When you get a craving for Asian food, consider skipping the takeout and trying one of these easy Chinese recipes to make at home.

Collage of four recipes: Egg foo young, beef and noodle stir fry, cashew chicken, egg drop soup.

With over 45,000 Chinese restaurants in the US alone, grabbing a delicious Asian dish has never been easier. But, restaurant favorites such as General Tso’s chicken, fried rice, and egg rolls are full of saturated fat and unnecessary sodium. And, the average Chinese take out meal has the equivalent of an entire day’s worth of calories. 

Skip the takeout tonight and try one of these easy Chinese recipes instead. Made with fresh ingredients and a few easy-to-find Chinese pantry items they’re sure to be lower in fat and sodium than restaurant food but they never lack in flavor.

Chinese pantry ingredients

A trip to your local Asian market is the perfect way to collect a variety of ingredients and spices to make preparing simple Chinese cuisine at home a snap.

Five-spice powder is a staple in Chinese cooking. This unique blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and peppercorns encompasses the five flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy, inherent in well-balanced Chinese meals. 

Like many Chinese sauces, hoisin is made from fermented soybean paste. Whether used for dipping, glazing, or flavoring, this thick, fragrant sauce adds a quintessential salty-sweet tang to many classic Asian recipes. 

When perusing the noodle aisle of an Asian market, there are an overwhelming variety of amazing products to try.  A staple in Chinese cuisine, Chinese noodles vary widely according to the region of production, ingredients, shape, width, and manner of preparation.

This essential ingredient ranges from delicate cellophane noodles made from starch and water to hearty noodles like lo mein and chow mein, which are made from wheat and eggs. Whatever your noodle preference, Asian cooking offers a wide array of textures and flavors.

From classics like Egg Drop Soup and Egg Foo Young to Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and Five-Spice Beef and Noodle Stir Fry, there’s something here to suit every Chinese food lover’s taste.

This article was written by contributing author Jennifer Partridge. Jennifer is a freelance writer, artist, teacher, and experienced cook who has perfected a delicious gluten-free lifestyle. You’ll find her food articles and advice on gluten-free substitutions throughout the website.

Easy Chinese Recipes To Make At Home

When you get a craving for Asian food, consider skipping the takeout and trying one of these easy Chinese recipes to make at home.