Trader Joe’s Thai Shrimp Gyoza Review

Front Packaging of Trader Joe's Thai Shrimp Gyoza

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Introduction

Craving some dumplings, you only have a Trader Joe’s nearby so you decide to check it out. While going through their frozen aisle, you see their Thai Shrimp Gyoza. You think to yourself “Hmm I’ve never tried these before. I wonder if they’re good”.

This is where my review comes in handy. I’ll help you decide if you should pick these up on your next trip to Trader Joe’s.

Overview: Trader Joe's Thai Shrimp Gyoza

Verdict: Trader Joe’s Thai Shrimp Gyoza tastes almost exactly like the Thai Vegetable Gyoza. The only differences between the two are their prices and small visible pieces of shrimp. Although it does have the same mushy filling, it still tastes great.

However, the lack of distinction between the two gyoza is disappointing which is why I think it’s not worth spending the extra money for this.

My Rating
3/5

Price

At Trader Joe’s, you can find their Thai Shrimp Gyoza for $4.99 USD which is a dollar more than its veggie sibling. Considering it has shrimp in it, that’s reasonable. For the price, you get about 15 dumplings that should satisfy at least one if not two people.

Heating Directions #1 (Pan Fry)

Similar to the Thai Vegetable Gyoza, there are three different ways to heat the gyoza. The first way is through pan-frying. 

  1. Preheat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet or sauté pan.

  2. Place frozen gyoza flat side down in pan and sauté on medium heat for 4 minutes or until skins turn lightly brown.

  3. Reduce heat to medium low.

  4. Carefully add 3-4 tablespoons of water and cover immediately.

  5. Steam gyoza until water has evaporated and gyoza begins to brown (about 5-6 minutes).

  6. Serve immediately with your favorite soy or dipping sauce.

Be careful when handling because oil could fly everywhere!

Heating Directions #2 (Steaming)

The second way of heating involves steaming:

  1. Place frozen gyoza flat side down in a steamer or double boiler.

  2. Steam for 7-10 minutes or until gyoza are hot throughout.

  3. Serve immediately with your favorite soy or dipping sauce.

Be careful when handling cause it’s hot!

Heating Directions #3 (Microwave)

The last method of heating uses the microwave:

  1. Remove gyoza from bag and place on a microwaveable dish.

  2. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of water on gyoza and cover with plastic wrap.

  3. Heat on medium-high powder for 2-4 minutes or until hot.

  4. Serve immediately with your favorite soy or dipping sauce.

It’s hot after microwaving so be careful!

Taste

Trader Joe’s Thai Shrimp Gyoza has a very similar taste to it’s Vegetable sibling. The dough outside is chewy and tastes very good when steamed. The filling is also good but suffers the same issues as the veggie one.

The filling has the same weird mushy consistency and I’m still unsure as to why that is. The shrimp didn’t feel like the main character of this gyoza as there were more veggies than shrimp. If you’re advertising a product with shrimp, at least add more shrimp or make the flavor more prominent!

There are small chunks of shrimp you can see in the gyoza. After biting into it, I was wondering where the shrimp went. If someone blindfolded me and fed me a Thai Shrimp Gyoza and a Thai Vegetable Gyoza, I don’t think I could tell the difference.

Dipping Sauce

For dipping sauce, we’re using Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce once again. It’s pretty cheap at a price of $2.49 USD

It was great the first time we tried it with the Thai Vegetable Gyoza. For this gyoza, the sauce works well. It brings extra flavor to the gyoza skin right before the flavors of the filling burst in your mouth. 

As I’ve mentioned before, this sauce tastes similar to mixing soy sauce and rice vinegar but with added bits like cilantro, sesame oil, ginger, etc. I couldn’t taste the extra ingredients but the sauce is still good.

If you’re interested in the nutrition facts and ingredients, check out the attached image.

Verdict & Rating

Trader Joe’s Thai Shrimp Gyoza tastes almost exactly like the Thai Vegetable Gyoza. The only differences between the two are their prices and visible pieces of shrimp. Although it does have the same mushy filling, it still tastes great.

However, the lack of distinction between the two gyoza is disappointing which is why I think it’s not worth spending the extra money for this.

My Rating
3/5

Nutrition Facts

A serving size (3 dumplings) consists of 180 calories per serving. For more information about nutrition facts, click the image below.

Ingredients

Filling: Shrimp, White Cabbage, Chives, Green Onion, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Soybean Oil, Sesame Oil, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Vegetable Powder (Onion, Cabbage, Carrot, Spring Onion, Maltodextrin [corn], Salt).

Dough: Unbleached Wheat Flour, Tapioca Starch, Water, Palm Oil

Made in a facility that processes fish.

Contains: Shrimp, Soybeans, Wheat

For an picture version, check the image above.

Hope you enjoyed my Trader Joe’s Thai Shrimp Gyoza review! 

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