Beef Lo Mein
Crunchy vegetables, saucy noodles, and savory beef, this quick 30 minute meal is a weeknight favorite.
Make Beef Lo Mein on a busy weeknight and use leftovers for a delicious mid week lunch surprise. It is the perfect one pan, everything you need for a complete meal kind of dish. But it is great served with eggrolls, or egg drop soup.
Beef Lo Mein is a quick to make Chinese dish that can be prepared in under 30 minutes. This easy Beef Lo Mein recipe offers a serving of healthy vegetables, filling protein, and scrumptious noodles, tossed in a sweet and savory soy sauce based marinade that will win you over with each and every bite.
Incorporate whatever veggies you have on hand: Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein, Beef with Carrots Lo Mein, Beef Lo Mein with whatever veggies you want. It is so easy to customize this recipe
How To Make Beef Lo Mein:
I am so excited for this recipe. It’s a dish where no side is needed because your veggies and noodles are all in one pan, a true one pan favorite.
Here is an overview of how you make this dish.
- Slice and Season Steak: Thinly slice steak against the grain and season with salt and pepper. The thinner the better!
- Make the Sauce: Mix brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, Sriracha, and pepper. The perfect balance of sweet and savory.
- Cook Noodles and Toss with Sesame Oil: Cook noodles in boiling water, drain, and toss with oil.
- Stir Fry Garlic, Ginger and Steak: In a skillet with olive oil, add minced garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds and then add steak.
- Remove Steak and Stir Fry Veggies: Cook veggies for 3-5 minutes.
- Add all Ingredients Together, Toss and Cook. Add noodles and steak to pan. Pour sauce over the top. Toss and cook for 1-2 minutes.
In a nutshell, slice steak, make the sauce, cook the noodles, stir fry in a couple of stages and toss everything together for one final cook. The end. EASY!
Note: For more detailed instructions, see recipe at the end.
Lo Mein Sauce:
This sauce is full of classic favorites, and is loaded with amazing flavor. It is a little sweet and a little savory.
You have the classic ingredient of the traditional lo mein, like soy sauce, then from there add a little brown sugar for some sweet, sesame oil for a deeper flavor, Sriracha for a little heat, and add important ingredients like hoisin sauce and pepper. Need I say more?
Look at those ingredients. Brilliance.
- Brown Sugar
- Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
- Hoisin Sauce
- Sesame Oil
How To Make Sauce:
Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
Wait? Where are all the other steps? That’s it!
I was not lying when I said super simple.
5 Reasons Why This Sauce Is Fabulous:
- Super fast to make
- No chopping needed
- Minimal Ingredients
- Perfect balance of flavor
- Sauce partners well with other proteins too, so feel free to swap them out
Which Lo Mein Noodle Should We Choose?
Chinese egg noodles are the noodles you want for this lo mein. But you can use spaghetti noodles, or fettuccini noodles.
What are Chinese egg noodles? They are wheat flour noodles with eggs added.
If you can get fresh ones, that is awesome, look for 1/4 inch thick, but if not, use whatever you can find.
One of the awesome things about this recipe is you can substitute whatever you want. Start with the protein.
Types of Lo Mein:
If beef isn’t your thing, feel free to sub out the beef for another protein of choice. Or, just keep is simple and just incorporate a variety of your favorite veggies into the dish.
Like I said this Beef Lo Mein recipe can be customized to fit your needs. The sauce will compliment any of the above listed proteins.
And while I love the vegetables mentioned, this can be a great clean out the fridge recipe to use the last bits of those odds and ends vegetables.
Can You Make Beef Lo Mein Ahead?
Yes you can.
How to Store Lo Mein:
Beef Lo Mein will stay good for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Store in an air tight container and reheat in microwave for another dinner or lunch.
You can also make Beef Lo Mein ahead of time and store in the freezer. However, technically you can’t store the Lo Mein (the noodles) in the freezer. Sorry folks.
The lo mein noodles won’t hold up well being frozen.
Basically cook as directed without the noodles and then once cool, store the meal in the freezer in an air tight container or gallon sized freezer bag.
When ready to eat, let the dish thaw in the fridge and then reheat over the stove, cook noodles, and incorporated drained noodles into the dish.
- Make dish ahead of time without the noodles.
- Let the meal cool.
- Transfer meat and veggies into an airtight container or freezer bag.
- When ready to eat, allow time for food to defrost in the fridge.
- Reheat over the stove and add cooked and drained noodles to the dish.
- Stir and serve.
Fresh is usually best, but you can make this dish ahead of time, freeze for later, and reheat at your nearest convenience.
What Should I Make For Dinner? Beef Lo Mein!
Beef Lo Mein is an easy to make meal that is packed with flavor, protein, and those healthy vegetables that we all need. Make life a little bit easier on yourself and make this fast one pan meal tonight! It’s oh so good.
Other Dishes to Try:
- Garlic Chicken Lo Mein
- Chicken Asparagus Stir Fry Rice Noodles
- Vegetable Lo Mein
- Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
- Skillet French Onion Chicken
- Beef Enchiladas
- Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi
- Sheet Pan Philly Cheese Steak
- Teriyaki Chicken Stirfry
- 8 ounce flank steak or sirloin sliced against the grain
- 8 ounces lo mein noodles or spaghetti
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup zucchini halved and sliced,
- ¼ cup onion sliced,
- 8 ounces white mushrooms
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 can 8 ounces water chestnuts, drained
- 3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Thinly slice flank steak against the grain, and lightly season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, sriracha and pepper. Set aside
- In a large pot with boiling water, cook the lo mein (or spaghetti) noodles according to package directions. Drain the noodles and toss with 1 teaspoon sesame oil to coat, set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a large skillet. Add in the minced garlic and ginger, and stir fry for 30 seconds.
- Add the thinly sliced steak, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until no longer pink.
- Remove steak from pan, leaving any juices and oil behind.
- Add all the other vegetables, and cook for 3-5 minutes, until everything is crisp tender. If needed, add a little more oil.
- Now add the thinly sliced steak back in, as well as the lo mein noodles, and pour the sauce over the top.
- Toss until fully incorporated, and cook for a 1-2 more minutes to insure veggies are tender and sauce starts to thicken.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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