Chinese Steamed Egg with Scallions and Dried Shrimp

Prep Time:
10 min
Cook Time:
6 min


  • ¼ cup ( 60 mL ) dried shrimp
  • 1 cup ( 250 mL ) water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp ( 5 mL ) vegetable oil
  • 1 stalk scallions, thinly sliced including white parts (root removed)
  • ¼ tsp ( 1.25 mL ) salt
  • ¼ tsp ( 1.25 mL ) white pepper


  1. In a bowl, combine the dried shrimp and water. Let the shrimp soak for 5 minutes.

  2. Prep the steamer. Place a trivet in a large pan and add enough water to reach the trivet. Place a heatproof bowl on the trivet and cover the pan with a lid. Turn the heat on high and bring the water to a boil.

  3. In a separate bowl, add the eggs and whisk well. Add the dried shrimp and water mixture, vegetable oil, and half of the scallions. Season with salt and white pepper. Mix well. 

  4. Pour the egg mixture onto the plate in the steamer pan. Cover the pan with the lid. 

  5. Steam the egg on high heat for 2 minutes, then lower the heat to low-medium so the water simmers for another 4 to 5 minutes or until the egg is completely cooked. The egg is cooked when the center does not move when the plate is tilted.

  6. Remove the plate from the pan. Sprinkle remaining scallions over the steamed egg.