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Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

Chinese Dumplings – Steaming hot potstickers are soft yet crispy, and perfectly irresistible. You’ll love this easy Chinese dumplings recipe with homemade dipping sauce!

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Easy Potstickers Recipe

Believe it or not, I learned to make Chinese dumplings on a coffee table in China over 25 years ago.

25 years?! Geeze!!

When I was 17 years old, and fresh out of high school, I had the opportunity to go overseas on a mission/study trip to the north western province of Xinjiang, China. We spent our days studying Chinese history and language, exploring markets and monuments, and making friends.

We spent the summer getting to know our new friends… Their thoughts on life and social issues, family history, and Chinese customs.

And of course, that eventually led us to food.

They were interested in traditional American cuisine, having heard of strange dishes like grits and stuffed turkey. And we were equally enamored by their day to day dishes, like traditional Chinese Dumplings a.k.a. Potstickers.

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Authentic Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings Recipe)

We decided we would prepare a half American half Chinese feast together. So we went to the market in search of ingredients we could turn into something very American, which was quite a challenge in the remote town where we were staying.

We settled on fried chicken and home fries as the American portion, bringing back a whole chicken with its head still attached. I ended up with the task of beheading and cleaning the bird… My first experience with boning a chicken. Yet even with our limited ingredient options and lack of experience, our dishes turned out fairly well.

Our Chinese friends taught us how to make an authentic Chinese potstickers recipe, a dish they told us they always made at family gatherings.

We sat on the floor around a coffee table in a small apartment rolling out circles of dough and learning to properly crimp the Chinese dumplings… Laughing through our language barrier, smiling, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Today’s potstickers are the Chinese dumplings I was taught to make so many years ago, with soft pork and vegetable filling and a homemade 2-ingredient dough that blows wonton wrappers out of the water. And let’s not forget the spicy soy dipping sauce!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

For the dough required in our Chinese dumplings recipe you only need 2 ingredients: all-purpose flour and VERY hot water. Seriously, that’s it!

Of course you could substitute the dough for store-bought wonton wrappers as so many do, but you really do lose something in taste and texture. Real Chinese potstickers are doughy, not like the thin wonton sheets.

Here’s what you need to make the classic pork filling:

  • Ground pork – or ground turkey
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Fresh ginger – grated
  • Garlic – minced
  • Bok choy – finely chopped
  • Water chestnuts – finely chopped
  • Scallions – finely chopped
  • Soy sauce – I recommend low sodium
  • Sesame oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Ingredients for the Potsticker Dipping Sauce:

  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Sugar
  • Garlic – minced
  • Chile garlic sauce
  • Scallions – chopped
  • Oil and water – for cooking

This sauce has exactly the right balance of salty, sweet, and spicy, and pairs perfectly with the fresh and savory flavors of the dumplings. I swear you’ll find yourself wanting to make this delicious potstickers recipe just as an excuse to have the dipping sauce.

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How to Make Chinese Dumplings

While making a batch of potstickers can be a time-intensive task, the actual process is surprisingly easy.

In fact, if you make rolling and stuffing your dumplings a two-person job (or fun family affair as the Chinese do) it’s a pretty quick process.

First, here’s how you make the dough:

  1. Place the flour in the food processor with scalding hot water. (Water can be from the tap if your water runs really hot.) Turn on the food processor and “knead” until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides.
  2. Then “knead” in the food processor another 1-2 more minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rest while you prepare the other components.

Next, make the filling and dipping sauce:

  1. Place all of the pork filling ingredients in a bowl. Mix by hand until smooth, adding 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper towards the end.
  2. Mix the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Warm the dipping sauce (in the microwave) to dissolve the sugar, whisking in between short bursts of heat. Then allow it to cool completely, and set aside until ready to serve.

Potsticker Dough

After making the dough and filling, cut the dough into 50-60 equal little pieces. One by one, roll each piece of dough into a ball and then roll out flat on a well floured surface.

Get the Complete (Printable) Chinese Dumplings Recipe Below. Enjoy!

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Then, place a teaspoon of pork and veggie filling in the center of the wrapper and fold up like a taco. Pleat and crimp the edges together to seal.

Here are some handy photos of the dumpling making process:

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To cook the dumplings: Heat a large skillet with oil and pan fry the dumplings to create a crispy crust, and then steam them with a bit of water in the same skillet. Be prepared, the aroma that will waft out of the pan is utterly intoxicating.

Dip the warm potstickers in the homemade spicy soy sauce and swoon over your made-from-scratch Chinese dumpling masterpieces.

For those of you are interested in a gluten-free potstickers recipe, check out our Paleo Chinese Dumplings!

Also try this Kung Pao Chicken Recipe from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts!

