This classic shrimp egg foo young recipe is easy to make and as versatile as the ingredients you have in your fridge. Basically, any protein or vegetables can be added to the beaten egg and fried to perfection.
Savory and comforting, today’s shrimp egg foo young is filled with shrimp, mung bean sprouts, scallions, onions, and smothered in soy sauce gravy. The dish tastes like it’s just been ordered from your favorite Chinese restaurant. Let’s get started!
What Is Shrimp Egg Foo Young?
Shrimp egg foo young is a type of Chinese omelet. It’s a mix of protein and vegetables folded in beaten eggs and fried. It’s among some of the most popular dishes in Chinese restaurants, including Kung Pao, Moo Shu, and Lo Mein.
Unlike the Western omelet, egg foo young requires more oil to fry for a fluffy and crispy texture. It’s then served with a special soy sauce-based gravy as a finishing touch.
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
Yes, our shrimp egg foo young recipe is healthy, both in cooking method and nutrient content.
Instead of deep frying, we pan fried for a healthier version. The texture might be slightly less fluffy, but our shrimp egg foo young retains all the original flavors. The dish ends up absorbing only about 1 tablespoon of oil during the frying process which adds only 1.8 g saturated fat to each serving.
To make the recipe even healthier, we kept a strict eye on the added salt — not adding any more to the gravy and just ½ teaspoon for the egg omelet. The result still tastes savory and has a moderate level of sodium (approximately 590 mg).
The 490 calories from the egg foo young and rice in our recipe make a satisfying main dish while providing a decent amount of energy. You can easily combine it with a salad or soup to increase the meal's fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Ingredients You Will Need
A rule of thumb in making egg foo young is that less is more. You shouldn’t attempt to fold too many ingredients into the egg mixture.
The egg consistency needs to be thin enough to bind all the elements, thus the resulting dish still tastes like an omelet dish, not a vegetable stir fry. The recipe below is our favorite combination, and it’s quite simple:
Eggs: Eggs help to bind everything else in the mixture and turn out rich and creamy once fried in oil. Egg size doesn’t matter in the recipe, just ensure you go with the freshest available for the best tasting experience.
Shrimp: The juicy and chewy pieces of shrimp are great for the egg filling. Other delicious alternatives include ham, bacon, cooked ground pork, or even leftover chicken. You can also eliminate the protein to make a vegetarian egg foo young (or find vegetarian alternatives).
Scallions: The Asian green onion, or scallion, is a must for Asian-style fried eggs. They add flavor and are visually stunning.
Mung Bean Sprouts: The sprouts lend a crunchy texture. Besides mung bean sprouts, you can experiment with any vegetables you have in the fridge, such as mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli florets.
We suggest chopping the vegetables into smaller pieces so that they can be cooked through in a few minutes in the omelet. This way, every tasty bite is stuffed with a lot of shrimp and veggies.
Sauce: We made the gravy for this Chinese egg foo young by combining soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, chicken broth, and cornstarch. The sauce is satisfyingly savory and sweet, with a hint of umami flavor.
Storage and Reheating
The leftover shrimp egg foo young can be stored in the fridge for 2 - 3 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Though the fried eggs are safe to keep for later use, there is a chance that their texture might change during the reheating process, either becoming dry or rubbery-like in texture.
To ensure the omelet remains the same as the first time it’s cooked, you can follow our method. Heat a frying pan with aluminum foil on the bottom. This will prevent the omelet from sticking to the pan while heating.
Then coat the foil with a little bit of oil before placing the fried eggs in. Cover the pan with a lid, to help retain the moisture of the omelet. After a few minutes, your eggs should be warm, fluffy, and ready to be served.
What to Serve With
Our carb-and-protein-rich shrimp egg foo young needs a light side dish to pair with it, and our favorite option is cabbage potato soup. It’s warm, light, and filled with fresh veggies.
You can also round the meal off with a homemade juice drink like our orange pineapple juice. The delicious and healthy blend helps you stay nourished and energized during the day and also helps lighten the meal.
10 oz peeled and deveined shrimp (equals 20 oz raw shrimp)
3 medium eggs
1 tsp garlic (chopped)
4 oz bean sprouts
2 oz onions (chopped)
5 tbsp cornstarch (divided)
1/4 cup unsalted chicken broth
1/2 cup canola oil (*, divided)
0.5 oz scallion (chopped)
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp white sesame seeds
1 tsp black sesame seeds
3 cups cooked medium-grain rice
Chop 10 oz shrimp into small pieces (about 0.5 inch).
Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 tsp chopped garlic, and 2 oz onions to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the chopped shrimp and cook for 2 minutes.
Season the mixture with 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder and stir occasionally for about 30 seconds. Transfer the shrimp mixture to a bowl and set it aside.
Stir in 3 medium eggs, 0.5 oz scallion, and 4 oz bean sprouts to the bowl. Reserve 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to make the sauce and add the rest to the egg bowl. Whisk to combine.
Make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 1/4 cup chicken broth, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, and 1 tsp brown sugar until well combined. Set the sauce aside.
Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add the remaining canola oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, carefully ladle 1/8 of the egg mixture into the pan.
Remove the brown omelet from the pan and set it on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
In a sauce pot, simmer the sauce on a slow fire until thickened.
Sprinkle 1 tsp black sesame seeds and 1 tsp white sesame seeds over the egg foo young.
Serve the egg foo young with 3 cups cooked medium-grain rice for 4 servings. Drizzle with the sauce and enjoy the dish.
Shrimp Egg Foo Young
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 490Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Vitamin A 344IU
Vitamin C 6mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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