How To Make Shrimp Shu Mai

If you have a craving for some Chinese dim sum and want to know how to make shrimp Shu Mai for yourself, here is a basic recipe. The filling ingredients vary depending on who you speak to, and it is easy to create your own version with additions such as scallops and even cilantro. Be creative and have fun in the kitchen. You could even have a Shu Mai party and have the guests create their very own versions.

Basic Ingredients For Shrimp Shu Mai:

  • ½ package of round Wonton wrappers

  • ½ pound of ground pork

  • ½ pound shrimp ( peeled and devained), finely chopped

  • One tablespoon soy sauce

  • One teaspoon grated ginger

  • One teaspoon sesame oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • One egg, beaten, for egg wash

  • Peas, Roe, or Diced Carrot (for garnish)


  • Bamboo Steamer

  • Pastry Brush

Assembling Your Shrimp Shu Mai:

  1. Place the pork, finely chopped shrimp, soy sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated together.

  2. Take one round Wonton wrapper and place a teaspoon of the mixture into the center. Make sure your mixture does not touch the edges of the Wonton wrapper.

  3. Brush the edges of the Wonton wrapper with the egg wash.

  4. Squeeze the sides up, until you create a bowl shape. Leave the filling exposed on the top.

  5. Place a Pea, small bit of Roe or diced carrot on the exposed filling. You may choose what you would like to garnish with on the top.

Cooking the Shu Mai:

  1. Line a bamboo steamer with parchment paper. Cabbage leaves can also be used as a liner.

  2. Place the assembled Shu Mai in the steamer. Make sure to not let the edges of the Shu Mai's to touch each other.

  3. Steam for twelve to fifteen minutes, until the filling is firm to the touch. You will have to do several batches.

Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce or soy sauce.

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