Easy Beef Lo Mein recipe

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A classic take-out recipe, Beef Lo Mein is so easy to make at home! Made with pantry staples, you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! Packed with vegetables and so flavorful, your family will love this simple but delicious meal.

Weeknights have never been easier with this delicious Beef Lo Mein noodles recipe! It’s a classic stir-fry noodle dish that is coated with a delicious savory sauce, packed with tender beef strips, and vegetables that the whole family will love.

beef lo mein served on a plate and garnished with sesame seeds

If you’re looking for another easy dinner recipes to make your weeknights easier, you should try my Easy Sticky Chicken Recipe and my Easy Orange Chicken Recipe! Both of these chicken recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less, making them prefect for a busy weeknight!

Why you’ll love this Easy Beef Lo Mein recipe

  • Tender and delicious garlic beef. The beef strips are coated in a tasty garlic ginger marinade, made rich with soy sauce.
  • A balanced meal. This easy stir fry recipe has protein packed beef, filling noodles, and a rainbow of veggies.
  • It is so easy to make! As the name suggests this is a breeze to whip up, only a few kitchen staples needed. This easy beef lo mein recipe goes from pantry to table in a couple minutes.
  • Versatile. Feel free to use up whichever veggies you have that need eating.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Lo Mein Noodles
  • Steak
  • Olive Oil
  • Veggies — mushroom, bell pepper, asparagus.
  • Marinade — garlic, soy sauce, pasta water, corn starch, brown sugar, pepper, white vinegar, sesame oil, ginger paste.

How to make this Easy Beef Lo Mein Recipe

  • Prepare the ingredients: Cook Lo Mein Noodles as directed on the packaging. Steam the broccoli and set aside. Prepare the veggies and cut the steak into small thin strips.
  • Make the marinade: In a bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients.
  • Sauté the vegetables: In a frying pan or wok over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp. of light tasting olive. Sauté the onions, carrots and bell pepper until tender and then set aside. Do not over cook.
veggies sautéed in a skillet
  • Sauté the beef: In the same pan, add 1 more tbsp. of light tasting olive oil. Lay the beef strips flat and apart to cook evenly, flipping occasionally until they obtain a nice brown color. Do not over crowed. Cook in batches.
cooked beef strips in a skillet
  • Combine the everything: Add in the cooked veggies, cooked noodles, broccoli florets and pour over the marinade mixture. Mix together to coat well.
beef lo mein ingredients in a skillet ready to be mixed with sauce
  • Cook until combined: Continue to cook the noodles together with the veggies for 2-3 more minutes until the sauce thickens up. Remove from heat and garnish with some freshly sliced scallions or green onions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Make sure to have all your ingredients prepped before you fire up the pan/wok, things move fast!
  • Cook your noodles exactly according to the package or you will end up with over cooked noodles and you don’t want that.
  • Lay your beef strips little apart from each other so they can cook evenly, flipping occasionally to cook the other side until you obtain a nice sear on them.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce, to control the salt level.
  • Slice your veggies and meat into thin slices, this gives you a good amount of surface area, allowing for quick and even cooking.

Recipe Variations

  • We mostly eat ribeye steaks because they are a lot more tender and juicier than most of the other cuts.Other cuts of beef you can use are flank steak, skirt steak, or top sirloin.
  • Add some crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • Feel free to swap the protein for chicken or shrimp if you don’t have any beef.
  • Feel free to swap the vegetables for onions, broccoli, carrots, snow peas, baby corn on the cob, or anything you have in the fridge.

FAQs

What are the best noodles to use to make beef lo mein?

Chinese egg noodles are the noodles you want to go for this in this Easy Beef Lo Mein recipe. They are wheat flour noodles with eggs added. But you can opt spaghetti noodles, or fettuccini noodles if that’s what you have to hand.

If you can get fresh ones noodle, that is great, look for 1/4 inch thick, but most people will go for dried ones and that’s all good!

How do I store leftover beef lo mein?

This beef lo mein recipe will stay good for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.  Store it in an air tight container and reheat in microwave for another lunch or dinner!

Can I freeze this recipe?

I prefer to prepare and serve this fresh. But you can also make this stir fry ahead of time and store in the freezer.  However, you don’t really want to freeze the noodles, they won’t hold up well.

So cook the recipe as instructed but leave out the noodles. Allow to cool then place in a freezer safe bag /container. Allow to thaw in the fridge and reheat over the stove and boil up the noodles.

Can I make this vegetarian?

Yes, you can definitely make this a vegetable lo mein. Simply skip the beef and serve it as is or stir fry some extra firm tofu and serve with the lo mein as a protein option.

Lo mein vs chow mein

The difference between lo mein and chow mein is the sauce. Lo mein is a saucy noodle dish whereas chow mein is a dry noodle dish and is on the crispier side.

beef lo mein served on a plate and garnished with sesame seeds

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beef lo mein served on a plate and garnished with sesame seeds

Easy Beef Lo Mein Noodle

A classic take-out recipe, Beef Lo Mein is so easy to make at home! Made with pantry staples, you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! Packed with vegetables and so flavorful, your family will love this simple but delicious meal.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Instructions

  • Cook Lo Mein Noodles as directed on the packaging. Steam broccoli over cooking pasta.

  • Prepare the veggies and cut the steak into small thin strips.

  • In a bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients.

  • In a frying pan or wok over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp. of light tasting olive. Sauté the onions, carrots and bell pepper until tender and then set aside. Do not over cook.

  • In the same pan, add 1 more tbsp. of light tasting olive oil. Lay the beef strips flat and apart to cook evenly, flipping occasionally until they obtain a nice brown color. Do not over crowed. Cook in batches.

  • Add in the cooked veggies, cooked noodles, broccoli florets and pour over the marinade mixture. Mix together to coat well.

  • Continue to cook the noodles together with the veggies for 2-3 more minutes until the sauce thickens up.

  • Remove from heat and garnish with some freshly sliced scallions or green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

  • We mostly eat ribeye steaks because they are a lot more tender and juicier than most of the other cuts. I know they are not lean, but we like it.
  • Make sure to have all your ingredients prepped before you fire up the pan/wok, things move fast!
  • Cook your noodles exactly according to the package or you will end up with over cooked noodles and you don’t want that.
  • Lay your beef strips little apart from each other so they can cook evenly, flipping occasionally to cook the other side until you obtain a nice brown color.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce, to control the salt level.
  • Add some crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • Slice your veggies and meat into thin slices, this gives you a good amount of surface area, allowing for quick and even cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3966IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg




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