This Moo Shu shrimp recipe creates a delicious sauté that's perfect served with cooked rice.
What Is Moo Shu Shrimp?
Moo Shu shrimp, a variation of Moo Shu pork, is a Chinese sauté with shrimp, eggs, vegetables, and seasonings. It was introduced to the United States in the 1900s, and since then, has become a staple of American Chinese cuisine.
Like many dishes within the cuisine, this dish is prepared with Chinese cooking wine, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. What distinguishes it from other sautés is the use of scrambled eggs and plenty of wood ear and shiitake mushrooms.
Historically, since the supply for wood ear was scarce in America, half of the mushrooms would often be replaced with other crisp vegetables. Our Moo Shu shrimp recipe uses both types of mushrooms, plus green cabbage, carrots, and red bell peppers, for a variety of texture and enticing presentation.
The dish is often served hot with white rice.
Is Moo Shu Shrimp Healthy?
This dish has shrimp, plenty of vegetables, and rice, healthy components that provide nutrition from each of the important food groups. Such variety also comes with many micronutrients in varying amounts.
Healthy eating is aided by setting daily nutrition goals and trying to achieve them. It’s said in the USDA guidelines that you should limit your sodium, saturated fat, and calorie intake each day to suggested healthy amounts.
We crafted this recipe with these guidelines in mind to make it easier for you to follow. Each portion contains just a moderate amount of calories, saturated fat, and sodium:
1.8 g saturated fat
553 mg sodium
If you wish to learn more about their precise recommendations, our dietary guidelines list and explain them in detail.
What Is in Moo Shu Shrimp?
For this recipe we recommend you pick small to medium shrimp, the kind that’s already been peeled and packaged. Shrimp of this size is usually cheaper than larger ones and allows you to skip the hassle of peeling.
If you have access to fresh shrimp that’s just been caught, this recipe has clear instructions on how to deal with them.
Once the shrimp is cooked with garlic and ginger, two important aromatics in Chinese cooking, the eggs are added and scrambled. Their soft texture lightens up the crunchy vegetables, one of the dish’s signature features.
The other feature, as aforementioned, is wood ear and shiitake mushrooms along with other crisp veg like carrots, cabbage, and bell peppers. Shiitake is available fresh, but wood ears are often dried and sold in small packages. Don’t be intimidated — they’ll spring back to life with just 5 minutes of being soaked in plain water.
You can substitute shiitake mushrooms for button or enoki mushrooms.
The seasonings are what tie everything together. Here are the main ones used in this recipe:
Cooking wine: can be substituted with white wine.
Sesame oil: unsubstitutable as it possesses a unique aroma. If you’re a fan of Asian food, have this item in your pantry.
Soy sauce: we highly recommend Chinese or Japanese brands, like Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee. These brands are well-known and their soy sauce has an amazing fragrance.
Oyster sauce: adding plenty of umami flavor while thickening the sauce. We also purchased this from the brand Lee Kum Kee.
To increase the dish’s saltiness without adding more umami flavor, we added a pinch of salt. Finally, we cracked some pepper on top for a little warmth.
How to Make Moo Shu Shrimp
As a stir-fry, this dish is quite straightforward:
Add egg and scramble.
Add shiitake mushrooms.
Add carrots and wood ears.
Add bell peppers and cabbage.
Enjoy with rice.
Refer to our printable ‘Moo Shu shrimp recipe’ card at the bottom for ingredient measurements and other details.
How to Store and Reheat Moo Shu Shrimp
Leftovers can be kept for up to 5 days in the fridge.
If your fridge has enough space, simply cover the pan with its lid (or foil) and refrigerate away. Otherwise, transfer the leftovers to an airtight container or a large Ziploc/ biodegradable bag. Once the bag is sealed tightly, it can be squashed easily into a tight fridge.
To reheat, transfer the portion you desire to a pan, and stir-fry everything for about 3 or 4 minutes. If you have some rice in the fridge, you can add it to the pan too to make easy fried rice.
As there are plenty of crisp vegetables, we don’t recommend freezing. It’ll ruin the delicious textures.
What to Serve With Moo Shu Shrimp
Chinese meals are often built around one main dish and complementing sides. We found that a hearty, light soup made of winter melon and meatballs is the best side to eat with this stir-fry and rice.
To round the meal off, we recommend you have a glass of fresh juice. We have many juice recipes, but for this dish we recommend our orange pineapple juice.
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