Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai: A Review

Trader Joe's Chicken Shu Mai

Shu mai, a traditional Chinese dumpling, has gained popularity worldwide for its delicious fillings and delicate taste. Today, we’ll be reviewing Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai, a flavorful take on this classic dish. Let’s dive in and see how this frozen delicacy fares!

The Perfect Chicken Filling

Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai features a succulent chicken filling, offering a savory experience with every bite. These dumplings come in a sealed plastic bag, maintaining their freshness and ensuring convenience. With around 18 shu mai per package, this treat is perfect for sharing or indulging in multiple servings.

Sauce Matters

Included with the shu mai is a soy sauce packet that adds an extra layer of flavor. However, we found that there’s a surplus of sauce. While the taste complements the dumplings perfectly, you’ll likely have leftover sauce. It would be more convenient to have the soy sauce in a small dipping cup rather than a packet.

Cooking Methods

You have two options for cooking these dumplings: the stovetop or the microwave. We recommend the microwave method for convenience. Simply sprinkle some water on top of the shu mai and cook for about three minutes. Be aware that when microwaved, they can become a bit rubbery. To avoid this, it’s best to consume them promptly to retain their tender texture.

If you prefer a stovetop method, caution is required as the oil tends to splatter. While the consistency is less rubbery, the bottoms of the dumplings may burn while the insides remain frozen. We found that combining both cooking methods—stovetop and microwave—resulted in the best outcome.

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The Perfect Dip

Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai shines when paired with the soy sauce. While the dumplings are a bit bland on their own, dipping them in a light drizzle of soy sauce transforms them into a savory delight. Just a touch of sauce enhances the flavor without overpowering the taste.

Nutritional Information

Each box of Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai contains three servings, with six dumplings per serving. One serving comprises 140 calories (30 from fat), making it a relatively low-calorie option. However, it’s worth noting that the sodium content is high, with one box containing 2,220 mg of sodium. Therefore, if you’re watching your sodium intake, it’s best to enjoy these dumplings in moderation.


Q: Can I freeze the leftover soy sauce?
A: Yes, you can save any remaining soy sauce by carefully pouring it into an empty bottle and storing it in the refrigerator.

Q: How should I reheat the leftovers?
A: To reheat any leftover shu mai, we recommend using the microwave. Sprinkle some water on top and heat for a minute or two until heated through.

Q: Are there vegetarian options available?
A: The Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai, as the name suggests, contains chicken. However, if you’re looking for a vegetarian option, be sure to explore Trader Joe’s other frozen dumpling offerings.


Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai offers a convenient and tasty way to enjoy shu mai dumplings in the comfort of your own home. While the sauce packaging and cooking process could use some improvement, the flavors and quality of the dumplings themselves are commendable. So if you find yourself craving Chinese dumplings, give Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai a try!

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