Super quick spicy prawn noodles

Rating: 4.90
28 January 2022

You’ve had a long day and the last thing you want to do is cook. You’re tempted to get a takeaway but stop! It really is possible to whip up a quick, tasty and healthy meal in a matter of minutes that is both filling and nutritious.

Nothing beats a stir fry for a simple meal idea and it is possible to create a speedy dish with ingredients you already have in your fridge and store cupboard. One of my go-to dishes during the week are these prawn noodles [or shrimp noodles in the USA]. We love prawn chow mein in our house.

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Looking for other noodle dishes? Try my chicken chow mein or Singapore noodles recipe, too.

Super quick prawn noodle recipe

The combination of chilli, garlic, ginger and soy sauce is a staple in Chinese cooking and for this spicy prawn noodle stir fry, these flavours marry well with the delicate taste of king prawns alongside the vibrant green crunch of tender stem broccoli. 

The whole point of prawn noodles is that they are really quick and easy and this dish is no exception. All you have to do is cook the noodles and make sure they have some time to dry out – they don’t stir fry well when they are still wet from cooking. 

And throw all the ingredients together into hot vegetable oil that has been heated in a large wok. Keep stirring for a minute before adding the noodles and soy sauce. And that’s it.  

Can I substitute ingredients in this prawn noodle stir fry?

Yes absolutely. Perfect for a quick lunch or evening meal, this prawn noodle stir fry recipe can be adapted with any other ingredients you may have – from chicken and pork to tofu, mange tout and baby sweetcorn and rice noodles for a vegan option. The choice really is yours. However, I do hope you like this recipe for prawn noodles. And for those of you who aren’t keen on the spicy heat of chillies, just omit them and you’ll still have a delicious stir fry.

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How to store leftovers of prawn chow mein

One of the best things about making this prawn noodle recipe is that if I make an extra portion there’s always some for leftovers. And leftover noodles always taste better than the next day or so. Put any leftover prawn noodles in an airtight container – and place them in the fridge for up to three days, before reheating thoroughly. You can also freeze these for up to three months, and make sure to defrost thoroughly before reheating, too. 

What to serve with these easy prawn noodles

A bowl of these delicious noodles is pretty much a meal in itself, but if you eat the Chinese way, you’ll know that lots of dishes can be put on the table so that everyone can dig in. If you’re having a family meal or entertaining, why not add these dishes too?

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Super quick prawn noodles stir fry

4.90 from 19 votes
For a super quick dinner that can be made in just a matter of minutes, and with only a few ingredients, these prawn noodles will be a hit with everyone.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 300 g medium egg noodles
  • 250 g raw king prawns
  • 150 g tender stem broccoli sliced thinly, trim thicker stalks
  • 1 small red chilli chopped [and deseeded depending on how hot you like it]
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lazy ginger or fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  • Cook the egg noodles in salted boiling water until soft. Drain and run under cold water and let them dry out in a colander. To stir fry noodles, it is better when noodles are dry rather than wet and sloppy.
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  • In a wok or large pan, heat the vegetable oil, then add the garlic, spring onions, ginger, chilli, prawns and broccoli. Stir fry for 2 minutes while the prawns become less translucent, and then add the noodles.
  • Make sure to thoroughly mix all the noodles with the other ingredients, then add the soy sauce and sesame oil, and continue to stir fry for another minute.
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  • Serve immediately.


Kid-friendly version:  Don’t add the chilli if your kids aren’t keen on spicy food


Calories: 191kcal
Calories: 191kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Chinese

Did you make this easy prawn noodle recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you or what variation you made of this prawn noodle recipe. Leave a comment below and tag @cooksimplyathome on Instagram. If you’d like more food inspiration, check out my index.

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  1. Sarah Nafkha says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was not only quick but delicious too, I didn’t have light soy sauce and used a small amount of dark and some oyster sauce, I could eat this everyday it was gorgeous 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

  2. 4 stars
    Very nice but tender stem broccoli is not ideal for slicing thinly – and it will never cook properly in 2 minutes. I put my broccoli in the microwave first.

    1. I tend to chop the tender stem diagonally, across the whole length into smaller pieces. I do like the texture of very crunchy broccoli but that’s a great idea softening them up in the microwave first

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