Instant Pot Lo Mein

InstantPot Lo Mein noodles are a go-to dish for a quick snack or lazy day meal option. However, if you want to add more taste, health, and flavor to this all-time-favorite dish, you can try this simple and flavorful recipe.

With colorful vegetables, mushrooms, and vegetable stock used in this recipe, you can make your kids’ snack time healthy and fun. Not only kids, but adults also love this flavorful meal; therefore, it’s a good side dish to serve at dinner, parties, or BBQs.

Why We Love Instant Pot Lo Mein Recipe?

Instant pot lo mein is a dish that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes! So, if you’re short on time, or don’t have the motivation to prepare something fancy, this instant pot lo mein recipe can serve as a delectable meal, bursting with health, nutrition, and flavor. Plus, it can be whipped up in minutes if you have all the ingredients at hand.

instant pot lo mein noodles on chopsticks

The fresh egg noodles, mixed with crunchy carrots, sweet peas, soft mushrooms, and red onions, cooked in savory vegetable broth is something everyone falls in love with at first bite. And, for added flavor, there’s rice vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar. The combination gives the lo mein an aromatic sweet and sour taste, for an authentic Chinese experience.

It is the perfect option for dinner on a hectic day, a quick evening snack for the kids, or something to take to a potluck supper. And the best part is that you don’t even have to spend long hours in the kitchen to prepare it! It’s one of those recipes where you just have to put everything in the instant pot and wait for it to cook.

So, are you ready to make this delicious instant pot lo mein?

step by step directions to make my instant pot lo mein

Ingredients for Instant Pot Lo Mein Recipe

  • 8 oz Lo Mein: You can use spaghetti, egg noodles, or Hakka noodles too.
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil: Olive oil and avocado oil are good alternatives as well.
  • 2 cloves minced garlic: For that aromatic flavor
  • ½ cup diced red onion: The deep color of the red onions makes the lo mein appetizing.
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms: You can use any kind of mushroom for this recipe.
  • 1 cup carrots: Julienne the carrots
  • 1 cup snow peas: Make sure to trim the edges of the snow peas.
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar: To add a sweet and sharp taste to the lo mein.
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable stock: You can also use chicken or beef stock for extra flavor.
  • Juice of 1 lemon: A zesty flavor to balance out the other flavors.
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce: Chinese dishes are incomplete without the sharp soy sauce flavor.
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar: To add some sweetness and even out the sharp vinegar taste.
instant pot lo mein in a bowl with chopsticks

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?

Although both are egg noodles, lo mein noodles are stirred and tossed in sauce, while chow mein consists of fried noodles. The secret lies in how both the noodles are prepared.

Q. What sort of noodles can I use for this instant pot lo mein recipe?

Traditionally the instant pot lo mein recipe uses egg noodles; however, you can use spaghetti, Hakka noodles, or instant noodles too if nothing else is available.

Q. Is this recipe healthy?

Yes, this recipe is definitely healthy as it uses less oil and sodium compared to the takeout version. Plus, carrots, peas, and mushrooms are good for you if you’re watching your calories.

Q. How can I store the instant pot lo mein?

You can keep the leftover lo mein in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. As for freezing, I won’t recommend it, because freezing might change the texture of the noodles; however, it can last for 3 months in the freezer if kept in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

vegetable lo mein in instant pot

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to make the best instant pot lo mein:

1. You can add shrimp, tofu, or other cooked meat to the recipe to make it even more wholesome and filling.

2. Pour the sauce over the noodles, in the end, to keep them moist.

3. This instant pot lo mein recipe is versatile, so you can add seasonings, and sauces according to your liking.

4. The recommended vegetables for this recipe are carrots, snow peas, mushrooms, cabbage, and bok choy; however, you can use broccoli, bell peppers, or other vegetables based on your preference.

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Instant Pot Lo Mein

Instant Pot Lo Mein

InstantPot Lo Mein noodles are a go-to dish for a quick snack or lazy day meal option. However, if you want to add more taste, health, and flavor to this all-time-favorite dish, you can try this simple and flavorful recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 8 oz lo mein
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Press Sauté button, and add sesame oil, garlic, and red onion. Cook until tender
  2. In a medium sized bowl, ddd rice wine vinegar, vegetable stock, lemon juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar and mix until blended well
  3. Add uncooked lo mein, carrots, mushrooms, and snow peas
  4. Lock lid and set vent to sealing
  5. Press manual button and set to high for 5 minutes
  6. Quick pressure release carefully

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