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15 Minute Lo Mein

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15 Minute Lo Mein! Fabricated with aloof soy sauce, sesame oil, a compression of sugar, ramen noodles or spaghetti noodles, and any veggies or protein you like. SO YUMMY!

Hel-lo-lo-mein! This 15-minute admiration is actually my new go-to for a quick Asian brainstorm activity fry. Lo Mein FTW!

Please acquaint me you guys eat, love, and are about accustomed with Lo Mein.

Maybe you are a Panda Cafe approved and you not alone apperceive Lo Mein, but the bodies at Panda know YOU back you airing in the aperture and they decay no time axle aerial your little artificial tray with beat afterwards beat of those activity absurd noodles while you watch a little protectively from the added ancillary of the glass, because couldn’t they accept accustomed you a bigger beat like they did aftermost time? appear on puhleeeease.

or maybe you mostly apperceive Lo Mein from your growing up canicule because acceptable news, kids! mom and dad are acclimation Chinese takeout tonight (yasssss) and little pre-teen you is best absolutely activity to eat your weight in salty Asian noodles and again revisit it in the fridge, cold, appropriate afore bed, amiright?

Or maybe you’ve never had Lo Mein and you’re giving the blow of us all the attending appropriate now. I hear you, sitting aerial up there, adage that you would never eat algid takeout noodles appropriate afore bed. There is judgement in your heart. You anticipate you’re not into this accomplished activity absurd noodles and vegetables thing. In which case:

It’s time for you to get Lo Mein in your life, friends. This is your big day. We’ve all been cat-and-mouse for you. Acceptable to your Lo Mein intervention!

Honestly, WHO ALIKE KNEW how accessible it could be to accomplish Lo Mein at home? And as a chase up to those of you who did already know, WHY DIDN’T YOU ALIKE ACQUAINT ME?

In This Post: What You Charge To Apperceive About Lo Mein

Tongs grabbing Lo Mein noodles.

Yes, You Can Accomplish Bootleg Lo Mein!

Until two weeks ago, I consistently aloof affected that this was some affectionate of diffuse action involving mysteriously adorable capacity that I wouldn’t accept in my accepted Midwestern kitchen, and plus, did you apperceive that you can get a bowl of Lo Mein ample abundant to augment the neighborhood for aloof $6.50 at the Panda Buffet? So why would we alike do this at home? I’m austere – let’s go.

Except authority the buzz for aloof a sec.

  1. Making Lo Mein is not a diffuse action – it’s activity to appear calm in ONE PAN in something like 15 minutes, alpha to finish. JOY of JOYS. I actively had no abstraction back I set out to apprentice about all things Lo Mein that it would be such a gem of a quick accessible recipe, and not in the way area you’re skimping on anything. Aloof by nature, it is that simple.
  2. Lo Mein doesn’t crave adorned or abnormal ingredients. Like, at all. A quality soy booze and sesame oil admixture is basically it. That’s your Lo Mein abracadabra appropriate there. For absolute – aloof one canteen of acceptable soy booze and you’re in Lo Mein business. I mean, about everyone, no amount what their affable akin is, has a canteen of soy booze in their fridge, right? or at the actual least, a few PACKETS of soy booze from extra takeout? You apperceive I see you out there.
  3. And finally, Lo Mein is alarming as takeout, but it’s added awesome as a mostly-healthy takeout at home bowl that can accompanying apple-pie out the fridge by application up any and all veggies and proteins that a being could anytime appetite in their cottony stir-fried noodles. The beatitude I feel for this concept… like wows. You do not alike know. Compound scrappiness fulfills a allotment of my soul.

Lo Mein: Frequently Asked Questions

What affectionate of noodles do you recommend?

These ones here are perfect! (affiliate link)

Are lo mein noodles gluten-free?

Traditional lo mein noodles are fabricated with wheat, so they are not gluten free. Feel chargeless to sub in rice noodles or your admired GF spaghetti noodles to accomplish this gluten-free!

Why did you use two altered types of soy sauce?

It adds added abyss and acidity to the bowl – abnormally the aphotic soy sauce. Awful acclaim application both if you can acquisition them. If not, approved soy booze can consistently work.

What is mirin?

Mirin is a blazon of rice wine. It adds a sweeter flavor, which is a absolutely admirable adverse to the acidity from the soy booze here.

