Shrimp shumai or siumai recipe! These open-faced steamed Chinese shrimp shumai or shrimp dumplings are easy to make at home, best of shrimp dim sum, delicious, and you can make large trays with very few ingredients! A must try!
To me shrimp shumai are one the most delicious dishes Cantonese cuisine has to offer, I always order them in those take away Chinese restaurants but they're best homemade.
Shrimp shumai are filled with a mixture of ground pork and shrimp, I use deboned pork chops that I grind in my food processor. There is always a measure of ground pork with seafood filling in Asian dumplings, if you don’t like pork, you can replace it by chicken.
Shumai need to be steamed, I’ve bought one of these bamboo steamers at my Asian supermarket, they are cheap and fit perfectly on top of a saucepan.
Thin round wrappers are used for shumai, if you only have square ones, trim off the corners.
Forming shumai is not rocket science and really not that complicated, as always the more you practice and the nicer your shumai will be but, anyway, whether nice or not so nice, they will always be delicious.
- Form a circle with your thumb and forefinger
- Lay a wrapper on top and push the center down a bit to form a hollow center
- Lay 1 tbsp. of filling in the hollow center, push down with the tbsp while pressing the dumpling closed, flatten the filling on top with the tbsp
- Lay the dumpling on your counter and flatten the bottom
The bamboo steamers that you can buy at Asian supermarket are super handy. To avoid that the dumplings stick to the bamboo bottom, line the steamer with a piece of parchment paper one inch smaller than its bottom or with a few lettuce leaves. I like the parchment paper better.
Providing that none of the ingredients involved in the making of your shumai have been previously frozen, you can freeze your shumai raw on a tray and once completely frozen transfer them into a freezer container or bag. You can also freeze shumai once fully steamed and cooled the same way. When you will want to eat them, place them in the steamer and steam them a few minutes longer.
- Garlic oil, to brush the dumplings as soon as out of the steamer to prevent them from drying
- Fried garlic to sprinkle on top of dumplings, my recipe for both is here
- Garlic chili oil, for a nice kick of heat, my recipe is here
1 cup (150 g) ground pork
1 cup (150 g) ground shrimp (small shrimp)
1/3 cup (50 g.) small shrimp, thinly chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 spring onions, thinly chopped
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp. corn starch
About 30 round wrappers
1 carrot, thinly diced (optional)
Add all the ingredients into a bowl, with a gloved hand stir/knead thoroughly until the mixture looks like a paste, the mixture will be quite runny at the start but ultimately after kneading it, all the ingredients will be absorbed. You can microwave a tsp or two of filling for a few seconds, taste and adjust seasoning if needed
I like to cover with plastic wrap and chill the mixture for about 30 minutes to let all the flavors mingle
Have ready a baking tray sprinkled with some flour
Form a circle with your thumb and forefinger
Lay a wrapper on top and push the center down a bit to form a hollow center
Lay 1 tbsp. of filling in the hollow center, push down between your fingers with the tbsp while pressing the dumpling closed, flatten the filling on top with the tbsp
Lay the dumpling on your counter and flatten the bottom, proceed this way until all the filling has been used up, garnish the dumplings with 3 or 4 pieces of carrot
Add all the dumplings to the prepared tray, cover loosely with plastic wrap
Bring to boil 2 inches of water in a suitable saucepan, line your steamer with a piece of parchment paper one inch smaller than its bottom, adjust steamer on top of saucepan and arrange as many dumplings as you can leaving a space in between so they don’t stick together, cover with the lid and steam for 10 minutes
As soon as cooked, remove the dumplings from the steamer to a serving dish, brush them lightly with garlic oil or sesame oil or vegetable oil to prevent them from drying and proceed steaming the remaining dumplings
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce: soy sauce, a mixture of hoisin and chili oil, my personal favorite dipping sauces with shumai are sweet chili and sriracha
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