Today wasn't the greatest day and I was literally running behind with everything. But thankfully I had a few ingredients in my fridge and pantry that I was able to make this Easy Beef Lo Mein Noodle recipe with. Sometimes the left over groceries are a life saver!
So I went to make spaghetti for my kids and ofcorse, with my luck, I had no spaghetti in my pantry. At this point I had like 30 minutes before running to get Zane. I can't be late because I have to also catch Abbas's bus drop off. Luckily, I found a pack of Lo Mein noodles in my pantry. I also had one piece of 12 oz. of ribeye steak in my fridge left from yesterday so I figured why not make some Beef Lo Mein Noodles? And there was our dinner!
HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY BEEF LO MEIN NOODLE
This meal literally takes like 20 minute. I kept it super simple. I didn't have time to cut a ton of veggies so I made it with just a few ingredients. I had the left over ribeye steak that I cut into thin strips. We mostly eat ribeye steaks because they are a lot more tender and juicier than most of the other cuts. I know they are not lean, but we like it.
VEGGIES USED FOR THE BEEF LO MEIN NODDLE
Secondly, I chopped up some veggies: mushrooms, asparagus, garlic, mini bell peppers. The kids don't like to eat onions a lot so I didn't include that. Even though if it was my choice, I would add it in this meal. I love onions. The only time I use onions is when I chop them super fine in other meals. When I make meals like stir-fry, they always take the onion out and leave them on the side. There are a lot of veggies you could add like carrots, snow peas, onions, hot chili pepper, zucchini and even shredded cabbage. But as I mentioned, I had a short time and kept it simple for the kids.
The Lo Mein Noodles takes like 5 minutes to cook. I always start by boiling up the water and throwing them in to cook. Set your timer. Cook exactly according to the package or you will end up with over cooked noodles and you don't want that. Trust me I have done this a million times and I keep doing it again. 5 minutes passes by like super fast when you are busy doing something else. The dish comes out perfect when the noodles are not over cooked.
Meanwhile, heat up 2 tbsps. of olive oil(or vegetable oil) and pan fry the veggies for a few minutes. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, cook the steak strips. You basically lay them a little apart from each other so they can cook evenly, flipping occasionally to cook the other side until you obtain a nice brown color. This usually takes a couple of minutes because the strips are thin. Add in the marinade mixture I listed in the recipe card: black pepper, minced garlic, corn starch, sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, salt(optional), ginger paste and vinegar. Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Cook together with the steak for about a minute or two. Add in the veggies and cooked lo mein noodles and toss together to coat evenly. Cook again for a minute or two and remove to serve.
You are going to love this Easy Beef Lo Mein Noodle recipe because it's not rocket science. The ingredients are simple. You can find them anywhere. Some people live in different countries and cant find certain ingredients that are used for Asian foods and I don't want anyone missing out on my recipes. I try to keep them as simple as possible. I hope you enjoy it, share it and rate it ;). XoXo...
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Easy Beef Lo Mein Noodle
- 8 oz Lo Mein Noodles (Prepare as directed)
- 12 oz ribeye steak cut into thin strips
- 2 tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 cup mushroom sliced
- 3/4 cup red baby bell pepper sliced
- 1 cup chopped asparagus spears
- 1 tbsp. chopped or minced garlic
- 1/4 cup. low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup pasta water
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. white vinegar
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. ginger paste
- salt optional
- Cook Lo Mein Noodles as directed on the packaging.
- Prepare the veggies and cut the steak into small thin strips.
- Heat a frying pan to medium heat and add 2 tbsps. of olive or vegetable oil. Sauté the veggies and then set aside. In the same pan, lay the beef strips apart to cook evenly, flipping occasionally until they obtain a nice brown color. Takes a couple of minutes.
- Add in the marinade mixture and cook together with the steak for about one to two minutes.
- Add in the cooked lo mein noodles and the veggies. Toss together to coat well and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
- We mostly eat ribeye steaks because they are a lot more tender and juicier than most of the other cuts. I know they are not lean, but we like it.
- Make sure to have all your ingredients prepped before you fire up the pan/wok, things move fast!
- Cook your noodles exactly according to the package or you will end up with over cooked noodles and you don't want that.
- Lay your beef strips little apart from each other so they can cook evenly, flipping occasionally to cook the other side until you obtain a nice brown color.
- Use low sodium soy sauce, to control the salt level.
- Add some crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
- Slice your veggies and meat into thin slices, this gives you a good amount of surface area, allowing for quick and even cooking.