Amazing homemade shrimp lo mein, without the wait of take out and mystery of ingredients, like msgs. You’ll absolutely love the subtle spiciness of this Chinese take out, fake out recipe. Slightly charred shrimp, crunchy carrots and red onion, with fresh spinach is brought together with Chinese noodles and a homemade sauce. Hungry yet?
I made this dish specially for Hubs, without knowing exactly what I was doing. Don’t you love a surprise recipe? 🙂
I started by sautéing the red onion and carrot in a mixture of sesame, chili and olive oils. Then, I added the shrimp… cooked it until no longer pink… then
expertly added the different sauce ingredients until I achieved a perfect balance.
A final touch of fresh spinach to give it some color and some cooked Chinese noodles, and you’re done (oh, if you’re feeling fancy… add a sprinkle of sesame seeds). Thennn it’s time to dig in.
The recipe below is for one, so be sure to double or quadruple as you need. I would imagine this shrimp lo mein makes for awesome leftovers (what Chinese food isn’t?), but Hubs devoured it while declaring it ‘Hubs Approved.’ Can’t say I’m too upset at that. 🙂
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon hot chili oil
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 6 baby carrots, sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- Splash soy sauce
- 10-12 medium raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined
- Ground pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1/4 package (or 1/8 pound) chinese noodles, cooked and drained
- Sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons sweet and sour sauce
- 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons peanut sauce
- Splash of soy sauce
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the three oils (sesame, chili and olive). Add the carrots and onion, saute for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the shrimp, along with a splash of soy sauce and a sprinkle of pepper. Cook until the shrimp is pink.
- Add all of the sauce ingredients to the pan - splash of soy sauce, sweet and sour, hoisin and peanut sauces. Stir well, then add the fresh spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted (~3-4 minutes).
- Add the chinese noodles to the pan and mix well. Serve in a bowl, garnished with sesame seeds.
- Looking to cook for more than one? Simply double, triple or quadruple all of the ingredients.