Pan Fried Pork and Shrimp Potstickers

Pan Fried Pork and Shrimp Potstickers

In college, my friends and I used to get together once a month and have “Chinese Potsticker” parties. The kitchen would be prepped to create 3 big batches of Chinese potsticker filling and the dining table would be converted to our potsticker wrapping session.

We’d make hundreds of Chinese Potstickers. A small batch to enjoy that evening and the rest of the potstickers go straight to the freezer for my friends to take home. They were soooo fabulous and it was our girly-bonding time.

These days, it’s not my girlfriends who come over to pleat dumplings, but my little kids sit at the table wrapping the potstickers with Mommy. Love it!

Chinese Potstickers are really simple to make, and there are a few secrets that I’ll share with you.

How to pleat potsticker dumplings

I’m piecing together several photos of dumpling making from different cooking sessions, so you’ll have to excuse the inconsistent photo quality. Not to mention, these photos were from last year, before I learned how to use my camera’s basic fuction, like FOCUS. ;-)

These photos were taken when I handmade the dumpling wrapper – a feat that while delicious – to me is not worth the trouble, which is why I’ve not posted this before! The handmade wrappers are thicker than what you’d buy at the store.

Pleating potstickers

Spoon about 1 teaspsoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper. Use your finger to brush the cornstarch slurry all around the outer edge of the dumpling to act as your “glue” to hold the potsticker together.

Pleating potstickers

Bring up opposite sides and pinch the dumpling wrapper in the middle.

Pleating potstickers

You’ll only be pleating the upper half of the potsticker. In this photo, all my pleats will be made on the upper half of the potsticker.

Start with your right side. Hold the potsticker in your hand. Fold and pleat as shown above. Pinch tight. You’ll do 3 pleats just like this on the right side. Then repeat on the other side, but in the opposite direction, so that all your pleats are pointing towards the center. See how my pleat points towards the center? This creates a crescent effect. The next time I make potstickers, I’ll have to take a few more photos, because it’s easier to learn by photos than in words.

Pleating potstickers

Pinch all pleats tight – there should be no open spaces, otherwise your filling will fall out.

Making potstickers

Now fry the potstickers in batches (read my instructions below in the recipe)

Sidenote:

While my potsticker recipe below does not call for cabbage, if you do want to include cabbage in your dumpling, make sure you salt the cabbage, let it sit for 15 minutes and squeeze all the water out of the cabbage. Watery cabbage = soggy dumplings. Look how much water comes out after 15 minutes of salting:

Squeeze out water

The salt draws out the water. For every handful of shredded cabbage, use about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt (1/2 tsp table salt), mix well, let sit for 15 minutes at room temp. Place salted cabbage in cheesecloth and squeeze water out. You could also just do this in your hands too, if you don’t have cheesecloth.

Pan Fried Shrimp and Pork Potsticker Recipe

Serves 6-8

1 package of frozen dumpling skins, defrosted overnight in refrigerator or 40 minutes room temp (do not microwave or set in water)
3/4 pound raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 stalks green onions, cut into 2 inch sections
1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots
1/2 pound ground pork
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine (or dry sherry)
for the slurry: 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl
water
cooking oil

Dipping Sauce
1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

Wash the shrimp and pat very dry. In a food processor, add the shrimp, green onions, bamboo shoots and pulse several times until the shrimp is chopped to about 1/4 inch. In a large bowl, combine the shrimp mixture with ground pork, soy sauce, salt, cornstarch, ginger, rice wine. Mix well.

Spoon 1 teaspoon of the filling onto dumpling skin. Brush a bit of the cornstarch slurry
all around the edge of the dumpling skin. Fold over and press to secure edges. Make sure edges are sealed tightly. Shape the dumpling so that it has a flat bottom. Cover loosely with plastic wrap so that it doesn’t dry out.

When you are ready to cook, heat a large nonstick pan with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the dumplings, flat side down, not touching, to the pan. Let fry for 1 minute until the bottoms are light golden brown. Pour 1/4 cup of water into the pan and immediately cover with a tight fitting lid. Turn heat to medium and let the dumplings steam for 3minutes. Open lid and let the remaining liquid cook off about 1 minute. Cut into a dumpling to make sure that the filling is cooked through. Remove to plate, wipe the pan clean with paper towels (or wash) and repeat with remaining dumplings. Serve with dipping sauce.

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Comments 95

  1. Laura

    Hi Jaden — potstickers are one of my favorite appetizers (I’m getting a craving for them as we speak) and this was perfectly timed! A friend of mine and I had planned a weekend potstickers marathon on Saturday, and I printed this out to use as our recipe.

    We ground turkey, chicken, bok choy (treated like cabbage), green onions, ginger and low-sodium soy. If I’d remembered sprouts they would have been in the mix, too — next time!

    We made a *massive* batch, cooked 12 on the spot (just to test, of course) and froze the rest in 10-dumpling packages. The total? 114 delicious potstickers. Hooray!

