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Shrimp Lo Mein
with carrots and mushrooms

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

You can easily replicate a much healthier verison of this takeout favorite at home. Lo mein noodles are usually found fresh (not dried) but if you can't find them in the refrigerated noodle section at your grocery store, opt for a fresh pasta or your standard dried spaghetti or linguine. If you're making Thursday's dinner, make extra tonight and save some time!

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Shrimp Lo Mein:
  • Shrimp - 1 lb, peeled and deveined
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Green onions - 3 stalks, chopped
  • Celery - 2 stalks, sliced on a bias
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, sliced thinly
  • Mushrooms, brown or shiitake - 1/2 lb, sliced
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 4 Tbsp
  • Rice vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Corn starch - 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Lo mein noodles - 1/2 lb ((substitute linguine or a thicker pasta if you can't find lo mein noodles))
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
  • Toasted sesame oil (opt) - 2 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Shrimp - Defrost, rinse, and dry. Toss with salt and pepper.
  2. Garlic / Green onions / Celery / Carrots / Mushrooms - Prep as directed. For green onions, keep white and green parts separate. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make stir-fry sauce - Mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, corn starch, sugar, and water.
  4. Cook noodles - {Double if making Thursday night's dinner} Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt and add noodles. Cook according to package instructions and then drain. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil and then shrimp to heated oil. Toss and saute until the outsides are golden and pink, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove and set aside (don't worry, they don't have to be cooked all the way through).
  2. Return wok to heat and add second part of oil. Add garlic and white parts of green onions to heated oil, and as soon as you can smell the garlic, add the first of the vegetables.
  3. For stir-frying, you want to add ingredients one type at a time, with the longest cooking ingredients first. In this case, the order is carrots, celery, and then mushrooms. Add them about 2 to 3 minutes apart, with a little bit of salt each time.
  4. Once vegetables are mostly done, return shrimp to the pan with noodles and push everything to the side forming a donut in the middle. Stir your sauce and then pour into the donut. When it starts to bubble and thicken, toss everything together. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Then season with more soy sauce, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Remember different types of soy sauce have really different tastes, so you might need more to really add flavor.
  5. Top with rest of your green onions. You can also drizzle toasted sesame oil over your stir-fry.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (38)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (4)

23 reviews

Got 3 portions out of the 2 portion recipe (also used 6oz of chow mein instead of 4). It was good, just not the best recipe so far

By: Laura
Posted: Jun 13, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Flavors were so great. I think this would have been fantastic if I hadn't overcooked the noodles! The dried lo mein that I bought cooked much faster than expected and ended up a bit mushy. Bummer!

By: Sundi
Posted: Mar 15, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really tasty & our 3 YO loved it which is always a huge bonus. I wish it had been more obvious in the weekend prep section that you had to keep the white & green parts of the green onions separate. I just read that list on the left side & ended up throwing it all in together. But I'll know next time!

By: Julie
Posted: Dec 20, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I like a LOT of veg so I added some and we are sriracha lovers so there was a healthy dose of that added, but it was sooooo good! way better than take out

By: Shanon
Posted: Jun 13, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Family liked this a lot and said it was a great veggie combo. Will definitely try again.

By: Karissa
Posted: Apr 17, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A win with my husband and 2 year old. I added snow peas and doubled the veg.

By: Katie
Posted: Apr 01, 2014
Diet: Original
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