Potstickers or guotie (in Chinese) are pan-fried dumplings with crispy and golden brown bottom. Potstickers are wrapped with dumpling wrappers, filled with all kinds of protein, for example: shrimp, pork, turkey, beef, fish, seafood or vegetables. First, you pan-fry the dumplings, then you steam the dumplings so they are cooked through.
Potstickers literally stick to the wok during the pan-frying process, and hence the name. I am partial to them as they are always such a delight to eat. More importantly, making potstickers at home is already half the fun. Let’s learn how to make potstickers that taste better than restaurants!
Homemade Potsticker Wrappers vs. Store-Bought Wrappers
If you have time, I would encourage you to make dumpling wrappers from scratch. It takes only two ingredients:
- All-purpose flour
Homemade wrappers always taste better with a great texture. You can make the wrapper thinner or thicker, depending on the type of dumplings you make. However, I also strongly recommend store-bought dumpling wrappers as they are so convenient and yield amazing results. In this Shrimp Potstickers recipe, I used store-bought wrappers.
How to Wrap Potstickers
There are many ways to wrap Potstickers or dumplings. The easiest way is to fold them over and seal the edges tight by dabbing a little water around the outer edges of the wrapper. To make them prettier, you can use your thumb and index finer to make the pleats, from one end to the other end. Scroll down to the recipe section to see the picture guide and step-by-step on how to wrap potstickers.
Dipping Sauce for Potstickers
You can serve them with the following dipping sauce, or you can eat them as is because they are already so juicy and delicious.
- Chinese Black Vinegar – you may add ginger strips to the sauce or just plain.
- Soy Sauce plus Chinese Black Vinegar.
- Ponzu – Japanese vinegar with citrus added.
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