How to make Beef Chow Mein

Published on October 18th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on March 4th 2024
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Beef Chow Mein tossed with wooden spatula

Who doesn't love a good noodle bowl? Those chewy Chow Mein noodles are stir-fried with chunks of meat and vegetables coated in sauce; it's like heaven in a bowl. If you're looking for a quick meal, this Asian one-pot is for you. This recipe is packed with flavor and so easy to follow that you'll wonder why you bought takeout. We hope you enjoy our recipe for Beef Chow Mein, and if you like it, give our Shrimp Chow Mein a try too. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Serves
4-6 persons

Ingredients

Stir Fry
  • 1 lb Flank Steak

  • 8 ounces Chow Mein Noodles

  • 4 tablespoons Peanut Oil

  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil

  • 1 tablespoon Green Seasoning

  • 1 large yellow Onion - julienne

  • 1 teaspoon Ginger - minced

  • 4 cloves Garlic - minced

  • 2 Seasoning Peppers - minced

  • 1 medium Carrot - julienne

  • 3 stalks Chinese Celery - diced

  • 3 Green Onion - chopped

  • 1 cup Broccoli Florets

  • 3 Sweet Peppers - julienne (Red, Yellow, Green)

  • 1/4 head Cabbage - julienne

Stir-fry Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar

Optional Ingredients
  • Bean Sprouts

  • Mushrooms

  • Baby Corn

  • Bamboo Shoots

  • Water Chestnut

  • Sugar Snap Peas

Instructions

Thinly slice the beef, coat with green seasoning, and set aside in a container to marinate.

Make the stir-fry sauce by combining all the ingredients into a small bowl, making sure to dissolve the sugar, and then set aside.

Cook noodles in a pot filled with boiling water, according to package instructions, strain, coat with one tablespoon peanut oil, then set aside.

Using a wok or large deep skillet, place on medium-high heat and add one tablespoon peanut oil.

Once the oil is smoking hot, add the beef strips and cook for 5 minutes or until soft and tender, then remove and set aside in a bowl.

After removing the beef, add two tablespoons of peanut oil and sesame oil into the pan and bring to a smoking heat.

Once the oil is smoking, add the onion, garlic, ginger, seasoning peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes, tossing them together.

Add the carrots, celery, green onion, broccoli, and sweet peppers, cook for 3-5 minutes, mixing everything.

Now add any or all of the optional ingredients and cook for 3-5 minutes and mix.

Add the cabbage and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Now add the noodles, tossing and mixing everything for another 3-5 minutes.

Return the beef to the wok, mix in the sauce making sure everything is coated.

Remove from the heat and allow the chow mein to rest for 5 minutes before serving warm and enjoy.

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart