Simple Shrimp Pho

One of the things that I have really loved about cooking is trying new recipes that quickly turn into family favorites. Jesse and I love going out for pho, but sometimes you just don’t feel like leaving. Luckily, I decided to try my hand at pho and it is surprisingly simple and fast. It seriously only takes 20 minutes of cooking and most of that time is just letting things boil. I’ve made several different kinds of pho, but so far shrimp pho is our favorite. homemade pho with shrimp

Simple Shrimp Pho

This dish is seriously so easy. Start by bringing chicken broth and water to boil, add cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and boil for like 5 minutes. I also add cayenne and red pepper flakes because we like our pho spicy! After a few minutes add fish sauce and soy sauce. I like a little more soy sauce, so I do 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and 3 of fish sauce. I add chili paste for more spice. You could sub in siracha if you don’t have chili paste on hand. Let that boil for another 5 minutes and then add your rice noodles, bean sprouts and shrimp. You can find the noodles, bean sprouts, chili paste and fish sauce all in the Asian section of your grocery store. I buy mine at Kroger. Once your shrimp is nice and pink and curled in a little bit (around 5 minutes) you are ready to serve!

For our pho toppings we like shredded carrot (which I buy pre-shredded #lazy), cilantro, green onion and jalapeno. I will also add some greens and fresh lime sometimes. I just use the bagged Baby Spring Mix for the greens. Fast and simple is key here. simple shrimp pho

Jesse and I love this dish on a chilly evening or if either one of us is feeling congested. The spiciness can really open up those sinuses. Gross, but true. If we aren’t sick, I tone down the spiciness so that Mara can have some too. For her I just strain out the broth and pulse it the food processor a bit. She still only has 6 front teeth so she can’t chew noodles or large pieces easily yet. She loves pho though. Go figure!

Let me know if you try making this shrimp pho! Adding chicken, beef or pork is just as easy. The only difference is there’s more prep time to chop the meat and you have to cook those meats a tad longer. pho with shrimp

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shrimp pho

Shrimp Pho

Pho doesn't have to be a dish for eating out, it's simple and fast to make your own at home. Just the way you like it!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 white onion
  • 2 tbs white wine
  • 1 oz zucchini
  • 1/2 Asian
  • 5 cloves baby registry
  • 1/2 tsp bean sprouts
  • 1 dash chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp chili paste
  • 2 cinnamon
  • 3 tbs fish sauce
  • 4 tbs chicken teriyaki
  • 1 tbs nutmeg
  • oz pho
  • oz red pepper flakes


  • Bring water, chicken stock, onion, garlic, cinnamon, star anis, nutmeg and red pepper flakes to a boil.
  • Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce, fish sauce and chili paste.
  • Boil for another 5 minutes.
  • Add bean sprouts, noodles and shrimp
  • Boil until noodles are soft and shrimp is cooked. About 5-8 minutes.
  • Serve and top with cilantro, green onion, jalepeno, shredded carrot, greens, etc.

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