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chinese dumplings and potstickers

Recipe: chinese dumplings and potstickers

[warning: a long post]

Do you know what that one recipe was that started you on your cooking passion? I have cooked since I was a kid, but I didn’t get serious until I was a sophomore in college and I felt this cultural obligation to make dumplings from scratch to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Dumplings have lodged themselves in my head as my link to Chinese cooking and culture, but even better than that – mastering dumplings gave me the confidence to go forward and try other recipes and techniques.

for the pork filling

I posted Making Chinese Dumplings with Jen on my website several years ago (it now lives here). People have written asking about fillings, thanking me for my recipe, asking me to post more versions… The endeavor to make Chinese dumplings isn’t like pouring a can of soda – it’s quite involved and taking the photos adds considerably more time. Seeing as my days of free time may be near an end, I decided Making Chinese Dumplings with Jen could use an upgrade and an added variation. Besides, that old version was created in graduate school, a time of simultaneously happy and extremely bad, miserable, loathsome, angry, depressing, unhappy associations for me.

there is an ungodly amount of chopping involved

First off, the process for making the dumplings and the potstickers is the same until you actually cook them. You steam or boil the dumplings, you pan fry (mmmm, fry…) the potstickers. I ate enough dumplings in my childhood that I feel I need to make up for it with potstickers now. That’s not true – I’m a sucker for fried things. I generally make true dumplings on Chinese New Year because Mom and Grandma have scared me into thinking I’ll be poor if I don’t. Something about eating dumplings means money, tofu is luck, something else is health, and the list goes on. I play it safe and eat everything.

adding some sesame oil, soy sauce, and cornstarch to the mix

The biggest time sink in making dumplings (for me, anyway) is chopping everything into a mince. I don’t doubt people have tried and will continue to try using a food processor. I’ve done that before and I think it leads to inferior texture in your filling. A food processor is great at creating a purée or unevenly chopped pieces – but neither of those is what we want. Use a good, sharp knife and give yourself plenty of time.

pork filling is ready

I used to have dumplings every Sunday night as a kid – and without all the work! Mom, Dad, and Grandma whipped them up in an hour or two. It’s quite the production with the three master chefs going (all three are AMAZING cooks). Alas, I am so OCD that I don’t allow my two housemates to help me (Jeremy gets dish duty and no one wants Kaweah to help) and it takes about 3 hours to produce 100 dumplings if I’m not shooting the process. Anyway, the big treat was when my mom would make shrimp dumplings. They were so good. I tried to make some once without consulting her on the ingredients. Cocky me, I thought it was so simple to figure out. They burned and tasted not quite right. I called her while I examined the potsticker with disappointment. “You need to add pork!” Oh, I didn’t know you added pork meat. “You need to add at least as much pork as the shrimp – or more. Or else there isn’t enough fat and it won’t taste as good and will burn.” Mom to the rescue. I suppose if you steam or boil, then you don’t need to use pork – but Mom is right that the pork adds flavor (via fat) that the shrimp can’t do on its own.

shrimp dumplings require… shrimp!

peel and devein

in the mix: ground pork, green onions, shrimp, water chestnuts, ginger root

the shrimp filling

The dough is something I’ve cheated on. I use my Cuisinart with dough blade to mix the dough. My mom’s method is probably more authentic and consistent, but I suck at it. She mixes the flour and water with chopsticks. I know some people use wonton wrappers, but those have egg in the dough and they obviously aren’t as good as fresh homemade. I don’t use them, but I could see where making the dumpling skins could be daunting. I’m hoping my instructions will inspire others to make their own dough.

2 cups of flour for 1/2 pound of meat in the filling

pour in about 1/2 cup of water and pulse

the dough should be firm and silky to touch

To make the dough discs, I slice the lump into 4 strips and roll each strip into an even cylinder about 1 1/4 inches in diameter. I slice the strip into pieces about 3/4 inch thick, rotating the strip by 90 degrees after each slice. Then I press each slice into a circular disc. The more circular you can get the disc, the easier time you’ll have of rolling it out. I have to work quickly in Colorado because our air is generally so dry (today we are at 10% humidity) that the dough begins to harden and crack at the surface. I tend to cut a dozen and put the remaining dough under a damp kitchen towel while I work.

cutting strips

cutting slices

pressing discs

Once I have a flat, round disc of dough, I like to roll it out once to less than 1/4 inch thickness and then turn it 90 degrees and roll it out once to maintain the circular shape. The next step is where some fingers may get pinched, but with practice it goes very quickly. Pick up the the edge of the dough in one hand, and with the other hand, roll the rolling pin on the edge nearest to you, but not past the middle. Thin out the dough with a couple of rolls and then turn the disc 60 degrees and repeat until you’ve rolled out the whole thing to a larger and thinner circle. You want to leave the middle just slightly fatter than the edges. The disc should be between 3 and 4 inches in diameter.

roll it out the first time

rolling the final skin

The shape of your dumpling skin will determine how easily you can fold your dumplings and probably how pretty they turn out. I’ve taught several white people how to fold dumplings in person and some of them don’t quite make that connection between the dumpling skin that resembles the map-view of Italy and the dumpling that looks like that scene from Alien when the little critter bursts forth from Kane’s chest… yeah. Well, assuming you have a circular wrapper you plop enough filling in the center and allow about 1/2 inch of margin. Take your chopsticks (that’s what I use to handle the filling) and shape it into an oval on the dough. Fold the two ends of dough on the short axis of the filling together like a taco and pinch them tight at the top. From there, move about 1/4 of the way down from center and create a fold in the edge of the dough closest to you, fold it down and pinch it tight. You’re creating a pleat in the dough. Repeat this two or three more times – enough to leave a teardrop opening at the end.

it takes some practice to know not to over or under fill

pinch the top together

making a pleat

the teardrop at the end

I like to poke the end of the teardrop in and then pinch it shut. Now half of the dumpling is folded. Turn the dumpling around so the pleats are facing away from you and pleat toward the center on the same side as the pleats you just made. The whole thing should curve into a crescent form concave toward you. After the pleats are done and the other corner is pinched in, I go over the entire crest and pinch it tight because any openings will result in filling leaking out or other unsightly issues. The final dumpling should be a neat and pretty package.

closing the end

pleating the other side

the dumpling should resemble something like this

Making a hundred dumplings isn’t easy on the back. There is no way I can work the dough on my kitchen counters – they are too high. I work on my kitchen table because the height allows me to use my weight when rolling out the dough. Don’t forget to take a break and give your body a stretch. Let’s have a look at our faithful companion… She’s never far from the action in the kitchen.

good dog

I like to line my dumplings neatly on a large plate. I can typically fit all of the dumplings on a plate in one batch to cook in my large frying pan. Before I place a finished dumpling on the plate, I gently rub the base of the dumpling in a thin layer of flour on the work surface. It helps to prevent sticking to the plate (which can destroy a dumpling) when you need to quickly set them in the frying pan.

like little purses

a plateful ready for cooking

Frying potstickers is the more complex of the different ways to prepare dumplings. It’s quite simple though. I use a large non-stick frying pan with high sides and cover. First you pan fry the dumplings in a little bit of oil (a few tbsps) on medium high heat. When the bottoms get golden, ready yourself with the lid and in one swift move pour water into the pan (duck while everything spatters violently) and clap the lid on! I’ve made several messes over the years during this step. A measuring cup with a spout helps a lot and you have to dump the water in ALL AT ONCE. When the water boils off, remove the lid and reduce the heat to medium or medium low. This allows the potstickers to dry out and crisp up.

getting settled into the pan

bubbling hot after adding the water

shoot for a golden bottom

When the dumplings are done, you can scoop them out and serve them hot, or you can do a fancy move and flip them onto a plate upside down. The second trick doesn’t always feel like it will work for me. The pan is heavy and still very hot. I always worry that my plate is going to go flying and shatter on the floor amidst fallen potstickers that the dog would immediately dive into… But it seems to work alright and sometimes I don’t even have to rearrange them to look like they came out of the pan correctly.

serve bottoms up

Dipping sauces are a personal choice. I like to use soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil, red wine vinegar or black vinegar, and most of all a spicy chili garlic paste. You can add minced ginger, garlic, green onions, sugar, take your pick – or pick them all. If you don’t plan on eating all of the dumplings (I usually make a triple batch) you can successfully freeze them for a later date. Don’t cook them, but place them on a baking sheet so none of them are touching. Pop the sheet into the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes until the dumplings are no longer sticky or soft. Place the frozen dumplings in a freezer bag taking care not to squash them together and seal. Freeze for up to a couple of months. Cook the same way, although you may way to let them cook a little longer during the boiling water phase to ensure the filling is thoroughly cooked. Easy peasy, right?

shrimp potsticker

Chinese Dumplings/Potstickers
[print recipe]

pork filling
1 lb ground pork
4 large napa cabbage leaves, minced
3 stalks green onions, minced
7 shitake mushrooms, minced (if dried – rehydrated and rinsed carefully)
1/2 cup bamboo shoots, minced
1/4 cup ginger root, minced
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp corn starch


shrimp filling
1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and coarsely chopped
1/2 lb ground pork
3 stalks green onions, minced
1/4 cup ginger root, minced
1 cup water chestnuts, minced
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp corn starch

Note: you will want to double this for the amount of filling listed – I just tend to use leftover pork filling for soup meatballs. A single batch will yield about 40 dumplings depending on size.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup warm water
flour for worksurface

dipping sauce
2 parts soy sauce
1 part vinegar (red wine or black)
a few drops of sesame oil
chili garlic paste (optional)
minced ginger (optional)
minced garlic (optional)
minced green onion (optional)
sugar (optional)

Combine all filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly (I mix by clean hand). Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the dough, Method 1: Place the flour in the work bowl of a food processor with the dough blade. Run the processor and pour the warm water in until incorporated. Pour the contents into a sturdy bowl or onto a work surface and knead until uniform and smooth. The dough should be firm and silky to the touch and not sticky.[Note: it’s better to have a moist dough and have to incorporate more flour than to have a dry and pilling dough and have to incorporate more water).

Make the dough, Method 2 (my mom’s instructions): In a large bowl mix flour with 1/4 cup of water and stir until water is absorbed. Continue adding water one teaspoon at a time and mixing thoroughly until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. We want a firm dough that is barely sticky to the touch.

Both dough methods: Knead the dough about twenty strokes then cover with a damp towel for 15 minutes. Take the dough and form a flattened dome. Cut into strips about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Shape the strips into rounded long cylinders. On a floured surface, cut the strips into 3/4 inch pieces. Press palm down on each piece to form a flat circle (you can shape the corners in with your fingers). With a rolling pin, roll out a circular wrapper from each flat disc. Take care not to roll out too thin or the dumplings will break during cooking. Leave the centers slightly thicker than the edges. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each wrapper and fold the dough in half, pleating the edges along one side (see images above).

To boil: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add dumplings to pot. Boil the dumplings until they float.

To steam: Place dumplings on a single layer of napa cabbage leaves or on a well-greased surface and steam for about 6 minutes.

To pan fry (potstickers): Place dumplings in a frying pan with 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil. Heat on high and fry for a few minutes until bottoms are golden. Add 1/2 cup water and cover. Cook until the water has boiled away and then uncover and reduce heat to medium or medium low. Let the dumplings cook for another 2 minutes then remove from heat and serve.

To freeze: Assemble dumplings on a baking sheet so they are not touching. Freeze for 20-30 minutes until dumplings are no longer soft. Place in ziploc bag and freeze for up to a couple of months. Prepare per the above instructions, but allow extra time to ensure the filling is thoroughly cooked.

To serve: Serve dumplings or potstickers hot with your choice of dipping sauce combinations.

409 nibbles at “chinese dumplings and potstickers”

  1. Julia says:

    Amazing! Thanks for the steps – for someone who has always wanted to make these but always been a little scared to – steps like these are really appreciated!

  2. peabody says:

    Wow, what great step by steps. I have never made them before…but have eaten many.
    I am too embarrassed to say that my first cooking inspiration was taking Ritz cracker and spread cheese ball on them and then covering them with tomato rice soup(I was young) but seemed to be obseesed with them for awhile…not so much now :)

  3. Maninas: Food Matters says:

    I love your photos! thanks for the detailed instructions on how to make potstickers! :)

  4. Nicisme says:

    Oh they look fantastic! I’ll have to give them another go – mine didn’t look anything like yours!

