Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry

An easy weeknight beef and veggie stir-fry recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes. Serve over brown rice for a well-balanced meal that the entire family will love!

A close-up of a big pan full of Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry.

When it comes to types of recipes you guys like to see here on the blog, some of the most requested are easy, weeknight meals. It’s something I’ve been working on bringing you more of, especially now that I’m in that season of life where they are oh-so-important. After all, there’s nothing like having your hands full with raising a tiny human to really put you in your place when it comes to what types of recipes you have time to make anymore.

So when my brother (who happens to have his hands full with three tiny humans of his own) texted me asking for a good homemade stir-fry recipe, I knew it was time to get one in my arsenal – and share it with all of you!

Why Stir-Fry is a Great Weeknight, Family-Friendly Meal

If you think about it, stir-fry is a pretty ultimate weeknight meal, for a number of reasons:

  • It comes together quickly
  • It’s adaptable for many different diets
  • You can pretty much throw in whatever you have on hand
  • It’s very nutritionally balanced
  • With the exception of some rice to serve it over, it’s a one-dish meal

Does this convince you that you need to make this Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry ASAP?

Well, what if I told you that, once you have the base recipe for this stir-fry down, you’ll be able to make this dinner in tons of different ways and improvise it however you want it so that you’re never serving the exact same thing twice? Let’s talk about the basic building blocks of a good stir-fry…

A dish of Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry ready to enjoy.

Basic Building Blocks of a Good Stir-Fry

When it comes to making stir-fry, there are just a few building blocks you need to make it a hit with the fam.


You’ll want to always include some sort of protein, whether that’s beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, etc. This will give the meal it’s “stick-to-your-ribs” quality so that you’re not raiding the kitchen for a snack two hours after eating.


The fun part about stir-fry is that you can really use any combination of veggies you want. I used carrots, zucchini, broccoli and snow peas for this recipe, but some other great ideas might be:

  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Bok choy
  • Water chestnuts
  • Mini corn

There are tons of different ways you can go with sauces for stir-fry, but the basic one I’ve included in this Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry will work with just about any protein and veggie combination you decide on.

What You Need to Whip Up a Stir-Fry In No Time

The other great thing about stir-fry for dinner – especially on a weeknight – is how very little equipment it involves. If you have a wok, use it! But if not, a big, deep saute pan will do just fine. Aside from an Instant Pot or rice cooker to make some rice to serve it with and a wooden spoon to stir, that’s all you need!

An overhead shot of two delicious plates of Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry.

So if all of these reasons don’t convince you, you can stop reading now, but if an Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry sounds right up your alley for dinner this week, read on for the recipe!

And in case you’re looking for some more weeknight dinner inspiration, check out these recipes:

Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

An easy beef and veggie stir-fry recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes. Serve over brown rice for a well-balanced meal that the entire family will love!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Asian, beef, dinner, entree, main course, stir-fry, weeknight
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the stir-fry:
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 3/4 pound flank steak, cut into thin strips or cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas, cut in half or thirds
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic paste (optional)
For topping:
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in your wok or large pan on the stove over medium heat. Once oil is shimmering, add flank steak and sear on all sides. Remove from pan and set on a plate while you start the vegetables. 

  2. Return wok to heat on the stove and add 2 more tablespoons of sesame oil. Once oil is shimmering again, add garlic and vegetables and stir to combine. Let veggies cook over medium heat while you mix up the sauce.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients. Add to the vegetable mix, then add the flank steak back to the pan. Continue to cook on medium heat until sauce has thickened slightly and vegetables are cooked.

  4. Serve over rice and top with green onions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes


Miso Furikake Hummus for Next-Level Snacking

This Miso Furikake Hummus takes your hummus snack game to the next level. Umami-rich miso takes the place of traditional tahini and furikake – the favorite Japanese seasoning – is sprinkled on top to give your hummus a flavor like you’ve never tasted before.

A bowl of Miso Furikake Hummus surrounded by fresh vegetables.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I love being inspired for new recipes and flavor combinations by all my travels. While I’m most often inspired to make a travel-inspired dish AFTER I get home from a trip, today I’m sharing something I came up with recently while anxiously anticipating our vacation to Kauai next week. This Miso Furikake Hummus is pretty life-changing, so why don’t you pull up a seat and we’ll talk about it.

