Pork Dumplings are ground pork, cabbage and sweet ginger filled dough wraps that are scrumptious fried or steamed. They are traditionally served with a super easy Asian dipping sauce.
If you have a big family you had better double the recipe because you will find your family eating them faster than you can make them!
Have you ever tried Asian dumplings also known as potstickers? They are absolutely divine. They are the perfect light dinner or holiday appetizer. These sweet Pork Dumplings are stuffed with ground pork, finely chopped napa cabbage, fresh grated ginger and garlic. They can either be pan fried in a little sesame oil or steamed in a bamboo steamer basket.
Where can I find Asian dumpling wrappers?
Depending on your regional lingo and how the dumpling (aka potstickers) are cooked you should refer to the wrappers as dumpling or potsticker wrappers. They are round and are very similar to wonton wrappers. They can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce department of most finer grocery stores usually next to the organic herbs. Wonton wrappers can be substituted though they lack a thin edge and will be difficult to pleat. Make sure to call around before running out for the dumpling wraps.
What is the difference between a dumpling and a potsticker?
It is all in the cooking. Dumplings are either fried or steamed while potstickers are both fried and steamed. However the product before cooking is exactly the same thing. Both dumplings and potstickers are absolutely scrumptious and if you have never had them homemade you really need to give them a whirl.
Can Pork Dumplings be frozen?
Yes uncooked dumpling (aka potstickers) can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. Place on parchment or aluminum covered baking sheets. Make sure the dumplings are in a single layer and are not touching. Place in freezer until frozen solid. Once frozen transfer to freezer bag and store for up to three months.
See how delicious they look steamed. Dip them in my delicious dipping sauce and you will find yourself shoveling them as fast as your family!
How to make Pork Dumplings.
Combine beaten egg, ground pork, cabbage, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil and chopped chives in medium bowl. After mixing place in refrigerator for thirty minutes.
Holding the wrapper in one hand, dip your index finger on your free hand in cold water. Moisten half of the wrap with that finger making a 180 degree circle around the edge of the wrap that is furthest from you. Now place a rounded teaspoonful of the meat mixture in the middle. Fold over and gently seal one end to the other making small pleats as you go. Press the wrap together to close tightly. Practice a few times and you will have it. Now they are ready to be cooked. Please see cooking options.
For the sauce, mix soy sauce, mirin and sesame oil in small bowl to serve with the dumplings. Sprinkle several tablespoons of chopped green onion in the sauce.
Cooking options for Pork Dumplings!
- Add a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil to large skillet over medium heat. Add a batch of about ten of the dumplings and cooked until browned on one side; approximately 2-3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup of water to the skillet, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover the pan flip the dumplings and cook until the water is gone and other side of the dumpling has browned; approximately 3-5 minutes. This is my preferred method.
- Place dumplings in a steamer and cook for 7-8 minutes. You can also steam them in a bamboo steamer. Place lettuce on the bottom of the steamer. Place the dumpling on top of the lettuce. Cover the bamboo steamer and place over pot of simmering water. Cook for 12-15 minutes checking several times.
Both of these methods require more time if frozen. I like to set the Pork Dumplings on the counter in a single layer to start thawing while I make the sauce and get the water simmering if I am going to steam them.
This post was originally published May 31, 2015 and was republished October 22, 2018 with new content.
Other delicious appetizers for your holiday party!
- Crab Rangoon
- Quick and Creamy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
- Spinach Artichoke Wontons
- Pepper Jack Almond and Pecan Mini Cheese Balls
- Cheese Ball Antipasto
Sweet Pork Fried Dumplings
Pork Dumplings are sausage, cabbage, sweet ginger and garlic filled soft dough wraps that are scrumptious fried or steamed.
- Prep Time: 40
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 60 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Asian
- 12 oz package all natural round wraps (I use Nasoya wraps)
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 lb pork sausage (uncooked or very lightly browned)
- 2 cups finely chopped savoy or napa cabbage
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger or ginger paste
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 green onions sliced 1/4 inch wide
- Vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup mirin
- 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
- Combine beaten egg, ground pork, cabbage, ginger, garlic, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon mirin and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil in medium bowl. After mixing place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- When working with the wraps cover non-stuffed and stuffed ones with cold wet paper towels to keep them from drying out. Holding the wrapper in one hand, dip your index on your free hand in cold water. Moisten 1/2 of the wrap with that finger making a 180 degree circle around the edge of the wrap that is furthest from you. Now place a rounded teaspoonful of the meat mixture in the middle. Fold over and gently seal one end to the other; pressing the wrap together to close tightly. Repeat until meat mixture is gone; placing them on a lightly greased cookie sheet and covering with moistened paper towels.
- Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to large skillet over medium heat. Add a batch of about ten dumplings and cooked until browned on one side; approximately 2-3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup of water to the skillet, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover the pan flip the dumplings and cook until the water is gone and other side of the dumpling has browned; approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Mix 2/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup mirin and 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil in small bowl to serve with the dumplings. Sprinkle several tablespoons of chopped green onion on the sauce.
- Sprinkle remaining green onions on the dumplings right before serving.
- You can also steam these dumplings in a bamboo steamer or metal steamer for 12-15 minutes.
- Adding a little bit of sesame oil (1/2 teaspoon) to the skillet after the water cooks away helps to brown the other side of the dumpling and it gives them a fantastic flavor.
- Mirin (sweetened sake) and sesame oil can be found in the Asian food section of your grocery store.
- If you can not find mirin you can substitute 1 teaspoon sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon of sherry.
- Serving Size: 6
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