Potstickers (Fried Dumplings) 鍋貼

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

31 comments

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  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Your dumplings look absolutely delicious!

  10. I love guotie! These are mouthwatering!

  11. 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!

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

    • Actually, you can –

      Let me ask this:

      Have you thought about edible rice paper?

    • 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!

  12. 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 😉

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

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

  14. Great as asual!!
    Looks delicious!

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

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