It’s just turning Autumn here on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and the weather is absolutely beautiful – certainly no time to have a horrible cold! I’m not happy!
I know I say it’s always best to make everything home made but sometimes rules are made to be broken. Like now. Do you like pot stickers? We love these little Chinese dumplings and make them quite often. Since there are only two of us, we make a batch and eat a few and freeze the rest.
You can buy gyoza wrappers at most any Asian grocery store or a gow gee wrapper will work too. Then all you need to do is mix the filling and job’s done.
My son married a woman who was born and raised in Taiwan and I’ve learned to love all the wonderful dishes she makes, especially her spring rolls and these pot stickers!
She makes her pot stickers the traditional way by folding the pastry and pleating it by hand. I take the easy way out. I use an inexpensive plastic dumpling maker you can buy most anywhere. For a week night meal, I prefer to use a simple dumpling maker and get the job done in 5 minutes rather than my slower than anything pleating method.
Place the pastry in the dumpling maker, put a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center and fold the dumpling over.
Once they’re all made, put some oil in a heated skillet and place the pot stickers pleat side up. Press them down a bit so you get more brown yummy bits on the bottom. Cook til the bottoms are golden brown.
Once the bottoms are golden brown, add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan and cover. Steam until all the water has evaporated and then serve with an Asian dipping sauce of your choice.
- ⅓ cup shredded cabbage
- 2 tablesp chopped green shallots
- 250gms minced pork
- 1 teasp sesame oil
- 1 teasp sugar
- 2 teasp soy sauce
- ½ teasp garlic salt
- 1 teasp grated fresh ginger
- 20 gyoza or gow gee wrappers
- 1 tablesp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
- 1 Tbs cup thinly sliced green onions
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl
- Use hands to mix well
- Place 1 teasp filling in wrapper
- Brush with water
- Seal with a dumpling maker
- Heat oil in frying pan
- Fry in a hot pan till bottom becomes brown
- Turn heat to low and add ¼ cup water to the pan
- Cover and steam till water is gone
- Whisk ingredients together and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Keeps well covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
YUM! My friend Suzie just posted a dipping sauce for pot stickers (she goes the even easier route by buying them frozen) and now I feel fully armed and ready to do potsticker battle with this recipe in my repertoire as well! They look so good!! And maybe I’ll make both sauces and a double batch of pos stickers so I can have a pot sticker smorgasbord (Here’s Suzie’s post if you’re interested: http://twodogsinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/oriental-dipping-sauce-with-potstickers/)
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Ooh you’ve got one of those dumpling presses! Your dumplings look so professional too Maureen! 😀
Choc Chip Uru says
These Asian dumplings look so tasty! I can imagine clawing my way through quite a few veggie-turned ones 🙂
They are a favourite at restaurants!
Choc Chip Uru
For some reason, a dumpling maker doesn’t work for me. I love working with the wrappers with my hands. My Chinese friend taught me how to do it the right way, and the neatest way if my guests would put it. This is something I’d love to try. Thanks for sharing.
Sanjeeta KK says
Wish I could get both here..the wrappers and the dumpling maker..they look so cute!
Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says
I’ve actually never heard these referred to as pot stickers (only dumplings), but whatever you call them, they look great 🙂
Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen says
I didn’t know they’re called “pot stickers” in english! I love making these too! They’re awesome in a soup or as a gyoza like yours! 😀 I have them with black vinegar and some ginger.
Bam's Kitchen says
I have a little mold just like yours but I always end up just doing it with my fingers to seal my jiaozi. I love your dipping sauce.
I love potstickers but have never actually made them myself! these seem totally doable!
This is fabulous. I am always picking these up for dinner at our local chinese place. Will try making them now!
Rhonda (@diningalone) says
I need to find one of those little dumpling makers! My husband loves a Korean version called Mandu and making the little dumplings is the most time consuming part.
Have to try making potstickers!
Steve @ the black peppercorn says
we just had dumplings last night but they were storebought (shhhhhhh.) – These look awesome and I love your dumpling press!!!
Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) says
i love love love pot stickers! yours look AMAZING!!!
You did an amazing job on these potstickers! The last time I tried to make some, I got too impatient. This is something that does require patience, especially since that was my one and only attempt.
You do make this look easy and that press does look like a great gadget to have. This does inspire me to try my hand again at making these-thanks Maureen!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
I’m going to have to go in search of a dumpling maker since I now have a nice recipe for pot stickers and a dipping sauce.
Those sound wonderful, and I want to eat all of them. All, do you hear me?! I’m pretty unfamiliar w/cooking Asian foods, aside from my nod-to-Asia-add-some-fish-sauce type deals. But I could seriously plow through all of those. Did I mention all? 8D
Sofie Dittmann @thegermanfoodie says
I have never done dumplings, let alone by hand. The closest I have come to stuff like this was folding grape leaves w/ my MIL, and that was tedious enough. I wish they made a machine for that. Great recipe!
Greeting from Melbourne!
I’m not a winter person too and love to be siting in sunshine for some reasons. You are so lucky living in Sunshine coast as Spring arrives later in Melbourne…
These easy pot stickers looks very yummy. It is so convenient now to make these delicious dumplings with these ready made and easily available gow gee wrappers .
Lilly Sue says
I might have to try to make these sometime!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Gyoza! And you have that special gyoza wrapper thing. I make with my hands but sometimes I wonder that will shorten my cooking time! Looks delicious and you just encouraged so many people to try making gyoza at home!
SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa) says
I’m in awe of people who can make dumplings by hand with all those lovely little pleats and folds. So beautiful! But I’m thinking that your dumpling press (which I didn’t even realise existed… HAVE to get one!) is the way to go!
Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking says
Okay now these just look amazing! These look so good and I know that I could eat way to many of them!!
You know, I need to get myself one of those dumpling makers. Making pot stickers by hand is a pain (for me, at least) and that dumpling maker would speed things up. And I love pot stickers! Nice recipe, nice post – thanks.
Catalina @ Cake with Love says
I love pot stickers I actually made some during the weekend but forgot to take pictures 🙁
Kim Bee says
I have to confess to never having tried these. They look incredible though so I must try next time I’m out somewhere.
LOVE pot stickers. Thanks for the easy recipe. Never knew they were that easy before.
I’m all for easy. Pot stickers are so good but I never have the patience for them.
Kitchen Belleicious says
oh i envy you! I want that potsticker thingy. I have tried doing it myself and lets just say they look more like weird looking fritters or something rather than pot stickers! These look fantastic
I’ve been wanting to try making pot stickers, and now I can’t wait! The dumpling maker must make the process much faster. Wish I had one!
These potstickers look delicious! And the recipe sounds so simple! What more can one ask for 🙂
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I miss having Chinese dumplings! Yours look really good! 🙂
Frugal in WV says
I love pot stickers! I haven’t made them in forever though. I didn’t even know that there were dumpling makers, I definitely need one now 🙂
I love gyoza/pot stickers … in fact most kinds of dumplings. That’s why I treat myself to regular dim sum outings, order a ton of different kinds and take the leftovers home.
By the way, I have a set of dumpling/meat pie cutters and folders like yours. The smallest one is probably the size of the one you used while the largest is great for making Jamaican beef patties, empanadas or cornish pasties.
Sweet Posy Dreams says
We love pot stickers in our house, but I’ve never made them. I’ve tried chicken won tons a few times using the store-bought wrappers. I love your idea of using the dumpling maker. That would be a real time saver. I am feeling inspired to try these after reading your post.
I see some beautiful hand made dumplings and I have great dumpling envy but I never have the time to spend on them when I’m hungry. Lovely to see you!