This homemade Pot Stickers Recipe is such an easy and tasty dumpling to make that you'll never buy the premade, frozen variety again! Can make ahead and freeze for later too.
What are Pot Stickers?
I am obsessed with all types of Chinese dumplings, but pan-fried ones are my favorite. I love making them at home because they are fairly quick to throw together and they make A LOT! They can even be frozen, uncooked, so you will always have pot stickers ready and available in your freezer. Make up a bunch now, freeze them, and serve them as appetizers this holiday season. I like to make mine with pork but I have made them with ground chicken breast in the past. I make my own ground meat by grinding up a chicken breast or two in the food processor. It's delicious and contains lower fat, so you can have your pot sticker and eat it too!
J and I recently went to Montreal's Chinatown and we ate lunch at a restaurant whose menu is 95% handmade pot stickers. They are known for their pot stickers. After you place your order, you can actually watch the women in the kitchen make your pot stickers. They quickly roll out small rounds of dumpling dough and stuff each one with your choice of fillings and, 20 minutes later, a huge plate of 15 made-to-order pot stickers arrives. All the dumplings are turned upside down to show their gorgeous brown color and they are lightly stuck together on the sides, so you have to take chopsticks and tear them apart. They were some of the best pot stickers I've ever had. Whenever I start missing that place, I make my own dumplings at home
How to make potstickers
The pork-cabbage filling, wonton wrappers, and little bowl of water with brush.
I got this little brush in a round dumpling press maker. It's cute and pretty handy. If you don't have a brush, you can just use your finger.
I used the square wrappers because the store was out of round. I usually use the round because I think they are easier to form, but really any shape will work.
Lightly browning the pot stickers in the pan for a few minutes before the water goes in. Then cover pan to steam.
The nice crispy bottom of the pot sticker and an inside shot of the pork and cabbage filling. Yuuuummmmmmmy! Another plus to making your own dumplings is you can use higher quality of ingredients. No fillers! Yay!
What to serve with potstickers
- Green Beans with Fresh Ginger
- Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
- Thai Braised Pork Belly
- Sriracha Roasted Broccoli
- Asian Meatball Noodle Soup
- Yum Woon Sen
Pot Stickers Recipe
FOR POT STICKER FILLING:
- 1 pound ground lean pork
- 2 cups green or Chinese cabbage , finely shredded and chopped
- 2 green onions , finely minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger , grated
- 2 tablespoons organic Nama Shoyu (or regular soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon garlic , finely minced
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 package wonton wrappers (round or square)
- small bowl of water
- peanut oil
FOR DIPPING SAUCE:
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon green onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar or white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger , grated
- 1 garlic clove , finely minced
FOR POT STICKER FILLING:
- Combine all ingredients, except wonton wrappers, water, and peanut oil, in a bowl and mix well.
- Place wonton wrapper on flat surface and put 2-3 teaspoons of filling in middle. Lightly brush edges of wrapper with water and fold over, pressing edges together until sealed completely. Set aside and finish making all pot stickers.
- Put a couple of tablespoons of peanut oil in large skillet over medium heat. When hot, place enough pot stickers in pan but make sure they aren't touching. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour ½ cup water in pan, cover, and steam pot stickers for another 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to low, uncover and allow remaining water to evaporate and pot stickers to brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately with dipping sauce on the side.
FOR DIPPING SAUCE:
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Nicely done Special K! These look amazing and I will be making these to bring to an xmas open house wed. Seems very easy but will have high perceived value. Perfect! Problem solved.
They are really easy and quick to put together. Thanks for trying them and please tell me how they turn out!