  5. Rasa Malaysia says:

    This is such a great post with step-by-step instructions. I have got to make these this weekend. Yum.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Absolutely droolicious. ;)

  6. Deborah says:

    These look so great! I have never made dumplings before, mainly because I know I would have a hard time shaping them, and I’d probably make them look horrible! But I guess as long as they taste good, that’s what matters, right??

  7. patti says:

    oh gosh, they look delicious!

    on a completely unrelated note, what kind of camera do you have/use? i’m looking for a new one and your photos have such crisp color.

  8. jenyu says:

    Julia – there are so many things that I wouldn’t know how to do today if it hadn’t been for someone showing me how! Glad I could pass that along :)

    Peabody – it’s safe to say that we all had our moments as budding gourmets. I’ll share something that Jeremy would be mortified to know that I’m writing about… he used to (as a kid) nuke a piece of bologna until it curled up like a bowl, then he’d fill it with mayo and EAT IT. ugh… He’s not a gourmet though – just my taste tester. Can’t believe the guy is as thin as a rail.

    Maninas – you are most welcome and thanks!

    Nicisme – i’m sure yours will turn out beautifully. Good luck!

    RM – woman, you flatter me! I drool right back at your site.

    Deborah – i’ll bet that you would make great dumplings. the folding isn’t that hard – if you can handle pie crust, dumplings shouldn’t be too bad :)

    Patti – thanks! You should read my about page for my tirade on photography, but the quick answer is that the crispness and color have to do with 1) focus and tripod and 2) knowing how to use lighting and post processing. My camera is a Nikon D200 which I use primarily for landscape photography. You could easily get by with a much more compact and inexpensive model for food photog.

  9. Ellen says:

    These step-by-step pictures are gorgeous!

    Having been dragged into the dumplings assembly line far too many times to count…there’s a cheat to making dumplings quickly. After placing the filling in the center, I place the wrapper and filling in my left palm (I’m right-handed) tuck in the edges a little, line the edges up, and press firmly. They’re not as pretty as yours are, but are functional, and hold the filling well.

  10. s'kat says:

    My husband and I were just discussing that it’s almost that time of year to make dumplings. Thanks for a great refresher course, and I’m really looking forward to the shrimp/pork version! Great photos.

  11. jenyu says:

    Ellen – Thanks for the tip! I never knew of any other way to fold dumplings than the way my mom and grandma taught me. That’s a good suggestion for beginners that I’ll keep in mind.

    S’kat – thanks. I see you’re from the Hampton Roads area. I grew up there!

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  13. Kristina says:


    thanks for the receipes. i am giving it a go today. just a bit confused about the orignial and improved receipe.

    Original Rec: Says to put a damp cloth over the dough for 15minutes, but the new one does not?

    should i leave for 15minutes?

    thanks again

  14. jenyu says:

    Kristina – thanks for the question. I realize that my recipe was a tad vague. I’ll fix that now. Yes, cover with damp cloth and leave for 15 minutes. Hope they turn out for you!

  15. Amy says:

    I made there dumplings this weekend and they are fantastic!! Thank you again for posting these wonderful recipes. I also made the candied orange peels. It was time consuming, but totally worth the wait. I am making an italian cookie called Roccoco( I hope I spelled that right) for the upcoming holidays, and it calls for candied citrus peel. I am so glad I can make my own!


  16. jenyu says:

    Amy – great! I’m so happy to hear that the recipe was clear enough for you to make the dumplings. It is great to know that you didn’t have any problems when giving them a try. If you do run into problems, certainly let me know because I always want to update any recipes that might be unclear. Thanks for the feedback :)

  17. Alex says:

    Jen, these duplings look wonderful! Next time we make them we will definately have to try the home made dough and the pork filling too! Thanks for the tips! Alex

  18. jenyu says:

    Alex – thanks so much. I have to admit that this technique takes some time and effort, but definitely worth it in the end. So it’s a good thing to do with a bunch of friends :)

  19. Matthew says:

    This post is fantastic. Your instructions (especially the folding part) are detailed and well illustrated. I’m getting super hungry. I’m sure my dog will keep me company too!


  20. jenyu says:

    Matthew – Oh, I am so glad you found the post helpful. Hope your dumplings come out great!

  21. Anna says:

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your site, but I’m so glad I did. You’ve inspired me to make homemade potstickers.

    I have a question. (Sorry if it’s sounds silly.) I notice on other recipes I have read for potstickers eggs or egg whites are used. Your recipe doesn’t call for them. Also your recipe is the only one I’ve seen so far that uses cornstarch. Are there reasons for this?

    I plan on trying your recipe soon. :)


  22. jenyu says:

    Anna – I think they’re both binding agents for the filling. I’ve just always used cornstarch which blends with the soy sauce and sesame oil so that it’s hardly noticeable. Can’t speak for the egg, but I imagine they have similar results! Good luck.

  23. Cyndi says:

    Great recipes Jen. Love your photography, too. Last year I made the pork dumpling I saw on your old blog. This year I made the shrimp ones for CNY. Both yummy. BTW, here in the Chicago area the Asian markets sell “dumpling wrappers (ShangHai style)” which are just flour & water & citric acid preservative. Not as good as homemade but still good. Many of the restaurants around here (mostly Cantonese) sell dumplings with very thick skins. We prefer the thin delicate dough which gets nice & crispy.
    Thanks for the recipes Jen. Happy New Year.

  24. jenyu says:

    Cyndi – I’m so glad you made the shrimp ones this year! Thanks for dropping by and also on the tip for the wrappers. I don’t even bother looking anymore, but they could come in very handy at times :) Gong Xi Fa Tsai to you too!!

  25. nell says:

    i can’t wait to make this recipe – quick question, though – i’m vegetarian, any suggestions for modifying the filling to be vegetarian? obviously, leave out the pork – but i’m not sure whether to replace in full with some sort of tofu product or increase the veggies? any suggestions would be great. thanks!

  26. jenyu says:

    Nell – hmmm, I think you can use stuff like Chinese leeks (see Rasa Malaysia’s latest post on dumplings – she used Chinese leeks), or increase the Chinese mushrooms, bamboo shoots. Maybe bind them with beaten egg or beaten egg whites? You could use dried tofu (like the dry tofu cakes I used in my lucky ten ingredient dish) or crumble regular tofu? Napa cabbage, chopped fine, is also nice. Sorry I can’t be of much help!

  27. mamako says:

    Jen, I love dumplings! The only thing is—I only eat seafood so I guess if I eliminate the ground pork, my potstickers won’t be as good. How can I make my dumplings moist? Any suggestions? Thanks.

  28. nell says:

    hi jen! i spent tonight making potstickers w/ vegetarian filling. your recipe is magnificent! i love that the dough is so simple and so good. i made a large batch w/ the same veggies you use but roughly doubled, plus 2 packages of organic smoky tempeh strips – briefly panfried first for texture & taste, and then minced. i also used hot sesame oil which gave the potstickers some great kick (if you like spicy). i made a separate batch with garlic stirfried peapod stems (actually leftovers from takeout the other night) mixed with tofu, sesame oil, soy sauce and touch of garlic chili paste. both recipes were great, but the tofu ones are a little bland for my taste. i’ll add more chili paste next time, or the hot sesame oil. i didn’t do the raw egg b/c i wanted to see if these would be good as vegan, and they turned out SO delicious, no problem with binding at all. thanks again for sharing – i can’t wait to try your other recipes!

  29. jenyu says:

    mamako – hmmm, I guess you could try to add some fat into the shrimp? i’m just not sure what kind. i’ve had dumplings in restaurants that are chinese leeks and shrimp – and they are to die for! but not sure about the fat. maybe add some sesame oil and some egg white and just watch the temp to make sure they don’t burn too quickly?

    nell – great! i’m so glad it worked and that you liked it :)

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  31. Cyndi says:

    For Mamako,
    I actually did make the shrimp ones without the pork, used more shrimp & added a tablespoon or so of peanut oil (it’s pretty flavorless & doesn’t burn easily) Didn’t use any egg white and subbed 1/2 cup of bamboo shoots for 1/2 the water chestnuts, otherwise followed Jen’s recipe. (My husband always complains I can’t make any recipe without changing something)

  32. jenyu says:

    Awesome! I am glad to hear of the variation and I hope they were good!

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  34. Tini says:

    Your website is awesome. All your recipe is so detailed and I can’t wait to try them all!

    Thanks so much for posting all your delicious treat.

  35. jenyu says:

    Tini – thank you!

  36. Tini says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I love your shrimp dumplings. I finally made the dumpling yesterday with skin and everything. Without your step by step instruction my dumplings probably will look like something else . I am going home in June to my country in Jakarta, Indonesia. I think my mom will be proud of me!!

    Thanks again! I love your website.

  37. White On Rice Couple says:

    I googled “dumpligs” and I found this post! Wow, it’s a great pictorial Jen! These are by far the best dumplings reference I’ve found! They are so pretty and they look soooo good!
    We teach a dumpling cooking class and we’ll tell our students about your post here!

  38. jenyu says:

    Tini – awesome!

    WoRC – thanks sweetie. I didn’t know you guys taught a dumpling class! How friggin’ cool is that?! :)

  39. Sumpfhexe says:

    I not only love your style of food. I LOVE your pictures, too. It looks sooooo delicious! I tried to make pictures of my food, too, so I know that this is quite difficult…
    I hope it’s okay when I put you in m blogroll?
    Lovely Greetings!

  40. jenyu says:

    Sumpfhexe – sure thing. Thanks and I’m glad you like the blog!

  41. Georgia Cassel says:

    Yes, the entry was long but FABULOUS, particularly since it reinforced most of what I’m doing. The major difference is that I use ground chicken and sometimes no meat of any kind. I realize that this is probably not “Kosher” but once you add sesame oil, soy sauce, and fresh cilantro it tastes great. Also, I make the following alterations: fresh tofu, fresh ginger, fresh water chestnuts, no corn starch. Mine never seem to need it. They hold together fine!
    I have taken this on as a major cooking effort, so my family has been humoring me by eating them at least 3 x’s a week. Originally(about 10 years ago) my neighbor Mrs. Shao taught me to make them, but I was always afraid to try to make the dough. It would take all afternoon and it had the feel of a quilting bee. We always made enough to feed the family and then freeze a few dozen. One thing, Mrs. Shao gave up on teaching me to “pleat” the dough. I’m going to follow your directions because even after reading them only once, I understand why I’m not successful at this(I always start the pinch at the end instead of the middle.
    My main concern is what kind of pan do you use if you’re making pot stickers? Mrs. Shao always used tefflon. Although nonstick is not my preference, the pot stickers cook and brown wonderfully. What do you use?

  42. jenyu says:

    Georgia – I use a nonstick pan. Glad you found the entry useful :)

  43. Marisol says:

    Oh my god. I just made these [pork filling]. They were holy freaking fabulous. I can’t think of better adjectives to use. I’ve never had these bfore except maybe once or twice in random chinese restaurants, and I’m a novice cook. But they were perfect! They weren’t all perfect looking, but my boyfriend I ate them with a salad and you couldn’t slap the smile off our faces. !!!. I’m making them again tomorrow for my late birthday/Olympics party and I’m tickled that I’ll be making something chinese all by myself for the Beijing Olympics. Love your blog. These are totally do able for everyone. I subbed in some carrots that were in my fridge, since I’m in Mexico from a study abroad semester and couldn’t easily find bamboo shoots. I even lived through the tossing water in the pan part. !
    Thanks! couldn’t be happier. seriously. awesome.

  44. jenyu says:

    Marisol – yay! Really glad that you had such a good experience. It’s labor intensive, but isn’t that hard to do. Good for you and happy belated bday!

  45. Jackitup says:

    I made your dumpling dough and it was very good, thanks. I streemlined things a bit by rolling out sheets of the dough with my Atlas paste roller/cutter and rolled them to the #2 thickness and cut out the circles with a glass and layed them under plastic wrap and put the circles on a sheet pan covering each layer with plastic wrap. Then using a small meetball scopp put the filling on each one and pinched them up, worked great. I didn’t use your filling yet as I had some leftover sauerkraut and smoked rib and pork meat I filled them with. Boiled then browned in butter.
    Here’s a pic of the dough.
    Thaks again,

  46. Jean says:

    Hi, what is bothering me is that no one says which type of flour to use for the dumplings. How do you all know? I want to make dim sum and I can’t find a recipe to make the pancakes to fill.can anyone ehelp please. Cheers. Jean.

  47. Jackitup says:

    Regular flour is fine. I used high glutin flour as that is what I have around for making pizza and breads. It will give a bit more of a chewier texture which I like anyway.

