Garlic Shrimp Lo Mein
This Garlic Shrimp Lo Mein is loaded with succulent shrimp, fresh vegetables and lo mein noodles. It comes together in about 20 minutes and is so much better than takeout. Simple, fast and delicious!
What is Lo Mein?
Lo Mein is originally from Hong Kong with “Lo Mein (捞面)” meaning tossed noodles in Cantonese. The cooked noodles are usually added near the end of cooking and mixed with other ingredients and finally the sauce.
Lo Mein Noodles or Hong Kong Noodles: These are yellow colored egg noodles that you can find in the refrigerated sections of Asian Grocery stores.
Lo Mein Noodle Substitutes: If you can’t find lo mein noodles, you can substitute spaghetti or even linguini or fettuccine. Just cook according to the package directions in a large pot of boiling salted water. Drain and toss with oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
How to Make Shrimp Lo Mein
Step 1: Prepare the Noodles: You should generally prepare lo mein noodles according to the package directions. If you’re using fresh noodles, one trick is placing the unopened package in hot water to warm up the noodles before use without making them soggy.
Step 2: Make the Sauce: Combine soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar and ginger in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Step 3: Make the Lo Mein: Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add oil when it’s hot, followed by minced garlic, sliced carrots, celery and cabbage. Sauté for about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add in shrimp and cook until they just start to turn pink and curl up for about 2 minutes. Add in noodles, sauce and Asian sesame oil. Serve warm.
Make Ahead Tip
You can prepare this recipe the night before for a quick make-ahead dinner. All you need to do is to prepare the noodles, mix the sauce and thaw the shrimp. Then wash/cut the vegetables and save them in a zip-lock bag or container.
When you’re ready to eat, just need to fry up everything in the pan and dinner is served!
Tips and Secrets for Making Shrimp Lo Mein
- Thaw your shrimp completely before cooking to achieve the nice and tender texture when they are cooked. If shrimp are not properly thawed, they won’t be cooked evenly.
- Make sure your skillet is hot before add in shrimp. Then it will only need about 2 minutes to sauté the shrimp. Add in noodles as soon as they start to turn pink.
Key Ingredients and Where to Buy
- Raw shrimp: I used peeled, deveined frozen shrimp that I bought from local supermarket. I leave them in the fridge the night before so that they can be thawed properly before cooking
- Hong Kong style Lo Mein noodles: I found these egg noodles from my local supermarket. You can also buy Simply Asia Chinese Style Lo Mein Noodles online too.
- Soy sauce: Kikkoman is my favorite brand, and I use the low-sodium version. You can find it at your local supermarket and online.
Easy Shrimp Lo Mein
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Thaw your shrimp if they are still frozen and get vegetables ready.
- Prepare the noodles according to the package directions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Set aside.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil.
- Add minced garlic, sliced carrots, cabbage and celery to the pan. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until almost tender.
- Add in the shrimp and stir fry another 2-3 minutes until they just turn pink.
- Drain the noodles and add to the shrimp/vegetable mixture.
- Toss together with the reserved sauce and finally the Asian sesame oil. Serve and enjoy!
Equipment to Make Shrimp Lo Mein
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- Bang Bang Shrimp
- Coconut Shrimp
- Shrimp Lo Mein
- Shrimp Chow Mein
- Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
- Pad Thai
- Shrimp Fajitas
- Blackened Shrimp
- Easy Shrimp Boil
- Garlic Butter Shrimp with Parsley
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