Ingredients

  • 20 dumplings
  • 20 dumpling wrappers (round)

  • 240 g ground pork

  • 5 prawns (shelled and finely chopped)

  • 40 g chives (cut into thick strips)

  • 20 g ginger (minced)

  • 1½ sesame oil

  • 1 tsp spring onion (finely chopped)

  • 1 tsp Shaoxing wine

  • ½ tsp ground white pepper

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 30 ml water

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • dipping sauce: 

    3 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp black vinegar

  • ½ tsp sesame oil

  • 10 g ginger (julienned)

Pan Fried Dumplings
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Pan Fried Dumplings

Affectionately known as Potstickers in the West and Guo Tie in the East, the pan fried dumpling is a crispy and juicy package that bursts with flavour, thanks to the fillings of pork, prawns, ginger and seasoning. The trick is to fry the dumpling till it is golden, then steam it quickly with the right amount of water. Eat it hot with some ginger-soaked sauce made of soy sauce, black vinegar and sesame oil.
  • Medium
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 10 min
  • 4 steps
  • 16 Ingredients
  • Medium
  • 4 steps
  • 16 Ingredients
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 10 min

Pan Fried Dumplings

 

Crispy and Delicious Chinese Pan Fried Dumplings

Affectionately known as Potstickers in the West and Guo Tie in the East, pan fried dumplings are crispy, juicy and flavorful. Pan fried dumplings recipes often include pork or prawns for filling and are rightly seasoned with ginger, salt and pepper. 

More than just a delicious snack, the Chinese culture and history behind the pan fried dumplings dates back to the Eastern Han Dynasty where a famous physician specialising in traditional chinese medicine had cooked meat and some vegetables, shredded the filling and wrapped them in dough to serve people suffering from frostbite. These pan fried dumplings are a popular recipe in Chinese households during the New Year celebrations. 

How can we get these pan fried dumplings juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside? The trick is to pan fry the dumpling till it is golden, then steam it quickly with the right amount of water. Eat it hot with some ginger-soaked sauce made of soy sauce, black vinegar and sesame oil.

 

Frequently-Asked Questions About Pan Fried Dumplings 

A popular delicacy in Chinese cuisine, the pan fried dumplings recipe comes in many different variations. 

 

What fillings can I use for the pan fried dumplings? 

Most pan fried dumplings recipes use pork or prawns as filling but beef, chicken and vegetables are good options for fillings too. 

 

I am a vegetarian. How can I make a vegetarian version of the pan fried dumplings?

Instead of using pork or chicken for the filling, you can substitute it with your favourite vegetables that will fry well. Mushrooms, cabbage and tofu are perfectly good alternatives for this Pan Fried Dumplings recipe. 

 

What type of sauce can I use for my pan fried dumplings? 

These pan fried dumplings would go well with basic soy sauce, sesame oil or hot chili oil. Put a spin on the soy dipping sauce by adding freshly chopped ginger to it. 

 

What serves well with these pan fried dumplings? 

The pan fried dumplings recipe is a traditional classic meal often found in Chinese cuisine. They can be enjoyed with noodles, rice or simply on their own as a snack. 

 

What should I do with the leftovers? 

Leftover pan fried dumplings can be added into a soup and enjoyed with some warm rice on those lazy weeknight dinners. 

 

I made too many dumplings. What do I do with uncooked dumplings? 

Luckily, uncooked dumplings can be frozen and kept! Arrange your uncooked dumplings onto a tray and freeze them for frying later on when you are ready to have more of these juicy pan fried dumplings. 

 

Cooking Chinese Pan Fried Dumplings: Recipe Tips and Tricks 

The challenge in this recipe is in the pan frying technique. To achieve perfectly cooked, crispy and flavor-packed dumplings, pan fry them in a hot pan. When your pan is not hot enough, these dumplings tend to stick. 

  1. Gather your primary ingredients for the filling: Combine your ground meat of choice (pork is a favourite), mushrooms, garlic chives, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix them together. Prepare the filling for your dumplings so that the folding and arranging of the dumplings will become a much more efficient process. 

  2. Folding your dumplings: Choose a fold technique that works for you. You can either simply seal your dumplings or pleat them if you know how to. When sealing the dumplings, make sure that they are airtight so that your dumplings do not fall apart when placed in the pan to fry. 

  3. Test the heat of your pan: Before pan frying your dumplings, sprinkle a few water droplets onto your pan to test the heat of the pan. The pan is hot enough to fry your dumplings if your water droplet rolls around instead of splattering or bubbling. 

     

Pan Fried Dumplings Recipe Instructions

  1. Make dumpling filling

    • In a bowl, combine ground pork, prawns, chives, spring onion, minced ginger, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, white pepper and salt together until well mixed.
    Make dumpling filling


  2. Fold dumpling

    • Take a wrapper and place a tablespoon of filling onto the centre.
    • Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water. Fold the dumpling into a half-moon shape. Crimp the edges and pinch it together to seal it tightly.
    • Place dumplings on a plate lined with parchment paper.
    Fold dumpling


  3. Pan Fry the dumplings

    • In a pan on medium heat, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry dumplings for 2 –3 minutes, until the bottom turns light brown.
    • To the same pan, increase to high heat and add 30ml water.  Cover the pan to steam for 3 –5 minutes until water has completely evaporated.


  4. Plate

    In a sauce dish, add 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp black vinegar, ½ tsp sesame oil and 10 g julienned ginger.



Plate and Serve!

Transfer the pan fried dumplings to a serving plate and serve with the dipping sauce. 

Flavorful and delicious, the pan fried dumplings is a classic dish from Chinese cuisine. Prepare a dozen of these dumplings to pan fry for a quick dinner at home. Share a photo of your pan fried dumplings with us on Asian Food Network's Instagram.

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Ingredients
  • 20 dumplings
  • 20 dumpling wrappers (round)

  • 240 g ground pork

  • 5 prawns (shelled and finely chopped)

  • 40 g chives (cut into thick strips)

  • 20 g ginger (minced)

  • 1½ sesame oil

  • 1 tsp spring onion (finely chopped)

  • 1 tsp Shaoxing wine

  • ½ tsp ground white pepper

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 30 ml water

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • dipping sauce: 

    3 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp black vinegar

  • ½ tsp sesame oil

  • 10 g ginger (julienned)

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