This moo shu shrimp recipe has everything you’re looking for in a weeknight meal. It’s nutritious, it’s fast (just 20 minutes), and it’s totally delicious. You’ll love making this takeout classic at home. My shrimp teriyaki stir fry, garlic butter shrimp with couscous, and shrimp quesadillas are some other quick shrimp recipe to try!
We probably have a stir fry once a week. I love that they are quick and fast; made with protein and veggies; and full of flavor. Be sure to try out my healthy orange chicken, chicken teriyaki stir fry, pepper steak stir fry, udon stir fry noodles and veggies, ground turkey lettuce wraps, and ground pork stir fry next time.
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Table of Contents
- What Is Moo Shu Shrimp?
- Moo Shu Shrimp on Twin Cities Live – VIDEO
- What You’ll Love About Moo Shu Shrimp
- Moo Shu Shrimp Ingredients
- How to Make Moo Shu Shrimp
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storage Instructions
- How to Serve Moo Shu Shrimp to the Whole Family
- How to Serve Moo Shu Shrimp
- More Easy Stir Fry Recipes
- Helpful Tools to Make Moo Shu Shrimp
What Is Moo Shu Shrimp?
Moo shu shrimp is a Northern Chinese dish that is popular at American Chinese restaurants that consists of a meat (usually you’ll see moo shu pork on menus, which is made from pork tenderloin) that is stir fried along with cucumber, mushrooms, and seasoned with classic stir fry ingredients like ginger, garlic, scallions, and soy sauce.
Moo Shu Shrimp on Twin Cities Live – VIDEO
What You’ll Love About Moo Shu Shrimp
- Savory, flavorful one-dish meal
- Takeout dupe
- Serve with tortillas or over rice
- Made in just 20 minutes
- Made with just 11 ingredients
- Nutritious meal for the whole family
Moo Shu Shrimp Ingredients
The ingredients to make this easy dinner are pretty basic:
- Green onions – Look for fresh onions.
- Shiitake mushrooms – Use shiitake mushrooms for best flavor, but baby bella, white button mushrooms, or wild mushrooms will also work.
- Rice wine vinegar – This gives the moo shu sauce a little tang. You can also use white wine vinegar.
- Soy sauce – Use low-sodium soy sauce if you prefer.
- Oyster sauce – Oyster sauce is a classic sauce in Chinese stir fry recipes and it tastes like a combination of bbq sauce and soy sauce. It adds a hint of sweetness.
- Corn starch – This is used to thicken the sauce and helps make that classic, glossy Chinese stir fry sauce.
- Chili garlic sauce – You can also use a teaspoon sriracha, or use just 1 teaspoon of chili-garlic sauce if you don’t like a lot of heat.
- Vegetable oil – I like avocado oil, but any vegetable oil works.
- Coleslaw mix – This is a great shortcut, but you can also shred your own cabbage and carrot.
- Shrimp – Use raw shrimp for best flavor and peeled, no-tail shrimp for easiest eating.
- Tortillas – Use flour tortillas instead of the traditional moo shu pancakes.
- Hoisin sauce – This sauce is made up of fermented soy beans, garlic, five-spice powder, chiles, and sugar and it’s a traditional sauce for moo shu dishes.
How to Make Moo Shu Shrimp
This quick dinner comes together in just 20 minutes! Here’s how we make it:
- Prep ingredients. Thinly slice green onions, keeping white and green parts separate. Thinly slice mushrooms.
- Mix moo shu sauce. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, oyster sauce, corn starch, and chili garlic sauce. Whisk together.
- Saute vegetables. Heat oil in a large skillet or large wok over medium-high heat. Add white onions and mushrooms to pan, cooking for about a minute. Add coleslaw mix to pan and cook for a few minutes.
- Saute shrimp. Push cabbage to the side of the pan and then add shrimp into center of pan so that each shrimp is touching skillet.
- Season cabbage and shrimp. Add moo shu sauce to shrimp mixture and after a minute or two, toss shrimp and sauce into cabbage mixture. Cook for another 2-3 minute, until shrimp is cooked through and sauce is thick and glossy.
- Serve moo shu shrimp. Serve over rice or stuffed into warmed tortillas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does moo shu consist of?
Moo shu was traditionally a dish that was made of stir fried pork, wood ear mushrooms, and enokitake mushrooms with a flavorful moo shu sauce.
What is moo shu sauce made of?
Moo shu sauce is made up of rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chili garlic sauce to add a touch of heat. Many moo shu sauces also include hoisin sauce, but I’ve saved that for a drizzle garnish.
How many calories are in moo shu shrimp?
Calorie counts are always an estimation, and the full nutrition stats can be found below the recipe card. Each serving of this moo shu dish has about 500 calories (including tortillas).
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How to reheat
Reheat shrimp moo shu in a hot skillet for best results, just until heated through so as to not overcook the shrimp. You can microwave the shrimp, but it’s not recommended.
Can you freeze moo shu shrimp?
How to Serve Moo Shu Shrimp to the Whole Family
I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉
Serve the moo shu shrimp family style with tortillas, rice, and perhaps a side of fruit or some other food you know your kids will eat.
How to Serve Moo Shu Shrimp
Traditionally, moo shu stir fries are served in very thin moo shu pancakes. We’ve taken a shortcut here and are using warmed tortillas to make it simple.
I also like to serve it over rice like a classic stir fry. You can serve both options or choose your favorite.
More Easy Stir Fry Recipes
If you like this moo shu shrimp recipe, you might also like some of these other easy stir fry recipes:
- Ground Pork Stir Fry
- Thai Beef Noodle Stir Fry
- Healthy Orange Chicken
- Pepper Steak Stir Fry
- Ground Turkey Stir Fry
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Helpful Tools to Make Moo Shu Shrimp
This moo shu shrimp recipe is an easy weeknight dinner that’s loaded with nutritious ingredients and tons of flavor. Just 20 min to make.
- 3 green onions
- 4 oz. shiitake mushrooms
- 3 Tbsp. oyster sauce
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. corn starch
- 2 tsp. chili garlic sauce
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 16 oz. coleslaw mix
- 16 oz. raw shrimp
- 8 flour tortillas
- hoisin sauce
- Prepare ingredients:
Thinly slice green onions, keeping white and green portions separate.
Thinly slice mushrooms.
- In a small bowl, stir together rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, corn starch, and chili garlic sauce.
- Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil to pan and when hot, add white part of green onions and mushrooms to pan, cooking for about 1 minute. Add coleslaw mix to pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
- Push veggies to the side of the pan and add shrimp to middle of the skillet so they are touching the pan.
- Add soy sauce mixture to skillet and stir to combine with shrimp. After a minute or two, stir shrimp into cabbage mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through and mixture has thickened.
- Serve with warm tortillas or rice, hoisin sauce, and sliced green onions.
- You can use any type of mushrooms if you can’t find shiitake mushrooms.
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Photo Credit: All photos in this post were take by Loren at Sweet Rustic Bakes
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