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Vegetable Lo Mein Noodles – Instant Pot Recipe

Vegetable Lo Mein noodles is a classic Chinese noodles recipe full of colorful veggies and tossed in an easy sauce. No need for take out when you can make your own in just 20 minutes!

I am including instructions to make these vegan lo mein on the stove top as well as in electric pressure cooker like Instant Pot.

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Chinese lo mein noodles served with colorful veggies and sesame garnish in a black container. This profusioncurry recipe can be made in Instantpot or stove top.


P.F. Chang’s, Panda Express and similar Chinese restaurants whip out some amazing lo mein noodles. I absolutely love these noodles for a quick and easy meal.

But time it takes to get out of the house and pick up the food or the time it takes for these places to deliver the food seems like eternity.

By the time food comes, kids and I often end up eating whatever is around and that’s not good.

So I keep a few wonderful recipes that can be done in 20 minutes or so in my repertoire. These easy and quick recipes are life ( hunger) saviors since they are no fuss too.

Plus they match the flavors and taste of takeout. You control the quality of ingredients , don’t have to worry about MSG or other hard to pronounce filler ingredients. Clean healthy eating made easy !

The beauty of these recipes is simplicity and versatility. You can get going with basic pantry ingredients and then mix and match with whatever you have in refrigerator… 20 minutes of chef show and dinner is served !!

So my friends, let’s put your chef’s hat on and let’s get cooking these Vegetable Lo Mein Noodles.

A fork holding delicious lo mein noodles and veggies. This profusioncurry Instantpot recipe makes moist and soft chinese noodles.


The first step is to boil your noodles! I used spaghetti noodles, but you can really use any long noodle – linguine, Hakka noodles, Asian rice noodles, use any that you have handy.

While the noodles are boiling, gather ingredients to make that lip smacking yummy sauce. Most of the ingredients for the sauce can be found in the major grocery stores, asian food markets or Amazon.

Prep the veggies: I like a little crunch in my lo mein noodles, so I add in some colorful veggies. Cut these veggies thin. So they cook quickly. A quick saute/ stir fry is all you need to do.

Mix it all together. Adjust the seasoning and you are done !! Vegetable lo mein are ready to be devoured!!


  • I love cooking noodles and pasta in Instant Pot. It is so much simple and easier. First only one pot is used in cooking. So easier clean up afterwards.
  • Additionally, it saves time and efforts since no need to boil the water and noodles, stir the noodles, drain the water etc. You are saving time by cooking everything in a single pot without monitoring it.
  • Pasta and noodles cooked in Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker are very moist and soft. They tend be little more stickier than traditionally cooked noodles.

Vegetable lo mein noodles cooked in Instantpot. Showing the recipe as it's ready to be served.


What is the difference between Lo Mein and Chow Mein ?

We hear both these terms used interchangeably every so often. The primary difference is in the cooking technique of how these noodles are prepared. Chow Mein are crispy crunchy noodles since they are fried. Lo mein, on the other hand, are soft and tender since they are boiled. There you have it decide what you want to call these noodles..

I serve my lo mein noodles with a side of CHILI GARLIC EDAMAME for a lunch or dinner that’s authentic and satisfying.


Close up image of Instantpot Lo Mein Noodles showing soft and moist texture. These noodles are cooked with colorful veggies and are garnished with sesame seeds.


  • These lo-mein noodles are great served warm, cold or at room temperature.
  • Looking for a little more protein? Add in your favorite like tofu, seitan, eggs, chicken or shrimp.
  • Don’t like the veggies I used ? Substitute your favorites. Just try to cut them even and thinly sliced so they cook well.
  • What if you don’t have all the sauces ? You can skip a few like rice vinegar by using lemon juice instead. You can use any other Chinese stir fry sauce or even Teriyaki sauce.

Vegetable lo mein noodles served in black bowl and chopsticks on the side.


