20 Minute Vegetable Chow Mein

Imagine, filling your plate with a big helping of fried Vegetable Chow Mein noodles in 20 minutes or less?

If that sounds satisfying, then you might like this one-pan meal we have for you!

Chinese Chow Mein Noodles: College Recipe Cafe

Never cooked Chow Mein noodles before?  Not a problem grasshopper.

If you can boil pasta, you can whip together this Vegetable Chow Mein in three simple steps.

Fried Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles: College Recipe Cafe

Want an ancient Chinese cooking secret from a Canadian guy with a Polish, Italian, English background? Here it is anyways:👇

Cook the noodles in chicken broth (or vegetable broth) for more flavorful noodles. Then save some cooking broth when draining the noodles. This way, you can ladle in the reserved broth as you cook for even MORE flavor! 😋

Chow Mein Noodles

In case you are wondering, here ⇑ are the noodles you are looking for at the grocery store. They cost around $2 for the package.

Homemade Chow Mein Noodles: College Recipe Cafe

Mmm…fried Vegetable Chow Mein! So satisfying!

Hop in the comments and let me know who is in for making this bold one-pan recipe!

Happy Cooking!!! 

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20 MinuteVegetable Chow Mein

Makes: 2 to 3 Servings | Ready In: 20 minutes or less 


160 g / 5.6 oz Chow Mein noodles, about 3 cups
2 tsp. butter or margarine, divided
1 egg whisked
½ onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, minced (or use ¼ tsp garlic powder)
¼ cup frozen peas
1½ Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
¼ tsp. sesame oil


  1. In a wok or deep skillet, cook Chow Mein noodles according to package directions (about 3 minutes).  Drain noodles in a strainer and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  2. In the same wok, heat 1 tsp. of butter over medium heat until melted. Add egg. Cook and stir until egg is scrambled, about 1 minute. Remove egg from skillet and transfer to a small bowl.
  3. In the same wok, heat remaining 1 tsp. of butter over medium heat until melted. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Return cooked noodles to wok. Add peas, soy sauce, sesame oil and cooked eggs. Cook and stir for 1 minute to coat noodles in sauce. Dig in!
How to make Fried Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles

🌳 Eco-Friendly Storage: For leftovers we use reusable silicon storage bags. They fit a one-meal portion, can be stacked in the freezer, and still look like new no matter how many times they are tossed in the dishwasher.

You’ll find the ones we use on our Gift Shop page here.

Thanks for visiting College Recipe Café. Cheers!

Brent Garell testing the food at College Recipe Cafe

Brent Garell is the guy behind College Recipe Cafe. When he’s not filling his face in food he’s travelling to local campuses to equip students with 101 skills to give them a big head start in the kitchen.

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