  48. jenyu says:

    Jon – awesome! Sounds like you’re on your way to becoming a pro.

    Jean – sorry love, I have been out with illness for a while. I just use all purpose flour – works great.

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  50. Sara says:

    Wonderful! I just made my first batch of dumplings today. Sadly, I didn’t find this recipe until now (and I’m all done, lol)
    I found that making dumplings is very time consuming! They seem so simple, what a lie!
    I used wonton wrappers and they just looked horrible. I improvised a shrimp filling that tasted alright (but not good at all) I attempted to fry them, but it wasn’t right so I boiled them. They came out okay. Ugly, but okay. They were nothing like the dumplings my friend used to make for me.
    So now that I have this recipie in my bookmarks I’m gonna go crazy and make enough to last me this winter!
    Thank you so much! :)

  51. jenyu says:

    Sara – Good luck with the recipe. I’m sure you’ll make awesome potstickers!

  52. Pillar says:

    Jenyu ! WOW – I wish I had found your website ages ago ! I have been trying and trying to make chinese dumplings for my chinese-food-crazy toddlers and husband. They never work/never come out right/taste wretched/are too chewey/break etc Your website complete with vivid photos. detailed instructions and basic steps are a godsend – For the first time my family has truly appreciated home made chinese dumplings !!
    Thumbs up !

  53. jenyu says:

    Pillar – thanks and good on ya!

  54. Jim says:

    I’m about ready to attempt your wonderfully detailed recipe (once I get a good gluten-free AP flour mix), but a quick question for you – The ingredients list for the shrimp filling says raw, but in your photos it looks like they’ve been slightly cooked. Which is better?

    Once I get brave enough to actually try this, I’ll let you know how the gluten-free version is…

  55. jenyu says:

    Jim – oh, sorry about that. Those shrimp are pink when raw (the are… pink shrimp), so they look slightly cooked, but actually, they are raw – definitely keep them raw. Good luck!

  56. Jim says:

    No problem, and thanks for answering so fast. I’m strictly an East Coast guy, and I’ve only every really seen the gray ones before, so I figured I would ask before burning the heck out of a batch…

  57. Sam says:

    Great recipe for jiao.zi. I used to live in Taiwan and loved eating platefuls of dumplings after work. Simple and soooo satisfying.

    It’s weird, tho. I live here in San Francisco and most of the Chinese restaurants that make dumplings make the skins so that they are too thick. Not delicate at all. Granted, we don’t want the dumplings to fall apart, but there should be a balance. I assume that the restaurants are using store bought mass-produced “skins”. Anyway, flour and water did the trick for us. Weren’t nearly as pretty as yours tho.

    Anyway, love your website. Thanks for the tips and the pictures are great.

    (BTW, I noticed what seemed like a picture of Taiwan on your blog. Have you been there???)

  58. Leela says:

    Wonderfully described and illustrated recipe! I’ll have to try your pleating method – I’ve only made potstickers/dumplings a few times but I made them round and gathered at the top. It was easier since no-one showed me how to pleat them. They still tasted good, but were a lot of work! I think it is best to make a big batch and freeze some for later use.

    I’ve only made these with beef and would like to try with shrimp/pork. Can I use the baby salted (fermented) shrimps that come in a jar? I’ve had them for a long time and don’t know how to use them. They are so small they wouldn’t need to be diced. I would have to adjust the saltiness, but if I do mainly pork with perhaps 1/4 amount shrimp for flavour it might work…?

  59. jenyu says:

    Sam – thanks! Hmm, I have never been to Taiwan, so it’s doubtful I will have a picture of it.

    Leela – You can theoretically use anything in the dumplings, but for the shrimp/pork filling that I make – fresh really is very different from the salted fermented shrimps. The texture and flavor will be completely different, but you could still give it a try.

  60. cristina says:

    Thanks! for the recipe!!! I made them and they turn out great!!! Everybody love them! It is a great recipe. Thank you for the pictures and all the tips.
    One question, do you know the wonton dough recipe? Thank you

  61. jenyu says:

    Cristina – good for you! That’s awesome and I’m so happy you met with success. Unfortunately, I’ve never made wontons before, so I don’t have a recipe for the dough :(

  62. Eddie says:

    Thank you, Jen! I recently got addicted to Chinese dumplings, but it was getting to be an expensive habit! I made my first today using your recipe and my wife and 3 year old daughter thought they were wonderful. I even used chopsticks to mix the dough and they came out great!!! I will be experimenting with this a lot!!! Thank you so very much!!!


  63. jenyu says:

    Eddie – that’s fantastic to hear and awesome that your family liked them. You are very very welcome. Good job!

  64. Red Wolf says:

    I’m gonna make these today for the Chinese New Year! Hopefully they’ll be yummy!

  65. jenyu says:

    Red – best of luck and I hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  66. Glitzer says:

    Heya – I love your recipes!!! Especially this one! I had fun making it for my boyfriend and his family!

    I also parboiled the dumplings and use it for Hotpot!!! Great stuff and love them! Great pictures too!

  67. jenyu says:

    Glitzer – sounds great!

  68. indy says:

    wow! instructions are so simple stated and its seems delicious. I’ll try this recipe for the family. thanks!!! :)

  69. jenyu says:

    Indy – you’re welcome :)

  70. Grace says:

    Hi, My whole life I have been following my family’s recipe for dumplings. Today, I’ve rebelled against my family tradition by discovering your lovely recipe, which looks packed with flavour. Previously, I have used half the amount of vegetable ingredients, which I found my dumplings to be too dense and meaty tasting. I look forward to spending my Sunday this weekend making dumplings with this new and improved recipe.

    Many thanks!

  71. jenyu says:

    Grace – I’m flattered! I hope you enjoy the dumplings.

  72. Sandy says:

    Try using a pasta maker to roll out the dough. Works like a charm on setting 5.

  73. jenyu says:

    Sandy – I don’t actually like uniform thickness to my dough – I roll them so that the centers are a tad thicker than the edges which may be difficult to achieve with a pasta maker. I’m a control freak anyway ;)

  74. Adrienne says:

    question: what happens if the dumplings stick to the bottom of the pan? i used a generous amount of oil and after it became nicely brown (and not stuck), i added the water, covered and came back a few minutes later to find dumplings stuck to the pan. there was still some water, so i waited until it all cooked off, but the dumplings remained stuck. our pan does suck, it’s a non-stick with many parts no longer non-stick. i was so fed up, i scraped off what i could and threw out the pan. bought a new one. all-clad. williams sonoma. but i wonder, did i do something wrong? any insight?

  75. jenyu says:

    Adrienne – well, I usually use a non-stick pan for these so couldn’t tell you about your pan versus an all-clad. Give it a try. I’m sure an all-clad would fare better than a non-stick pan whose stick has unstuck!

  76. Stephanie says:

    Hi. My cooking club tried this recipe with pork filling and they were very good. We steamed half and fried half. We extended the cooking times quite a bit, fearing the the still pink pork was not done. Does your pork stay pink?

  77. jenyu says:

    Stephanie – the pork when cooked can still be pink. You will notice a difference between pink and raw – but if you want to be on the safe side, use a probe to determine the internal temperature to be sure.

  78. vivi says:

    Hi Jen,

    can i checked 1 cup of water chestnut = hw many chestnut approx?
    same with your flour. U mentioned 2 cups.

    or can i checked hw big is ur cup to measure the chest nut and the flour

  79. Folk says:

    Hi Jen,

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for this recipe! Although I like my fillings with more soy, pork and sesame oil and without shrimp, these are just about the Chinese delivery dumplings of my New York childhood. Now that I live in Bristol, in the UK, it’s great to be able to make my own — and so much fun!


  80. jenyu says:

    Vivi – well, one cup is 8 ounces. It’s a volume measure. Hope that helps.

    Folk – awesome! You’re welcome :)

  81. rachel says:

    thanks so much for the tips! i have been making dumplings for several years – but your technique for the dough rolling was new to me -i made dumplings tonight and it turned out perfectly shaped and flattened yet thicker-in-the-middle skins! thanks!

  82. rachel says:

    adrienne and all- it is my understanding from a college chemistry class i took tat you should immediately throw out any non-stick pan that has any parts scraped off or peeling. nasty chemicals. a good old fashioned cast iron fry pan that is seasoned well (the trick is to NEVER use any SOAP on it EVER) always works as a non-stick pan for us, though i have always steamed my dumplings, now i’m curious and i must try this potsticker technique!

  83. Beverly says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial, Jen. I made some today and my family really loved them (made the pork/shrimp) – YUM!!!! I found that it helped to moisen the edges of the dumpling with a little water to help in the folding process. I’ll be making these again and again.

  84. Lmai says:

    I have to say that this was the best step by step on any recipe I’ve seen. The photo’s were a wodnerfull help, especially for someone like me who has to see something to understand it sometimes.

    Only problem, I sent a few dumplings accross the floor while flipping them onto a plate from the frying pan. However I can honestly say, while I really enjoyed the dumplings, so did my cats who caught the escapee’s.

  85. vivi says:

    HI, Thanks for the reply. did it for e 2nd time with the measuring cup made me realise how stupid i am. Keke cos there a indication for 2 cups on it. Thanks for replying to this silly qns of mine.

    Also, i used 2 cups of flour with 1 cup of water. My mum knead the dough and i did the wrapping. They tasted it and mentioned that the skin taste like flour. But the filling is very nice. So what is wrong with my way of doing??

    Think i should used premade that can be easily purchase over the supermarket instead till i master the art of making the skin. :)

  86. jenyu says:

    Rachel – that’s fantastic to hear. Glad you had success and enjoyed them.

    Beverly – awesome!

    Lmai – oh no! I’m glad the kitties could enjoy the potstickers though :) I am a little scared of that flip move too.

    Vivi – I don’t know. The skin probably would taste like flour if it’s made of flour, don’t you think? I never even thought about the taste of the skin before.

  87. vivi says:


    maybe i should be more specific. She say tasted like mee hoon kuay ( mian fen gao).

  88. jenyu says:

    Vivi – okay… I don’t know what that means, really ;)

  89. Courtney says:

    I just found your sight through some links and I am so glad I did. I studied in Japan for a while and was able to eat these and I love them. I think I’ll make them in the next few weeks and was wondering if there are any helpful hints for a rookie?

  90. Sey says:

    I found your awesome blog last night and decided to make potstickers and scallion pancakes today. They turned out great.. were really easy and yummy. If you have time, check out the outcome on my blog. Of course, it’s not as pretty as yours :)

  91. chinesefoodfan says:

    sooooo cool!i many detailed pictures and step!you make it easy!!!!!!!

  92. Just Cook It says:

    My girlfriend cooked these last night and they were unbelievably wonderful. Thank you!

  93. jenyu says:

    Courtney – um, I think most of the hints I would have are in the post :)

    Sey – thanks, so glad you had success!

    Chinesefoodfan – thank you :)

    Just Cook It – you’re very welcome. Nice job!!

  94. Yummeh says:

    This was an amazing recipe!. Totally worth the long amount of time it took to make. Though the dough recipe was only enough to make about half of the amount of Chinese Dumpling for me.

  95. jenyu says:

    Yummeh – thanks! I think I always use the leftover filling to make meatballs for chinese soup.

  96. Folk says:

    Hi Jen,

    After a bunch of times repeating this recipe, I have some observations:

    * 2 cups of flour’s worth of dough doesn’t go anywhere near enough 1lb of pork. I kept expecting it to when I made the recipe! I find I can get four or five batches of dumplings out of 1lb of pork, more if I add more veggies.

    * The hardest bit for dumpling n00bs seems to be the pleating thing. I wonder if you have any suggestions on explaining it so you don’t end up with what I call Stegosaurus Dumplings.

    * It might be helpful to note that dumplings swell when cooked, so “bitesize” in uncooked isn’t exactly bitesize when cooked!

    Thank you so much again for this recipe. It’s fabulous!

  97. jenyu says:

    Folk – yup, you’re probably right. I suppose I make a double batch of dough for the filling, but I do so many things with the filling (like make meatballs) that it’s hard to keep track. My explanation for pleating is in the photos and text. I think it really requires some practice and experience before you can get the feel for it. They swell a little, but most of the time when I make them the size I want, they come out about that size (they shrink a little when you pull them out of the pan). Cheers!

  98. Jono says:

    I was very scared when I couldn’t find the old page. Jen you are fantastic! I appreciate the update, and am also pleased that the poisons of Grad School are fading memories!