How To Accomplish This Lo Mein

We’re talking three accessible accomplish for perfection:

  1. Shake up your sauce.
  2. Cook your noodles
  3. Toss it all calm with your account (veg, protein, blooming onions) in a hot bucket or wok.

You can use about any vegetables and/or protein.

Ideas: alarm pepper, carrots, spinach, babyish bok choy, mushrooms, snow peas, onions, cabbage, broccoli. // Chicken, shrimp, eggs, beef (like abut steak), pork, tofu.

Game on.

White bowl filled with vegetables for Lo Mein.

What Goes In This Accessible Lo Mein Sauce

The sauce.

You charge a acceptable soy sauce, and I AWFUL acclaim the 2-types-of-soy-sauce trick. It’s not absolutely a ambush as abundant as it is a tiny affair that makes a big difference. It’s apparently added acceptable that you have light or low sodium soy booze in your fridge, but tip alert: aphotic soy booze is so affluent in umami acidity and it takes this Lo Mein “sauce” bearings to a accomplished new level.

Because the affection of soy booze is important actuality (I mean, it’s one of actually THREE capacity that will accomplish the booze for your activity absurd noodles), I did not use soy booze packets from extra takeout.

I acclimated this light soy sauce // dark soy sauce combo. (<– associate links for articles on Amazon).

Shake that up in a jar with a quick hit of sesame oil and a compression of sugar. annnnd DONE.

White hand pouring soy sauce on noodles in pan.

Let’s Allocution About Lo Mein Noodles

Then there’s the noodles.

You could use beginning Lo Mein noodles if you can acquisition it beginning or arctic at your grocery store. I could not acquisition it at any of my approved places, so in its abode I accept used either dry ramen if you can acquisition it (as continued as you’re hitting up Amazon for the soy sauce, grab a box of this ramen, too) and/or aloof approved spaghetti.

…Is that abuse to Lo Mein? to use spaghetti?

I don’t know, I’m cerebration we both care added about acumen than absolute and complete authenticity.

Go on and do what you charge to do.

If you’re gluten-free, you can use rice noodles or your admired gluten-free spaghetti noodle.

White hand grabbing noodles in a pan with a tong.

And in a quick beam of the pan, with the booze and the noodles and the veggies all partying it up in there, we’ve accomplished the tippy top of the Lo Mein journey. The allotment area you wind those cottony noodles up on a angle with a few pieces of caramelized pan-fried veggies and amusement yourself right.

Easy Bootleg Lo Mein, comin in hot!

White hands holding a bowl of Lo Mein. Bowl has a fork in it.

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Lo Mein in pan with tongs.

15 Minute Lo Mein

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


15 Minute Lo Mein! Fabricated with aloof soy sauce, sesame oil, a compression of sugar, ramen noodles or spaghetti noodles, and any veggies or protein you like. SO YUMMY!




  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (sub approved soy booze if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce (sub approved soy booze if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Lo Mein:

  • 46 ounces uncooked ramen noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 blooming onions, chopped (separate blooming genitalia from white genitalia – you’ll use both separately)
  • 23 cups julienne cut or chopped vegetables like carrots, red peppers, cabbage, bok choy, mushrooms, or broccoli
  • 12 tablespoons mirin


  1. Sauce: Agitate all the booze capacity calm in a jar.
  2. Noodles: Baker the noodles according to amalgamation directions. Cesspool and set aside.
  3. Lo Mein: Heat the sesame oil in a ample wok or skillet. Add the blooming onions (white parts) and vegetables to the hot pan. Activity fry until fork-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mirin to alleviate the browned $.25 up off the basal of the pan. Add the adapted noodles and about bisected of the booze – bung about in the hot pan to combine. Add added booze if bare (I usually barometer the bulk of booze I appetite by the blush of the noodles – you appetite a average amber color, not too light, not too dark). Serve topped with actual blooming onions!



If you appetite to add a protein, activity fry it first, afore the vegetables, again abolish from calefaction while you baker the vegetables. Add aback into the pan at the end with the noodles.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: lo mein, brainstorm activity fry, calm takeout, vegetarian activity fry, vegan activity fry

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yes!! this is the affectionate of compound I can get behind. I adulation lo mein and your tips for application 2 types of soy booze are ability 🙂 abundant post!

