Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein + Video Recipe

Looking for a speedy mid-week supper recipe? Your search is over, all you need is this Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein/Lo Mein! It's easily ready under 20 mins (quicker than home delivery)  and is packed with flavours and textures. Also, not to forget it is vegan too. Make Chow Mein from scratch every time but make lots of it because it is downright delicious!

Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!


After enjoying some delicious oriental food at a high-end restaurant in London a few years back, my Dad wouldn't stop singing about it and he wanted to recreate one particular item which was Vegetable Chow Mein at home.

I took it in my stride to get the recipe but somehow I never followed any authentic Chinese recipes and kept making all sorts of noodles that weren't hitting the spot. They weren't bad in taste but didn't feel authentic.

After a little trial and error, I have finally come up with a recipe that made my Dad super happy! The perfect Vegan Vegetable Chow Mein! It is light yet flavourful.

Once I got the flavour and ingredients right, I thought I'd experiment with the cooking methods by using my Instant Pot. Now, this method does take away the Lo Mein from being "authentic" but the flavours are very much still there!

I would traditionally make noodles in a wok, but it requires a few different pots to prep all of the ingredients. Making Chow Mein in the Instant Pot is essentially a one-pot meal. 

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Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!


Original Chow Mein is a Chinese style dish of fried noodles with shredded meat or seafood and vegetables, but here we are talking about this absolute tasty and simple Vegetable Chow Mein, it is a classic Chinese dish that you can easily whip up in your own kitchen.

This homemade version is far healthier than any takeaway, the best part is that this delicious meal can be on the table in less than 20 minutes to make in total (including chopping all the veggies). This delightful and light dish is packed with flavours and textures.

A mix of vegetables such as spring onion, carrots, mangetouts and red pepper and egg-free noodles are stir-fried in the nutty groundnut and toasted sesame oil.

These crunchy vegetables add a crunch to the dish. The combination of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and white pepper bring that wonderful oriental feel. This dish is perfect to sneak in some extra vegetables.

Chow Mein or Lo Mein

Chow Mein and Lo Mein are similar but have their differences. Both use wheat flour noodles but Chow Mein is prepared by frying the noodles and Lo Mein by boiling the noodles.

What to serve with Chow Mein

Burnt Garlic and Tofu Fried Rice

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Soya and Vegetable Manchurian

Baked Tofu Manchurian


When it comes to oriental cooking like vegetable chow mein, it just comes down to the ingredients and the method of cooking.

Vegetables - This dish based on vegetables, both the vegetables used and textured are key to make delicious noodles. Try to include various colour vegetables as possible like carrots, mangetouts, red pepper, and spring onion.

Noodles - Egg-free fresh or dried noodles would do a perfect job.

Oil - The right oil can make a big difference. For authentic oriental flavours use groundnut aka peanut oil, and toasted sesame oil.

Because stir-frying involves high cooking temperatures, it is important to choose an oil that has a high smoking point, and peanut oil is perfect for stir fry recipes. Also, it has a pleasant nutty flavour and has a high smoking point up to 450 F / 230 C. Toasted sesame oil lends that nutty and authentic flavours.

Sauces - For the perfect authentic Chinese taste you don't need so many sauces, only light and dark soy sauce combined with rice wine vinegar.

Garnish -  I have used toasted sesame seeds


1. First, cook the noodles according to packet instructions.

2. Drain the water and add a tablespoon of sesame or groundnut oil, mix it and leave it aside.

3. In a wok heat groundnut oil at a high temperature.

4. Add chopped garlic, after a quick stir add carrots (always add harder vegetables first) then mangetout, red pepper and spring onion.

5. Stir fry the vegetables on high heat for 3 minutes.

6. Then add noodles, salt, sugar, white pepper powder, both soy sauce, rice vinegar and mix well.

7. Add toasted sesame oil.

8. Serve hot in a serving bowl and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds if using.

Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!

How to make Chow Mein in Instant Pot - Method :

Select SAUTE mode on Instant pot panel for 5 minutes and add groundnut oil (pic 1).

Add chopped garlic and saute for few seconds (pic 2).

Add carrots and saute for a minute or so (pic 3).

Now add red pepper and cook for half a minute (pic 4).

Tip in mangetout and saute for 2 minutes (pic 5-6).

Add chopped spring onion and cook 30 seconds more (pic 7).

Remove the sauteed vegetables (pic 8).

Add a tsp. oil (pic 9).

Add noodles (pic 10).

Add enough water to cover the noodles (pic 11).

