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Potstickers (Asian Dumplings)

There are takeout potstickers and frozen store-bought potstickers.  But there’s nothing like homemade ones.  Fresh, healthier, and always scrumptious!  They don’t even need a dipping sauce, they are THAT good!


This is one of those rare posts where I have the opposite of writer’s block.  There’s so much nostalgia swimming through my brain, I am hard pressed to center my thoughts.

Potstickers hold a near and dear place in my heart, with food being the language of love in my extended family.  I grew up on my mom’s homemade Chinese dumplings, wrapped perfectly and neatly, row after row.

My potsticker skills will never match Mom’s in speed or beauty, but at least they taste as good as I remember…

Potstickers 4

I have Mom to thank for all those evenings she had me sit with her at the kitchen table, wrapping what seemed like endless dumplings.  Dad often joined us, and we’d watch random shows while gabbing and wrapping.

You could always tell which dumplings were mine, because they were typically lopsided. My wrap skills have improved a bit since.

To speed the learning curve of visual learners, here’s the shortest youtube dumpling tutorial I could find — straight to the point, quick, and easy to follow.

A Plate of Dumplings with Side Sauce

But really, potstickers are kind of like life — it’s what’s on the inside that counts!  Even if you just smoosh the wrapper in half and call it a day, these little guys will still taste amazing.

My parents often just boiled the wrapped dumplings in salted water; they’re delish (plus healthy!) when simply boiled and served with dipping sauce.  I still make them that way when pressed for time, and the kiddos devour them.  But, I must say they do love their potstickers pan fried.

There’s just something about the crispy outer wrapping, encasing the delicate and super flavorful filling.

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Once you have the potstickers wrapped, the rest is a cinch.  Simply pan fry them in batches, without overcrowding, and you’ll be rewarded with the most addictive appetizer ever!

By the way, uncooked potstickers freeze super well.  If I go through the trouble of wrapping a bunch of potstickers, I make sure to freeze uncooked ones for frying up later.


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A Plate of Dumplings

Potstickers (Asian Dumplings)

5 from 1 vote
These Potstickers are a hundred times better than those frozen store-bought packaged ones. Fresh, flavorful, and a huge crowd pleaser.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 50 potstickers
Author: Amy Dong


For the Filling:

  • 2 lbs ground poultry, I use half chicken, half turkey
  • ¼ cup Asian cooking rice wine
  • 3 TB Asian toasted sesame oil
  • 1 TB granulated sugar
  • 4 TB regular, not light soy sauce
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tsp table salt
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 4 green onion stalks, finely minced
  • 3 cups finely minced Napa cabbage, be sure there’s no moisture


  • 2 packages round potsticker wrappers, refrigerated Asian section of grocery stores
  • oil for pan frying

Optional Dipping Sauce:


  • Make dipping sauce by mixing all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all filling ingredients except for Napa cabbage. Stir well to thoroughly combine. Add Napa cabbage, stirring to combine.
  • Place about 1 TB of the meat filling into the center of a wrapper. Dab water around the edges of wrapper. Fold wrapper in half, into a semi-circle, and press edges tightly to seal well. If desired, fold/pleat the potsticker (see video link for visual.)
  • Place folded potstickers on a lightly floured surface.
  • Coat a large frying pan well with oil – don’t be shy – entire bottom should be coated with a thin layer of oil. Heat oil to warm (not overly hot) and place potstickers carefully in the pan, without overcrowding them. Cook on medium-high heat until bottoms are nicely browned. Pour in 1 cup of water (be careful of splatter) and cover pan immediately. Cook for 5 minutes, or until liquid is evaporated and filling is cooked through.
  • Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat in batches. Serve immediately, with or without dipping sauce.
  • * Note: Uncooked wrapped potstickers may be frozen. Place in single layer on a platter, freeze, and transfer to airtight bag. May be kept frozen for a month or two.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: Asian

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    • Melissa

    Ooooo! Can’t wait to try these! I’ve been thinking we should try making our own — you must have read my mind! 🙂 I will come back and post afterward.

    • Christine

    I love the sound of this recipe, I look forward to trying it this chinese new year. Do you think instead of pan frying them, i could boil/steam them?? Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      You can most definitely do that, Christine! Enjoy 🙂

    • Carol at Wid GooseTea

    What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing family memories and what memories pot stickers bring up. Your pot stickers are beautiful—-picture perfect—I love puns as much as love pot stickers. I suspect even in the wonderful Asian restaurants we have in Seattle and the general area that I haven’t experienced the ultimate pot sticker such as the ones pictured here or your Mama’s.

      • chewoutloud

      Aww, that is so sweet, Carol! Thank you. Btw, you are sooo lucky to be in Seattle where fresh seafood and tons of really good Asian restaurants abound! I don’t know if I could do the rain, but the food I could live there for! Of course, I already live in nearly the coldest state in America. :/

    • Hans Susser

    Great recipe, beautiful Photo’s

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Hans! 🙂

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