It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of homemade Chinese American food. It’s easy, quick, and hits all the cravings. Whenever I order beef lo mein for takeout, I find it skimpy on the beef. I WANT LOTS OF BEEF! So it just came time to make my own easy beef lo mein recipe. One I could whip up for a weeknight dinner, and load with thin slices of tender meat. Mmmm.
What’s in beef lo mein?
- Minute steak (It cooks quickly and is very soft when sliced thinly against the grain)
- Thinly sliced carrots
- Broccoli florets
- Lo mein noodles
- Soy sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Sesame oil
- Ground ginger
I’m sure most of the ingredients sound familiar to you. Maybe everything except for the……
Quite a few brands make a kosher version so you shouldn’t have trouble finding it in your local grocery. It’s a thick sweet and salty sauce that is a key component to the sauce flavor here, so please try not to skip it. If you must, use the sauce recipe from my Beef and Broccoli Ramen.
How to make easy beef lo mein
STEP ONE: PREP
Slice the beef thinly and against the grain, discarding the sinew. Whisk the sauce ingredients together and boil a pot of water.
Remove two tablespoons of sauce and toss with the meat.
STEP TWO: COOKING
Heat oil up in a sautee pan and cook the beef until browned on both sides. You may have to do this in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. Heat up the remaining oil and sautee the vegetables for 5-7 minutes. Cook the noodles according to package directions and set aside. Toss the cooked beef, noodles, and sauce into the pan with the vegetables. Mix to evenly coat the sauce.
STEP THREE: SERVING
Serve the beef with chopped scallions and or sesame seeds for garnish.
This dish is best eaten right away. In the event your cooking in advance, keep the components separate (sauce, cooked beef, cooked meat, and noodles) Toss together and rewarm before serving.
More delicious fakeout takeout recipes
Easy Beef Lo Mein
- 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1/4 tsp sriracha
- 4 medium minute steaks
- 3 Tbsp olive oil divided
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 carrot thinly sliced into strips
- 1 package lo mein noodles
- 1 tsp sesame seeds for garnish
- Whisk the sauce ingredients together and set aside. Thinly slice the beef, discarding any very fatty parts and the sinew line that runs down the middle.
- Remove 2 Tbsp of the sauce and toss it with the beef in a large bowl. Place a pot of water on the stove to boil.
- Heat up 2 Tbsp of oil in a large saute pan. Cook the beef in batches until browned on both sides. Careful not to overcrowd the pan so that the beef stays tender. Remove the browned beef from the pan and set aside.
- Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp oil up in the pan and cook the vegetables for 5-7 minutes. Cook the noodles in the boiling water according to package directions. Strain and set aside.
- When the vegetables are cooked, add the cooked beef and sauce into the pan. Toss well to coat. Add the noodles in.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired and serve immediately.