One-Pan Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein (Grain-Free)

by Fresh Planet Flavor

One-Pan Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is stuffed with veggies and healthy protein! Recipe on

This Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is just my latest tribute to a long-time love: the versatile, delicious, easy-going spaghetti squash. Once I tried cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave, it opened up a whole new world and I’ve never looked back.

If you’re looking for more spaghetti squash goodness, see my Spicy Spaghetti Squash Beef Bowl, One-Pan Spaghetti Squash Chicken Chorizo Skillet, or even my Simple Spiced Spaghetti Squash for an easy side dish.  

So when I saw Little Bits Of’s recipe on Pinterest (I love getting inspiration for meals on Pinterest! Do you? Follow along…) I knew I had to make my own version. I also have a bit of a thing for one-pan meals, specifically skillet meals, so when that concept is combined with spaghetti squash, I can’t resist.

One-Pan Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is stuffed with veggies and healthy protein! Recipe on GrokGrub.comRegarding the best pan for this Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein, I used a big cast-iron skillet. However, I’ve been reading this article/thread over on Serious Eats (huge Serious Eats fan here) and cannot wait to add a wok to my collection of kitchenware. I’ve recommended the one I have my eye on below the recipe, give it a look.

One-Pan Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is stuffed with veggies and healthy protein! Recipe on
One-Pan Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein (Grain-Free)
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
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Serves: 4
Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein: a simple grain-free, gluten-free, veggie-stuffed dinner for the whole family.
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 small carrots, shredded
  • 1 2-lb spaghetti squash
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1-inch worth of freshly-grated ginger
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 lb shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
  • 5 oz cooked chicken (~1 large breast/thigh) chopped or sliced thin
  • Green onions, spring onions, or chives
  1. In a large wok of skillet, heat the coconut oil and sesame oil over medium-low heat. Cook the onions in the oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for approximately 30 seconds, until fragrant, then add the sliced cabbage and shredded carrots. Cook for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft while you prepare the spaghetti squash.
  3. Carefully pierce the spaghetti squash rind several times at various places with a sharp knife. Microwave for 6 minutes on high, then turn the squash over and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Remove from the microwave, and split open from end to end, being careful of escaping steam. Let sit to cool while you prepare the sauce.
  4. Mix together the coconut aminos, honey, fish sauce, grated ginger, chili flakes, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Remove the seeds from the center of the spaghetti squash and scrape the spaghetti squash strands into the veggies in the wok or skillet. Stir together, then add the sauce, shrimp, and add the cooked chicken. Heat until the shrimp are pink and cooked, then taste for seasoning and add more salt, chili flakes, grated ginger, fish sauce, etc. if desired.
  6. Top with green onions, spring onions or chives (snipped thin), and serve warm.

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Kelsey Preciado April 21, 2016 - 11:35 pm

Love this rendition!! That shrimp looks incredible!!

Grok Grub April 22, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Oh, hai! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration. <3

Cindy Saeger April 22, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Oh wow this looks amazing! I will definitely be saving this to make very soon!

candy April 22, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Love cooking with spaghetti squash, very versatile and filling. Like you added shrimp.

Grok Grub April 22, 2016 - 5:37 pm

Shrimp is so easy and tasty, been loving cooking with it recently…

Madeline April 22, 2016 - 4:05 pm

I’ve only had spaghetti squash once but I loved it!! Love how you made chow mein out of this too. Delicious and healthy!

Grok Grub April 22, 2016 - 5:36 pm

You should try it again! Life is too short to only eat spaghetti squash once. 🙂

Loren April 22, 2016 - 9:28 pm

OH! I will have to try this recipe. I am a beginner at squash spaghetti, but am getting the hang of it! 🙂 Looks yummy!

xo Loren

Grok Grub April 22, 2016 - 11:19 pm

Try cooking it in the microwave, that makes a difference!

Kristen April 22, 2016 - 10:04 pm

I LOVE spaghetti squash. I just started experimenting with it and this is such a great recipe to try! Thanks for sharing! I love everything chinese food 🙂

Klauss April 22, 2016 - 10:26 pm

This is exactly what you need, when you come home from work or a stroll in the park or culinary courses or holiday arrivals or thoughtfully leads to the home of beautiful strangers, and you need to quickly prepare dinner 🙂

Grok Grub April 22, 2016 - 11:18 pm

Yes, haha exactly in those scenarios. 😉

Kate April 22, 2016 - 11:16 pm

I’ve always wanted to try spaghetti squash, this recipe looks great. I’m gluten free, this is a great option for chow mein, I miss my Chinese food!

Grok Grub April 22, 2016 - 11:19 pm

I know, Chinese food broke my heart when I converted to a healthier diet…

Debs April 23, 2016 - 1:19 am

Love this idea. I’ve prepared Spaghetti squash with Italian type sauces but never Asian-inspired sauces.

Ruthie Ridley April 23, 2016 - 2:25 am

Just what the dr. ordered!! I LOVE spaghetti squash!! xo

Julie Bonner April 23, 2016 - 1:12 pm

This looks so good! Pinning to save for later.

Grok Grub April 25, 2016 - 5:15 am


Heather with WELLFITandFED April 23, 2016 - 5:54 pm

PALEO!!! I love it. This looks so good. Thank you for sharing. I have to cook for a bunch on Memorial day. Getting added to the list and pinned.

Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife April 23, 2016 - 6:07 pm

This looks SO good! I’ve never tried to use spaghetti squash in this way. Love it!

Grok Grub April 25, 2016 - 5:13 am

Doing the Asian thing with it is a fun spin, I think. 🙂

Heather Davis April 23, 2016 - 8:21 pm

This looks absolutely amazing!

Bella B (xoxoBella) April 24, 2016 - 2:13 am

I love that this uses spagetti squash. I am pinning this to make soon. Yum!

Lindsay Satmary April 25, 2016 - 9:53 pm

This sounds and looks quite delicious! We’re going to add this to our menu for next month. Thanks for sharing!

Jean Choi April 26, 2016 - 1:55 am

This looks amazing and I’m salivating. Saving it to make soon. Love me some Asian flavors!

Grok Grub April 26, 2016 - 1:57 am

Oh, hi! Ha, yes Asian flavors are one of my favorites, too!

Dawn May 4, 2016 - 1:43 pm

Wow! This looks crazy good! I’m soooo making this 🙂

Grok Grub May 6, 2016 - 1:06 am

Did you?! How’d it turn out?

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Lori October 15, 2019 - 1:50 am

Had this tonight and followed the recipe exactly except didn’t add any salt. This was excellent!! My husband and I thought it was delicious and will be a repeater in our home! We had a delicious wine and enjoyed our dinner! Thank you1
PS I never write comments online…..

Fresh Planet Flavor April 11, 2020 - 2:07 am

Thank you, Lori. I’m honored that you took the time to stop by and let me know how it went!

Adam May 9, 2020 - 9:24 pm

Can you cook the spaghetti squash without microwaving it and still get the same results? I saw that you said microwaving it makes a difference.

Fresh Planet Flavor May 11, 2020 - 6:07 pm

I’ve found that cooking spaghetti squash in the oven results in a wetter result. Microwaving seems to keep the strands dryer, but cook them until soft at the same time.


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