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This seafood chow mein is packed with flavour and is ready in only 15 minutes!
With plenty of crunchy vegetables, moist seafood and soft noodles, this dish is full of texture and healthy too.
Perfect for a healthy week night meal and much quicker than a takeaway - you will love this idea.
Why you will love this
This recipe is so versatile and we have it in one form or another every Monday evening.
I always have frozen raw and cooked squid and prawns in the freezer, so I put what I need in a bowl to defrost in some cold water while I'm chopping the vegetables. Whether they are raw or cooked they need very little cooking.
The best bit about the vegetables is that this is the perfect time to use up odd vegetables. I always seem to have half of a pepper or broccoli and an assortment of mushrooms too, so nothing goes to waste in this recipe.
What are the ingredients?
Use whatever vegetables you have or prefer. Just remember that vegetables like carrots take longer to cook so slice them thinly on the diagonal or cut them into matchsticks.
- cooked or raw shelled prawns and squid, defrosted if frozen
- lemon grass
- sesame oil
- soy sauce
- red pepper
- broccoli cut into small pieces
- medium egg noodles
How to make this dish
Start by getting all the vegetables washed and chopped.
For small squid tubes open them out and cut in half. Carefully make fine diagonally lines, first one way then the other. This will help the squid curl up as it cooks.
For large squid tubes, slice them into rings.
If you are using dried noodles, put them in a large bowl and cover with boiling water.
In a wok or deep frying pan heat some oil on a medium to high heat and add the onion for a couple of minutes.
Now tip in the garlic, chillies, lemon grass and ginger for one minute to release their flavours.
Add the rest of the vegetables.
Tip in the shellfish for a few minutes until opaque.
Drain the noodles and add to the wok and stir everything around. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and stir again.
I find it's easier to serve seafood chow mein with tongs.
Now you are ready to dig in!
If you have leftover chicken, pork or beef from a Sunday roast this is a great way to use it up, rather than using prawns and squid. It doesn't matter if there's not much meat as the veggies and noodles bulk out the meal.
You can also be really lazy and just use some frozen seafood cocktail mix and frozen stir fry vegetables!
I've kept the sauce very simple but you could add a few tablespoons of oyster sauce, sweet chilli or hoisin. You could also make these easy teriyaki sauce
- For convenience I buy large pieces of ginger and cut into 2cm portions and store in a bag in the freezer. If you have a micro plane grater I just grate the whole piece into the dish from frozen and the grater doesn't get clogged.
- I freeze home grown chillies from fresh and then slice and cook from frozen. This way I never run out.
- Swap the dried noodles for ready noodles to save even more time.
So here's my Prawn & Squid Noodle Bowl, so quick in under 15 minutes, so simple and so healthy.
More Asian style dishes to try
Seafood Chow Mein in 15 minutes
- 100 g prawns cooked/raw
- 100 g squid rings/slices
- 250 g egg noodles 4 portions/nests
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 red onion sliced
- 2 cm ginger finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 red chilli chopped
- 2 florets broccoli chopped
- 1 lemon grass stalk chopped
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- Put the noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water.
- In a large pan or wok heat the oil over a medium to high heat then add in the onions for a couple of minutes stirring constantly.
- Add the garlic, chilli, ginger and lemon grass and fry for 1 minute.
- Tip in the rest of the vegetables and stir for a few minutes.
- Add the prawns and squid to the pan and cook for a few minutes until they turn opaque.
- Drain the noodles and add to the wok.
- Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and stir everything together before serving.