Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pan-Seared Shrimp and Vegetable Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)

Talk about a delicious weeknight dinner!!! This quick and easy Shrimp and Vegetable Chow Mein hits the spot any night of the week!
Pan-Seared Shrimp and Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles
While making Chinese food at home may sound a little daunting compared to ordering it in, this flavorful noodle dish is straight forward to make, cooks quickly and won't be a major barrier between you and your fitness goals.

Chow mein noodles only take 3 minutes to prepare, but if you boil them ahead of time, you can be eating your homemade Chinese food in under 10 minutes! Cold pre-cooked noodles also work better when they are fried in the hot skillet. I'm not exactly sure why, but it does make a difference.

And if you find your noodles need more sauce, add more soy sauce or try a few dashes of oyster sauce - makes it extra tasty! Enjoy!

Pan-Seared Shrimp and Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles

Pan-Seared Shrimp and Vegetable Chow Mein

Makes:  2 Servings
Hands-on Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time:  15 minutes

  • 130 g / 4.5 oz chow mein noodles, about 3 cups
  • 2 tsp. canola oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 113 g / 4 oz peeled and deveined raw shrimp (about 8 medium shrimp)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced 
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. sesame oil
In a deep skillet or wok, boil chow mein noodles in water until cooked, about 3 minutes. Drain noodles in a strainer and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

In the same skillet or wok, heat 1 teaspoon of oil and butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Add shrimp. Cook and stir shrimp until each piece is fully cooked, about 3 minutes. Remove cooked shrimp from skillet and set aside on a plate.

Add remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper. Cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and peas. Cook a stir for a minute longer.  Finally, add cooked noodles and soy sauce. Cook and stir the mixture for 2 minutes to lightly fry the noodles.  Remove skillet from heat. Add cooked shrimp and sesame oil. Toss and serve hot!

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Pan-Seared Shrimp and Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles

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Brent Garell is the author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience and 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, he is on the look-out for simple #mealprep solutions to fit healthy and responsible meals into his family's busy schedule. Let's see what works!

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