These tasty, juicy little potstickers are easy and fun to make as a family. Filled with ground pork or chicken, ginger, sesame oil and cabbage, they are so delicious, everyone will approve of these dumplings 🙂Jump to Recipe
Popularity of potstickers
Today, most people are familiar with potstickers. You can’t walk into a Costco without sampling these delicious appetizers and then buying a huge bag. On a busy week night, one of our easy go-to-dinners is potstickers with a side of boiled and salted edamame (soybeans). I never imagined making them on my own. Why would I, when those little frozen guys are so delicious?
Crazy Rich Asians
We recently went to see Crazy Rich Asians. The girls and I loved seeing the familiar roads, stunning landmarks, beautiful architecture and the FOOD scenes!! If you’ve never visited Asia, than the movie might be even more fun to watch. You’ll be rewarded with a highly entertaining glimpse into the unique culture of Singapore. Exotic, yet oddly familiar, the movie demonstrates that different cultures share similar themes of acceptance, rejection, love, family drama, etc.
In the beginning of the movie, I thought Nick’s grandmother was a sweet old lady. However, we get a peek into her true nature when she criticizes Eleanor’s homemade dumpling-making technique during (what was shaping out to be) a nice family moment. Ella and Sierra thought it would be fun to try making our OWN potstickers at home as a family. No judgement allowed!
Recipe inspired by Cecilia Chiang
A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a signed copy of Cecilia Chiang’s cookbook, The Seventh Daughter. Cecilia Chiang is an absolute legend and one of San-Francisco’s most beloved chefs. Widely credited with introducing Chinese food to Americans, Cecilia just turned 99 this year! We started with her recipe for potstickers and changed up a few things, such as adding soy sauce to season the filling and reducing the amount of cabbage.
Potstickers are surprisingly easy to make
Here’s the good news — the potstickers were surprisingly easy to make! While homemade wrappers WOULD be the best, even Cecilia Chiang says that they are so much work (and there are now high quality versions available at the grocery store) that she no longer makes the dough from scratch. Yeah! We buy wonton wrappers at the store and then make our own homemade filling — which is as easy as making a meatball.
Folding the dough seems like it would be tricky, but I promise you’ll get the hang of it very quickly. For each dumpling, place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. Dip your finger in water and moisten all around the edge of the wrapper. Fold it in half, creating a semi-circle, and press gently to seal it, forming a little pouch. Next, pinch the edges in little pleats all around the pot sticker (or in any way you want.) We took a video of Ella folding one so you can see for yourself how it’s done 🙂
We learned potstickers don’t have to look perfect in order to be amazing. These tasted so delicious (and much better than the frozen ones) that we all agreed it was worth the effort and fun to do together. Crazy Rich Asians is being released to DVD on November 20th, so it would be fun to make a night of it by making your own potstickers and watching the movie!
Potstickers (“Crazy Rich Asian” Dumplings)
These tasty, juicy little potstickers (“Crazy Rich Asian” dumplings) are easy to make. Filled with ground pork or chicken, ginger, sesame oil and cabbage, they are so delicious everyone will approve of these dumplings!
- 1 pound of ground pork or chicken
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste or 1 inch freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup napa cabbage rinsed, cored, finely chopped
- 2 spring onions white part only, finely sliced
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 packet round wonton or dumpling wrappers
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
To make the filling:
Mix together all ingredients (except for wonton wrappers) in a bowl with your hands until well combined.
To assemble the potstickers:
Cover a rimmed baking sheet with baking paper, or lightly dust with flour, to store potstickers while you make them.
For each potsticker, place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. Dip a finger in water and moisten all around the edge of the wrapper.
Fold it in half, creating a semi-circle, and press gently to seal to form a little pouch. Pinch the edges in little pleats all around the semi circle or in any way you want.
To cook the potstickers:
Pan fry them in a small amount of oil on one side for about 2 minutes. (Be sure to use a non-stick pan!)
Pour water over the potstickers so it reaches about ¼ – ½ inch and cover the pan. Don’t pour the water too slowly or it will sputter wildly.
Cover and steam potstickers for 5 minutes.
This recipe makes about 24 dumplings. Instead of frying, you can also place potstickers in a bamboo steamer over a pan of simmering water, or simply drop them into a pot of broth or water and boil for 5 minutes.