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shrimp chop suey

Shrimp Chop Suey

For those of you unfamiliar with this delightful dish, shrimp chop suey is a Chinese-American culinary jewel. It’s a harmonious blend of fresh vegetables, succulent shrimp, and a sauce that brings everything together beautifully.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes


Units Scale
  • 1 lb (450g) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (150g) bean sprouts
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil


  1. Prepare the Shrimp: Make sure your shrimp are peeled, deveined, and rinsed. Pat them dry with a paper towel and set them aside.
  2. Chop the Veggies: Thinly slice your bell peppers and onion. Keep the bean sprouts whole.
  3. Make the Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch.
  4. Cook the Shrimp: Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and the shrimp. Cook until they turn pink, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  5. Stir-Fry Veggies: In the same wok, add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the sliced vegetables and stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes, or until they are slightly tender but still crisp.
  6. Combine and Cook: Add the shrimp back into the wok. Pour in the sauce and stir well to combine. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your delicious shrimp chop suey hot, preferably over steamed rice or noodles.


Don’t skip on the sesame oil; it adds a nutty, aromatic flavor that elevates the entire dish. Also, if you’re using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw them thoroughly before cooking to avoid a watery chop suey.

  • Author: WCC
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes