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Best Instant Pot Lo Mein

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Today, I’ve got a game-changer for your weeknight dinners – Instant Pot Lo Mein. Picture this: minimal effort, maximum flavor. With the Instant Pot, we’re whipping up a delicious Lo Mein Instant Pot recipe that’ll have you hooked from the first bite. Say goodbye to lengthy prep and hello to a speedy, satisfying meal. Ready to rock your dinner routine? Let’s dive in!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Restaurant Quality: This pressure cooker recipe delivers authentic flavors, comparable to your favorite Chinese takeout.
  • Quick Preparation: The Instant Pot slashes cooking time, making this Lo Mein perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Customizable: You can easily swap in your preferred veggies or proteins for a personalized dish.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Sesame Oil: Adds a nutty, aromatic flavor and is essential for stir-frying the chicken and vegetables, helping them develop a rich, savory taste.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: Cooks quickly, absorbs the flavors of the sauce well, and adds a hearty texture to the dish.
  • Mushrooms (Sliced Or Quartered): Add an earthy flavor and a satisfying chewiness that contrasts well with the other ingredients.
  • Minced Garlic: Adds a pungent, savory note that enhances the overall flavor profile of the Lo Mein.
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce & Hoisin Sauce: Combine to create the signature sweet-savory, umami-rich sauce that coats every noodle and piece of chicken.
  • Chicken Broth: Used to cook the noodles, it imparts a deep, savory flavor that makes the dish taste even more satisfying.
  • Fettuccine (Broken In Half): Works well in this dish, its thickness and texture holding up well to stir-frying and soaking up the flavorful sauce.
  • Cornstarch & Water: Create a slurry that thickens the sauce, ensuring it clings to every noodle and ingredient.
  • Carrot Matchsticks, Snow Peas, & Shredded Cabbage: Add a fresh crunch, a pop of color, and a variety of flavors that balance the richness of the sauce and chicken.
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How to Make Instant Pot Lo Mein

Here are the step-by-step instructions for Instant Pot Lo Mein

Step One: Add Chicken and Mushrooms

Add sesame oil, chicken, mushrooms and garlic to the Instant Pot.

Step Two: Add Liquids And Fettucine

Add chicken broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and fettuccine to the pot.

Step Three: Pressure Cook Lo Mein

Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes and then do a quick release of the pressure.

Step Four: Add Cornstarch

Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl then pour onto cooked noodles. Break up the noodles and toss to combine.

Step Five: Add Vegetables

Add the carrot matchsticks, cabbage and snow peas, gently mixing to combine. Replace your Instant Pot lid and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Step Six: Serve

Serve your Lo Mein.

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Cooking Tips

  • Prep First: Slice and dice all ingredients before starting for a seamless cooking process.
  • Quick Pressure Release: Release pressure promptly after cooking to maintain crisp vegetables.
  • Even Thickness: When adding the cornstarch slurry, toss well to ensure even coating for a thick, flavorful sauce.
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Variations

  • Protein Switch: Experiment with different proteins like shrimp, beef, or tofu for a unique flavor twist. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • Veggie Medley: Customize your vegetable mix by adding bell peppers, broccoli, green onions or baby corn. Mix and match to suit your preferences. Vegetable Lo Mein tastes fantastic.
  • Spice It Up: Introduce heat with a touch of red pepper flakes or sriracha for a spicy kick. Adjust the spice level to your liking.
  • Egg Addition: Scramble an egg and stir it into the Lo Mein noodles during the final stages of cooking for added richness and texture.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Refrigeration: Allow the Instant Pot Lo Mein to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days to maintain freshness.

Freezing: For longer storage, consider freezing portions in sealed freezer bags or containers. Lo Mein can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Reheating: When ready to enjoy again, reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water to revive the noodles. Adjust seasonings as needed.

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What To Serve With This Recipe

You can’t have Instant Pot Chicken Lo Mein on it’s own. It’s just a side dish, but you can make a whole Chinese smorgasbord for your family with these delicious recipes. 

FAQ’S

Can I Make Different Types Of Lo Mein Noodles?

Absolutely! While traditional lo mein noodles work wonderfully, feel free to experiment with your favorite noodles. Egg noodles, rice noodles, or even soba noodles can be excellent alternatives.

How Can I Make Lo Mein Less Salty?

To reduce saltiness, dilute the sauce by adding a bit more water or low-sodium chicken broth. For flavor adjustments, try incorporating a touch of honey, a sprinkle of brown sugar or a splash of rice vinegar to balance the taste.

Lo Mein Vs Chow Mein?

Chow mein typically features crispy noodles that are stir-fried until crunchy, while lo mein involves soft, boiled noodles mixed with a variety of ingredients in a flavorful sauce.

Pot Lo Mein

Instant Pot Lo Mein Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Instant Pot Lo Mein is both delicious and easy to make in your pressure cooker.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 medium-sized boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced or quartered
  • 4 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb fettuccine, broken in half
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup carrot matchsticks
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage

Instructions

  1. Add sesame oil, chicken, mushrooms and garlic to the Instant Pot.
  2. Add chicken broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and fettuccine to the pot.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes and then do a quick release of the pressure.
  4. cornstarch and water in a small bowl then pour onto cooked noodles. Break up the noodles and toss to combine.
  5. Add the carrot matchsticks, cabbage and snow peas, gently mixing to combine. Replace your Instant Pot lid and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve your Lo Mein.

Notes

  • Prep First: Slice and dice all ingredients before starting for a seamless cooking process.
  • Quick Pressure Release: Release pressure promptly after cooking to maintain crisp vegetables.
  • Even Thickness: When adding the cornstarch slurry, toss well to ensure even coating for a thick, flavorful sauce.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 617mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g

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    4 Comments

        1. I was wondering when adding the carrots, cabage and snow peas, I put back the lid, but do I cook pressure for 5-10 minutes in order for the veggies to cook?

          Thank you very very much for sharing this recipe.

          1. The veggies should steam cook if you place the lid back on for five minutes without the need for pressure cooking. However if you wish you can re-pressure for 2 minutes and that will work too.

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