Shrimp Egg Foo Young

The omelette is a global phenomena. Shrimp Egg Foo Young is the Chinese version of an omelette. The best part – it is easily adapted for Low Carb diets. When topped with a delicious Chinese gravy in every bite, it will take you to your favorite Chinese restaurant – guaranteed!

Like most who love Chinese food, Joanie and I have our favorite local restaurant. Actually, our favorite is a classic Chinese buffet! I know, readers will probably say, ” . . . a buffet? What about the low-carb lifestyle.” Well, we fill our plate with seafood, meats, and their Shrimp Egg Foo Young. As long as we stick with the low-carb buffet items, the calories are really not important. That is the beauty of a low-carb lifestyle!

Shrimp Egg Foo Young

We usually combine our Egg Foo Young dish with a cauliflower fried rice. That recipe calls for pork in the side dish, but we use simple cauliflower rice when making Shrimp Egg Foo Young. You might also consider starting your Chinese meal with a cup of delicious Egg Drop Soup or Asian Meatball Soup Try treating it as main meal and enjoying a side of Tempura Shrimp or Pork Shumai.


One key ingredient is obvious – shrimp. We used 16-20 sized shrimp for the recipe. Even though these are cut in their raw state into bite-sized pieces, we do like bigger chunks of shrimp. You can certainly use less expensive smaller-sized shrimp, since it will be mixed with delicious vegetables and spices. Eggs form the base for Shrimp Egg Foo Young. The recipe yields 3 servings with six eggs. We use organic free range eggs, only.

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You can experiment with various vegetables for the omelette. We use sliced mushrooms, carrot, green onions, and broccoli florets. These are typically found in Chinese cooking and they add so much to the Egg Foo Young. We also use a small amount of Chinese Five Spice. You can also try adding Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts, chopped snow peas, or celery – all delicious. 

We do use the same recipe and substitute cooked chicken or cooked pork for the shrimp. If you try the recipe with chicken we would suggest using chicken  broth instead of the beef for the gravy. Both will produce a delicious Egg Foo Young.

The gravy is the key to the recipe. Beef broth is the base (although you could use organic chicken broth). The mix of soy and sesame oil is the flavor blend for topping your Shrimp Egg Foo Young. We thickened the gravy with corn starch; however, feel free to cut more carbs with arrowroot powder. You should add a pinch more than the corn starch amount, if you use arrowroot. 

Preparation Tips

We suggest keeping the vegetables small so chopping and slicing is important. You want to have a lot of veggies and shrimp in every bite. The eggs are beaten in a large bowl and the vegetable/shrimp mix should be throughly mixed through the batter.

After pouring 1/3 of the batter into your non-stick skillet we suggest pushing in the sides of the egg mixture as it sets to make a thicker Shrimp Egg Foo Young. You do not want a thin pancake-like dish. It should be plump and your spatula can help achieve this. We use our double-sided Tortilla Pan so that flipping the Shrimp Egg Foo Young is easier. This helps to avoid having your omelette fall apart when it is flipped.  Cook the first side a couple minutes longer than the second side. You want a browned covering on the Egg Foo Young.

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Shrimp Egg Foo Young – A Tasty Asian Omelette with a Delicious Gravy!

Pour the thickened gravy over the top of the plated recipe, top with some green onions chopped on the bias, and then enjoy a perfect Chinese restaurant Shrimp Egg Foo Young. It is definitely Tasty Low Carb!

Shrimp Egg Foo Young

Recipe by Joanie and Chris
4.9 from 19 votes
Course: Small PlatesCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: easy


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The gravy makes the difference in our Keto Egg Foo Young! A tasty omelette with delicious Asian- style vegetables. Low Carb and Keto friendly! Works well with pork or chicken in addition to the shrimp!

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  • Omelette
  • 6 6 Eggs beaten

  • 2 2 Mushrooms sliced

  • 1/4 cup 23 g Broccoli florets

  • 1 1 Carrot thinly julienned

  • 3/4 pound 340 g Shrimp 16-20, peeled, deveined

  • 3 3 Green onions chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice

  • Gravy
  • 1/2 cup 118 ml Beef broth

  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons Coconut aminos

  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons Arrow root powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon Sesame oil


  • Omelette
  • Cut the shrimp into four small pieces. Salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Slice the mushrooms, julienne the carrot, and chopped the broccoli florets into small pieces. Chop two green onions into small pieces.
  • Add vegetables, five spice powder, and chopped shrimp to bowl with beaten eggs.
  • Heat four tablespoons of olive oil in a small non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into the pan. Use a spatula to form the omelette into a smaller plate size. Cook for 5 minutes on one side. Flip the omelette and cook on the second side for 3 minutes until browned.
  • Gravy
  • Cook all of the gravy ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes until slightly reduced and thickened.
  • Pour gravy over the plated omelette and top with 1 green onion stalk chopped on the bias. Serve hot.


Chef’s Notes

  • Other vegetables may be substituted, if available. Also, try chicken egg foo young or pork egg foo young! Pair this dish with a delicious cauliflower fried rice.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 172.1kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6g
  • Protein: 12.6g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 327.4mg
  • Sodium: 368.3mg
  • Potassium: 312.7mg
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 4040IU
  • Vitamin C: 16.3mg
  • Calcium: 74.2mg
  • Iron: 4.6mg
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  1. Have you tried or thought about trying using glucomannan powder or xanthan gum for the thickening in the gravy?

    • Joanie and Chris

      Thanks for the question. Most would say xanthan gum is better for baking needs and corn starch for soups and gravy. Both should be gluten free and they can substitute for each other in equal amounts. That being said the corn starch would add 1g of carbs per serving of gravy. But, you are correct, xanthan gum would work and eliminate that pesky carb. We usually cannot see a difference in taste so give it a shot. Thanks for the comment – hope you like the gravy, it really makes the egg foo young taste like its from the Chinese restaurant . . . Joanie.

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