    If you ever come to Sydney it would be my pleasure to cook some dumplings up for you! (does that sound wierd!?)

  99. jenyu says:

    Jono – that’s really kind of you to offer! I have far too many people to visit if I ever make my way back to Sydney ;)

  100. Becca says:

    YAAAAY! I love this! I make dumplings at least once a week, and I am making them for my senior graduation party, but I always make them with wonton wrappers because I didn’t know how to make the skins. This is exciting! Thank you so much for your awesome instructions!

  101. jenyu says:

    Becca – great! You’ll love the rolled skins so much better than wonton skins :)

  102. Meloxi says:

    Thanks for the step by step pictures! This is my first time making them and they actually look authentic :) I made them with chicken and bought the dough at my local Asian market… will definitely make again. I experimented with pan frying, boiling and steaming. They all look great but the pan fried ones have an edge when it comes to taste. Goes great with chili oil!

  103. Minta says:

    These are fantastic!!!! For white person i did a fab job lol!!! This is great recipe!!!

  104. jenyu says:

    Meloxi – I have to agree that the pan-fried ones are soooo good :)

    Minta – YAAYYY!!

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  106. The Pumpernickel says:

    I’m so glad I found your site! I’ve always said that most food should come in dumpling-form. I love them. And I am most definitely trying this recipe out in the near future. Thanks!

  107. jenyu says:

    The Pumpernickel – Great! Hope you enjoy these too.

  108. Bryan says:

    Hi, I love this pot stickers recipe. Would it be better and less messy to steam it first and then pan fry it over a non stick pan, rather than pouring the water over a hot pan? Does this way create the same pot stickers?
    hear from you soon. Bryan

  109. aha says:

    Hi Jenyu,

    Thanks so much for this most wonderful post. I’ve always wanted to make dumplings but never knew how to make the filling or do the pleating. I know some people wrote about using wonton skins. If you do use wonton skins will the pleating stick? Do you have to use egg to keep it together?

    Also I really want to try your dipping sauce. I LOVE the dumplings that they make in Korean/Japanese restaurants, same thing but called Gyoza or Yakimando but I can never replicate their tasting dipping sauce. Can you take a pic of the Chili garlic paste so I can see what that looks like (jar and outside of the jar) since I’m sure if we have it in Canada the jar will look different.

    Thanks so much for this. You rock.

  110. aha says:

    Hi Jenyu,

    I forgot to ask. Where do you buy the bamboo shoots? I’ve only ever bought bamboo shoots from a can. Is that sufficient i.e. fresh enough? The ones in your picture looks so fresh.

    Also, thanks for all the pictures. The sure are helpful. I would have never known what napa cabbage leaves were.

  111. jenyu says:

    Bryan – If you steam first and then fry, you will create more dishes. That said, I also think if you steam then fry, you won’t get as nice of a crunchy bottom. Pouring the water over the hot pan is a simple step and it’s really not that bad if you use a pouring vessel with a spout.

    Aha – wonton skins don’t stick as well and are more brittle. In my opinion, they should not be used in dumplings because they are not only inferior, but they suck. If you use store-bought skins, there are specific dumpling skins in Asian grocery stores that probably don’t have egg in them. Most of the chili sauces come from China or Taiwan, so it doesn’t matter if you’re buying them in Canada or the states. You can find pictures of some brands here: and the bamboo shoots I use are usually store-bought in cans unless I can score fresh bamboo shoots in California when I visit.

  112. Joh says:

    Looks like a great recipe! I look forward to trying it out.

    40’s quite a bit, do they freeze well? If so, how long are they good for? I understand you’re probably not a scientist, but have you had any experiences with that?

  113. Allen says:

    Hi Jen! Thanks for posting up the proportions for the dumpling skins, you saved our dinner :D

    Just wanted to also point out something – when we’ve made pot stickers, whether frozen or fresh, what we do is:

    – liberally oil a cast/nonstick pan with a few tbsp of cooking oil
    – place the dumplings in the pan (I pack them in close, they stick to each other a bit but I don’t personally mind)
    – pour boiling water in the pan to half-cover the dumplings
    – place the whole thing on the range at about medium-high heat, and cover with a lid till cooked.
    – take the lid off and boil off the excess water (which should mostly be gone already)
    – the dumplings will get a crunchy bottom shortly after after the water is all gone.

    This way the dumplings never spatter from a sudden addition of water to hot oil.


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  115. Ria says:

    Tooo good Jen! lovely explanation!! :)

  116. jenyu says:

    Joh – You’ll probably end up with more than 40, but yes, they freeze well (if you read the post, it discusses how to freeze). Actually, I am a scientist and they are good for up to 3 months if properly sealed, but beyond that will likely experience freezer burn.

    Allen – huh, interesting. Thanks for the tip. I may try it, although pouring water into the hot pan isn’t so bad if you have a cup with a spout.

    Ria – thanks!

  117. Kifda says:

    I had some of these from a restaurant today and had to find out how to make they ’cause they were so bloody tasty. Thanks for the step-by-step and detailed picture instructions, I’ll be making these soon!

  118. Aaron says:

    I want to make these to bring to a party this weekend but would like to make them the day before and then steam them at the party. Can I leave them in the refrigerator prepared overnight? Or do I have to freeze them?

  119. jenyu says:

    Kifda – you’re welcome :)

    Aaron – um, I wouldn’t leave them in the fridge overnight – the filling will sog up the dough and then it will all stick together and you will likely cuss, cry, or both. I suggest freezing. It’s not terribly different, just longer cook time. Good luck!

  120. Phoo-D says:

    Jen – Thank you for the detailed instructions! I learned the hard way that I shouldn’t stack up my rolled out dough…but once I re-rolled it all again we were able to fill and shape them. I also noticed that they stuck to the plate while I was making additional dumplings…maybe my dough was too sticky in general? The flavors were great and I’m happy to have some in the freezer for another week. Terrific recipe!

  121. jenyu says:

    Phoo-D – oh, bummer :( Yeah, it may have been a little sticky, but I typically rub the base in flour before setting it on the plate (these buggers get soggy after a while). So happy that you like them!

  122. Tess Lynch says:

    Hi Jen,

    Burned the bottoms to an embarrassing degree, and they still tasted wonderful. Great recipe!

  123. jenyu says:

    Tess – thanks! And yeah, there is some leeway, which is probably why I make them ;)

  124. Lori says:

    THose are such perfect pleats. I have made these before but am excited to make them again. Mabe if I practice I can achieve these kind of pleats! Beautiful Jenyu!

  125. Amy says:

    Oh YUM!! These were my family’s dinner tonight. I just finished “Mao’s Last Dancer” (book) and he kept talking about his mom’s fantastic homeade dumplings in it so I was inspired and your recipe was great. One question – I ended up using half ginger and half galangal. We had some galangal in the fridge and there seems like so few opportunities to use it…

    Overall, great recipe, great pics. You totally inspired me to make homeade dough – something I NEVER would have attempted before. But now I’m always going to do it that way because it was awesome!


  126. jenyu says:

    Lori – It just takes a little getting used to. Luckily, when you make dumplings, you have to fold a lot of them – so you get practice and perhaps will perfect them in your first batch? :)

    Amy – Not sure what the question was, but in general the filling is pretty flexible which is why I love the “recipe” :) Kudos!

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    This post is amazing – thanks so much for it! My family is Chinese, but my mom never taught me how to make potstickers/dumplings (though she was truly a master at it!), so I’ll use your guide to make them on my own. :)

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    Hahahahaha – this white person had perfectly round flat pieces of dough – because I used my tortilla press. However, my kids helped stuff and fold so they looked like alien invaders anyway.

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  151. jenyu says:

    Carmen – that is wonderful! Good for you and I hope you enjoy them.

    Mary – hey, whatever works, right?! :) So cool that you got your kids involved. Maybe they will become awesome cooks too!

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  153. Girl Cook in Paris says:

    Wow – this is amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH for such a well-layed out post. It explains it crystal-clear. I’ve never made these before, but I’ll definitely try, thanks to you! merci beaucoup!

  154. jenyu says:

    GCiP – you’re very welcome :)

  155. Jaime says:

    Hi there…..I made your potstickers the other night, but due to time I used the pre-made wonton wrappers. I followed your recipe for the filling along with the cooking process. I don’t see anyone else complaining of sticking so I must be missing something. I made two batches using two different types of pans. First I used a stainless steel pan and then went for the non-stick. They seemed to really stick after adding the water to the hot oil and not much difference between the pans. Do you have any suggestions? Maybe its because of the pre-made wrappers? We still munched them all up and they were delicious, however just an eye soar to look at.

  156. Shannon L says:

    Dumplings are the only chinese food I actually like so this is going to be a must try, although I need to get a steamer basket. Also, can you find bamboo stalks in the grocery store?

  157. Pablo says:

    This step-by-step recipe was wonderful!
    Thank you so much for making a chinese food a fun and interesting experience!
    I will prepare them this weekend!!!

  158. jenyu says:

    Jaime – not really sure, but I don’t use wonton wrappers to make these because they contain egg. Perhaps therein lies the problem?

    Shannon – you can find them canned and they’re usually labeled bamboo shoots.

    Pablo – thanks!

  159. Marsha says:

    Thank you so much. Now I know how to pleat those potstickers like a pro. I’ve watched so many TV programs but could never master it. Your photos were so helpful and tonight my potstickers looked like those at a Chinese restaurant. Very pretty! I used a store-bought potsticker wrappers this time but will definitely use your wrapper recipe next time. Store-bought ones were too thin and not at all like your pillowy wrappers.

  160. Emily says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I feel an overwhelming urge to hug you right now. I have been looking and looking for something like this for the past year, but none of the recipes or the tutorials I found really seemed right to me. I spent a year living in China and every since the day I left, I’ve been a bit twitchy about not getting my weekly dumpling fill. And I agree, wonton wrappers just don’t cut it when you want real dumplings.

    Seriously, I want to eat your photographs. I CANNOT wait to make these. Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

    Also, I really love the design of your site.


  161. jenyu says:

    Marsha – congratulations! I really think anyone can make these, just takes a little patience :)

    Emily – you’re very welcome and thanks for dropping by!

  162. B.Rueh says:

    Thanks so much! i made pork and spinach dumplings for a potluck with my friends and your tutorial on pleating the dumpling helped a lot!

    love yr blog and am linking you if u dont mind!

  163. midnight snacks « Smoked Jelly says:

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  164. jenyu says:

    B.Rueh – mmm, spinach sounds great. Nope, I don’t mind the linking and thanks for the comment!

  165. 101 in 1001 « KFred’s Musings says:

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  166. the way it crumbles » Crab and Pork Dumplings says:

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  167. Andrew says:

    Thanks so much for the post. The dumplings made a great Top Chef party meal, and were pretty easy to make with your instructions. What a wonderful share.

  168. jenyu says:

    Andrew – how fun! That sounds like a great evening.

  169. A Spoonful of Sugar » Blog Archive » Daring Cooks: Potsticker dumplings says:

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  171. Sean says:

    Made an abbreviated version (brined chicken, green onion and chinese cabbage) and was really surprised how well they came out. Definite room for improvement, the dough needed to be rolled out thinner and I went rather beyond golden brown on the bottoms, but for a first try it was great. I even managed to make them look somewhat authentic.

    Great article and great detail, thanks!

  172. jenyu says:

    Sean – wow, that sounds really good! You’re a total pro now :)

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  175. JennA says:

    Made potstickers today, but still cheated and used store bought wrappers. But I got pleating down perfectly (it’s definitely an ocd thing, but god they look gorgeous when even and 4 pleats per side!). Next time, and soon, making my own wrappers….and I know they’ll be heavenly.
    (You should have seen my hubby buddy running to bring up your pics, when I was struggling with the the pleating on the first couple. Good online instructions, ma’am.
    Thanks Ms Yu….your recipes are fabulous.

    Next on my list….oh, it’s too hard to decide…
    Jennifer A with the 16 1/2 year old much loved tomcat

  176. Tomo says:

    Just had a stab at these. Was originally going to use Wonton wrappers, but couldn’t find any anywhere so was forced into making some dreaded dough… blimey. They worked a treat! Got stacks of the little buggers too!

    Think I made the pastry a bit thick, but there’s always next time to improve. They are delicious though!

  177. jenyu says:

    JennA – well thank you and congratulations on making beautiful dumplings!