It’s no secret that homemade hummus is one of my favorite things to make. As long as you own a food processor or high-powered blender, it’s so easy to make! There are tons of recipes for it here on the blog, including this Mango Sriracha Hummus, this Pumpkin Curry Hummus, this Portobello Hummus and this Roasted Cauliflower Hummus with Rosemary and Garlic.

But today I’m stepping outside of the box even more than I’ve done in the past, and bringing you a Pacific island-inspired version with this umami-rich version featuring miso and furikake.

A close-up shot of Miso Furikake Hummus surrounded by fresh vegetables.

In case you’re not too familiar with either of these tasty Asian ingredients, here’s a quick run-down:

What is Miso??

Miso is a Japanese paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt. It’s considered a probiotic because of its live, active cultures, which means it not only tastes delish but is also great for your tummy! If you’ve ever ordered soup as a starter at a sushi restaurant, you’ve most likely already been exposed to the flavor of miso.

What is Furikake??

Furikake is a Japanese seasoning mix made of dried seaweed, dried fish, sesame seeds and other spices. It’s most often sprinkled on top of rice, but I also love adding it to grilled salmon or on top of avocado toast. I’ve even been known to add it to popcorn or high-quality butter from time to time.

Where Do I Buy Miso and Furikake?

Miso has become fairly mainstream, so you should find it at any “health food” store like Sprouts or Whole Foods.

Furikake is not quite so mainstream yet, but the good news is that it’s shelf-stable and lasts a fairly long time, so you can stock up the next time you find yourself at an Asian market or just order yourself some on Amazon [affiliate link].

How to Make Miso Furikake Hummus

When you combine miso and furikake in a creamy dish like hummus, the results are out of this world. The process is pretty easy, too.

Did I mention there are only six ingredients?

Simply add garbanzo beans, miso paste, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil to a food processor or high-powered blender and process until smooth.

Once that’s done, scoop the hummus out into your serving vessel and sprinkle on a generous dose of furikake. Can it get any easier than that?

A bowl of Miso Furikake Hummus nestled into a bamboo steamer surrounded by fresh vegetables.

This Miso Furikake Hummus is best enjoyed within the first day or two of making it, so be sure to have some fresh-cut veggies and taro chips at the ready [affiliate link].

Do you have a favorite recipe featuring miso or furikake? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below!

Miso Furikake Hummus
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This Miso Furikake Hummus takes your hummus snack game to the next level. Umami-rich miso takes the place of traditional tahini and furikake - the favorite Japanese seasoning - is sprinkled on top to give your hummus a flavor like you’ve never tasted before.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: appetizer, Asian, furikake, Hawaiian, healthy, hummus, miso, side dish, snack
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 139 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons furikake
  • Fresh vegetables, to serve
  • Taro chips, to serve
  1. Combine all ingredients except furikake, vegetables and chips in a food processor or high-powered blender. Process until smooth with no chunks remaining.

  2. Transfer hummus to serving bowl and top with furikake. Serve with fresh vegetables and taro chips.

Recipe Notes


Moo Shu Pork Burgers

The classic American burger gets an Asian twist with juicy pork patties, a vegetable-filled egg pancake and sweet hoisin sauce in these Moo Shu Pork Burgers.

These Moo Shu Pork Burgers are a fun spin on the classic Chinese dish.

I hope you’re ready for the ultimate shake-up. That’s right, ASIAN-THEMED burgers that are going to knock your socks off. A total flavor mash-up that’s got so many flavors going on, you won’t know what hit you. A protein bomb that will keep you full for hours yet dreaming of the next time you can bite into something that tastes this good.

You’ve been sufficiently warned, and now I’d like to introduce to you my new best friends: Moo Shu Pork Burgers!

Okay, in all seriousness here, this wasn’t originally my idea. I’ve mentioned many times on this blog the inspiration I get from my dad (like when I made these Pumpkin Praline Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting or his namesake Dad’s Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Chili), and these burgers are another such inspiration. It was one of those random ideas that came to him which he then proceeded to make a couple of times, without writing down any sort of recipe, and then proceeded to forget exactly what he had done.

