This delicious, homemade, Vegetable Egg Foo Young is made with simple ingredients and makes a great lunch or dinner.
What Is Egg Foo Young?
Also spelled “Egg Foo Yung”, this is an Asian omelet or egg “pancake” that can have a multitude of ingredients added to it, much like the French or American omelet.
Chicken Egg Foo Young
While ham is often used in this dish, other meats such as chicken or shrimp, are also popular additions. Vegetables are also a common ingredient and a great way to get some bulk in the omelet.
I have found that a shredded chicken breast cooked with a bit of garlic and sesame oil do really well in this dish.
About 1 cup will work here. You could go up to 2 cups, but you might want to cut down on some of the vegetables if you use that much.
Shrimp Egg Foo Young
If you prefer a seafood option, you can easily add some cooked shrimp. It’s best to chop it into the smallest pieces you can cut so that it will distribute well in the omelets.
Use about 1 cup of chopped shrimp here. 1 ½ cups will work if you really like to go heavy on the shrimp. More than that and you’ll probably want to cut back on some of the veggies.
What You’ll Need
The ingredients for vegetable egg foo young are basic and easy to find. You can make adjustments for ingredients you do or don’t have on hand.
10 large eggs – Don’t worry about these being room temperature. Straight from the fridge is fine.
1 tsp. sesame oil – I use toasted sesame oil. You can use any sesame oil you have on hand, just be sure there are no additives.
2 tbsp. coconut aminos – If you don’t have this, either soy sauce or tamari will work just as well. Low sodium versions are best if you have it.
⅓ cup finely grated carrots – The finer you grate these, the better. I used a lemon zester to grate mine, but you can just use the fine side of a cheese grater.
1 cup finely chopped water chestnuts – I used canned water chestnuts and chopped them fine.
½ cup green peas – You can use either frozen, thawed or fresh green peas. I used frozen.
1 cup bean sprouts – These are optional, but create a really great texture in the egg foo young. If you can get them, definitely use them.
½ cup green onions – As you slice them, keep the light parts separated from dark parts. You want about a ¼ cup of each. The light green parts will get cooked and the dark green parts will get used as garnish.
Egg Foo Young Gravy
1 cup chicken stock – Choose a broth that does not have sugar (usually dextrose) added. Low sodium is a good choice here.
¼ cup coconut aminos – Again, you can use tamari or soy sauce if you can’t find the aminos.
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar – Sounds odd, but it adds depth of flavor. Most people add wine to this gravy, so the combination of vinegar and sweetener replace that.
2 tsp. granular sweetener – I used xylitol because it’s easier on my blood sugar. But you can use any granular sweetener you usually use, or 1 tbsp. maple syrup. Note that you may have to add a bit more to taste when the sauce is done. But I stayed on the side of caution here and it was pretty tasty.
1 tbsp. arrowroot powder – If you don’t have this, you can use cornstarch instead in the same amount.
½ tsp. grated, fresh ginger – I grated mine on a lemon zester. But you can use the fine side of a cheese grater as well, or purchase minced or grated ginger at the store.
3 medium garlic cloves – mince these well. You will see and taste these chunks in the gravy. So the smaller you can cut them, the better.
1 tsp. sesame oil – Sesame oil really adds flavor here. So don’t substitute with anything else. If you don’t have any, just omit it completely.
How To Make Vegetable Egg Foo Young?
You can start with either the gravy or the omelets. Your choice. Here’s what I did.
Combine all the omelet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine.
Combine all the gravy ingredients and whisk to blend.
Pour into a pot and bring to a boil. About the time it starts to boil, you’ll notice it has thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.
Warm some oil in a skillet.
Using a ladle, put some batter in the skillet and cook like a pancake, flipping as needed.
Once all your omelets are cooked, layer them on a plate, pour some sauce over them and garnish with green onions.
How To Store Egg Foo Young
Store the omelets and the gravy separately. If you store them together, the omelets can get a bit mushy and make it more difficult to reheat leftovers.
Can You Freeze Egg Foo Young?
You can! They don’t freeze for very long, but they are freezable as long as you keep the omelets and the gravy separate.
The omelet will freeze for up to 1 month. The gravy will freeze for up to 2 months.
It’s best to put some parchment between the omelets and freeze them stacked in an air tight container or zipper-top bag.
How To Reheat Egg Foo Young
From frozen – Place these on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake at 375 F. for about 10 – 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them. If they start to get too brown, you can place a loose piece of foil over the top.
Once they are thawed in the oven, follow the instructions for refrigerated egg foo young.
From refrigerated – It’s best to reheat these in a skillet. Spray or oil your skillet with a light coat of oil. Briefly cook them, flipping frequently until warmed through.
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- Large Skillet
- 10 large eggs
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
- ⅓ cup finely grated carrots
- 1 cup finely chopped water chestnuts
- ½ cup green peas (frozen, thawed or fresh)
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- ½ cup green onions (light parts separated from dark parts – ¼ cup of each)
- 1 cup chicken stock
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. granular sweetener (or 1 tbsp. maple syrup)
- 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder
- ½ tsp. grated, fresh ginger
- 3 medium garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- Combine all the omelet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine.
- Combine all the gravy ingredients and whisk to blend.
- Pour into a pot and bring to a boil.
- About the time it starts to boil, you'll notice it has thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Warm some oil in a skillet.
- Using a ladle, put some batter in the skillet and cook like a pancake, flipping as needed.
- Once all your omelets are cooked, layer them on a plate, pour some sauce over them and garnish with green onions.