Top 10 Recipes for Chinese New Year


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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a master class in flavorful Asian cuisine! With each recipe, you’ll learn how to use your wok (or pan) to recreate your favorite Chinese restaurant meals.

Top 10 Recipes for Chinese New Year

Chinese food is easy to make at home with a few unique tools and ingredients. I’m going to show you how to rock the wok and impress your friends and family with simple stir-frys. Pan-fried noodles, flavorful rice, saucy protein, fresh vegetables, and even steamed dishes can be made in the wok.

We’re going to experiment with essential pantry items like oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil to elevate the umami flavors of each dish. Don’t have them in your pantry yet? It’s time to stock up!

From soups, appetizers, side dishes, and entrees, I hope this recipe roundup will inspire your next kitchen adventure. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you gain confidence in Chinese cooking.

#1) Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls

A crunchy staple! These wonton wrappers are stuffed with a mixture of vegetables, rolled and deep-fried until crispy. It’s easy to add meat into the filling for extra protein.

#2) Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

A popular appetizer, these golden purses are filled with a creamy seafood filling and deep-fried. Dip in a sweet and sour sauce for a crowd-pleasing meal that will disappear fast!

#3) Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

The spicy and tangy broth makes this addicting soup burst with flavor! Each serving is loaded with a mix of chicken, tofu, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots.

#4) Homemade Wonton Soup

Homemade Wonton Soup

This is the ultimate Chinese soup that warms the soul. Each dumpling is filled with pork, and shrimp mixture, then wrapped in square wonton wrappers. Add your favorite vegetables like bok choy, carrots, and mushrooms.

#5) Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Tender lettuce cups filled with stir-fried turkey and vegetables tossed in a savory sauce. This low carb appetizer is always a win or makes for a delicious crunchy entree.

#6) Easy Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice

A Chinese restaurant favorite that’s easy to make at home! Use leftover rice or I’ll show you how to use fresh rice to make this popular dish. Scrambled eggs, carrots, peas, and soy sauce instantly transforms the taste.

#7) Classic Chow Mein

Classic Chow Mein

It’s hard to resist luscious stir-fried noodles tossed in a savory sauce. This vegetarian recipe adds in fresh cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts and green onions for a colorful combination.

#8) Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Tender pieces of chicken breast are quickly stir-fried with crunchy bell peppers and onions. The savory sauce adds just the right amount of heat for spicy food lovers!

#9) General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken

It’s not surprising that this Chinese dish is so popular! The chicken is coated in cornstarch then deep-fried until golden and crisp. The pieces are tossed in an irresistible sweet and spicy sticky sauce.

#10) Beef with Broccoli

Beef with Broccoli

An easy dish to master! Slices of tender steak marinate and then sear in a hot wok tossed with broccoli florets. A savory oyster sauce coats all of the ingredients, ensuring that no vegetables are left behind.

BONUS) Steamed Custard Buns

Steamed Custard Buns

My favorite dim sum dessert! This recipe takes a little more time and a lot of love to create, but it’s worth it! Airy and light steamed buns filled with a sweet custard. You’ll have fun learning how to make the yeast bread from scratch!

Happy New Year!

Hungry for more? Browse all of my Chinese Recipes. But I’ll warn you. They’re going to make your to-do list longer 🙂

Jessica Gavin

I'm a culinary school graduate, cookbook author, and a mom who loves croissants! My passion is creating recipes and sharing the science behind cooking to help you gain confidence in the kitchen.

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  1. Layla says

    We love egg foo yung. Use smallest cut artificial crab meat.. Can get fresh bean sprouts at Harris Teeter. And people always ask hiw to make that gravy. Its so easy with chicken broth, corn starch, soy sauce, oyster sauce and tsp of sugar. And don’t get complicated on vegetables. Just add mixed peas and carrots.

  2. KEVIN TONG says

    Hi, As a Chinese, The recipes featured are hardly authentic especially for the celebration of Chinese Year. You have not featured the dishes often had instead its merely simple ‘Western Style’ Dishes and beef is seldom part of New Year dish. More research should have been had before sharing these recipes. Otherwise it is colourfull but authentic? Definately not.