    Tomo – mmm, these things are so good. Now I’m feeling hungry and I don’t have any left in my freezer ;)

  178. Heidi says:

    Thanks for the great instructions and the meticulous pictures, that takes won ton of work! NYUCK NYUCK

    We’re trying the pork version tonight for our special weeknight cook-together dinner. I’m really excited!

    By the way, I did the calorie analysis on those, and for 100 dumplings it comes out to (roughly) 35 calories per dumpling! This is using store-bought wrappers. Using your dough, it’s only 22 calories per dumpling!! Next time I’m trying to make my own dough :) Calorie counts are about the same for the shrimp version, a little less but not much…unless you plan on eating the entire batch.

  179. swtiris says:

    I love dumplings and I’ve been meaning to try cooking it on my own – and i’m so glad for your recipe. The last recipe I found was kind of bland. I tried this last week and it turned out really well. Although, next time, I think I’m going to reduce the amount of ginger since it was a little overpowering this time around. I still have to practice my folding though.

    I love your site. I can’t wait to try all the different kind of recipes. Now that I’m living on my own, I’ve been getting the urge to experiment and really learn how to cook. I’m kind of bias, but I definitely have a strong affinity towards Asian food. Thanks for sharing all your recipes :)

  180. Kitchen Simplicity – Chinese Dumplings – Daring Cooks says:

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  181. Pork-filled Chinese dumplings « Eat this! says:

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  182. jenyu says:

    Heidi – wow, thanks for the break down!

    Swtiris – thanks!

  183. Ben says:

    WOW love the clarity of the photos, it looks as if I am nearly there in them by looking at them, so so slick!

  184. Audrey Tran says:

    Thank you for the pleating instructions! These photos look beautiful!

  185. Aussie Try Hard says:

    Thank you, this is the best online account of dumpling making I have found.
    My friends and I are planning a dumpling production line for lunch soon. :)

  186. Kittyfishhooks says:

    Thank you so much. Your how to photos are the best ever. Informative, well put together, and easy to follow. I need your book.

  187. Bitsy says:

    Thanks so much! There is nothing better than a good potsticker!

    I have a pork recipe that I adore, but have always wanted to try shrimp. I’m glad I read this because I would not have known to put in pork as well! I usually buy my wrappers at the Asian market, but now I’m ready to try making them myself.

  188. Anushree says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I made these this evening and they were delicious. This was my first successful attempt at cooking asian food (not counting Indian food) and this recipe will be long-lived in my cooking future.

  189. Daring Cooks: Chinese Dumplings/Potstickers (June 2009) « Forget the Apron says:

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  190. blh says:

    Hello again.

    My second attempt at making these turned out perfect. I am a terrible cook, and for something to come out perfect for me means that somebody else gives outstanding instructions and examples. You have my deepest gratitude. My wife loved ’em, and that’s is saying something!

    I cheated and used wonton wrappers (they had no egg at all). I am sure that using the freshmade dough will make them better, but I don’t want to push my luck just yet………

    Your blog simply “rawks”!!

  191. Kelly says:

    Thank you for posting your story along with the recipe and photos.

    In college I dated a Chinese guy, and he and his friends would have epic ‘dumpling parties.’ I learned the process and have continued hosting these dumpling parties throughout my life for all of my friends in various places life has taken me. I’m so glad to see that my process is exactly like yours. Dumplings are special, and this recipe has brought many different people together in messy sticky kitchens all over the country.

  192. Karina Wang says:

    Thank you soooo much for your wonderful recipe. My husband is Chinese and has been asking me to make his dumplings. I was scared to try your recipe because I have only cooked Mexican food all my life. But I must say your recipe is PERFECT. I made the dumplings, I even made the wonton wrappers using your recipe. It was easy for me because I have practice making flour tortillas. My husband loved them so much. He said my dumplings were better than his mom’s.

  193. Karina Wang says:

    Do you have anymore recipes to share? I would love to try more of your recipes.

  194. olja says:

    Hi, i am from Serbia(Europa), and just started to make dumplings. I found your recipe sooooooo good, and nice!! PERFECT!
    Thanks a lot.
    All the best

  195. Bob says:

    Tried your recipe for both the pork & seafood and was a hit. Chopped & made up the fillings & showed my two boys (10 & 13 yrs old) how to shape the dumplings. They made 60 dumplings & we did the pot sticker recipe. Will try the steam one next time for some variety & also add different ingredients..

    Thanks heaps from downunder

  196. Thushara says:

    Oh , This reminds our old good days in China.
    As non Chinese We enjoyed lots of dumplings during out stay….Still I can feel the taste.
    Let me try again.


  197. Ilyse says:

    Hey there! Had to thank you for this recipe. A few months back I found it, jumped around squealing when I realized what I’d stumbled upon and immediately went out and got the ingredients. This first time, I spent a few hours wrapping everything, got the oil in the pan hot (I’d just gotten new pots so I was even more excited) added the potstickers and had to call my husband in because they burst into flame. I boiled the rest and they were amazing.
    After two hours scrubbing off the charred remains and a week to mull over my last adventure, I decided I just had to have potstickers again and set to work on a new batch. This time I didn’t heat the oil before putting them in and they were perfect. We had friends over that night and there wasn’t a single one left. Since then they’ve all been asking me to make them again.
    I lost the recipe and had to hunt it down again. Now it’s saved and I’ll be making these weekly. I just can’t get enough of them. This recipe is also the most flexible I’ve been able to find. I have a few vegan friends and a seriously picky husband so it’s great to be able to find something everyone can agree on.

  198. Elaine says:

    This recipe is awesome thank you

  199. Monica says:

    Your pictures are awesome for someone wanting to know how to “fold” these! Yours look exactly like my mother’s – every time I try to make them she takes it from me and tells me I am messing it up – she’s real nice like that! In the meantime, I don’t learn! Now I will try it with your pics. Thanks for teaching me!

  200. Chinese Dumplings and Potstickers with Cabbage Slaw « A Greenling Blog says:

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  201. The Daring Cooks Make Chinese Dumplings and Potstickers : Andrea Meyers says:

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  202. Jennifer says:

    This is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to do this. My family is from Northern China and I’ve had the privilege of eating all kinds of dumplings growing up. I’ve only observed my parents making the dough from scratch and never tried myself. You have inspired me to wait no longer! Thank you!

    BTW, besides shrimp and pork fillings, have you tried fish filling? Do you have a recipe you can share with us? Thanks!

  203. Eric says:

    AMAZING! You made this so easy. Yesterday I made 80 dumplings for a party–froze half and pigged out on the rest. Yum!

  204. Chinese Dumplings « Thyme Is On My Side says:

    […] in half, pinch the top well, and pleat the sides of the wrapper until the wrapper is sealed.  Use Real Butter has a great tutorial (and a different recipe) for how to seal dumplings, complete with a photo […]

  205. jenyu says:

    Jennifer – I haven’t tried fish filling before, sorry!

  206. Anne says:

    Early last week I got the idea to make your potstickers. Once I mentioned my idea I suddenly had lots of friends very excited about helping me eat said potstickers!

    The night before the gathering I made a 1 1/2 recipe of the pork recipe, 1 recipe of the shrimp, a pot of hot and sour soup, and a pot of egg drop soup. The day of I made 5 recipes of wrapper dough -2 dough per each filling recipe. (Each dough recipe yielded 32 wrappers – I cut each quarter log into 8 pieces.) Is this even close to the ratio of dumplings you get out of your recipes?

    Since I didn’t have experience in making dumplings I decided that my daughter and I would get a head start on making the pork dumplings and figure out the process. Within a couple of hours we had made 96 very respectible looking pork dumplings. When the other friends arrived we managed to whip out all of the shrimp ones in about an hour. All in all we made 170 dumplings!

    I used your pan frying method to cook them all – keeping two skillets going until they were all cooked. They were fantastic! Between the soup and all of the dumplings that folks could eat, we had some satisfied customers!

    For the dumplings that we made a couple of hours ahead, we had a bit of a problem when it was time to cook them. I floured a half sheet pan, but after sitting on the pan for a couple of hours some of them stuck a bit. How do you prevent sticking? Would you have frozen them? Floured more heavily?

    Also, I have some cooked potstickers leftovers. How do you reheat? I figured I would lightly cover them and slowly reheat in the oven.

    Thank you so much for your recipes and very detailed instructions. Everything was so easy to follow and very yummy. I will definitely think twice about buying the big ‘ol bag of frozen potstickers at Costco when I can make fresh ones at home that are soooo much better. Thanks again!

  207. Pot Stickers/Turkey Burgers « onioncloute says:

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  208. Favorite Pork Potstickers | Nibblers says:

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  209. Virginia says:

    Hi, thanks for your wonderful step by step recipe. I made them this evening for my very first time and it was a great success. Thank you so much for all the info.

  210. jenyu says:

    Anne – I prevent sticking by cooking the dumplings within 30 minutes of wrapping them. If you let them sit out they will become soggy and stick. The yield will depend on how big you make each dumpling. Sometimes I make large ones, sometimes I make small ones (for appetizers or finger food). I reheat the potstickers either by microwave (but they are soggier) or by heating them in the pan with a little bit of oil. The oven tends to dry the skins out.

  211. Pot-stickin lip-smackin bites of delicious « Student kitchens says:

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  212. Susan says:

    I made your dumplings last night! Wow! I’ve always used the dumpling pre-made wrappers, but now will never again. Making your own is easy and much better tasting. Thanks for your accurate and beautiful explanation. Happy New Year!

  213. Appeale » 02.23.2010 says:

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  214. liz says:

    I am so excited to make these on sunday! thank you so much!

  215. saffron and cardamom says:

    I’ve made this recipe twice, it’s absolutely delicious!

  216. chinese food says:

    I cant wait to make these. Yummers

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  218. I never said I was perfect « kookie in your kitchen says:

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  219. Ms T says:

    Great recipe, made it today and they came out great.. Thank you very much for your time and pics.

  220. Alfie says:

    I tried making dumplings before but the dumpling wrap was a disaster!!!! I bought the wrappers and the dumplings came out nice but I was not satisfied. After reading your posting and directions I have to say the dumplings looked and tasted great!!! Thank you so much… Can’t wait to take them to work ad show my Chinese friend who tasted my last dumplings and said the inside was nice….guess he wasn’t impressed with the store bought wrapper….Thanks again!!!

  221. Richard says:

    Dumplings look great can’t wait to give it a try!!!

  222. IN THE KITCHEN: Mary’s Potstickers. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. « daily nibbles says:

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  224. Mary says:

    Had this recipe on my counter for a month now… Made them tonight, and serving tomorrow : )

  225. Jackie says:

    Wow – this looks amazing. Thanks for the great instructions and pictures. I am going to have to try these!

  226. Kate says:

    These are really good instructions! I have 1 question, do the potstickers freeze well? Could I make a big batch and freeze some to eat later?

  227. jenyu says:

    Kate – I’d suggest freezing uncooked dumplings, not cooked dumplings. See my instructions on freezing at bottom of recipe.

  228. Phoo-d » Potstickers – From Scratch! says:

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  229. Dumpling chinois ou potstickers pour ma premièere participation au Daring Cooks — Recettes de Cuisine des Blogs says:

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  230. G says:

    I am one of those people that will spend hrs cooking to mk stuff fr scratch. The taste really is so much better, and yes! It is worth it! Not only that, but I love the authenticity, I was looking for a good recipe, and I hv found it. I’m also vegan, so the dough recipe is perfect, no eggs, or any other animal products. The filling meat part, will be replaced by chiken gluten, I love it in everything! Haven’t made it yet, jus found this yesterday. But am hungry for it all ready, which means I’m going to think about it a lot which will result in me mk it sooner. Look forward to trying it, will let you knw how it came out. And if any modifications were md vegan style.

  231. Rhonda Hofer says:

    Wow!!! Done with such class…and never missing a beat in the detail. Thank-you!!! :)

  232. Kava says:

    Dear Jen,

    thank you so much! I just made them and was in heaven eating these dumplings. I took your admonitions regarding the aesthetics of the dumplings very seriously and ended up shaping the dough with a wide rimmed glass. And the little pouches turned out lovely and delicious.
    No water chestnuts, so I put a stick of celery, very finely diced. And my meat was a mixture of pork, lamb and beef.
    I infused some olive oil with garlic, crushed chili peppers and ginger, strained it, added soy sauce, rice vinegar and finely diced spring onions and ended up slurping it out of the bowl.
    This was my first time making any kind of dumplings, dumpling dough or dumpling filling and the fact that they turned out perfectly tasty and pleasing to the eye is a testament, Jen, to your masterful teaching techniques.

