This recipe for shrimp chow mein is a quick and easy one pot meal with plenty of stir fried shrimp and vegetables tossed with noodles and a simple sauce.

Shrimp chow mein is one of my favorite Chinese dishes!  It’s great as a one pot meal, but if I’m feeding a big group I like to serve it with cream cheese wontons and sesame chicken.

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A pan of shrimp chow mein noodles with vegetables.

It’s one pot meal time again! You all know how much I love my one pot meals and this super easy shrimp chow mein is no exception. In fact, this may be one of my easiest one pot meals yet! It’s essentially a shrimp stir fry tossed together with noodles and a 4 ingredient sauce. If you’re not into shrimp you could absolutely substitute in cut up chicken and this dish would be just as delicious that way. But I love the shrimp, and my kids love the noodles so it’s a win-win situation all around.

A pan filled with shrimp chow mein with a pair of tongs lifting out the noodles.

How Do You Make Shrimp Chow Mein?

This dish uses pre-cooked yakisoba noodles. They sell packets of them at my grocery store near the tofu and wonton wrappers, which in my case is in the refrigerated area in the produce section. Since these noodles are already cooked, all you have to do is open the package,  run hot water over the noodles to loosen them up, then toss them into the stir fry. It’s a huge time saver; dinner is ready in about 20 minutes, which is exactly what I need most nights. And that easy sauce I was referring to earlier – it’s just soy sauce, honey, ginger, sesame oil and garlic, simple right?

Shrimp nestled in a pan of chow mein noodles with colorful vegetables.

The beauty of this shrimp chow mein is that it’s easily customizable – you can switch up the protein and vegetables to come up with different variations that you know your family will love. I’ve started keeping packets of the yakisoba noodles in the fridge for those busy nights when I’m trying to put together dinner at the last minute – how can you go wrong with protein, noodles and veggies all in one pot?!

A pile of chow mein noodles with shrimp and veggies.

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4.95 from 20 votes

Shrimp Chow Mein (One Pot Meal)

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of shrimp chow mein noodles with vegetables.
This recipe for shrimp chow mein is a quick and easy one pot meal with plenty of stir fried shrimp and vegetables tossed with noodles and a simple sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 packages of refrigerated yakisoba noodles (approximately 11 ounces total)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onion tops (only the dark green part)
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced white or yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat half of the oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the white onion and cook for 3 minutes or until onion has started to brown and soften.
  • Add the carrots and celery, cook for 3-4 minutes until vegetables have started to soften. Add the cabbage along with 2 tablespoon of water. Cook, stirring constantly, until cabbage is wilted and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan and plate onto a plate.
  • Heat up the remaining oil in the pan and add the shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until pink and opaque.
  • Add the vegetables back into the pan with the shrimp.
  • Remove the packets of yakisoba noodles from their package and run under hot water until you're able to break up the noodles, 1-2 minutes. Add the noodles to the pan with the shrimp and vegetables.
  • In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and sesame oil.
  • Pour the sauce over the noodle mixture, tossing to coat evenly. Add the green onions and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g

This post was originally published on February 18, 2016 and was updated on August 19, 2017 with new photos.

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  1. 5 stars
    So good! Shrimp version came out great but will be using this base with many proteins!
    I think I might have tripled the garlic and ginger for a spicier mix though. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Awesome sauce! I couldn’t find yakisoba noodles so I cooked up some ramen and tossed the flavor packets in the trash. I will be making this again.

  3. Hello, I made this lass night but didn’t ha have the shrimp… the sauce is delicious and it’s super yummy! Then with left overs I added some thin slices off meat to it and that went well too! I also added a few cloves of garlic with the onion at the beginning. And used leek as we didn’t have green onion.