Ingrediets needed to make vegetable lo mein noodles displayed on the countertop. This easy 20 minute profusioncurry recipe can be made in Instantpot or Stove top.

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Chinese lo mein noodles served with colorful veggies and sesame garnish in a black container. This profusioncurry recipe can be made in Instantpot or stove top.

Vegetable Lo Mein Noodles - Instant Pot Recipe

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Instant pot Vegetable Lo Mein noodles are easy to make at home. This 20 minute Chinese noodles recipe is ideal for weeknight dinners and tastes better than take outs.


Lo Mein Sauce Ingredients :

Optional Toppings / Garnishes



Press SAUTE button on the InstantPot. Add sesame oil to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and give it a swirl so the oil coats the bottom.. Add ginger and garlic and all the veggies. Sprinkle some salt. Stir and cook for few minutes till veggies are softened and tender. Cancel SAUTE. Remove the veggies and set aside.

Add water or broth to the inner steel insert. Deglaze the pot by scraping the bottom. Spread noodles across the bottom of the pot. Add all the listed sauce ingredients. Give the mixture a good stir. Close the lid. Valve at sealing position.

Choose MANUAL, high pressure, 4 minutes.

When Instant Pot is done cooking, do a quick release by moving the valve from sealing to venting. After the silver pin drops, carefully open the lid.

Stir the noodles few times, breaking up any that may have clumped together during cooking. Add back the earlier sautéed veggies.

Initially, your noodles will look watery. While stirring, you should see that noodles are absorbing the water. Stir well. Check and adjust the seasoning.

Scoop out the noodles. Garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds and serve warm.


Cook noodles according to package instructions.

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. Add in cut veggies. Sprinkle a pinch of salt. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add in minced garlic and ginger and cook for an additional minute.

Stir in the sauce ingredients and cooked noodles and toss to combine.

Serve immediately with sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish.


Tips to make the best Instant Pot Lo Mein

If the noodles look wet after cooked, turn the saute mode and cook for few minutes so water evaporates.

Take the steel insert out of the instant pot once cooked, so the noodles don’t overcook.

Adjust the sauces to your taste when serving.

do not do the natural release as it will cause your food to overcook).

This noodles recipe is very versatile, you can change the vegetables and sauces to your preference.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 736mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 11g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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Alyssa Bushman

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

One of my new favorite go-to recipes! Added mushrooms and marinated chicken in soy sauce, so so good!!

Cindy Santilena

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Whole family loved it, thank you for the recipe! I also cubed some chicken breast, dusted with a little baking powder, cornstarch, salt and pan fried it. Stir in after and it’s perfect!


Sunday 25th of October 2020

Thank you ! So glad to hear it


Monday 24th of August 2020

I made this for dinner tonight. My son says that if he had to choose only one dish to eat for the rest of his life, this would be a contender. That’s high praise coming from a 12 year-old! I added chicken to the recipe. Just cut it into bite-sized pieces and cooked it with sesame oil and soy sauce. Then, I sautéed the veggies. Delicious!


Monday 24th of August 2020

Oh My !! So super happy to hear that. It is always the biggest success when kids enjoy the food we make with so much efforts and love. Thank you for lovely feedback.


Sunday 26th of July 2020

How do you incorporate chicken into the recipe? Will the cook time stay the same?


Monday 27th of July 2020

You could brown the chicken and use the cook time. Or cut chicken into 1" bite size pieces and sauté for couple minutes before adding rest of the veggies and noodles.


Monday 6th of July 2020

We. Love. This. Recipe. I stumbled across this about 6 months ago. To say it is “better than take out” Is 100% true! In fact, we ordered take out Chinese food for the first time in a long time. My daughter, who loves lo mein, said the Chinese didn’t taste good. This recipe has spoiled her. Delicious! Thank you so much. This has become a staple in our home


Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Oh Sarah, That made my day. Thank you so much. SO glad to know that your family loves this recipe.

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