Close the pot with the lid, select HIGH PRESSURE COOKER MODE, for 1 minute (pic 12).

Release the steam and open the lid (pic 13).

Press the saute mode for 2 minutes (pic 14).

Add sauteed vegetables (pic 15). 

Add sugar-salt (pic 16-17)

Add light and dark soy sauce (pic 18-19)

Add rice vinegar (pic 20).

Now add white pepper powder (pic 21).

Add toasted sesame oil (pic 22)

Mix well and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds (pic 23)

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VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN | INSTANT POT CHOW MEIN easy and vegan chow mein comes together only in I minute in Instant pot. Saves lots of time and energy.
Yield: 3-4 SERVINGS


Instant Pot vegetable Chow Mein- Vegan and healthy! Best part? It can be ready in less than 20 minutes.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 7 MTotal time: 17 M


  • 150g egg free dried noodles OR Spaghetti 
  • 50g julienne carrots
  • 50g mangetouts-snowpeas
  • 50g julienne red bell pepper
  • 1/2 bunch spring onion
  • 2 TBSP groundnut - peanut oil
  • 1 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 TBSP light soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP dark soy sauce
  • 1 TSP rice vinegar
  • 1/2 TSP white pepper powder
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
  • Instant Pot
  • Spatula 
  • Knife
  • Chopping board


  1. Keep all the ingredients ready near Instant Pot.
  2. Set up an Instant Pot according to manufacturer instructions.
  3. Press the saute button for 5 minutes on HIGH.
  4. Add oil and let it heat.
  5. Add chopped garlic, fry a few seconds.
  6. Then first add carrots, stir fry for a minute or so.
  7. Then add mangetouts, bell pepper and spring onion.
  8. Cook for a couple of minutes and remove it in a plate.
  9. Now add dried noodles in the pot and enough water to just cover the noodles ( I added 1/2 cup water)
  10. Close the lid and set the pressure cooker for 1 minute.
  11. Let the build pressure.
  12. Once done release the steam, open the lid.
  13. Stir the noodles, then again press saute button for 2 minutes.
  14. Add stir-fried noodles, salt, sugar, pepper powder, both soy sauce and rice vinegar.
  15. Mix everything.
  16. Add toasted sesame oil and mix again.
  17. Serve HOT in a plate or bowl and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds.
  18. Enjoy!


Pressed for a time, buy readymade cut vegetables.
Instead of mangetout, you can use other green vegetables such as green beans, broccoli or bok choy.
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  1. My daughter just got an Instant Pot. I will pass this along to her. Sounds like something her family would love for dinner any night of the week.

  2. Oh how I wish I've had this chow mein in front of me right now!!! I just love the fact this beautiful dish can be ready in less than 20 minutes! Definitely putting this one on the menu to try this week!

  3. I love vegetable chow mein, and I love it even more when it is homemade. I can't wait to try this! I just need to get my hands on an instant pot!

  4. Noodles and veggies - my all time favorite combination!! It's freezing here in Wisconsin so I can't wait to warm up with this recipe!

  5. I love chow meins but didn't know it was possible to cook in an Instant Pot. I'm still trying out all types of recipes so I'll have to give this one a shot.

  6. I just got an instant pot—so excited to add this recipe to my dinner list. I love chow mein, and in an instant even better!

  7. Love this chow mein recipe! All these beautiful, colorful veggies! So much flavor and perfect for the whole family!

  8. I have a soft spot for fried noodles! Now I'm sad that I completely forgot about Chinese New Year. But this would be a great dish for any meatless meal.

  9. Vegetable chow mein is one of my take out faves! This one looks fabulous!

  10. Such a delicious vegetable lo mein recipe! This is easy to prepare and the ingredients are so flavorful! Perfect for any lunch or dinner!

  11. Wow, now this is my kind of dinner... so yummy! And it sounds so easy to make in an instant pot, I need to get my hands on one asap!

  12. Such a yummy looking showmen, my favourite any day of the week. A bowl of showmen right now would be great

  13. Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein looks so tempting. This could be a best dinner option when you want to cook something different than regular meals.

  14. A welcoming plate of noodles. I cannot imagine making veg chow mein without sesame seeds and sesame oil. They both add such a nutty flavor to the whole dish.

  15. I am amazed to know that we can cook noodles too in Instant Pot... Lovely kids friendly recipe

  16. My all-time favorite noodles to make for the family! Looks so delicious and gorgeous!

  17. Lots of veggies and noodles , just my type of meal. In instant pot is something amazing about this recipe. Loved it. Amazing share. Beautiful.clicks


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