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Asian Shrimp Dumpling Soup Recipe

Updated on December 7, 2009

This recipe takes very little skill to make but is so good it will astonish your friends and family who’ll wonder when you become such a fantastic Chinese cook.

I like to use this shrimp mixture straight - by dropping it into simmering broth and eating it as 'meatballs'. Alternatively, wonton wrappers are found in every Asian grocery and in many larger supermarkets – and with some wonton wrappers and some chilled and deveined shrimp at the ready; you can make this a wonton soup dish in only a few minutes.

This is a recipe I’ve adapted from one in Michael Ruhlman’s excellent book, ratios.

Asian Shrimp-Ball Soup

  • 12 ounces of peeled and deveined shrimp (raw) shrimp
  • 1 whole egg plus one more egg white
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tsps of grated ginger
  • ¼ cup of chopped green onion (green part only)
  • Chicken or shrimp broth, as much as you need for serving


  1. Add the shrimp, 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, the salt, garlic, ginger and green onions to a food processor and start it up, after a few seconds, drizzle the cream slowly into mixture.
  2. You should now have a smooth and incorporated mixture
  3. To serve, heat your broth up in a pot on the stove.
  4. To cook the shrimp-balls, once your broth has reached a simmer, drop spoonfuls sized balls directly into the soup and simmer until cooked through – about 2 minutes, depending on the size of the balls.
  5. Serve this simple soup in bowls garnished with more finely chopped green onion and if desired, a drizzling of sesame oil

That’s it; so very easy, elegant and very tasty – a great start to any kind of larger Asian meal.

This shrimp mixture can alternately be used as filling for wontons, if desired. His quantity will make about 30 wontons. Just add a spoonful of the shrimp mixture to a pre-bought wonton wrapper, brush some beaten egg around the inside of the wrapper and then fold it over to seal. Boil in the soup as you would with the shrimp balls.

And a filling for ravioli too?!?

  • Take out the ginger and the green onions (and maybe add in a little fresh basil instead) and this mixture makes a fantastic filling for ravioli or other filled Italian pastas.

How to Fill Wontons


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    • Jai Warren profile image

      Jai Warren 8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Man, John this soup has a lot of possibilities. Add some chilies for heat or a little fish sauce for mouth feel. WOW!

      Thanks for the ideas.

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      mega1 8 years ago

      I think I'm going to try to make this tonight! I love this dish and so thank you for sharing the recipe! Looking forward to your other hubs.

    • John D Lee profile image

      John D Lee 8 years ago

      Dohn121, you are very welcome - hope you get a chance to enjoy some shrimp wontons at home soon!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I always wanted to learn how to make this, John. Thank you.