    Next is bibimbap. Bring it on, Asian recipes!

  233. Clory says:

    Hi, just want to congratulate you for an exceptional page! Great step by step instructions and even better photos…hugs for the lovely dog.

    Being doing a special project and have checked the same information on several search engines,however, your take on Chinese dumplings recipe has been far the best.


  234. Sarah says:

    This was great. I tried another recipe today and went looking for better folding instructions and found this. The recipe I had called for cooking all of the veggies/meat beforehand, and it ended up being kind of crumbly inside of the dumpling (but maybe that was my fault). I’ll be sure to try your method next time, with the pretty pleating!

  235. Dumpling Recipes from Today « G2-China Care says:

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  236. Julie says:

    I will try anything in the kitchen at least once because anything homemade is better than factory-made. I found your recipe through foodblogsearch and was impressed by your detailed instructions, so I gave it a go. My dumplings were… well, ugly (they didn’t curve and looked more like ravioli), but they tasted so phenomenal – so much better than any dumpling I’ve ever had from a supermarket or restaurant – that I am going to keep trying until I get the shape right. Thank you so much for the recipe and the tutorial!

  237. Brenda says:

    This is one amazing post, you make this look so easy, I can’t wait to try it.

  238. Nat says:

    Hi! I can’t wait to make this. I was going to go into Chinatown, NYC tomorrow to get some frozen ones so I could make them at home but I figured I love dumplings so much that I should just make them–and why shouldn’t I–I love to cook. Can these be prepared and frozen for future use or no?

  239. Nat says:

    haha reading is fundamental–I read through to the bottom and saw your tips for freezing lol! Thanks again for these great instructions.

  240. Lalo.0 Gaga says:

    hei hei.. very good!! saludos desde Mexico.. hahaha.. llevo dias buscando una receta.. para poder hacerl los dumpling.. ya la encontre aqui.. congratulations!!!!..

  241. Abby says:

    This is a great recipe! I currently keep a food blog about making real food from scratch in my college dorm room, and I used your mother’s method for making the dough to my own dumplings (alas, no food processor in the dorms). I posted a link to this page, and I just wanted to let you know, as well as make sure that is ok! Mine are not nearly as beautiful as how yours turned out, but I believe this is something that takes practice, and that I am willing to dedicate more time into perfecting the art ;) Thanks for the recipe!

  242. elvira says:

    I have a quastion: what kind of pork do you use?

  243. jenyu says:

    Elvira – regular ground pork that I buy in the grocery store. Although if you ground your own, I’m sure it would be awesome.

  244. Chinese Dumplings (Potstickers) » The Novice Chef Blog says:

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  245. Diana says:

    Thank you for the great recipe and directions. I made these today with my 3 & 5 year old. We had fun making these together and they came out great!

  246. Welcoming December With Potstickers | The Wholesome Home says:

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  247. Jorge says:

    Thanks for the guide, it was really helpful.

    A quick question: After the water boils away do you ever notice a thin film of residue at the bottom of the pan? I’m guessing it’s what happens to any excess flour after the water boils away. It’s really a pain to get rid of.

  248. bill says:

    using pork, chicken or hamburger for dumplings or potstickers (i prefer using hamburger with other spices mixed in), will steaming 7-8 minutes or boiling 7 minutes cook the meat, or can i fry the meat and mix other spices in, then put in dumpling/potsticker and boil or steam. i am new at this cooking, but started couple of months ago making calif sushi at home also expanding a little

  249. jenyu says:

    jorge – haven’t noticed, it’s usually browned and crisp (and sticks to the bottom of the potstickers)

    bill – yeah, steaming or boiling for 7 minutes should do it, no problem. I guess you could cook the filling first, but that’s not really necessary and in my opinion, kinda makes it harder to wrap. good on ya.

  250. Christine says:

    Thank you so much for these wonderful directions and photos. I really want to just make these right now! They do look absolutely amazing and so perfect. I only hope that mine taste as good as your look!! Thank you, again!!

  251. Christine says:

    I did make these last weekend for my family and we all really enjoyed them. I actually used ground turkey and they turned out amazing! I was expecting it to be a lot more work. I will definitely make these again!

  252. Amber says:

    I’ve made many of the recipes on your site and have always enjoyed them. This recipe was a little intimidating but I finally got the guts to make it and I’m glad I did, they were delicious! I can see what you are saying about being time consuming though…I think 40 potstickers took me 3 hours haha!! My biggest issue was rolling and shaping the individual wraps but it was well worth it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  253. Karl&Jenny says:

    We just finished doing these dumplings and they were amazing. Well done for sharing the very detailed process. Will post pictures on my website soon.

  254. taylor says:

    Wow looks great and I love to cook. What if I dont have bok choy??? I live in italy. Is there a subsitute lettuce or cabbage??

  255. jenyu says:

    taylor – you could omit the napa cabbage as you like or use regular cabbage as a substitute.

  256. Bobbi says:

    The directions for assembling and freezing the dumplings are excellent. I am taking them with me next weekend to a friend’s and had to make them in advance. I think I left another comment about them somewhere, but not sure what happened to it. Basically, frozen first outside in subzero temps in Vermont. Wonderful website and wonderful photography. At first it was painstaking, but I made the last 25 in about 30 minutes. I added more work by boning and skinning the duck meat I used to fill them. I am reading a book with a lot of references to duck recipes. The duckmeat is delicious in the filling.

    Warren, VT

  257. Cyndi says:

    I am here every year for your great dumpling recipe. Made them for my son’s birthday party & now for CNY. Have to admit I have never tried making the dough, I cop out & buy the wrappers. But the filling is the best. I used another recipe a few months ago, not nearly as good. So here I am again. I did learn how to pleat the dumplings from your pics & have to say, modestly, I am pretty good now. I won’t let anyone help me either. Yup, control freak here.

  258. jules says:

    I just made your dumplings tonight. Thank you so much for this recipe! I am very much a beginner…need a lot of practice with those pleats! I know I’ll be making these with my kids at least every CNY, but probably much more often. Thanks so much for the photos. They smell delicious…cant wait to eat them! We froze them and will cook them up in a few days to share with our friends.

  259. Yosha says:


    I can’t belive I only just came across this recipe! Ahh so much missed time to devour dumplings!

    Quick question though do you think whole wheat flour will work just as well as AP?


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  261. mommyyoder says:

    I made 180 for 7 people I only had 20 left! Thanks for the great recipe

  262. Big Scott says:

    Please be careful adding that water to a hot skillet – I recommend you just put in an equal amount of ice cubes or crushed ice. It may take a little longer but it is a lot safer… Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  263. JulieSunshine says:

    My mother and I tried this recipe, neither of us had ever made any type of dumplings before and she had never had potstickers before. We used chicken instead of pork and they turned out great… although, in true white people style, they were extremely ugly and mismatched looking

  264. jenyu says:

    Yosha – Well, I have never tried using whole wheat flour, so I couldn’t tell you. You might want to google it (or if you can’t find anything, try 1/2 and 1/2?)

  265. PlunderBunny says:

    I used to make dumplings with wonton skins a couple of years ago, but always thought the recipe was too bland. Came across this recipe through a google search, and OMG perfect! I even left the wonton skins in the fridge and made my own dough, so yummy and perfect. They were a big hit at my husband’s birthday party, none left! I have already peered through more of your recipes, and thanks to the helpful hints you throw in, have finally achieved non-squishy hashbrowns and delicious stir fried rice too. <3 Thanks! I'll be back!

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  267. renee says:

    best dumpling recipe ever me and my friends use it every time

  268. Shannon says:

    Yosha – I tried using wheat flour once, and it was rather disappointing. :(

    If you are preparing them for yourself, you can try it and see if you like it. But if you are preparing for guests, please stick with AP flour, you and your guests will be glad you did! :)

  269. Janet says:

    You may have to use more than 1/2 cup of water in the dry Colorado climate…mine was too dry and broke…but, just added water to my hands to bring together. Your pics make the dumpling look easy! I say, as long as they ‘look’ like a potsticker, than that’s all that matters! Cheers!

  270. Alex says:

    This is such an amazing website. i grew up in Hong Kong and dumplings are one of my favourite things. In fact i am cooking them for a presentation at work on thursday so your recipe will be very useful! Thank you!

  271. Rebeca says:

    Hi! I love your recipe, specially since it has so many nice/helpful pics. I’ve wanted to make dumplings for a long time and yesterday I decided I was going to, so I went and bought all the ingredients, well most of them because I couldn’t find Napa cabbage. Is there any ingredient I could use instead? Thanks!

  272. jenyu says:

    Rebeca – you could use regular cabbage (you don’t even have to use cabbage if you don’t want) :) Hope they turn out!

  273. Ingredient Challenge Monday says:

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  274. Genevieve says:

    Hi there, i would wanna know if i wanna make about 20-25 dumplings how do i divide the pork filling needed as well as the dough? Divide them by 4? i wanna do them as a surprise for my parents :)

    Love your pictures making me salivate infront of the screen now! You’re awesome!

  275. jenyu says:

    Genevieve – Generally yes, but it depends because beginners tend to use less filling per wrapper. As you become more adept then you’ll use more filling per dumpling. Hope your folks enjoy them!

  276. Julia says:

    Great post! I always wanted to make these, but thought there had to be some kind of magic involved.

    Now I have the courage to make some myself!

  277. Neil says:

    OMG! Made them over the weekend and (on the second batch), the were awesome. I don’t think I will ever buy dumplings ever again. If I want them Ill make them. Even though you suggest not to, I think nest time I’ll use my food processor and see how that turns out. I’m far too lazy to do all that chopping again unless the method is drastically inferior.

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  279. Kristy says:

    Lessons learned:

    1) For most of the ingredients, a food processor Does Not Work. For the mushrooms, though, it’s ok. Something about their texture lets them food-process right up into perfectly-minced bits. (Cut ’em up a bit first though – at least into quarters.)

    2) Shaping the dumpling gets easier with practice. By the end of the batch, I pretty much had it down pat. If I made these often enough, I could see it becoming muscle memory.

    3) Just because these are Chinese, does not mean I should cook them in a wok. By the time the ones on the outside are golden brown, the ones on the inside will be burned black. Flat-bottomed pans are the way to go.

    4) Patience is a virtue. Cooking these on medium-to-low heat is perfectly ok. If I absolutely must cook them on high heat, however, I should not use a plastic spatula to remove them, lest I coat the bottoms of my potstickers with molten plastic.

    5) Plan ahead for these. From start to finish (not counting shopping time), these took a little over five hours to do.

    6) THEY ARE SO WORTH IT. Despite the time, despite the messy kitchen, despite the fact that I burned the first third and ruined the second and thus only the final third came out the way they were supposed to, I became the hero of my household for making these. They were absolutely delicious and I REGRET NOTHING.

  280. jamie-o says:

    thanks for the recipe and very helpful instructions! the photos are BEAUTIFUL and your help greatly improved my form and flavor (see twitpic link for some ugly first and somewhat prettier last attempts, ).

    they are TASTY and we’ll be happy to eat continued practice efforts!

  281. Elizabeth Simpson says:

    Thank you for the pictures on how to make the dumplings. I wish I had found your posting before I made my first attempt at the dumplings. They were ok but the next time I expect them to be Great. Thank you for taking the time to teach us the right way.

  282. Sarah from NZ! says:

    OMG these are fab!! this is the first time EVER making these and the recipe is faultess thank you so much!!!

  283. Feuerschale says:

    Looks like heaps of work, but that just makes the result all the more tasty.
    Thanks for the recipe

  284. Mia says:

    Wow these were amazing! thanks so much for the dough recipe and tips as well as the pan-frying recipe. I have always thought it was such a drag having to boil pot stickers and then pan fry them later to get them crispy.

