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Beef & Spinach Lo Mein Recipe

Beef & Spinach Lo Mein Recipe

If you like a good stir-fry, this dish will definitely satisfy. I discovered the recipe at an international luncheon, and it's now a favorite go-to meal. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound beef top round steak, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, seeded and thinly sliced


  • 1. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Remove 1/4 cup mixture to a large bowl; add beef and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature 10 minutes.
  • 2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil. Add half of the beef mixture; stir-fry 1-2 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan. Repeat with an additional 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef mixture.
  • 3. Stir-fry water chestnuts and green onions in remaining canola oil 30 seconds. Stir in spinach and remaining hoisin mixture; cook until spinach is wilted. Return beef to pan; heat through.
  • 4. Drain spaghetti; add to beef mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle with chili pepper. Yield: 5 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 363 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews for Beef & Spinach Lo Mein

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Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"Love the freshness in recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"great flavors"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2016

"I love stir fry because it is so simple to make. The flavors were spot-on. I will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2016

"I love this recipe! Ton of flavor! Will make again and again!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"This was good!!! The only ingredient I didn't use was the chili pepper. All the family enjoyed it...would make it again!"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"I basically followed the recipe but doubled the sauce ingredients and used a pound of spaghetti. For our family, 1 lb. of meat is enough so I didn't double it, even though I added spaghetti to stretch the meal to feed our family. The kids would have squawked if I doubled the spinach. I added 1/2t of chili garlic sauce to the first 6 ingredients, which kicked it up a notch but it wasn't too spicy for the kids. What leftovers we had the kids ate for an after school snack."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"This was a quick meal to pull together. However, we didn't feel this had enough flavor. Next time, if we make again, I will add more seasoning to the meat, marinate 8 hours. I did used a thin slice of meat for carne aside because it was already cut thin. The spinach overwhelmed the dish as well. I might season the spinach with some garlic before adding to the dish. I used whole wheat spaghetti and left out the canola oil and seasame many added calories."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Pretty good. I left out the hot pepper and substituted red sweet pepper for the color and nutritional value. Used whole wheat spaghetti as well."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Good flavor! Only suggestion is to cut sesame oil by 1/2 since it's such a strong flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"Delicious! Easy to make. Would suggest doubling the recipe and triple the sauce. Wonderful and definitely a keeper"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"Tried this last night and it was really good. Did add a few things and doubled the sauce. Added chicken breast and shrimp along with the beef and added mushrooms, red pepper, broccoli, carrot, celery and snow peas. Only used half of the spinach but adding all would have been okay. The only negative thing about the whole thing was the brown rice I added as a side. That really didn't cut it. Will definitely make again...minus the rice."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"This is yummy. I used red bell pepper instead of the hot pepper. Loved it."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"We loved this meal. Delicious!! I did double the recipe. Will make again."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015


Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"Delish. I doubled the sauce and meat. Should have doubled the spinach also. Next time :)"

Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"Quick and delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Really good, I added maybe a spoon or so of brown sugar to the marinade and that made a big difference!!! And tossed in fettuccine noodles, kids loved it. Definite keeper.tnx"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Delicious! Omitted water chestnuts and chili pepper as hubby not a fan of either. Added fresh mushrooms and thinly sliced red pepper. Also added some uncooked shrimp which I cleaned and put some of the hoisin sauce mixture on and let it merinate also. Excellent addition. Added them the same time as I added the fresh spinach. Excellent flavor in this recipe. Better than LoMein from the local take out."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I omitted the water chestnuts as neither my fianc? nor I like them. This just didn't do it for us. The meat was tough and just not enough flavor."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Delicious. Make again."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"My husband and I loved it! I didn't have any spinach so I substituted kale."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"YUM! Added baby corn."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"This was delicious and easy!! A win win in my book!! I substituted broccoli since I cannot eat spinach, and added a bit more crushed red pepper and hoisin sauce to satisfy our spicier preferences."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"I made this with whatever was on hand - chicken instead of beef, zucchini instead of spinach - it was enjoyed by all the family. I did increase the garlic and added minced ginger as recommended by others."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"Very good. I didn't find it bland at all, although the flavor was mild despite the red pepper flakes, garlic, and chili pepper. I did increase the amount of red pepper flakes and garlic."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"In a word....bland. It needs something. I used leftover steak for the meat. I went ahead and marinated it as recipe said to do. I added a cup or so of brocoli and a carot. I used 1 onion sliced instead of the green onion. Also used a LOT more garlic then called for. Added a tsp or so of fresh chopped ginger as well. Sadly I had to use thawed and well drained frozen spinach, I thawed it under warm water then squeezed the excess water out and let it drain an extra 30 minutes as a just in case. I used more Hosain then called for and extra soy sauce as well, but was still just bland. Next time I will put in a touch of hot chilli sauce to spice it up a bit more. Maybe I am just used to a lot spicier then most. I will try this recipe as a start again, but will make some changes to suit my tastes more next time."

Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"Wasnt what I expected.. very bland,had to add extra seasoning."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"This is a great basic stir fry recipe. Other than adding some bamboo shoots I had on hand, I followed the recipe exactly. I didn't have any Hoisin sauce so googled a great recipe and made it myself--yum! The beauty of this recipe is all the healthy, delicious stuff you could add to make it like a new dish every time."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"This was really good! I made exact to the recipe, but can think of a few ways to make it my own next time! More veggies, dash of garlic chili paste."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"Better than take out and faster! Much better for you, too."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Definitely quick and easy to make! Good flavor and I will make it again with some of the variations that others have suggested."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"EXCELLENT!!!! I made this with Brocolli instead of spinach. Next time I will use shrimp instead of the beef. The possibilities are endless!!!!!! Sssssoooooo good!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Yummy!! Very quick and easy meal. Will be making this again."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"This was delicious! Used round steak and substituted canned baby corn for water chestnuts. I couldn't find a small red chili pepper, so I substituted 1/2 a sliced red bell pepper (cooked with the corn & green onions). The flavor was complex and authentic and this makes an ample 4-5 servings. Will make this again!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"I made this last night for my boyfriend and I, and was surprised by the great flavor of the sauce for such a quick recipe. I will definitely be making this dish again; the possibilities for variations on the veggies are endless. Thanks!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"Made it for ds and dh and both had seconds and said it was really tasty. The only minor changes I made were that I used sirloin steak, added a sliced red bell pepper along with the onions and water chestnuts, vermicelli instead of spaghetti and a 9 oz. bag of prewashed spinach and didn't chop the spinach."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Excellent, easy and very satisfying. My family really enjoys this meal."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.