Easy vegetable chow mein

Saucy noodles stir-fried with pretty much any/all of the vegetables in your fridge, perfect for slurping and done in less than 20 minutes? Vegetable chow mein is here to deliver on all of that.

Easy vegetable chow mein

We all need recipes that we can call on on the days that the kids are screaming at you from the bath, everyone wants to know what’s for dinner (including you…) and the dog’s barking is driving you mad. Recipes that get dinner on the table in mere minutes. This vegetable chow mein recipe is just that. And the beauty of it is that you can literally use any vegetables you have in the fridge. I often make this when I have half a head of broccoli, a few sad looking mushrooms and a few peppers lying around. Sometimes I add baby corn, other times a few sugar snaps or mange tout manage to find their way in, but it’s really all about what I have to hand. I always have noodles in the pantry for quick, throw-together meals and this chow mein is now right up there with some of our favorite, easy dinner recipes.

Ingredients for vegetable chow mein

What is chow mein?

Chow mein are stir fried noodles with vegetables. Often chicken, pork or prawns (shrimp) are added.

How to make chow mein

Preheat a large wok over high heat. Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil then add the mushrooms, peppers, ginger, garlic and chilli. Allow to fry for 5 minutes then add the broccolini, sugar snap peas and corn. Stir-fry for another 5 minutes. Add the chopped spinach along with the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook until the spinach has wilted then season with lemon or lime juice. Add the cooked noodles and toss to combine then serve. (Full recipe is in the recipe card below.)

Easy vegetable chow mein

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Easy vegetable chow mein

Easy vegetable chow mein

Quick and easy vegetable chow mein is the perfect 20 minute weeknight meal, using up all the vegetables you have in your fridge.
4.45 from 36 votes
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Course: Asian, Stir Fry, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • 3 spring green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 cups mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups broccolini halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas halved lengthwise
  • 10 baby corn halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 300 g egg noodles dry weight, cooked and cooled
  • Fresh chopped chillies to serve (optional)


  • In a hot wok, add a splash of vegetable oil then add the spring onion, garlic, ginger, mushrooms and peppers and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the broccolini, sugar snaps and corn and fry for another 5 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but still firm.
  • Add the baby spinach, soy, oyster sauce and sesame oil then stir fry for another 2 minutes to wilt the spinach.
  • Add the cooked noodles then toss to combine, Season with lemon juice and more soy if necessary and serve.

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  1. I totally agree about the need for fast meals, but I would give anything to have my boys to be little again and at home with Tom and I! Time flies! This meal looks just perfect Alida! So savory and delicious with just the right amount of spice!

  2. I am so with you on the feelings of back to school. Although we have a long summer ahead, I’m getting a bit cranky about too much electronics and not enough chores. On the other hand, I hate packing lunches and doing all the other scheduled activities that come with a busy school year. I am loving your photos and the sauce here looks so tasty!

    1. Yeah, the electronics situation in our house is ridiculous! BUT what made me feel better is to tell the kids to do a two pages of school work a day, from a fun little vacation-homework-book kinda thing their teacher gave them. At least their brains worked a little before turning to mush in front of the TV. 😉 Also, bedrooms tidied and dishes packed away before anything else.