When you get a craving for Asian food, consider skipping the takeout and trying one of these easy Chinese recipes to make at home.
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.
A trip to your local Asian market is the perfect way to collect a variety of ingredients and spices to make preparing Asian inspired 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, Cashew Chicken 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.
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup is a great choice for a light dinner and it's so quick and easy to prepare it's become a favorite of ours for when we really don't feel like cooking!
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Tender lettuce leaves filled with a spicy-sweet combination of shrimp, shredded cabbage and bean sprouts make a light, healthy meal.
Stir-Fried Orange Peel Shrimp
This fast shrimp and snap pea stir fry has a flavorful sauce made with orange juice, dried orange peel, and sherry that's great for serving over rice.
Spicy Stir-Fried Pork With Cabbage
A fast Chinese-style stir-fry of tender strips of boneless pork, fresh green cabbage and a sweet and spicy sauce made with sriracha, ketchup, and tomatoes.
Five-Spice Beef and Noodle Stir Fry
This tasty stir-fry recipe combines lo mein noodles with flank steak, fresh ginger, garlic, scallions, hoisin and a touch of five-spice powder to make a quick, easy one-dish dinner.
Egg Foo Young
Drizzled with a bit of silky brown sauce, our version of this classic Chinese-style omelet includes shrimp, shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, and scallions.
Our fast, healthy, homemade version of Chinese cashew chicken includes crisp-tender veggies like broccoli, red bell pepper, and celery and a delicious sauce to serve over steamed rice.