So when I called him for a low-down on what he had done for these Moo Shu Pork Burgers that I had only heard about and never had the pleasure of tasting, we basically had to start from scratch and brainstorm together exactly what would make the ultimate Moo Shu Pork Burger.

Moo Shu Pork Burgers consist of a juicy pork patty, vegetable-filled egg pancake, sweet hoisin sauce and crunchy sprouts, all on a delicious white bun.

If you’re not familiar with the popular Chinese dish, Moo Shu Pork consists of sliced pork tenderloin, tons of shredded/chopped veggies such as cabbage, carrots, bamboo shoots and green onion, and bits of scrambled egg all served with thin tortilla-like pancakes and a side of hoisin. It’s usually up to you to construct your own “wraps”, and I’ll be the first to tell you it’s easy to go overboard because it is all just soooo delicious.

After brainstorming with dad on how to make a typically taco-like dish into burger form, we decided on the following:

The first step in making a successful Moo Shu Pork Burger is a huge, juicy burger patty made from ground pork and a variety of Asian-influenced spices. I used a combination of cinnamon, fennel pollen, allspice, salt and pepper, but if you have Chinese 5 Spice on hand (I didn’t) you could easily just use that in lieu of everything else.

Juicy Asian-spiced pork patties ready to be made into delicious Moo Shu Pork Burgers!

The second step is to make a “scrambled egg pancake”, loaded with all of the veggies you’d normally include in your Moo Shu Pork. For me, this included bamboo shoots, garlic, shredded carrots, cabbage and green onions.

And, if you’re wondering how to make a scrambled egg pancake, it’s basically just an open-faced omelet. You’ll want to use a nonstick pan with enough room for your egg mixture to spread out fairly thinly, and then just use a spatula to lift up the corners once they are cooked and let any runny egg drain under to cook. Once all of the egg is cooked through, turn off the heat and cut the pancake into wedges like you would a pizza to eventually transfer on top of your pork patty when you are constructing the final product.

Which is what we need to talk about next! After you have your patties cooked and your eggs prepped, the finishing touches of these Moo Shu Pork Burgers come together REALLY quickly. Which is a good thing, because when all these smells start permeating your kitchen you’re going to be chomping at the bit to dig in.

A close-up look at all of the delicious fixings that go into a Moo Shu Pork Burger!

Although the ambitious side of me sort of wanted to make homemade buns from scratch that closely resembled steamed dumpling dough, the pregnant (and more practical) side of me said “Who are you kidding, no one’s going to want to make their own buns for a delicious weeknight meal such as this.” So instead I went for your basic white hamburger buns. Nothing special, but they were just what these Moo Shu Pork Burgers needed.

For assembly, simply plop the pork patty on the bun, add your wedge of veggie-loaded egg pancake, top with a generous dollop of hoisin (which you can find at any large grocery store in the Asian foods sections) and finish off with some fresh sprouts. The final test is to see if you can get your mouth around the entire thing once you’re done!

You may need to cut your Moo Shu Pork Burgers in half to be able to tackle them!

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These Moo Shu Pork Burgers are a fun spin on the classic Chinese dish.
Moo Shu Pork Burgers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

The classic burger gets an Asian twist with juicy pork patties, a vegetable-filled egg pancake and sweet hoisin sauce. Your burger game will never be the same!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the pork patties:
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, fennel pollen, ground allspice, salt and pepper
For the egg pancake:
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped bamboo shoots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed cabbage and carrots
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
Other ingredients:
  • 4 classic white hamburger buns
  • Hoisin sauce, for topping
  • Bean sprouts, for topping
  1. First, make the pork patties. Combine all patty ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then form into four large patties. I like to use two small, round bread plates with parchment paper on either side to press patties into uniform circles. Once circles are formed, press an indent in the middle with your finger.

  2. Turn your grill on at medium heat and place patties on the grill. Cook for 5-10 minutes each side, or until they no longer feel squishy in the middle. Remove from heat and set aside while you make your egg pancake.

