Shrimp In Lobster Sauce

Enjoy the classical shrimp in lobster sauce at home with succulent jumbo shrimp in a delicious savory egg sauce.

Shrimp in Lobster Sauce

Today we’re making some shrimp in lobster sauce. It’s pretty simple to make with jumbo shrimp simmering in a thick and flavorful savory egg sauce infused with ginger, garlic and sesame oil.

And while it’s called lobster sauce, there’s actually no lobster in there at all. So rest easy knowing this is an easy and cheap Chinese dish to recreate at home. Let’s start cooking.

Shrimp in Lobster Sauce

The hardest part about this recipe will probably be the egg drizzling, a technique I mention in detail in Egg Drop Soup. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with scrambled eggs or an eggy mush which isn’t too appealing although probably still edible. Trial and error over the years has given me some experience in making somewhat passable egg strands but I still don’t think they’re as beautiful as ones I’ve seen in restaurants.


Shrimp: Cook the shrimp for as little time as possible until it turns pink. If overcooked, they will shrink in size.

Sauce: Adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding more cornstarch slurry to thicken it or adding more chicken stock to thin it out.

Shrimp in Lobster Sauce

Cornstarch slurry: The cornstarch slurry should be added once the broth comes to a boil. It will be milky white for a time. When it changes back to the normal color of the broth, that’s when you know it has thickened.

Egg drizzle: Remove the thickened sauce from the heat before starting with the egg drizzle or the egg will cook too fast, resulting in a scrambled mess. Pour the egg in slowly and in batches and use a fork to stir it around the pot slowly. Allow some time for the strands to set and solidify before repeating this process for more egg strands.

Don’t feel obligated to use all of the egg. Overcrowding the broth will make an eggy mess. You want just enough egg strands to texture the broth but not overwhelm it.

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Shrimp in Lobster Sauce

Shrimp In Lobster Sauce

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Enjoy the classical shrimp in lobster sauce at home with succulent jumbo shrimp in a delicious savory egg sauce.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Over medium-high heat, heat up the chicken stock.
  2. Add ginger, garlic, mixed vegetables, soy sauce and sugar and bring to a gentle boil.
  3. Pour in the cornstarch slurry and stir until the broth has thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and slowly drizzle in the egg, stirring gently with a fork to create egg strands.
  5. Toss in the shrimp and return to heat, simmering for 2 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
  6. Once the shrimp has cooked, remove from heat and drizzle in sesame oil, seasoning with pepper to taste.
  7. Dish and serve hot.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
Shrimp in Lobster Sauce Nutrition

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  • Reply
    June 30, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Absolutely awful and I have made this great with other recipes. I think it is the sugar in here. Question has to be why? Or why do much, no and no

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 30, 2021 at 4:40 PM

      Wow, thanks for trying out a super OLD recipe of mine when I first started blogging. It’s been a long journey since then and I was not as rigorous at testing recipes so much as simply posting what I made every day. That being said, I’ve updated this post today to bring it up to standards and changed the sugar to ‘to taste’. There is sugar to balance out all the salt from the chicken broth and soy sauce but you were right, the original measurement was way too much.

  • Reply
    June 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    This looks awesome!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      It’s relatively easy to make too, if you get the egg strand making down pat!

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