With their rich egg flavor, golden color, and pleasant chewiness, fresh lo mein noodles can greatly enhance any Asian noodle dish. However, cooking uncooked lo mein noodles properly is crucial for the best texture and taste. Follow this guide to turn dry lo mein noodles into the perfect al dente noodle base ready to mix into stir fries, soups, or sauces.

1. How To Cook Lo Mein Noodles


  • One 8 or 12-ounce package of uncooked lo mein noodles
  • Water for boiling
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil


  • Large pot with lid for boiling water
  • Metal strainer or colander
  • Skillet or wok


Step 1 – Boil the Noodles

Fill a large pot about halfway with water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add a tablespoon of salt, then carefully stir in the dry lo mein noodles. For even cooking, make sure noodles are fully submerged and not clumped together.

Allow water to return to a boil. Boil uncovered for 1 minute less than package instructions, usually 4-5 minutes total. Test doneness by tasting a noodle – it should be cooked through but still have a slight firm bite (al dente). immediately drain in a strainer.

Step 2 – Remove Excess Water

After draining thoroughly, gently shake colander or toss noodles with kitchen tongs to remove as much water as possible. Some water will help sauces coat noodles, but excess water will make stir fries soggy.

Step 3 – Add a Little Oil

Transfer drained noodles to a medium bowl. Drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable or peanut oil and gently toss to coat noodles to prevent sticking.

Step 4 – Sear the Noodles

Heat a wok or non-stick skillet over medium-high to high heat. When hot, add one portion of oiled noodles, gently spreading in an even layer. Let sear undisturbed for 1 to 2 minutes so noodles begin to brown on the bottom.

Then, use a spatula to toss and turn noodles until hot and lightly browned in spots, 1 to 2 minutes more. Take care not to break up noodle strands. Transfer seared noodles to a clean bowl and repeat process with remaining noodles, adding a little more oil to pan as needed.

Tips for Cooking Excellent Lo Mein

  • For food safety, do not leave boiled noodles unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.
  • Boiling and searing noodles in smaller batches helps ensure even, thorough cooking.
  • Adding some sliced aromatic vegetables like garlic, ginger or shallots while searing infuses extra flavor.
  • For lighter color lo mein, skip searing step and simply rinse noodles under cool water after boiling.

Now your fresh lo mein noodles are ready to mix into stir fries, top soups, or add to any Asian noodle dish! Their fluffy yet chewy texture and golden color from quick searing make lo mein a perfect base for absorbing the flavors of sauces and vegetables. Cooked this way, uncooked lo mein noodles transform into the ideal blank canvas.

Now, you know how to cook stir fry lo mein noodle with vegetables. The beauty of lo mein is that it’s customizable to your tastes, so have fun mixing and matching ingredients to create your ideal lo mein noodle dish!

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