  3. Warm avocado oil in a nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. While oil is warming, add all vegetables to your slightly beaten eggs, then pour entire mixture into pan. Let cook, without stirring, until the edges of the egg begin to harden. 

  4. Once the edges have set up, gently lift go around the pan lifting them up and tilting the pan in that direction so any runny egg flows underneath to cook. Continue this process until there is no runny egg left, then turn off the heat.

  5. Cut the egg pancake into four wedges, then get ready to assemble your burgers.

  6. To assemble, first place a pork patty on the bottom half of the bun, then top with a wedge of the egg pancake, followed by a hearty dollop of hoisin and, finally, a sprinkle of sprouts. Top with the other half of the hamburger bun and enjoy!

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Asian Paella

The classic Spanish dish gets an oriental flair with the use of lap cheong, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh snow peas in this Asian Paella.

A big pot of Asian Paella ready to be enjoyed!

Classic dishes, new flavors. That’s what I’m going for today with this super-duper tasty Asian Paella. I took the classic Spanish dish that I have for some reason been so intimidated to make and gave it my own Asian spin, and I am in LOVE with the result. I make a pretty darn good paella for an amateur, if I do say so myself 😉

Let’s talk for a second about that intimidation factor. I know I’ve said it before, but have you ever come across a dish that you’d die to be able to make on your own, yet that fear of the unknown holds you back? What if said dish takes an insanely long time to make? Or has some crazy involved technique that you have no idea how to do? Well, after forcing myself to tackle things like this Homemade Matcha Pasta and this Whisky Gravlax, I’m very happy to report that this is rarely (if ever) the case. I’m always amazed at how easy something ends up being after I’ve been so afraid to tackle it for so long!

So if there’s one lesson I want you to walk away with by reading this post (besides how to make an insanely delicious Asian Paella,) it’s that the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the kitchen are hardly ever so at all, so get in there and give a new dish or technique a shot. You’ll not only broaden your “foodie” horizons, but you’ll also both impress anyone you’re cooking for and help them feel more empowered to get in the kitchen on their own and make something out of the norm.

Up-close photo of the most delicious Asian Paella you've ever tasted!

Okay, enough preaching! Let’s talk about this Asian Paella. I first came up with this idea after the hubs and I had a date night at a fairly new Spanish restaurant here in Santa Barbara called Loquita. They have a huge selection of authentic tapas and main courses, and everything is served family-style so you pretty much have no choice but to share. Did I mention they also make amazing cocktails?

When the hubs and I went there, we decided to keep it fairly simple with just a couple of tapas and one order of paella, which really is enough to serve at least four people (but whoever complained about a few leftovers?) As I started tasting all of the different flavors in the dish – chorizo, chicken, fresh mushrooms and veggies – I realized that I could easily swap in some of my favorite Asian ingredients to give this classic dish a new twist.

I used the popular Chinese sausage lap cheong in lieu of the chorizo, and decided to go with easy-to-cook shrimp instead of the chicken. I also made sure to grab shiitake mushrooms and fresh snow peas along with the usual tomatoes and bell peppers.

All of the ingredients for delicious Asian Paella thrown into one big paella pan over the grill.

Because I was already using so many strong Asian flavors (namely the lap cheong and the shiitake mushrooms) I decided to keep the seasonings of the paella traditional, using smoked paprika and saffron. Be sure to use SMOKED paprika (which you can easily find at any grocery store, including Trader Joe’s) as it will help impart the delicious smoky flavor that will make your paella taste like you’ve been cooking it over open coals all day, rather than the gas grill I recommend using here. Also, if you’re hesitant to make the minor investment in very-expensive saffron, don’t be! As you can see from this recipe, a little bit really goes a long way so it will last you a while.

As far as the cooking process, I used my trusty Gourmet Today cookbook as my guide and followed their suggested technique of cooking the paella in an oven-proof paella pan (or wok, in my case) over a gas grill. Aside from the appliance that you cook the dishes on, from there the process is much like that of making risotto, if you’ve ever ventured into that territory.

You cook the proteins first (here, that means the shrimp and the lap cheong) and then add most of the vegetables. After those ingredients have gotten a good head start on cooking, you add the rice and then the chicken broth, stirring occasionally until the rice has soaked up nearly all of the broth and other delicious seasonings.

