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beef chow mein in a skillet with tongs

Beef Chow Mein

This beef chow mein is full of tender beef, crispy fresh vegetables, and finished off with a delicious savory sauce! This easy one-skillet recipe cooks up a meal that rivals anything you'd order from your favorite restaurant. Ditch the takeout this week and cook up this fun and flavorful homemade beef chow mein instead!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword restaurant quality, stir fry, takeout
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 400kcal


  • Large bowl
  • Large skillet
  • Small bowl


For the Beef

  • ½ pound flank steak thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For the Sauce

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon black or white pepper

For the Chow Mein

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • ½ onion sliced
  • ½ cup carrots julienned
  • ½ cup celery thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions optional
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 6 ounces chow mein noodles cooked according to package instructions


  • Mix together the sliced steak and baking soda in a bowl, then cover and let sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
    beef chow mein step 2
  • Remove steak from fridge and rinse under cold water, then cover with two tablespoons of sauce. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes - 1 hour.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the steak in a single layer and cook for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned then remove and set aside.
  • Add in remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil along with the onion, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook until just soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the green onion and cook for 1 minute before adding back in the beef, shredded cabbage, cooked noodles, and remaining sauce.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook for 3-5 minutes or until cabbage has wilted and sauce has thickened.


  • Make it Gluten-Free: Use 6 ounces of rice noodles in place of the chow mein noodles to make this a gluten-free beef chow mein recipe!
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1406mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2811IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 36g