Ditch the take-out when you’re craving chow mien for dinner, especially when you’re looking to eat lighter and low carb. The most easy and delicious answer to these cravings is to make homemade chow mein made with low carb and much healthier zucchini noodles. Zucchini noodle chow mein is a great way to eat healthier when you’re craving Chinese Food. Instead of satisfying that chow mien craving with starchy noodles, zucchini noodles are a great replacement and you can barely tell the difference.

What you do experience is a wonderful and flavorful bowl of noodles that are made from strands of spiralized zucchini. Loaded with flavor and crunchy, colorful veggies, eating lighter and low carb doesn’t get more delicious than this! This zucchini noodle chow mein recipe is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you didn’t find out about it sooner. We’re obsessed with zucchini noodle recipes and this version of zucchini noodle chow mien will be on your list as a go-to easy and healthy recipe.


2 medium zucchini

2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce or low sodium soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten free)

2 teaspoons (10 ml) rice vinegar (or distilled white vinegar)

1 Tablespoon (15 ml) oyster sauce or hoisin for vegetarian

1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil , grapeseed oil or any cooking oil

1 small onion , diced

4 cloves garlic , minced

1 red bell pepper , thin sliced

1 large carrot , julienned

1 cup (90 g) sliced red cabbage

kosher salt or sea salt , to taste

fresh cracked black pepper to taste

1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped cilantro (optional)

chili garlic sauce , sriracha or hot sauce (optional)




Cut zucchini into noodles with a spiralizer, julienne tool, or a mandoline. Set aside.

Make the sauce: In medium bowl combine soy sauce, vinegar, and oyster sauce (or hoisin). Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add onions and garlic, cook until soft.

Add red bell pepper, carrot and red cabbage. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 2 minutes.

Add the zucchini noodles and the sauce. Stir everything in the pan until coated and continue cooking until zucchini noodles are tender, about 2-3 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro, serve with hot sauce.


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