  285. dan says:

    thanks for the recipe. I’ve made dumplings a few times, but they never seem to have that perfect flavor I’m searching for. I just made some this weekend, and once again, not 100% happy with the results. Maybe 80-85% of the way there, so getting close. I’m going to print out your recipe and try it. They look great – hopefully, this is the recipe I’ve been waiting for! Thanks again, Jen! Dan – Palm Springs, CA

  286. Adrienne says:

    I am completely unfamiliar with Asian food in general besides stir-fry and teriyaki. The pictures made this recipe very less complicated. And the cooking technique (pan-fry) was broken down so simply! If you just read it and do exactly what it says, they come out absolutely perfect! I thought that this was going to be a disaster, being the first time I’ve made anything like this and surprisingly IT WASN’T! haha I was like, yeah my cooking time is going to be wrong and I won’t get that nice browning on the bottom but it was completely in reach and it worked! :c D My folding needs work, but, it was my first time :c D Thank you so much for breaking down a seemingly impossible recipe! It did take a large amount of time, but I guess I just work slowly haha I’m sue it gets faster the more times you make them. I made them for my family and they were like wth is this? but they loved them! haha Thanks so much again! The tasted AMAZING!!! My brother asked if I was going to apply at an Asian restaurant lol! He said they were gourmet and I agree :c D You simplified everything so well! And even added detail to make sure someone’s poor back didn’t hurt, aww! You told us all the stuff it doesn’t say in recipe books and all the tips and tricks. :c D I am severely pleased with the end result! <3

  287. Helen says:

    when you freeze the potstickers do you need to boil them before you can freeze them

  288. jenyu says:

    Helen – when I freeze the dumplings, I don’t cook them at all before freezing.

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  290. Andi says:

    These were amazing! My brothers loved them. Thanks so much, you are my hero! <3

  291. Expats in Shenzhen says:

    I confess, we did not use pork.
    We used chicken breasts, chives, Chinese cabbage and celery, adding some peanut oil for fat. The dough, though, we made it as your Mom’s recipe, teaspoons of water at the time.
    We live in China and this was our third attempt to make the dumplings at home (they make awesome ones at the corner of our home, so we can have them anytime) and we decided to try something completely different.
    Thanks to you, this is the first time the dough is perfect and, although the shapes are NOT what are supposed to be, the taste of the potstickers (first oil, then water – and duck!) was excellent.
    Since last night (when we discovered your blog, looking for dumpling’s recipes) this has become our favorite website and we cannot wait to try our own wonton soup, among other things :D.
    Thanks again from your home-country!
    Expats in Shenzhen

  292. Expats in Shenzhen says:

    I confess, we did not use pork.
    We used chicken breasts, chives, Chinese cabbage and celery, adding some peanut oil for fat. The dough, though, we made it as your Mom’s recipe, teaspoons of water at the time.
    We live in China and this was our third attempt to make the dumplings at home (they make awesome ones at the corner of our home, so we can have them anytime) and we decided to try something completely different.
    Thanks to you, this is the first time the dough is perfect and, although the shapes are NOT what are supposed to be, the taste of the potstickers (first oil, then water – and duck!) was excellent.
    Since last night (when we discovered your blog, looking for dumpling’s recipes) this has become our favorite website and we cannot wait to try our own wonton soup, among other things :D.
    Thanks again from your home-country!
    Expats in Shenzhen

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  294. Celia says:

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks for the detail and the pix. Just made these potstickers with my babe (we used beef/ celery/ carrot instead of pork/ cabbage/ bamboo shoots) and they were awesome! Have frozen a heap and am looking forward to these lots in the future.

  295. archaeogrrrl says:

    ZOMG, I love you, thank you. My favorite dumplings (and egg rolls, soooo full of cabbage, which I love) were at a restaurant that was sold, and the new owners didn’t buy the original recipes, but I now know how they made the wrappers for the dumplings and potstickers.

    And I agree 150%, dumplings require homemade wrappers. Abso-freaking-lutely, thank you SO MUCH.

    And your photography is beautiful. (I have a camera fetish as well)

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  297. Nha says:

    Me and my friends made this recipe! it’s so good. and i love the homemade wrappers so much better! still havent gotten around to making it the dumplings the right shape tho =[ nor the dough thin enough. i love this recipe!! thanks for posting it!

  298. Dianna says:

    I didn’t see this mentioned anywhere in the comments so I wanted to ask if the filling comes out soft when cooked. I’ve made potstickers before using other recipes but it seems that the filling always comes out like hockey pucks. In my favorite restaurant for potstickers, the filling is soft and not hard like mine come out. Your ingredients sound perfect and I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  299. maria v says:

    making this today – great instructions

  300. jenyu says:

    Dianna – it doesn’t come out super soft when cooked, but it isn’t hockey pucks either. To make it more tender, you can add more cornstarch and some more chicken broth to the mix.

  301. Manasi says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! We moved away from Singapore after more than a decade there and we miss the street food so so badly. There’s just nothing like a bowl of hot dumpling soup. Thank you very much for your detailed recipe, especially the pics about folding the dumplings.

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  303. Jen says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog…. you have no idea how many times i have referred back to it – and have just made my third batch of awesomely perfect dumplings. And your pictures are superb! Thank you SO much for putting so much time into this page!

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  307. Nattie Mei says:

    I admit, I cheated and used packaged gyoza wrappers… but I used your shrimp filling recipe. It was SPECTACULAR!!! Our pleating was pretty good by the end, and next time we’ll make the wrappers and they’ll look better, I’m sure – but they were delicious!

    I even made them with turkey instead of pork — I’m dying to try the pork ones, but I’ll have to wait until the boy is out of town because he doesn’t eat mushrooms or pork… so sad.

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  310. Gail says:

    Jen, I’ve made your dumplings four times now, and they are so, so good. We have a Chinese exchange student who loves them. The only thing I’ve had to do a bit differently is the dough. I do it by hand but I always need to add a little extra water for this dry Colorado climate. Your tutorial is the best on the Internet–thank you!

  311. Connie Fletcher says:

    I am so excited to have found this site!!! I just made these potstickers (vegan….just with what I had on hand like bok choy, shitake, carrot, scallions and with lots of garlic, ginger, shoyu, and sesame oil) The skins are so very yummy!! Your tutorial is fabulous!!! Thank you so much for this post. The dumpling skins are easy and delish!!

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  315. nowyat says:

    Thank you. That was totally amazing and funny too… (The dog was so interested.) I’m going to make it for New Year’s… But I will have to start early. SO hard it looks.

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  317. Hope says:

    I had your recipe link saved on my old laptop and nearly had a coronary when it died and I couldn’t find your recipe. I couldn’t remember how it was worded so I started googling combinations and I knew I would know the recipe by the pictures. I could picture the big round pan stuffed full of dumpling yumminess!! Thank you so much for posting this! I’m going to make them this weekend – although I’ll bet mine won’t be nearly as pretty…haha!

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  321. Judy Tuwaletstiwa says:

    thank you so much. the photos and instructions are superb. my son is married to a lovely young woman from beijing, where they live. they recently visited us in new mexico with her wonderful parents. yang, her mother, showed me how to make dumplings. and i wanted to reinforce what i learned by looking on the web for making dumplings. i need go no further than your site. it is brilliant. my daughter-in-law showed me how to roll out the dumpling with a narrow diameter rolling pin so that i always keep my thumb in the center, protecting that middle part so that it is slightly thicker than the rest of the dough. you mention keeping that part thicker. she also said that the flour is a little different in china. do you have any thoughts on this? perhaps, a higher gluten content?

    thank you so much,


  322. jenyu says:

    Judy – I don’t know what the difference in the flour is, but I know that unbleached AP flour in the US works well (according to expert Andrea Nguyen). Glad you enjoyed the dumplings!

  323. everything gal | Chinese Potstickers says:

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  324. Izzy says:

    Amazing post—thanks! Loved your detailed instructions, especially on how to roll the wrappers. Not sure why, but while skins look and feel amazing during wrapping, they seem a bit mush after cooking. I realize I may be overboiling them, but I get suspicious when the dumplings float to the top in 2 minutes, so I boil them longer for a total of 6 minutes. From your experience, does the “float to top” rule always work for making sure the dumplings are properly cooked through?

  325. jenyu says:

    Izzy – yes, I usually follow the float to the top rule and haven’t had any issues, although I typically make potstickers and not jiao-tze. Why not try boiling until the float, take one out and cut it in half to see if the filling is fully cooked? Hope that helps!

  326. Agata says:

    This was my first venture into Chinese cooking and thanks to your great instructions everything came out pretty well. I’ve formed dumplings before, but I’ve never actually made the filling or the dough, so this was great. The instructions on folding them were also awesome, better than I could explain to my mom when she was helping me out.

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  329. mary-anne says:

    I often make my Thai won tons and pot stickers and friends say how do you fold them? Your photographs and instructions are the best I have ever seen! Now I can refer friends to your instructions and photos.

    I do make my filling a bit different shrimp, pork, etc but they are Thai version. One of the cooking classes my late husband and I did with our grand-kids was pot stickers, another was the Lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice with 7 treasures, and another was the fresh salad rolls. They are 12 & 15 and I will continue their cooking lessons. This way when they get to college they won’t starve and they will have many friends :-)

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  331. Savannah says:

    I am definitely a beginner and the pictures are soooo helpful- I have used so many recipes of this site- thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos and food with us :)

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  335. vic@cakebook says:

    This is such a great post – can’t wait to make them – thank you so much !! :)

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  338. Nha says:


    I love this recipe! thanks for posting it. i’ve made this recipe many times (w some alterations). it’s very time consuming, but so worth it. I love your images also. keep up the good work!

  339. Lisa says:

    Hi! This recipe looks delicious and I want to try them! My boyfriend, however, is horribly allergic to mushrooms. Is there an alternative you would recommend for the mushrooms in the filling recipe?


  340. jenyu says:

    Lisa – you can omit the mushrooms altogether, or sub in finely chopped tofu (probably dried tofu or perhaps firm tofu that has been drained). Or just try the shrimp version which has no mushrooms. Hope you like it!

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  342. M. says:

    These recipes have convinced me that of all the many cooking traditions with a standalone goodies-wrapped-in-dough dish, the Chinese tradition is easily at the top. Incredible.

    It may be worth mentioning that I got a *perfect* release from a thick-bottomed stainless steel pan. I was generous with the oil but not overly so, cooking with the expectation that these would anneal themselves to the bottom of my pan. (They didn’t! Huzzah!) I think there were like 2 tiny little browned spots that washed off with zero effort.

    Also, thanks for the pictures showing how to close the dumplings… very helpful. Your recipes are written like lab protocols, and I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  343. Nora says:

    Hi! I’ve made this recipe with pork once before and it was delicious! However, it made waaaay too many for me. So, if I half the filling recipe, will it make about 20 potstickers? Thanks for the recipe!

  344. jenyu says:

    Nora – well, that kinda depends on what size you make them, but I think it’s safe to assume that if you halve the recipe, you will make half the quantity that you made before. Good luck!

  345. Annisa says:


    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve never made dumplings but have always wanted to try. How can I get the dough to be thin enough for each dumpling without it ripping? Last time I used a simply four and water dough, everytime I tried to pinch the dough ur would rip :(

  346. jenyu says:

    Annisa – The dough is pretty stretchy, but I’d say not to go thinner than 1/16th of an inch in thickness. Try that. It will also depend on how wet or dry the dough is. If it’s dry, it will tear, if it’s wet, it will stick to everything. Good luck!!

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  348. Annisa says:

    Thank you ill try it! :))

  349. Aimee says:

    Beautiful/helpful post, thanks! Couldn’t read through all the comments to check if anyone else mentioned this… but the way my dad taught me to cook potstickers/guo tie was to first pour some oil to coat the bottom of the non-stick pan, line up the potstickers (we did it with some store-bought frozen ones from Costco) in rows in the pan (kinda rubbing the flat bottoms in the oil to make sure each bottom is fully covered in oil), then turn on the heat and fill the pan with water so it covers about 2/3 high of the potstickers. This way there is no oil spattering at all. Then cover, let come to a boil and cook, and they are done once all the water has been absorbed/evaporated and the potstickers have had some time to brown on the bottom, at the end. Seems like the lazy/easier way to do it and we always ended up with potstickers that were all cooked through and nicely browned on the bottom! :)

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  351. Maria Amaya says:

    OMG….I am having lunch on this recipe. Is awesome!!!!!! I made the dough round i cut them with a glass.
    thanks tons!!!!

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  355. SJ says:

    Have you tried this with bok choy? I have some ready to harvest from my garden and am looking for recipes to try them with.

  356. jenyu says:

    SJ – I have not, but I’m sure you could! The recipe is quite flexible.

  357. Matthew says:


    Thank you for this blog and for all the passion you put into it. I made this recipe last night for the second time, and again it was a big hit. I had a preponderance of vegetarians at the table so I did one batch with pork and one with mushrooms and paneer (I live in India, so vegetarians and paneer are both plentiful).

