Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Shrimp Pot Stickers

A few years have gone by since I first made dumplings from scratch with Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More by Andrea Nguyen. It’s such a great book. The instructions guide you so well through each step of making the dough, portioning, flattening, filling, and shaping. The pot stickers were in the back of my mind since I first read the book. It was one of those recipes that I was a little anxious about and imagined all the ways I could end up with a failure. Would they hold their shape while frying and steaming? Would the dumplings stick to the bottom of the pan and not come loose? Would the texture and thickness of the dough turn out right? I wanted to wait until I was in my new kitchen with plenty of space for rolling and filling lots of dumplings. And so, at last, I gave it a go and couldn’t have been happier with the process. I’ve realized that working with dough and seeing the transformation from mixture to final product, whether dumplings, pastry, or bread, is always fun for me. I haven’t met a dough I didn’t like. The Basic Dumpling Dough used for these is a simple one made with all-purpose flour and just boiled water, and it was easy to roll into little circles to be filled. In the book, the filling is a mixture of pork and shrimp with finely chopped cabbage and seasonings, but I chose to use only shrimp with the cabbage and other ingredients. A vegetarian filling would have been a great option too. 

I started with the dough because it needs to rest after kneading and can sit at room temperature for a couple of hours. Two cups of all-purpose flour were placed in the food processor while water was brought to a boil. Three-quarters of a cup of boiled water was measured and poured into the food processor through the feed tube with the machine running. In a few seconds, the dough formed a ball on the blade and was done. The water cools enough during that time to be able to handle the dough. Next, the dough was kneaded on a work surface until smooth, and then it was placed in a plastic bag to rest. For the filling, I cleaned and chopped some shrimp, finely chopped some savoy cabbage, chopped some homegrown Chinese chives, and minced garlic and ginger. Black pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil were also included in the mixture. The cabbage was lightly salted and set aside in a colander to drain for 15 minutes before being rinsed, drained, and squeezed to remove moisture. Then, all of those filling ingredients were combined and mashed together. The rested dough was divided in half. One half was portioned into 16 pieces. Each of those was flattened with a tortilla press and then rolled with a small dowel to flatten the edges more until each circle measured about three and one-quarter inch across. A tablespoon of filling was placed on each dough circle, and then they were closed and crimped. I went with the pleated pattern at the top of each dumpling. The filled dumplings were placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and the process was repeated with the second half of the dough. To cook them, two tablespoons of canola oil was added to a large skillet over medium-high heat. The dumplings were set into the hot oil, sealed edges up, and were left to fry for a couple of minutes. The next step is a little scary because water needs to be poured into the skillet with the oil. There’s a great tip in the book for holding the skillet lid close to the top of the pan while pouring the water to prevent it from spattering out too much. One-third cup of water was added, the skillet was covered, and the dumplings steamed until the water mostly bubbled away for about eight minutes. The lid was removed, and the dumplings continued cooking for another minute or two. They were served with a dipping sauce of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chile oil. 

The dumpling dough really was surprisingly easy to work with, and rolling the edges a little thinner made closing and sealing each dumpling a breeze. I followed the suggestion in the book and had a small wood dowel cut to about twelve inches long to use for rolling the little pieces of dough. The end result from the crisp bottoms to the steamed tops turned out great, and there were no problems with them sticking in the pan or falling apart. Now I’m ready to face my fears with another new-to-me dough recipe. 

I am a member of the Amazon Affiliate Program. 

Speaking of my new kitchen, here's another look at it now that more details have been completed. The wood on the bar, island front, and kitchen desk side was saved from our old house and whitewashed. 


  1. The kitchen is so beautiful!
    The dumpling recipe is great, too.

  2. Hi Lisa:)
    Oh my, I've always wanted to make my own dumplings. As usual, you make it sound so easy. I actually just bought a new food processor but haven't used it yet. It sounds like this dough comes together easy. Maybe I should give it a try.

    Your new kitchen looks magnificent, Lisa!!! Congratulations! May you cook up many wonderful memories in your new kitchen:) I couldn't help spying that bookshelf too. I bet those are all cookbooks, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Lisa...

    P.S. We will be starting up Cookbook Wednesdays over at my blog in April. I hope you will be linking up one or more of those cookbooks of yours:)

  3. Perfect! That's something I still have to try making.



  4. Lovely looking kitchen! And great dish, too. I don't make pot stickers -- shrimp or otherwise -- nearly often enough. As in almost never. Gotta change that! Thanks for this.

  5. uh...your kitchen is GORGEOUS! i'm super envious. :)
    dumplings are yet another thing i've never tried to make, but i really like the looks of these--the browned bottom is particularly appealing!

  6. Your kitchen is GORGEOUS! So contemporary -- and I love all the natural light. Andrea is a good friend of mine. Her recipes always rock; she is so meticulous when it comes to writing them.

  7. wow I love your new kitchen!!! These potstickers look mouthwatering, Lisa.

  8. OMG! Your kitchen is stunning! I was immersed in your pot stickers then I saw your kitchen!


  9. First up, your new kitchen is amazing!!! You must be thrilled with it. And these pot stickers look so professional---thanks for sharing both winners with us :)

  10. I have always wanted to try making pot stickers!
    Also, your kitchen looks amazing!

  11. What a nice kitchen, love all the counter space you have. Your pot stickers are nicely done.

  12. I have been wanting this book forever-but first I want that kitchen!


Blogging tips