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      Yup. Agree. The alkali abandoned is take-out is absolutely appalling! Aloof gets this gym abecedary bottomward activity bloated. Abundant recipe. Acknowledgment for sharing.

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Thank you Lindsay for that nice recipe. I had no altered soy sauces so I took the one I accept at home, I additionally exchanged amoroso for vegan honey (synthetic produced after bees). I additionally added a few added veggies because in our domiciliary we adulation veggies. This is a babysitter and will be fabricated actual anon again

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    Love how bound this comes together. Looks to be calmly reheatable too. I’m cerebration the brittle tofu from a brace of recipes ago would be abundant here.
    Question, could I use rice noodles here? I bought some for pad thai (totally altered cuisine, I know!) that I’d like to use. Also, would rice alkali assignment instead of mirin?

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      Yes on the rice noodles, not abiding on the rice vinegar. Mirin is a cool candied rice wine, not acerb like vinegar. But I’m all for aloof alive with what you’ve got. 😉

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        Just fabricated this with ricewine alkali and agave ambrosia with rice ramen and its delicious! Additionally I didn’t accept the aphotic sky but will acquirement this abutting time.

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      Susan Hughes

      I acclimated rice wine alkali because that is all I had and it was awesome!

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    Oh man. This reminds me of your vegetarian pad Thai which is about a account affair for us so I accept a activity this is activity to acquisition its way into our abiding rotation

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        absolutely adulation aggregate about this recipe. delicious, decedent, i adulation the way the ablaze and aphotic appear calm to actualize a admirable arrangement of flavours on my tongue. i deceit accept that this is so easy!!! my kids adulation it

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    I am currently accomplishing the FODMAP diet because of assimilation issues and this compound was so perfect. It was simple to accomplish and actual flavourful!
    Definitely extenuative this one 🙂

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    When it comes to the noodles, you said “grab a box of this ramen, too”, no articulation or account of what noodles you had in mind. No account either. Which one did you beggarly to recommend?

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          That’s for 5lbs! 😁 Annal to the basal of the folio and you can buy an alone package. 😉

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This compound looks amazing! Admired the video as well. Watched the FBP alive about video a few canicule ago. I’m bent to accord it a go. Adulation all your videos so much.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Thanks Debs! We are aflame to put calm some tutorials anon for how we are accomplishing these videos! It’s been a lot of fun and absolutely a acquirements curve…

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum!! One affair my kids can consistently accede on is annihilation noodles or Asian! This will be absolute for a active night!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    What cast of noodles did you use? I can’t delay to accomplish this for lunches this week!

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        I was actually at my bounded Asian aliment bazaar and best up those exact noodles but went aback to a cheaper grocery abundance to get them because I anticipation they were the aforementioned cast but they’re not 🙁 I got an amoebic lol mein noodle. I achievement it still works! And I went to 4 altered food aggravating to acquisition the Fair soy booze but couldn’t acquisition it anywhere! Not alike the Asian market!

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      Lynn hyman

      Love the 15 minute Lomein. Did a brace subs because on the fly but my bedmate admired it. Aggravating to eat primarily bulb based and he begged me NOT to accomplish any added beans!! Thx!

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    Hi! I aloof fabricated this Lo Mein recipe, application some rotisserie craven for a quicker weeknight meal. Also, back i luuuuv the ambrosial sesame bathrobe from your Korean BBQ bowls, I added grated ginger, garlic and Sambal oelek to the sauce. Yum.

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    This was good. I acclimated soba noodles. I acclimated 3 T. of aphotic low-sodium soy booze b/c I didn’t accept any light. I additionally didn’t accept any mirin, so I acclimated 2 T. of marsala wine with 1 T. of sugar. I additionally added cubed tofu. It took a few account added than 15 but not bifold that bulk or annihilation like that.

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    I meant to say 2 T. of marsala wine with 1 t. of amoroso as per Affable Light’s Web armpit in abode of the mirin. Mea culpa!

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    This looks amazing. We accept a garden and are associates of a CSA and could use an accessible compound like this to use up some of our veggies. Could you use any cast of light/dark soy sauce? Or is there any cheaper cast that you suggest?

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    Your recipes are consistently simple yet gorgeous! Afresh this accurate lo mein has become my admired weeknight dinner.

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    How yummy! You could not accept assertive me as a kid that Lo Mein could be fabricated this easily. What a simple recipe, I am so aflame to analysis this out.