The protein, vegetables and broth for Asian Paella set to simmering before adding in the rice.

Asian Paella simmers over the grill, waiting for all of the delicious broth to be absorbed by the rice.

One other quick note RE: the rice. I did not use the traditional Bomba rice that most paella recipes call for, simply because I was too lazy to track some down and already had some sushi rice on hand, which still worked wonderfully! The only thing I did notice was that it got mushier the longer the paella sat, because it continued to soak up any sort of liquid that was left in the pan. This shouldn’t be an issue if you’re serving your Asian Paella hot off the grill (which is THE best way, I might add) but perhaps stop the cooking process a little bit earlier (before all of the liquid is completely absorbed) if you’re planning on reheating the dish to serve later.

The recipe technique I followed in Gourmet said the entire cooking process would take about two hours, and they were spot on. If you ask me, that’s not too intimidating and means that this recipe is still totally doable for any night of the week when you need to serve a crowd.

Asian Paella for humpday dinner, anyone?

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Asian Paella
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

The classic Spanish dish gets an oriental flair with the use of lap cheong, shiitake mushrooms, fresh snow peas and so much more!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Spanish
Keyword: Asian, Chinese, dinner, entree, main dish, paella, rice, seafood, Spanish
Servings: 6 people
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning shrimp plus 1 teaspoon salt for paella
  • 1/2 pound lap cheong, sliced
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ounces sugar snap peas, cut in half diagonally
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
  • 3 cups sushi rice
  1. In a large, oven-proof paella pan or wok, heat the olive oil over a gas grill set to medium-high heat. 

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the shrimp and juice of ½ a lemon and season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to heated paella pan and cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until shrimp begins to turn pink and opaque. Add the lap cheong and continue to cook until shrimp looks mostly cooked through.

  3. Move shrimp and lap cheong to the edge of the pan and add mushrooms, snap peas and bell peppers to the center. Cook these vegetables, stirring every so often, for about 4 minutes.

  4. Add tomatoes, garlic and one teaspoon salt to mixture in center of pan and stir until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and cook, without stirring, for one minute before stirring the proteins on the edges of the pan back into the mixture. Stir in stock and saffron.

  5. Turn grill heat to high, cover the grill with a lid, and bring the mixture to a boil. This may take up to 20 minutes depending on your grill. Once mixture is boiling, turn heat back to medium-high and sprinkle rice evenly into the pan. Stir until all rice grains are submerged.

  6. Cook for 10 minutes, stir, and then stir. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 10-15 minutes more, stirring at 5-minute intervals, until liquid is absorbed and rice is al dente.

  7. Using potholders, carefully remove pan from the grill and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

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Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel

These Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel are chock full of pork, crab and fresh herbs, all topped with a savory bechamel studded with bonito flakes.

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This post was brought to you by all of the fab food I ate during my trip to Honolulu last month. One of my favorite things about traveling is going out to eat and getting inspiration from all of the delicious dishes I get to taste in the process. When I was younger, my dad would taste a dish at a restaurant and then, without even asking the server of chef exactly what ingredients were used, go home and recreate the dish perfectly. I like to think I got that skill from him?

Well, whether or not I recreate a dish perfectly back at home, I still have a blast playing around with new flavor combinations that I’ve been inspired by. This Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel was inspired by the Lobster Shumai with Savory Crème Anglaise we had at Lucky Belly on the last night of our trip. I desperately wanted to use lobster in my shumai as well, but hey, this gal is on a budget and couldn’t bear spending $20 on a quarter pound of lobster meat.

So crab meat it was, of course complimented by some ground pork to give the necessary heft to these shumai. For those of you who aren’t familiar with shumai, they are small, steamed Chinese dumplings, usually filled with a combination of ground pork, ginger, green onions, etc. They’re basically a potsicker, just shaped differently. If you’ve ever been to a dim sum restaurant, you’ve likely tasted these or at least seen them making the rounds on those little carts the servers roll around.

