Shrimp lo mein: Easy, delicious, and classic. “But,” the discerning reader of these descriptions cries out, “you say that for all your meals.” True, and have we lied yet? But this meal's got the mantra more than others; after all, shrimp lo mein is a staple food of any Chinese joint, delivery or high end. This particular version is as easy as throwing things in a pan. (Although we recommend a bit more care than lobbing your shrimp at your stove.) And delicious?!? Who are we kidding!?! Garlic-y perfect pasta with a touch of heat surrounded by succulent shrimp… this is lo mein nirvana. Chant our mantra with us, as another simple and tasty dinner delivers.
Once water is boiling, add pasta and stir constantly, 30 seconds. Then cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes.
Reserve ¼ cup pasta water. Drain pasta in a colander and set aside.
While pasta cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Peel, trim, and cut carrot into ¼" slices on an angle.
Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.
Pat shrimp dry.
Cook the Shrimp
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add shrimp to hot pan. Cook until shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 30-60 seconds per side.
Transfer to a plate.
Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Cook the Vegetables
Return pan used to cook shrimp to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add carrot, broccoli, and a pinch of salt to hot pan. Stir occasionally until crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes.
Add garlic and cook until aromatic, 30-60 seconds.
Stir in sesame garlic sauce, sambal (to taste), and reserved pasta water.
Toss the Pasta
Add shrimp and any accumulated juices, pasta, peanuts, and red pepper flakes (to taste) to pan. Toss to combine.
Remove from burner.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card. Bon appétit!