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Zoodle Lo Mein Stir Fry (keto and low carb)

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If you’re looking for the perfect Asian-inspired keto zoodle lo mein stir fry recipe, look no further. This is the best zoodle stir fry and it’s fast and easy, just like my zoodle pasta dish and inside out egg roll.

zoodle lo mein being lifted from a bowl with wooden chopsticks
lo mein without the carbs

Why you’ll love this recipe

Traditional Lo mein is a Chinese dish containing egg noodles and often served as a side with beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, or wontons.

My family loves this vegetarian, Asian-inspired lo mein so much we typically make it at least once a week. These low carb stir fry noodles are the perfect dinner in under 15 minutes and they’re budget-friendly.

plate full of zoodle lo mein with tongs
from spirals to fully cooked in under 15 minutes

How many calories are in lo mein?

There’s typically 300-400 calories in a regular lo mein ordered from the restaurant.

This low carb lo mein has only 155 calories.

zoodles in a bowl with red pepper flakes
top with red pepper flakes for extra spice

How many carbs are in lo mein?

Chances are, if you’re eating lo main at a restaurant, there’s a lot of carbs in those egg noodles. 

Typical lo mein can have up to 50 carbs in a regular lo mein ordered from the restaurant.

This keto lo mein only has 4.2 carbs. 

ingredients for zoodle lo mein
only 5 ingredients


  • zucchini squash– fresh, washed with damp paper towel
  • garlic– minced finely
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil– extra virgin/ organic sesame oil is keto-friendly and flavorful
  • xanthan gum– low carb alternative to cornstarch

Pro tip: To make this zoodle stir-fry more like takeout, simply add in a healthy protein (grilled chicken, steak) or tofu to the zoodles.

bowl of zoodle lo mein and a frying pan
just like takeout

What can I substitute for zucchini noodles for a low carb Chinese stir-fry?

If you do not have zucchini noodles or “zoodles” for this recipe, I recommend any of the following: 

  • Green beans
  • Shirataki mushrooms
  • Shredded cabbage (also called “egg roll in a bowl”) 
  • Broccoli florets and a bit of shredded carrot 
  • Cauliflower fried rice with scrambled egg
chopsticks in a bowl of zoodle lo mein
full of flavor

The best keto stir-fry sauce

The thick, Asian-inspired stir fry sauce is easy to make.

Simply mix the sauce ingredients in a glass canning jar or air-tight container and shake.

Xanthan gum is used in place of corn starch to make it a keto friendly stir fry sauce. You may also substitute olive oil for sesame oil to lower the carb count further.

directions for making keto lo mein collage: 1. spiralize, 2. mix sauce, 3. shake in a jar, 4. add all ingredients to frying pan
easy to make

How do I make Asian stir fry zucchini noodles (zoodles)?

  1. First, use a spiralizer to make your zoodles.
  2. Next, mix all ingredients (soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil) to a jar. Seal and shake.
  3. Pat zoodles dry with a paper towel and add them to your wok or frying pan with a bit of oil.
  4. Finally, add the sauce to your zoodle stir-fry and mix on medium heat and your zucchini noodles are soft.
hand holding a bowl of zucchini lo mein stir fry noodles
the secret is in the sesame sauce


Can I freeze lo mein zoodles? 

I do not recommend freezing these zucchini noodles once cooked in the stir-fry sauce. 

Zoodle lo mein is best if eaten the same day it is pan-fried.

How do I make sweet and spicy zoodles?

Another great way to spice up your Chinese-inspired dishes is to add sweet chili sauce to your stir- fry. 

What are other ways to make keto lo mein?

zoodle lo mein with chopsticks

Zoodle Lo Mein Stir Fry

The best zoodle lo mein stir fry with 3-ingredient Stir fry sauce. A low-carb and keto friendly zucchini stir fry recipe that’s fast and easy!
4.47 from 39 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick


Sauce Ingredients:

Zucchini Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized


  • Mix sauce ingredients in a Mason jar or right container with a lid. Shake and place aside.
  • Add zoodles and a bit of butter to a wok or pan and add zoodle ingredients.
  • Pour sauce over zoodles and mix over medium heat for approximately 5-7 minutes, or until softened.


Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 
Freezing not recommended. Sauce may be prepared ahead of time and stored in a sealed glass jar in the fridge to save time.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.2g | Protein: 3.9g | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 1631mg | Fiber: 14g

This recipe was inspired by Build Your Bite’s recipe for homemade stir fry sauce.

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Sunday 27th of February 2022

Using olive oil is just awful, disappointed it had to all be thrown away!

Amber @ Low Carb Quick

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

I'm sorry you had that experience. Although not completely keto friendly, you could try sesame oil- it is the most authentic taste for Asian cuisine.


Thursday 10th of February 2022

I don’t know what I did wrong, but this was a gummy mess. It was not good at all. Wound up washing the chicken off & throwing everything else away.

Amber @ Low Carb Quick

Monday 14th of February 2022

Hi Wanda, the xanthan gum can be tricky with this recipe. It is similar to cornstarch, used as a thickening agent. Try without if you prefer a thin sauce.


Thursday 28th of January 2021

This was not good at all. The sauce made the noodles gummy-ish, and tasted nothing like lo mein.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Hi Jess, I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy the lo mein zucchini zoodles. Maybe omit the sauce and only add a little next time if that suits your preference. Another option is just add some butter and your favorite seasoning if you prefer a lighter dish. Thanks so much for stopping by and giving it a try!


Saturday 19th of September 2020

How can there be 4.2g Carbohydrates with 14g of fiber?


Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I ran it through my calculator and it showed 8.1 carbs, 2.4 fiber = 5.7 net carbs

Tracy L.

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Hi there. This was a quick and simple recipe. I added carrots and shrimp. Thanks!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thanks, I'm glad you loved the recipe!

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