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At Lucky Belly, they served their shumai as an appetizer, drenched in a delicious, savory Crème Anglaise. I decided to instead make a béchamel for my Crab and Pork Shumai (although the two sauces are very similar) and flavor it with dried bonito flakes (bonito is a type of fish that is a smaller relative of tuna.) If you’ve never heard of bonito flakes and never want to, that’s fine, just leave them out (although you’d certainly be missing out on an awesome flavor bomb.) But, if you’re feeling creative, just click here to order some on Amazon and you’ll have bonito for life (it’s very shelf stable.)

The whole process of making these Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel takes a little bit of time, but there’s nothing too difficult about it. You’ll first want to make your crab and pork filling by simply pulsing all of the filling ingredients in a food processor.

Then you simply lay out your square wonton wrappers (which you can also buy on Amazon if you don’t have an Asian market or Whole Foods near you) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and start scooping the filling on to them.

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Dipping your fingers into a small bowl of water, you’ll then go through and pinch up the sides of each of the shumai, making them look a bit like a drawstring purse.

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Traditionally, you would use a bamboo steamer lined with cabbage leaves to cook the shumai, however I used a typical stovetop steamer that I just sprayed with some cooking spray. It worked beautifully!

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After a quick eight minutes in the steamer, your Crab and Pork Shumai are done! Then it’s time to make the béchamel.

I used the classic Julia Child recipe as a base for my Bonito Bechamel, which is really quite easy (don’t be intimidated!) The sauce did turn out a tad thicker than I had imagined, but I hear that’s common just based on how you cook it. If your sauce thickens up too much, simply add a tablespoon or so more of milk until you have the desired consistency.

Aside from the basic béchamel ingredients, all you need to do to make this “Bonito Bechamel” is add in a tablespoon of the bonito flakes at the end. It seems simple but, trust me, it will pack a ton of flavor!

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And that’s it! Not too bad, right? And oh so delicious. The hubs absolutely went to town on these and I had to plead with him to leave me a few to have for lunch the next day. The savory pork and crab is balanced perfectly with the ginger, onions and other flavorings in the filling, and the Bonito Bechamel is the proverbial icing on the cake.

Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel are the perfect light supper, and would even be a great hors d’oeuvres to bring to any sort of cocktail party. And, if you’re feeling fancy, spring for the lobster! Either way, you’ll want to have this recipe in your repertoire forever and ever and ever…

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Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
44 mins

These little dumplings of deliciousness are chock full of pork, crab and fresh herbs, all topped with a savory bechamel studded with bonito flakes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 18 shumai
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the shumai:
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 pound lump crabmeat
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 2 teaspoons worth)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 18 square wonton wrappers
For the bechamel:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon bonito flakes
  1. In a food processor, combine pork, crabmeat, ginger, garlic, green onions, cilantro, sake, salt and pepper. Pulse until all ingredients are nicely combined.

  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay wonton wrappers in rows on the prepared cookie sheet, then scoop about 1 teaspoon of the pork and crab mixture onto the middle of each wrapper. 

  3. Fill a small bowl with water. Dip your fingers in the water and then pinch up the sides of each wonton wrapper, pressing to seal. The top of the shumai will be open, it will look like a little drawstring purse (as you can see in the photos.)

  4. Place a steamer basket over a pan partially filled with water and spray with cooking spray (or line with cabbage leaves, if you have them.) Heat up the water until gently boiling and then place shumai in steamer basket. You will need to steam the shumai in a few batches, they will not all fit at one time (plus, you want some breathing room so you can easily get them out without them coming apart.) Steam each batch of shumai for 8 minutes, or until the pork and crab mixture is cooked through. Remove from basket and begin cooking the next batch.

  5. Once all shumai is cooked, place in a warm spot while you make the béchamel. You can also easily microwave the shumai for a bit once the sauce is ready if they get too cold. 

  6. To begin making the béchamel, heat the milk and salt in a small saucepan until gently bubbling. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, then add the flour. Whisk continuously for about 3 minutes to form a white roux. Remove from heat and, once the roux has stopped bubbling, add the hot milk mixture and immediately begin whisking vigorously. 

  7. Set the saucepan back over medium high heat and, continuing to whisk, add in the lemon juice and bonito flakes. Continue whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Cook for one minute and then immediately spoon over the shumai. 

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