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Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings


Steamed Dumplings Recipe

Make about 20-24 steamed dumplings | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


1/2 pound ground pork
8-10 medium-sized shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into small pieces
1 stalk scallion, finely chopped
3 dashes white pepper
1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine or sherry, optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
1 pack potsticker/dumpling wrappers


Combine the ground pork, shrimp, chopped scallions, ginger, and all the seasonings together. Mix well and set aside.

To make dumplings, place a small spoonful of the filling in the center of a wrapper. Dab a little water with your finger and circle around the edge of the skin, and then fold and pleat the dumpling accordingly. Repeat the same for the rest. (Please refer to this video to learn how to fold/pleat dumplings.

Arrange the dumplings in a bamboo steamer (lined with parchment paper at the bottom) and steam for 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately with black vinegar dipping sauce.

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  1. Laurie

    I like eating dumplings. Before in Hong Kong, we eat dim sum only, now we have more China food in Hong Kong and we also eat dumplings now.

  2. Tommy

    AHHH Dumplings!

    Those look quite delicious and are making me crave some now that its almost 11pm. This recipe makes me happy considering this is how I usually make my dumplings, although I add a little sugar (personal preference) and I just boil (can’t find the steamer). Just wanted to say I enjoy reading your posts and seeing the recipes that you take your time to post for all of us to enjoy. After I make some more dumplings, I’m gonna get around to trying out the char siu. =D

  3. Everyone in my family are dumpling-o-holics! But the last time I attempted making a batch they turned out soooo undercooked we ended up screwing up our faces at them! Now I know the right way!

  4. juhuacha

    Yummy… I love dumpling. This recipe seems easy. But I must master the pleating and folding first before I can make nice looking dumplings like yours.

    • If you are just eating yourself, it’s OK if you don’t master the folding and pleating as long as the dumpling is sealed tight. You will get better overtime. :)

  5. I have cravings for boiled, steamed or pan-fried dumplings at different times! But usually, I boil my dumplings cos’ that requires the least time.

    • Yes, Tiga, boiling is the fastest, but sometimes, the dumplings “burst” while boiling. Steaming is actually not bad since it doesn’t smoke up the kitchen and also non-greasy. Try it.

  6. NYMY

    Give me 2 dozens, please? Your steamed dumplings looked oh so fabulous! The pleating looks even better than most of the restaurants I have enjoyed these simple yet satisfying dish. Amazing how I started to enjoy dumplings as snacks, appetizers. Now, I can eat these sucker dumplings as a meal. Well done!

  7. Like you, I love all kinds of dumlpings too, especially with shrimp. I’ve just suscribed to your site. :)

    Can I steam the dumplings using a wok as I don’t have a bambo steamer?

    • Wonton wrappers are more yellowish in color. Dumpling wrapper is the same as potstickers wrappers and they are whiter in color. Not sure how they are sold in Malaysia/Singapore.

  8. I only learned to eat dumplings after I came to UK. Chinese people from China taught me how to make them and cook them. It goes great with balsamic vinegar. That’s how they eat in China. In Malaysia, I was brought up to eat wantan, either dry or in soup. I didn’t realise you can steam it. I’m going to try that. Oh yes, the Chinese train their children to eat vegetables by making dumplings for them. You can hide a lot of vegetables in them. Thought that’s such a great idea. Anyway, thanks for the recipe.

  9. Anu

    OMG! Yet another wonderful recipe that I must, must try!! *mouth waters* You do such an amazing job. They look really good!

  10. cheyenne

    I have tried making them today! But the dumplings turn out quite dry both the outer skin and the fillings… what might have go wrong? the fillings tastes OK but abit tough though.. how can I improve it? Thanks in advance and I love all your receipes! Have tried a few and success rate is v high! : ))

  11. Sherry

    My husband and I both love steamed dumplings, and have them every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant. My husband was stationed in Thailand when he was in the military. Although it was a small area where he was located, there was a Thai cook that made a green papaya salad with sticky rice for the guys there and my husband absolutely loved it! The restaurant we go to does not have it Do you have a recipe for this salad and the sticky rice? I would love to have it.

  12. junmay

    Hi! I’m quite a novice at cooking and really would like to try these, but how much exactly is 1/2 pound? and i was looking at the gyoza recipes as well, how much is 12 oz.? help!!! thanks!!!

  13. Jane917

    Do these dumplings freeze well to steam at a later time? I am thinking of making them to take to our kids’ house for Chinese New Year. I would like to make them ahead of time and travel with them frozen, then steam when it is time to eat. Thank you!

  14. Michael

    Thanks so much for this encouraging post to get me steaming dumplings! I have been putting off for too long.
    Do you know the ingredients of the dumpling called “Shark Fin Gow”? I believe it’s name is for the shape, and does not have shark fin. It’s my favorite dumpling at dim sum.

    Okay… as I am writing this, my wife just says to me, “We should go to dim sum for lunch today.” How cool is that?! You’re magic.

  15. Tanuja

    If Ii have make for guest how will I make n store n steam before serving?? I m expecting around 15 people…can u plz help…..

  16. Dharsh

    Sorry I know this msg is so late but I absolutely love ur website n credit it to being the only reason I started cooking for the family at home!! It was all takeout before that! Btw, do I have to cook/steam the dumpling before freezing or do I freeze it in its raw form? Thx!!

  17. Elysia Fisher

    I made these the other night and they were delish! Only seem to have one issue and that is that the meat always comes out a bit dry. What am I doing wrong?

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