25 Dumpling Recipes That Are Easy Enough to Make at Home
With Lunar New Year underway, we have dumplings on the brain. The Chinese word for dumpling represents the exchange between the old and new year, which is why they’re common at new year celebrations. They also symbolize wealth, since they’re traditionally shaped like silver ingots, an imperial Chinese currency. That said, there are lots of different types of dumplings from China and beyond. Here are 25 dumpling recipes that are easy enough to pull off at home, from traditional pork potstickers to sausage-and-egg breakfast dumplings.
1. Pork Potstickers
The best part about making potstickers at home? They freeze like a charm. Just place the uncooked dumplings in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze them overnight, then transfer them to freezer bags.
2. Japanese Gyoza
These dumplings stuffed with pork, cabbage, garlic and ginger won’t disappoint. (But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t most excited about the three-ingredient chili oil dipping sauce.)
3. Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce
The secret to these vegetarian gems’ crispy bottoms? Dredging the dumplings in sesame seeds before frying.
4. Jiaozi Chinese Pan-Fried Potstickers
Yup, paleo dumplings are a thing—and they’re delicious. Instead of carby dough, these are wrapped in rounds of daikon radish.
5. Sesame Chicken Potstickers
We have a feeling your kids will be all over this sweet-and-sticky appetizer.
6. Vegetable Potstickers
Bring on the fresh produce. These dumplings boast bell peppers, button mushrooms, cabbage, scallions, garlic and onion.
7. Spicy Chili Oil Wontons
Sink your teeth into heavenly pillows of shrimp and ground pork, dunked in savory homemade garlic-chili oil.
9. Pork Dumplings
Assembling these cuties is as simple as putting a rounded tablespoon of filling in the center of each wrapper, folding it over to create a triangular pouch and pressing the edges together.
10. Shrimp Potstickers
Tender, mild shrimp is just the match for punchy grated ginger and herbaceous fresh cilantro.
11. Miso Dumpling Soup with Autumn Squash
These ground turkey dumplings have a delicious secret: red curry paste. Not only does it turn the flavor up a notch, but it keeps the meat nice and moist as well.
12. Sesame Chicken Dumplings in Spicy Broth with Garlic Crisps
We seriously wouldn’t blame you for skipping the dumplings altogether and noshing on the fried garlic-Panko sesame seeds instead.
13. Pan-Fried Dumplings
Don’t sweat cooking the pork filling before stuffing the wonton wrappers. It’ll cook through in the pan once it’s fried.
14. Paleo Shumai
This dim sum favorite can be made low carb by trading traditional wrappers for sweet cabbage leaves.
15. Chicken Potstickers
Feel free to add extra veggies to the filling, like mushrooms, bell peppers or broccoli. Chopped water chestnuts would be a great crisp addition, too.
16. Pork-Shiitake Mushroom Potstickers
Dumplings 101: Don’t overfill the wrappers. If there’s too much filling, you won’t have enough wrapper left on top to fold the pretty pleats.
17. Ginger Sesame Chicken Potstickers
Sweet. Chili. Pomegranate. Sauce. Need we say more?
18. Chinese Pan-Fried Dumplings
You can find gow gee pastry wrappers at your local Asian market. Once they’re assembled, the dumplings can be steamed, fried or boiled in your favorite broth.
19. Spicy Chicken Potstickers
Want them to turn out even hotter? Add a drizzle or two of sriracha to the filling.
20. Paleo Har Gow Dumplings
This type of dumpling is famous for its translucent wrappers, which allow you to see the pink shrimp and green scallions nestled inside.
21. Crispy Sesame Ginger Potstickers with Chive Chili Sauce
BRB, going for a swim in the toasted sesame-chili oil alongside roasted peanuts and fresh chives.
22. Easy Dumpling Soup
Homemade soup in 15 minutes? You’d better believe it. (The key is starting with frozen potstickers.)
23. Chinese Pork Dumplings
Water and flour are all you need to make dumpling dough from scratch. Warm water aids in gluten production, which is key for soft, stretchy dough.
24. Shrimp Shumai
The addition of chopped lemongrass gives the dumplings a bright, citrusy, aromatic je ne sais quoi.
25. Sausage-and-Egg Breakfast Dumplings
Wanna know a secret? You can stuff just about *anything* into a dumpling wrapper, cheddar cheese and breakfast sausage included. Pass the sriracha ketchup, please.