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Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein with Shitakes and Bok Choy (Gluten-Free)

This vegetable chow mein recipe is made gluten-free by using spaghetti squash instead of noodles. It's also packed with bok choy and shitake mushrooms!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Phoebe Lapine


  • 1 medium (2 1/2 pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut or olive oil
  • 1/4 pound shitakes, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 bok choy, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Using the largest chef’s knife you have, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. It’s helpful to put a crumpled dish towel on your cutting board to stabilize it, or to remove a little bit from both ends so you can stand the squash upright without it wobbling. Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits from the center cavity.
  3. Arrange both cleaned squash halves cut-side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan (this will help steam and soften the squash). Bake in the oven until the squash is tender, meaning a fork can easily be inserted from flesh to skin, about 45 minutes. Flip the halves over to allow them to cool. When safe to touch, use a fork to shred the spaghetti strands from the squash: begin along the edges, pulling the strands towards the center, then scoop the bundle into a bowl.
  4. While the squash is roasting, prepare the vegetable chow mein: in a large wok or skillet, heat the oil. Saute the shitakes over high heat until they’ve released their moisture and are beginning to brown, 4 minutes. Stir in the shallot, ginger, garlic, and jalapeno (if using). Stir fry for another two minutes, until fragrant. Add the bok choy and continue to cook until soft and wilted, 3 minutes.
  5. When the shredded squash is prepped and ready to roll, add the tamari, sesame oil and maple syrup to the vegetable mixture, stirring to combine. Fold in the squash and cook for two minutes more over low heat, until the noodles are well-coated in the soy mixture.
  6. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately.