted to perfection in the oven.
Cream Cheese Wontons – I serve my cream cheese wontons with a homemade sweet and spicy dipping sauce. These wontons make an excellent appetizer for the family or for a party.
Easy Chow Mein Recipe
- 1/2 lb. Chow Mein Noodles or cooked thin spaghetti
- 1 Large Carrot grated
- 3 1/2 cups Cabbage shredded
- 1/4 cup Green Onion cut into 1" pieces
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
Chow Mein Sauce:
- 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce low sodium
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 Clove Garlic minced
- 2 tsp Granulated White Sugar
- 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 2 tbsp Water
- 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
- For the sauce: In a small bowl, add cornstarch and water and whisk to combine. Add remaining sauce ingredients to the bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Cook chow mein noodles according to package instructions.
- In the meantime, heat 1 tbsp of oil in your skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once nice and hot, add grated carrot and cabbage. Cook, stirring frequently for a few minutes until veggies are tender. Sprinkle in minced garlic and green onions.
- Add noodles and sauce to the hot skillet with veggies and stir fry by stirring frequently until well combined for a few minutes. When done, serve immediately!
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