    I love dumplings in any form, and lately Georgian dumplings have been my go-to (they are remarkably similar to soup dumplings). I think Saveur’s recipe is very good, although I make the following modifications:
    -cut out the fenugreek, halve the cilantro, add caraway seeds
    -mix 1/2 cup of beef or vegetable stock into the meat filling

    Give it a try some time!

  358. Kat says:

    Omg…these are wonderful. They are easy to make and taste great. If you can read and chop foods you can make this simple delicious dish. I used wonton wraps from giant. For the sauce I used another recipie which is also delicious. 1 cup raw sugar, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 tsp salt, 4 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp rice vinegar…combine all in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, then simmer 10 to 15 minutes stirring occasionally until slightly and enjoy. So yummy. Don’t pass this wonton recipie up. You gotta try this.

  359. Devon says:

    I have been using this recipe for almost the past 3 years. The funny thing is I am not a fan of dumplings. For some reason they make me feel sick and bloated and blaaah. BUT MY FIANCEE AND HIS FRIENDS ON THE OTHER HAND… I’ll whip of close to 70 dumplings and they will be gone by the end of night! They looove this recipe so much and I figured for how long i’ve been using it and how often I make them, I should thank you for this great and easy recipe!

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  361. Natalie || The Devil Wears Parsley says:

    I LOVE the fact that you put the recipe and step-by-step photos of the dough!! I know they’re labor intensive, but they’re SO GOOD! Thanks, I’ll definitely be trying these!

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  369. Stacey says:

    I finally got brave enough to attempt this yesterday to go with the pan-seared sichuan shrimp with glass noodles (yes, I spend ALL day in my tiny kitchen). I’m not as adapt with a knife, so to mince EVERYTHING it took me about 2 hours (I know, I know… I’m sooo slow! lol). I was most nervous about making the wrappers. I don’t have dough blades for my food processor, so I had to try the traditional method of making the dough. I followed the recipe, and I’m more adapt at baking than cooking, so I thought the dough would turn out fine, but for some reason, the dough seemed a bit “off” from what it was suppose to be, perhaps if I had dough blades, it would have turned out better.

    Rolling the dough with a full size rolling pin in my tiny area proved to be impossible. I got creative and washed and used a La Croix Cerise Limon can (since they are skinny and just the right length). It actually worked great! The hardest part was all the pleating each dumpling required. I looked at the pictures a bunch of times, but I think just need to showed in person so someone can correct me… I did what someone else suggest and just pressed the wrapped together all around. Not nearly as pretty, but functional. My boyfriend saw this, and told me his mom actually taught him how to pleat them when he was a kid (He’s from Taiwan)! So I rolled out the wrappers, and he filled and formed them! They didn’t turn out as pretty as yours, but they worked for us!

    I decided to steam them, and when I served them, we both agreed that the filling was quite tasty, but that the dough was off. Either I made the dough wrong or the I rolled the wrappers a little too thick and the wrapper to filling ratio was off, we weren’t sure. We decided next time to try the premade wrappers that you can get at Asian grocery stores.

    So you’re recipe is great, I just didn’t have quite the skill to execute it. Perhaps when I make more dough today for the rest of filling, it will turn out better. Maybe I just need practice. The area I can work with my kitchen is very small, so maybe next time it will just be easier in general to by the premade wrappers. Whatever the case I haven’t given up on these. I know that if I can master these that my boyfriend and his family will be proud!

  370. Margo says:

    Thank you for the pictures! I just had the most wonderful experience learning to make Chinese Dumplings on a commercial crab boat in Hoonah, Alaska. My teacher was/is amazing and I took notes and pictures. Our language barrier is large. She is from China and I am Alaskan:)

    The information and pictures you provided will help me re-create amazing dumplings back in Juneau, Alaska. My notes are good but your pictures and details are perfect. Fresh salmon, crab and halibut are great additions to the PORK!

  371. Sammi says:

    Thanks for this recipe!! I made dumplings today just for kicks and giggles just to see if I could. I added a little rice vinegar, garlic and white pepper- which I found in another recipe- but otherwise used this to a tee. SO YUMMY! It took me all afternoon but since I wanted a day in the kitchen that was perfect. And the result was so worth it!!! My husband and I LOVED these. I’m going to make more dough tomorrow so I can finish off the extra filling- freeze it and make the perfect snack. I’m not even too horrible at folding. I appreciate you sharing your culture and recipes. Thanks again for the tutorial, a wonderful afternoon, helping me do something I didn’t know I could do (and am so tickled I accomplished), and MOST IMPORTANTLY such a tasty snack!

  372. Anne MC says:


    Thanks to all the pictures and really clear explanations, I prepared pork dumpling yesterday which I steamed: my son really enjoyed them and asked for more. The recipe has been printed and stored in my recipe book for future regular uses. Thanks a lot for recipes and incredibly beautiful pictures of Boulder and Crested Butte.

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  376. Sofia says:

    Hi! Quick question, what type of food processor do you have? I want to buy a one that works, but still cheap (<$50), but if that is unrealistic I don't mind saving up to buy one. Great recipe, I can't wait! Thanks :)

  377. jenyu says:

    Sofia – I have a cuisinart and sadly, they aren’t cheap. But you can make the dough without a food processor. My mom mixes it by hand. Good luck!

  378. Jennifer says:

    Hello there. I love dumplings and pot stickers. I was wondering, instead of pork, could we sub chicken or beef? We are not big pork eaters, But I will make them anyway.
    Thank you for posting your recipe.

  379. jenyu says:

    Jennifer – Yes! You can sub chicken, beef, turkey, tofu, vegetables, whatever. Certain vegetables seem to go well with certain meats, so I’d do a quick search on the interwebs for other people’s combinations. I’m pretty sure Jaden (Steamy Kitchen) or Bee (Rasa Malaysia) have excellent variations on the fillings. Enjoy!

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  385. GG says:

    Absolutely love this recipe! Made it twice already and about to make it again :) I hope you don’t mind, im posting the link to this on my blog. It’s so great, everyone needs to make these!

    GG x

  386. Elsie says:

    Wonderful post! Thank you. Give the canine asst a pat!

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  390. Vicky says:

    I’ve made the shrimp filling with my boyfriend the past 2 years for Valentine’s day and the filling tastes amazing (I substitute out the pork for turkey thighs) and I find chopping by hand to be quite soothing. I did make the dough from scratch which was fun last year, but I did decide to wimp out this year and pick up some pre-made wrappers from the asian store.

  391. Delaila says:

    Hello, I read your dumpling recipe & I want to try to cook. Do you have a Shumai recipe too? I would like to try that too.


  392. jenyu says:

    Delaila – I don’t have one, but my friend Marc has a beautiful recipe on his blog:

  393. Wendy says:

    I love your recipes and photos! What’s your ratio of scallions to ginger? Is it approximately twice the scallions to ginger when all is said and done? I don’t mind “gingery” potstickers. Thanks in advance. Well since I’m doing it right now, I guess I will just wing it and see!

  394. jenyu says:

    Wendy – I’d say 2:1 if you like ginger or 3:1 if you don’t want the ginger to be as pronounced. Good luck!

  395. Wendy says:

    Jen, I just came back to say with the scallions and ginger, that I used somewhere between 3:1 and 2:1 and it worked out great. I wanted to freeze some for dinners this month but we pretty much finished everything in the first three nights. Thanks so much!

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  397. Angela M Stallings says:

    Hi Ms. Yu. I was so glad to see this recipe! Dumplings/potstickers are one of my favorite foods of all, definitely my favorite Asian food. I live in a very rural area and there is no Chinese restaurant within a 45-minute drive, much less delivery and I always thought that homemade ANYTHING (If done well.) is better. Growing up in a rural town, while not actually ON the farm, I learned to appreciate homegrown foods and farm-to-table long before it was popular. Needless to say, seeing a completely homemade recipe for dumplings excited me a lot more than it should have excited a sane person. I tried to read all the comments, but I can’t finish (popular recipe) and I need to ask this. I will have to freeze some of these as I can’t possibly eat them all myself and my daughter is REALLY picky.(So, I don’t know if I can even get her to try one.) I have a Foodsaver vacuum storage unit but wonder how you’d suggest executing this. Should they be frozen raw or precooked? (Maybe lightly steaming before freezing and then thawing and pan frying?) I don’t know if you’ve ever had any you’ve frozen but I was wondering.

    Oh and, if you think your Mom and Grandma’s list of things you must eat on New Year’s to avoid catastrophe is harrowing, you should hear my Southern grandma’s list. You’ve made me appreciate my Grandma all the more. She will be 95 this year and still makes some of the best fried chicken and biscuits I have ever eaten.

    Again, thanks!

  398. jenyu says:

    Angela – Hi there! You can totally freeze the dumplings to cook later (and in smaller batches) as you please :) I find it easiest to layer them on a lined baking sheet (use wax paper or parchment paper) when they are uncooked. Just gently rub the base in a little flour (to prevent sticking) and set it on the baking sheet. Try not to let them touch each other as they might stick and never come apart without tearing each other open. Pop them in the freezer and when they are firm and no longer sticky (about 30 minutes), you can carefully store them in a ziploc bag or a food saver if you have one. Avoid packing them in tightly just in case they stick together – we only want them to stick to the pot! ;) Good luck and treasure your grandma. I miss mine so very much xoxo

  399. Tim Rush says:

    Hi, I have loved this recipe and the photos of every recipe that I steal off of your site. I made some recently, doubled the batch, but had to leave filling for a couple of days in the fridge. The flavor of freshly made ones just wasn’t there. Would the vegetables have made the filling watery? They turned out bland and I can’t figure out why. Help.

  400. jenyu says:

    Tim – I’m not sure if the vegetables make it watery so much as they lose their freshness or perhaps soak up the pork juice? I have used leftover filling for other things before and you’re right, it isn’t the same as freshly made, but mine weren’t bland per se. I think if you have to make the filling ahead of time, prep all the veg and store in an airtight container, then mix with the pork (and shrimp) and soy sauce, etc. right before using. I hope that helps?

  401. Joy says:

    I’ve made these twice. They were great each time. How would you suggest reheating them? Thank you!

  402. jenyu says:

    Joy – So glad they worked out for you! When we are lazy, we place the potstickers in a bowl, cover with a plate, and microwave for a minute or two. But they are a little “soggy’ that way. The best way to reheat them is to lightly grease a skillet (non-stick, stainless steel, whatever) over medium heat and reheat the potstickers in the pan (start out covered so the tops heat up, then remove the cover and let the base crisp).

  403. defiant_lemmimg says:

    I used this recipe years ago and happily made hundreds of dumplings over a couple of months with various mods on the filling. Laying out all the steps as you did made it easy to learn.
    Then I got busy/interested in other things (short attention span) and forgot about them. Two weeks ago I got a grinder attachment for my kitchenaid mixer and I’ve been grinding anything that sits still long enough (my cat won’t come in the kitchen anymore for some reason).
    Yesterday I was grinding some pork I was planning to freeze and I thought of these potsickers. Long story short I pigged out on them and still have 182 of them in the freezer for future and giving away.
    Still just as good! Thanks for the step by step.

  404. Leslie says:

    Hi I just found this recipe and I cannot wait to try.

    While reading some comments one mentioned covering dough for 15 minutes with a damp cloth.

    But the recipe I read did not indicate where to do this step.

    I am assuming the dough should be covered before and sit before cutting into strips but wanted to confirm.


  405. jenyu says:

    Leslie – In the section “Both Dough Methods:” the first sentence says to knead the dough and cover with a damp towel. Hope it works out!

  406. Tim says:

    Hi again, I was curious and I’m sorry if you’ve answered this before, there are so many comments on this I got lost. My local restaurant has this wonderful silky thin kind of wrapper on their dumplings. Are those the egg wrappers? Sometimes I feel my dough turns out a little heavier and thick. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Love the site!!

  407. jenyu says:

    Tim – Hi! Sorry for the delay in reply. I didn’t know the answer and had to look around at other recipes. There are egg dough wrappers for things like wontons that can be pretty tender. You can also stick with the flour and water dough, but use boiling water for a delicate wrapper texture. But if you are seeking the texture of what your local restaurant achieves, perhaps ask them? It’s possible they purchase their wrappers, but if they make them from scratch, they might be willing to share their secret with you. Good luck! :)

  408. Jennifer Abney says:

    Just polished off a plate of your potstickers which had been in the freezer. You were the first food blog I ever read, and this is a go to recipe for us. They are so amazinging!!

  409. jenyu says:

    Jennifer – So happy you’re still loving the potstickers! xoxo

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