Shrimp Pho

This Spicy Shrimp Pho recipe is a twist on the traditional Vietnamese soup made with hot steaming chicken broth, shrimp, cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Perfect for both cold, winter nights and hot summer days!

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shrimp pho broth with jalapeños and cilantro

Easy Shrimp Pho

There is nothing like a steaming bowl of soup on a cold day, especially one that is loaded with shrimp and spicy broth. Typically rice noodles are used in a traditional pho recipe, but I substituted whole wheat thin spaghetti for the pho noodles. And instead of the typical aromatic spices like star anise anise and cinnamon, I used cilantro and lime to bring out the lighter flavors of the shrimp.

This homemade Shrimp Pho soup is warm and comforting, light yet filling. Best of all, it’s simple and flavorful!

How To Pronounce “Pho”

Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a traditional Vietnamese soup made of noodles, thinly sliced beef, and beef stock. I made a twist on the original and used chicken broth and shrimp instead of beef.

Pho can be made a number of different ways. Feel free to try this with beef, tofu, chicken, or pork!

pho topped with jalapeños, mushrooms, cilantro and lime slices

Key Ingredients

You only need a few pantry staples and some fresh produce to make your own Vietnamese-style shrimp pho at home!

  • Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti: Or your long pasta of choice. Zoodles also work well with this recipe!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Or another light-tasting oil with a high smoke point, like avocado. Avoid butter.
  • Garlic Cloves: Minced. I used two, but you could use as many as four.
  • Jalapeño: I used just one tablespoon because that was enough spice for my family, but feel free to use more if you like it hot!
  • Green Onions: These impart a solid onion flavor without being too strong. And the green looks nice in the soup!
  • Chicken Broth: Make your own, or opt for low-sodium so you can better control the amount of salt and savory flavors of the soup.
  • Fish Sauce and Sesame Oil: These pack in a ton of flavor in small amounts, be careful not to overdo it.
  • Mushrooms: I like button mushrooms, but you can use whichever you like best. Just slice them thin so they cook. Not a mushroom fan? Just leave them out!
  • Shrimp: Leave them raw so they cook in the steaming hot broth!
  • Lime Juice and Cilantro: These serve as garnishes and really compliment the shrimp and light broth.

How to make Pho

I simplified this shrimp pho recipe to make it in 30 minute for an easy weeknight dinner. This soup is extremely simple to make. (And it looks a lot more intimidating than it is!)

Typically Pho is made at the table with the ingredients placed on top of the broth. I like to make mine up ahead of time, and place the cooked noodles in the bottom of the bowl.

To make this Shrimp pho broth, start by sautéing garlic, green onions and jalapeño in a large pot or dutch oven. Add in chicken broth, fish sauce, and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer and toss in shrimp and mushrooms. Ladle on top of cooked pasta. Garnish with extra jalapeño slices, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges. Yum!

Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 4 days. You can also make a large batch of the broth and freeze it to speed things up the next time you make shrimp pho.

shrimp pho in white bowl topped with jalapeños, lime slices and cilantro

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Spicy Shrimp Pho

3.7 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
This Spicy Shrimp Pho is a twist on the traditional Vietnamese soup made with hot steaming chicken broth, shrimp, cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice.


  • 4 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno minced
  • 2 tablespoons green onion sliced thin
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup button mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces large shrimp uncooked
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped


  • Cook spaghetti until aldente.
  • Meanwhile add oil to a large pot or dutch oven.
  • Add garlic, jalapeno and green onions. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour in chicken stock, fish sauce and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in mushrooms and shrimp. Simmer until the mushrooms are tender and the shrimp is fully cooked.
  • Take off of the heat and stir in pepper, lime juice, and cilantro.
  • Divide the noodles among the 4 bowls and pour the soup on top.
  • Garnish with extra lime wedges and cilantro if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Shrimp Pho
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 214mg71%
Sodium 889mg39%
Potassium 519mg15%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Easy Weeknight Dinner, shrimp, Shrimp Pho

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  • Trung

    Looks good! I wouldn’t call it pho though if it doesn’t use the traditional noodles (banh pho) or traditional broth (nuoc pho).

  • Claire

    That’s not Phố. Your recipe may be delicious but this has NOTHING to do with Phố and should not be named as such.

  • Kathy Hong

    This looks delicious and simple! But I’d just like to point out, as others in the comment section have, that this isn’t remotely similar to phố. The term phố refers to the noodles used, so even a dish made with the same broth but different noodles shouldn’t be referred to as such. Also, the broth is a completely different take on the traditional way of making things. It’s like making a lettuce wrap and calling it tacos. Though there are similarities, it’s really not the same thing.

    I’d also like to explain that the reason why people are annoyed with the incorrect labeling of this dish is because it generalizes Vietnamese cuisine, taking away from all the greatness that it is and turning it into something it isn’t. Vietnamese cuisine isn’t just phố! I suggest you explore Vietnamese culture more, and you’ll be surprised by the different flavors and dishes you’ll find. We have many noodle dishes similar to what you made that aren’t phố that I think you’d really enjoy (ex: mì tôm).

  • Whether it was traditional pho or not it was delicious and simple to make. Thanks for posting it!

  • Paulina

    This sounds like a wonderful noodle soup.

    Please take the advice and rethink next time you name any of your recipes. The ignorance is in the lack of respect for the original, considering it absolutely does not resemble it in any way. A “twist” would be altering it slightly. This, was a completely different soup all together. I love fusion food, but even fusion recipes leave a respectable amount of culture left in their dishes.

    Cheers & happy eating.

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