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Chinese Pork & Shrimp Dumplings (Pot Stickers)

Chinese News Years is looming around the corner so I will be making pot stickers for the celebration. I just love pot stickers. Pot stickers are a type of dumpling. Each pot sticker is a complete mini meal that's easy to make and easy to eat. The fillings are soft and moist, and the wrapper is thick and chewy. Plus, the dumplings are versatile. You can use any type of ground meat and any type of vegetables. Made too many? Pop the uncooked ones in the freezer and they can keep for months! I also love to use pot stickers as a way to sneak vegetables into my children's meals. It works like a charm.

Pork and Shrimp Pot Stickers

Pork and Shrimp Pot Stickers

Pork and shrimp pot stickers with a vinegar-soy-sauce dipping sauce

Pork and shrimp pot stickers with a vinegar-soy-sauce dipping sauce

pork shrimp Asian dumplings

Chinese Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Pot Stickers) Recipe (make 35 pot stickers)

Ingredients

Pork/Shrimp Filling

  • 10 oz ground pork shoulder/butt
  • 1/2 dried shrimp (soaked in warm water for 5 minutes. Drain then minced)
  • 3 baby bok choy or 1 1/2 cups fresh or canned bamboo shoots (minced)
  • 2 green onions (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package (1 lb) of pot sticker wrappers (also known as gyoza wrappers)

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Thai chilli pepper (minced)
Chopped baby bok choy. Bamboo shoots can be substituted. 

Chopped baby bok choy. Bamboo shoots can be substituted. 

Black pepper, soy sauce, ground pork, vegetable oil, dried shrimp, fish sauce, sugar, pot sticker wrappers, green onions and bok choy.

Black pepper, soy sauce, ground pork, vegetable oil, dried shrimp, fish sauce, sugar, pot sticker wrappers, green onions and bok choy.

Instructions

  1. Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. For each wrapper, add two teaspoons of filling.
  3. Fold the wrapper over into a semi-circle and pinch the top to seal. If you have trouble sealing the top, brush the wrapper with a bit of egg yolk before sealing.
  4. Pinch the two corners. Then pinch up to the top. Once the wrapper is sealed, you can make decorative pleats or leave as is.
  5. In a medium size pot, bring water to a boil and cook the pot stickers for about 5 minutes  or until the pot stickers float to the top.
  6. Combine all the dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Serve pot stickers with dipping sauce.
Add 2 teaspoons of filling to each wrapper

Add 2 teaspoons of filling to each wrapper

how to wrap pot stickers
Pinch the top

Pinch the top

Pinch the outside corners. Then pinch up to the top.

Pinch the outside corners. Then pinch up to the top.

Pleated folds on pot stickers

Pleated folds on pot stickers