Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai

Now I know that Asian cuisine is not normally in my wheel house. I have a confession to make though. Even though I truly adore my pastas and desserts, dim sum is my absolute favorite food in the world. My family teases me that I am like Po from Kung Fu Panda when it comes to dumplings. There is an amazing all you can eat sushi restaurant near us, and for me it ends up being a game of how much shrimp shu mai can I eat in one sitting? Spoiler alert, the answer is always a lot! This week, I decided to make it dim sum week right here at home, and I kicked it off with my version of the steamed shrimp shu mai recipe that I learned in culinary school. They were so fun to make!

The filling for the steamed shrimp shu mai came together really easily in my food processor. You all know by now that I love love love shrimp. Combining it with scallions, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil made me love it even more! It was such a thick, gorgeous filling.
Once I made the filling, it was time to form the cute little steamed shrimp shu mai. It felt really soothing and zen like actually. I loved pleating the wrapper around the filling to make them all look like little drawstring purses.
So I usually avoid using specialized equipment if I can help it. For this recipe though, it is really essential to use a bamboo steamer for the best results. Mine had two tiers and a basket lid that perfectly fit 12 shu mai on each tier. Oh, and in this picture I realized well after the fact that I had miscounted and put 11 on one tier and 13 on the other. Just being real and wanted to show you all what it looked like anyway!

It took about 8 minutes for the steamed shrimp shu mai to perfectly cook through with opaque, white filling. Oh my goodness, they made me so incredibly happy. They tasted just like my favorite take out shu mai without having to pick up the phone! I hope you all have fun making some take out at home too. xoxo

Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai
Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai
Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai
Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai




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Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai
Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Dim sum is one of my favorite things about Chinese cuisine. I live for steamed shrimp shu mai, so I decided to make my own right at home without having to call for takeout!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Dim Sum, Shrimp Shu Mai, Shu Mai
Servings: 24 shu mai
Calories: 181 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger peeled and cut into manageable chunks
  • 2 whole scallions cut into manageable slices
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 whole egg whites
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 24 whole wonton wrapper
  • soy sauce for dipping
  1. Set up a food processor and combine the shrimp, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg whites and corn starch in its bowl. Puree them all together until it is a smooth, thick filling. Dollop 2 teaspoons of that filling into the center of a wonton wrapper, then bring up the sides and pleat them to look like a little drawstring purse. The filling should peek out a little. Place it under a clean, wet cotton towel to keep the wrapper from drying out. Repeat this until you have made 24 little shu mai total.
  2. Find a deep skillet or wok that fits your 2 tiered bamboo steamer and fill it about halfway with water, making sure the steamer doesn't touch the water. Bring it to a simmer over medium to medium high heat, but don't let it come to boil. Line each tier of the bamboo steamer with either parchment paper, lettuce leaves or cabbage leaves to keep it clean, then fill each tier with 12 of the shu mai. Close the steamer with its lid and place it over the simmering water. Let the shu mai steam for about 8 minutes or so, until the filling is opaque and cooked through. Serve immediately with soy sauce for dipping!
Nutrition Facts
Steamed Shrimp Shu Mai
Amount Per Serving (4 shu mai)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.1g3%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 1173mg51%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 22.1g7%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 1.6g2%
Protein 18.2g36%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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