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Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings) Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Chinese Dumplings - Steaming hot potstickers are soft yet crispy, and perfectly irresistible. You'll love this easy Chinese dumplings recipe with homemade dipping sauce!
Servings: 50 dumplings

Ingredients

For the Potsticker Dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
  • 1 1/4 cups HOT water

For the Pork Filling:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon  sugar
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh grated ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup bok choy, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

For the Potsticker Dipping Sauce:

Instructions

For the Dough:

  • Place the flour in the food processor with scalding hot water. (Water can be from the tap if your water runs really hot.) Turn on the food processor and "knead" until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides. Then "knead" in the food processor another 1-2 more minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rest while you prepare the other components.

For the Filling and Dipping Sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix by hand until smooth, adding 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Then mix the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Warm the dipping sauce (in the microwave) to dissolve the sugar, then allow it to cool completely.
  • Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface. Press out into an even rectangle and cut the dough into 50-60 segments.
  • One at a time, roll the segments into a ball. Place each ball on a flour surface and roll into a flat thin circle 3 to 4 inches across. Don't worry about it being perfectly round, focus on thin! Then place 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons pork filling in the center of the circle and bring the sides up to pinch at the top, forming a taco shape. Gently fold the sides toward the middle forming pleats against the back side of the dough. Pinch each pleat down to seal. Place the finished dumpling on a floured baking sheet, and repeat, repeat, repeat. (At this point you could flash freeze some of the dumplings to save for later.)
  • Now place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons oil to the skillet. Once it's hot, quickly place the potstickers down into the skillet to sear. Brown the bottoms for approximately 2 minutes, then quickly flip the potstickers and add about 1/2 cup warm water to the skillet--enough water to come a third of the way up the side of the potstickers. Cover and let the dumplings steam for 2-3 minutes, until the water has evaporated. Repeat with the remaining dumplings.
  • Serve warm with soy dipping sauce.

Notes

Potstickers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1dumpling, Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 56mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Sommer Collier

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29 comments on “Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)”

  1. SO good! Wow! Literally just did what you said and they are fantastic. Mine aren’t perfectly pretty but they aren’t going to stay that way long😜

  2. I just tried these and they were fantastic, easier than I thought and so much tastier than in any Restuarant I’ve been to.

  3. I’m super excited to try this recipe. They do look surprisingly easy to make and I just love the list of ingredients! Can’t wait!!

  4. They looks soon yummy – and surprisingly easy to make!! Thanks – a must try!

  5. Hi. These look superb! I was wondering if you could let me know if I would be able to assemble the dumplings ahead of time and freeze them at all before cooking them? Or can I cook them and then freeze and reheat in the oven for a later time? Thanks!

    • Hi Jacky! We have frozen them a few times, uncooked, then saute a little longer than listed. The key is to freeze flat on a wax paper lined baking sheet so they don’t stick together. Happy Cooking!

  6. Silly question: the pork is cooked before mixing it in the bowl and stuffing the potstickers right??

  7. I think I found today’s lunch. Our family loves Potstickers but they are so expensive at our Chinese takeout. Now we can make our own!

  8. Oh.My.God. I want these so bad…. thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try them!

  9. Wow, I can’t wait to try this out :) they look so very tempting.

  10. I’m so impressed with your folding skills! Looks yummy!

  11. These are so fun! Would love them of lunch or dinner today!

  12. I LOVE that you made your own potsticker dough. I have only done it once, but it is so rewarding, and they are so much more tender that way.

  13. One of my favorite appetizers when I go out for Chinese is potstickers!! I never knew they could be so easy!

  14. I don’t think I’ve every had potstickers, can you believe it? I need to try these soon!

  15. I could eat these everyday, they are so good!

  16. Enjoyed your stories of China! We are heading there soon and I can’t wait to try some authentic dumplings. We make potstickers all the time, but with the wonton wrappers. I am really looking forward to trying out your dough. What I find really interesting is how you cut it into rectangles, not cut off balls of dough as I would have suspected. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  17. What a great memory to go along with this recipe. I love potstickers but I’ve never made them myself. Your pics made it sound totally doable! I especially love the one that shows all the steps. Perfect!

  18. Love your memories from your trip to China. I love the dumplings and hand pulled noodles I tried when I traveled there – these look perfect!

  19. I love this post Sommer! Potstickers are a favorite of mine, and believe it or not, I have been to Xinjiang before! My parents live in China part of the year, so I have spent tons of time there- these look very authentic- i LOVE that you made your own dough.

  20. These look so good! The moving image is very cool! I cannot wait to give these a try!

  21. I haven’t had potsickers in a long time! That needs to change!

  22. Love potstickers and these sound amazing!

  23. How fun are these dumplings!! Need to make some this weekend!!

  24. I love that moving image! SO helpful! Potstickers are some of my fav things to get at take-out, but I have always been too scared to try to make them at home. Thanks for this!

  25. Love homemade dumplings! We used to sit around the table and make hundreds of these with my mom and grandmother. The only thing is it took just minutes for everyone to devour them. Happy Chinese New Year Sommer!