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How to Make Shrimp Lo Mein

How to Make Shrimp Lo Mein

Lo mein is a fan favorite when it comes to Chinese takeout, but it’s unlikely that it’s made its way into your home kitchen. It should; it’s just a noodle stir-fry. Keep reading to learn how to make shrimp lo mein in your very own kitchen.

What is Shrimp Lo Mein?

The term “lo mein” means tossed noodles. Lo mein dishes often start out by cooking yellow egg noodles separately and then combining them with stir-fried items in a skillet or wok. In this case, one of the stir-fried items would be shrimp.

What is the Difference Between Chow Mein and Lo Mein?

chow mein noodles

Many people get the terms chow mein and lo mein mixed up. The difference between the two is that chow mein noodles are stir-fried until crispy. Lo-mein noodles are soft and pasta-like.

How to Make Shrimp Lo Mein: Easy and Healthy Recipe

Save yourself some money and calories by making this shrimp lo mein recipe in the comfort of your own home!

Ingredients

  • Egg Noodles
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups very small broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined extra-large shrimp

Instructions 

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt, and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain the egg noodles two minutes before they are supposed to be done and set aside.
  2. Combine the broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, sesame oil, and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Heat 12 teaspoons of oil in a big skillet or wok over high heat, then add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes, or until almost (but not quite!) done. Place them on a plate and set them aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add the remaining 12 tablespoons of oil, the garlic, broccoli, carrots, and red pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until everything starts to soften.
  5. Return the shrimp, the drained pasta, and the sauce to the pan. Toss over high heat for about two minutes (tongs are fantastic for this) until the noodles absorb some of the sauce, everything is well combined, and the remaining sauce is somewhat thickened.
  6. Serve immediately. You can substitute the shrimp with any protein of your choice such as tofu, chicken, or beef!

Shrimp Lo Mein

Ingredients
  

  • Egg Noodles
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups very small broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined extra-large shrimp

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt, and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain the egg noodles two minutes before they are supposed to be done and set aside.
  • Combine the broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, sesame oil, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Heat 12 teaspoons of oil in a big skillet or wok over high heat, then add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes, or until almost (but not quite!) done. Place them on a plate and set them aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining 12 tablespoons of oil, the garlic, broccoli, carrots, and red pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until everything starts to soften.
  • Return the shrimp, the drained pasta, and the sauce to the pan. Toss over high heat for about two minutes (tongs are fantastic for this) until the noodles absorb some of the sauce, everything is well combined, and the remaining sauce is somewhat thickened.
  • Serve immediately. You can substitute the shrimp with any protein of your choice such as tofu, chicken, or beef!

Helpful Tips When Cooking Shrimp Lo Mein 

stir fry pan

  • After cooking, don’t rinse the noodles; they’ll stay starchy enough to help thicken the sauce so it sticks to the shrimp and vegetables better.
  • Cook the shrimp only briefly in the saute pan because it will continue to cook once it is brought back in the last step. Simply tint them bright pink.
  • Don’t forget that shrimp lo mein makes a terrific work or school lunch the next day! All you have to do now is reheat and serve!

Fun Calorie Cutting Tip

Our brains have nearly as much influence over our appetites as our stomachs, and fooling both is easier than you may think. One option is to forego the fork and instead use chopsticks. Chopsticks make you work for your meal, slowing down the eating process just enough for your brain to convey signals to your stomach that it’s full before you overeat. The rest can be saved for leftovers. Consider it home-cooked leftover takeout!

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