You don’t have to give up Chinese food on Keto. Make this vegetarian Keto chow mein recipe the next time the urge strikes!
What is Chow Mein?
It’s pretty simple, actually. Chow refers to “stir-fried,” while mein means “noodles.”
While it varies quite a bit regionally in America, it comes in two main forms: steamed and crispy.
The crispy chow mein version generally uses fried flat noodles. The steamed version tends to feature softer long round noodles.
On the East Coast, you’d likely be looking at a crispy, or “Hong Kong style” version of the dish. On the West Coast, your default chow mein is going to be the steamed style, although the crispy style may also be available.
In addition to the noodles, chow mein might also include onions, celery, and some sort of meat. Popular options include chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp.
Sometimes you’ll see steamed chow mein referred to as lo mein, particularly on the East Coast.
Lo means “tossed,” which refers to the noodles being tossed with sauce in the wok. Your noodles typically won’t be greasy, just covered with light sauce.
Chow mein tends to center around the noodles, so you may get less veggies and protein.
How I Made This Keto
As you can imagine, your typical chow mein is loaded with carbs. It’s simply not an option for Keto.
Lucky for you, there are ways of getting around the carb factor.
For this veggie chow mein, I opted for shirataki noodles. These delicate noodles do a great job of soaking up the flavor of the other ingredients, such as garlic, tamari sauce, and ginger.
These noodles are mostly water, and a soluble fiber called glucomannan. It does a solid job of making you feel full. Bonus!
Make sure you rinse and drain your shirataki noodles before using them. You’ll warm them separately before throwing them in the wok.
More Keto Chinese Recipes
This Keto vegetarian chow mein recipe is just the beginning. There are plenty of other low-carb options available to delight your taste buds.
Even high-carb egg rolls can be made over to fulfill your low-carb requirements.
Check out these 31 Keto Chinese recipes you’ll go crazy for!
Find Asian lettuce cups, zero carb egg drop soup, ginger, and garlic bok choy stir-fry, beef teriyaki, and more.
Adding more variety and fun to your Keto diet will make it easier to sustain for in the long run. Enjoy!
Enjoy Chinese classics like this amazing version of vegetable Chow Mein.
- 2 3-oz packs (170 g) of shirataki noodles
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
- 3.5oz (99 g) of broccoli florets, chopped
- 1 medium bell pepper (120 g), seeds removed and sliced
- 2 garlic cloves (6 g), peeled and crushed
- 1/2 thumb-size piece (3 g) of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 4 green onions (20 g), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos
- 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) of erythritol
- Rinse the shirataki noodles well under cold, running water. Place into a pan of simmering water and set aside to gently warm through while you finish the stir-fry.
- Heat the olive oil in a wok over moderate heat and fry the broccoli until slightly softened. Add the pepper, garlic, and ginger. Fry for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the green onions and tamari to the wok and increase the heat toward the end until the sauce reduces and coats the vegetables. Sprinkle over the sweetener and mix well.
- Drain the shirataki noodles and serve the delicious vegetable over the noodles.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g
- Calories: 168
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 14 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g