Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

by Yi on February 4, 2013 · 30 comments

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Potsticker or fried dumplings 鍋貼 are one of my favorite finger food growing up in China. As I promised earlier I would share an easy but delicious potsticker recipe as part of the dumpling series I am working on.

In Part I of this dumpling series, I mentioned that dumplings resembled Chinese gold ingot which signifies prosperity and good fortune. I then realized that many of you probably had no idea what a Chinese ingot looks like so I am including a picture of the ingots below.
Don’t dumplings look just like these gold ingots?

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

To make the potstickers, you’ll first to make dumplings. If you have not done, so please check out my Chinese chive dumpling recipe before you proceed. If you do have your own dumpling recipe, please make sure the ends are nicely sealed so the juice from the filling won’t leak out

A good dipping sauce is like icing on the cake. I always enjoy my dumplings more when there is an ass-kicking dumpling sauce. As a bonus, I am also including a quick dipping sauce I use for my dumplings.

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

Before I get into the recipe, I’d like to remind you this dumpling series will be on going so please don’t hesitate to leave a quick comment with your favorite dumpling dishes.

Wish you all a very Happy Year of the Snake!

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

Step by Step Instructions:

To make the dipping sauce, combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well. This can be done ahead of the time.

Heat up a non-stick frying pan or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. 1 tablespoons oil for every 5 dumplings you fry. When oil is hot add dumplings to the pan without overlapping.

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

Cook the dumplings over medium heat until the bottom turns golden, about 1 min. Add 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil.

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

Once it’s boiling, cover the pan and cook on low heat for 7 – 8 minutes or until the water has boiled away. To finish up, add one more tbsp of oil around the side of the frying pan. Turn the heat to medium and cook off any remaining liquid and turn the bottom of the dumplings crispy. Your goal is to get that golden bottom. About 1 minute. Turn of the heat and dish the dumplings.

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

(Optional step) For those of you enjoy the thin layer of “crispy skirt” around the bottom of the potstickers. Dissolve 1 tbsp of rice flour in ½ cup of water. Use this mixture instead of the water when pan frying the dumplings.

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

Serve it hot with the dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Homemade dumplings
  • Cooking oil
  • Water
  • Flour (optional)
  • Dumpling Dipping Sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp black vingar
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot chili oil
  • ½ sesame oil

Instructions

  1. To make the dipping sauce, combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well. This can be done ahead of the time.
  2. Heat up a non-stick frying pan or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. 1 tablespoons oil for every 5 dumplings you fry. When oil is hot add dumplings to the pan without overlapping.
  3. Cook the dumplings over medium heat until the bottom turns golden, about 1 min. Add 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil. Once it’s boiling, cover the pan and cook on low heat for 7 – 8 minutes or until the water has boiled away.
  4. To finish up, add one more tbsp of oil around the side of the frying pan. Turn the heat to medium and cook off any remaining liquid and turn the bottom of the dumplings crispy. About 1 minute. Turn of the heat and dish the dumplings.
  5. (Optional step) For those of you enjoy the thin layer of “crispy skirt” around the bottom of the potstickers. Dissolve 1 tbsp of rice flour in ½ cup of water. Use this mixture instead of the water when pan frying the dumplings.
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Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Judy @Savoring Today February 26, 2013 at 8:38 am

I so enjoy potstickers, the simplicity, the texture, the sauce … thanks for providing a recipe so I can make them at home. And thanks for stopping by Savoring Today and taking the time to comment — glad to discover your blog too!

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2 Yi February 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Thanks Judy for your visit. Hope you get to try the recipe soon.

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3 Heidi Medina February 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Your dumplings look and sound wonderful, I’m looking forward to trying them. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for them since they are one of my husband’s favorites.

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4 Yi February 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Heidi. Hope you’ll get to make some of the dumplings.

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5 Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog February 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

I love pot stickers and could have them any day. Nice info about the ingot. I’m looking forward to read more about your dumpling series.

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6 Yi February 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Frank. More dumpling recipes will follow!

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7 Sandra's Easy Cooking February 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

I could eat Potstickers even when I full and any time of the day. Great recipe and simple yet tasty dipping sauce…love addition of hot chili sauce. Thank you for sharing and have a great mid week!

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8 Yi February 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Sandra for stopping by. You have a good week as well!

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9 Simon @ SoyRiceFire.com February 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

These potstickers are seared to perfection! Please keep your dumpling series coming!

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10 Yi February 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Thanks Simon. Will try to post more dumpling recipes in the future!

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11 Abbe@This is How I Cook February 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I love the way you cook these. I always just coated the pan bottom with oil but I never knew how much; and that looks like a great dipping sauce.

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12 Yi February 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

thanks for checking out this recipe Abby. Hope you’ll like the dipping sauce.

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13 tigerfish February 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for the rice flour trick! For us, we do it the other way round (tip was given by a dumpling eatery here) – boil with some water first and then add the oil to pan-fry towards the end to get the crispy bottom.

Happy Lunar New Year to you.

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14 Yi February 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

thanks for the tips tigerfish. I’ll try your method next time just for comparison purpose.

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15 Joanne February 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

Your dumplings look absolutely delicious!

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16 Yi February 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thanks Joanne.

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17 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 9, 2013 at 3:25 am

I love guotie! These are mouthwatering!

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18 Yi February 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanks Angie.

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19 Mare February 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I would love to try pot stickers, but as a vegetarian Celiac, I expect it will be years before someone masters a GF wrapper. Enjoy!

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20 Yi February 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thanks for the comments Mare. Maybe I should post a wrapper making video some time. Hope you will find some GF wrapper in stores.

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21 Chris M February 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

Actually, you can –

Let me ask this:

Have you thought about edible rice paper?

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22 Yi February 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

What a great idea! I completely forgot about rice paper. Your idea is brilliant and I’ll test it out on my own. Thank you so much!

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23 shuhan February 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

you are SO good at dumpling-folding! haha my friends and I just made a mess when we tried, lucky that doesn’t affect the taste too much ;)

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24 Yi February 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thanks shuhan, judging by how beautiful your food is I am sure your dumplings came out nice and delicious. Happy New Year!

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25 DarkAgent February 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I’m going to by frozen dumplings and cook em in a wok like you…

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26 Yi February 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

yup frozen dumplings will work as well. Thanks.

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27 Yves February 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Great as asual!!
Looks delicious!

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28 Yi February 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Thanks Yves for stopping by. Happy Chinese New Year to you!

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29 kitchenriffs February 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

Great post! I love potstickers, and can never get enough. Really nice dipping sauce, too. Good stuff – thanks.

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30 Yi February 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thanks kitchenriffs.

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