Skip the greasy take-out tonight and instead make some deliciously satisfying Shrimp Chow Mein! This easy to make flavor-packed dinner is better than anything that arrives in a little white box. With a medley of bold ingredients and easy to follow steps, this chow mein recipe is sure to become a staple in your weeknight dinner routine.

Chopsticks are placed in a skillet filled with shrimp chow mein.

Shrimp Chow Mein

This stir fry recipe is an easy one-pan wonder. Everything comes together so deliciously, you’ll really never order this dish from your local take-out restaurant again! The best part is how easy it is to make, too.

Actually, scratch that. The best part about this shrimp chow mein recipe is that since it’s all made in one pan, you only have to clean that single dish when you’re done! I love an easy clean up after a weeknight dinner.

While it’s even easier to throw away the white boxes take-out usually comes in, hear me out. This homemade chow mein recipe is SO much more flavorful than that stuff! Plus, it’s about a million times less greasy, too.

Fresh veggies like bean sprouts, bok choy, mushrooms and more will have you feeling guilt-free about going back for more, which I can never really say about most Chinese take-out food. The veggies here stay fresh and tasty when you cook them, not greasy and overdone like so many take-out dishes.

The flavors in this easy chow mein recipe come from natural ingredients like ginger and garlic, then they’re complimented with a homemade sauce that’s made with things like oyster sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and more!

While this recipe is lower in fat than take out, it certainly doesn’t lack flavor. Between the perfectly cooked shrimp, tender low mein noodles, fresh veggies and flavorful sauce, this shrimp chow mein is one of my favorite quick and easy weeknight dinner!

Ingredients are placed on a white surface.

How to Make It

Heat the oil. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp. 

Cook the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for 1 minutes on each side until no longer translucent and pink in color. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and set aside.

Cook the veggies. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chili, cooking for 30 seconds. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, bok choy and bamboo shoots. Stir fry until the vegetables are soften, approximately 1 minute.

Make the sauce. In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Stir fry it. Add noodles and the sauce mixture to the pan. Stir fry until the noodles soak up the sauce, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients. Add the bean sprouts, green onions and shrimp to the pan. Toss everything together and stir fry for approximately 1 minute.   

Enjoy! Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Garnish with more chopped green onions, if desired.

Chopsticks are lifting noodles from a stiped plate.

Is shrimp chow mein spicy?

It’s not spicy, but it does have a red chili in the mix. If you remove the seeds of the chili, it’s really not spicy. However, if you enjoy the spice and want to add more, keep the seeds in the mix! In fact, you can add even more red chilis if you really want to amplify the spice level. Of course, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes will also do the trick.

How long does shrimp chow mein stay fresh?

In an airtight container in the fridge, any leftovers you have of this homemade dish will stay fresh for about 3-4 days. While this dish reheats just fine in the microwave, it’s even better when reheated right back in the skillet. Just heat the chow mein in the skillet over medium heat until it’s warmed through for a few minutes for the most perfect leftovers. If it’s a little dry, toss some soy sauce on it to add moisture and more flavor.

Chow mein is topped with sesame seeds in a black skillet next to chopsticks.

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Classic take out you can make at home, this easy Shrimp Chow Mein recipe is quick and easy! Loaded with egg noodles, shrimp and veggies, it's as close to the classic without all the calories!
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Ingredients

For the Stir Fry:

  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 red chili, sliced (remove the seeds for less heat)
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 6 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2-4 baby bok choy, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup bamboo shoots
  • 10 oz ready-to-use low mein egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions, cut in halves lengthwise then into 2” long pieces
  • sesame seeds

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Equipment

  • wok

Instructions 

  • Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp.
  • Cook the shrimp for 1 minutes on each side until no longer translucent and pink in color. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chili, cooking for 30 seconds. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, bok choy and bamboo shoots. Stir fry until the vegetables are soften, approximately 1 minute.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  • Add noodles and the sauce mixture to the pan. Stir fry until the noodles soak up the sauce, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the bean sprouts, green onions and shrimp to the pan. Toss everything together and stir fry for approximately 1 minute.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Garnish with more chopped green onions, if desired.