    1. Ranjeet karki

      hi jaden i am see your pot sticker and i love food i am making new dishes and learning more recipe so my mail forward thanku

  2. Hope

    Hi Jaden

    We love your blog.
    just letting you know your potsticker pleating photos have dropped off the net, and no longer come up when the page is viewed. We hope they reappear soon so we can make some
    thanks

  3. TONY

    Jaden or anyone,
    Do you have a recipe for the potsticker dough?
    They have become expensive here in California, and I really don’t like them all that much…to thin.
    I use a recipe similar to yours, based on a recipe from on of my favorite cookbooks by Rhoda Yee…”Szechwan & Northern Cooking”. I used her dough recipe (2 cups flour + water) and used my pasta maker to roll out the dough…but the dough was tuff and chewy.

  4. jen

    Dear Tony,

    I too have been in search for the perfect potsticker dough. I believe in the order and technique of food science. While I have not tried Jaden’s Potsticker Dough recipe yet, it appears that her recipe may be “the one”. Trust me when I say I’ve have searched for “the one”. Key tips, her notes on Hot Water Dough and Kneading. All-Purpose flour (protein content 10-12%) is typically used, as Bread flour is higher is protein (12-14%), thus having higher glutens,thus typically resulting in a more chewy/dense product. Keep in mind that All-Purpose flour can vary slightly depending on brand and region. Make sure the dough rests as this helps the glutens relax. Too much flour can make a product tough. Hope this helps.

  5. Jason Sandeman

    I really like your post here about potstickers. I just recently landed a sous-chef position at a hotel where we produce out a ton of those things, (with the pre-made wrappers of course ;) ) The photo where you show about how to pleat is top-notch.

    Thanks for that.

  6. Brenda

    I love making potstickers with my girls. They are Chinese born, with American parents. We all love these and I really don’t mind the “work”. We have made them at dinners that we have had as thank yous for supporting us in a mission trip last summer with the girls. I have never learned how to make the pleats like the Chinese grandmothers. Now I know and with the filling that I have in the freezer, we will be making some this weekend.

  7. S

    In reply to jules, I have an allergy to wheat so I know how hard it is. I’ve never known which yum cha are gluten free either, but I can help you with wrappers. Buy vietnamese rice papers (they’re round) from your asian grocer – you can normally get small or large ones. If you’re making rice paper rolls (bit different to dumplings, but can use these wrappers too) you dip the rice paper in a bowl or slightly less hot than boiling, then you put your filling in and fold up the bottom, then the left and right sides of the wrapper, then roll away from you. According to a vietnamese cookbook I just borrowed from the library, you can also make a crepe using a flour which is rice flour to tapioca of 6 to 1, with normal crepe ingredients like eggs, etc. I recommend investing in vietnamese cookbooks as they normally show you how to make rice paper rolls or fried spring rolls, but I believe that rice papers work really well as a dumpling skin if you steam the dumplings. Not sure if you can fold them prettily like this though.

  8. Michael

    Hi would you be able to contact me when you get a chance..I Live in London U.K and am thinking of opening a nice Chinese restaurant could you help me finding the right staff?looking forward to hearing from you soon THANK YOU V Much
    Michael Gold

  9. Merry

    I was searching the recipe for the potstickers via google and I found your blog. Thanks for your step-by-step of pleating the dumplings, now I can do it perfect and it looks like handmade by a restaurant or something. I made some today and it was such a crowd pleaser!

  10. adeana

    I made dumplings today using these tips and they were great. However the fried part of the dumpling became soggy after cooking it with water. The ones I get at my favorite chinese place are nice and crispy. Anyone know what the secret is to crispy bottoms? thanks!

  11. ChefMal

    Gah! I’ve been experimenting with dumplings for a few weeks now and while they come out good, I knew there were some things I was missing…like the folding technique and the slurry. Don’t ask how many of those things came apart on me during frying. Anyways, thanks for the pics and advice. I will try your sagely methods very soon and let you know how it came out. Happy cooking!

  12. Lyndsey

    I love potstickers and I want to try your recipe. My pleating was okay but with your instructions and photos they’ll be a lot better. Thanks for sharing. I did have to laugh at the directions when told to use a nonstick pan. lol

  13. MayLing

    Hi Jaden,
    Do you have the recipe for the potsticker dough? Since I live in a small town in TN, there isn’t any dumpling wrapper available at all. Would be really appreciate if you could email me the dough recipe. thank you.
    MayLing

    Hey there! I don’t have one posted on the site….I’ve made them once by hand but didn’t really record a recipe! :-( I will next time, k?
    ~jaden

  14. QL7

    I FINALLY learned how to pleat potstickers! I found that if you follow your directions BUT keep the potsticker on the table (surface) instead of in your hand, it’s easier to pleat. Just my personal experience. Also, again having had to learn by trial and error, salt and squeeze out the cabbage. I wish your instructions were around about 20 years ago!!! I love your recipes! Thanks!

  15. Natalie

    My family and I LOVE potstickers. I usually buy the frozen potstickers available at the chinese grocery.
    When I came into your posting for potstickers and all the detailed instructions, it just encouraged me to try to make it.I FINALLY make it, and it came out so PERFECT!!!…I follow all the instructions, and my potstickers came out nice, golden, crispy on the bottom and chewy on the skin.
    Thanks so much, Jaden for this great recipe and step-by-step instructions. LOVE your website..:)

  16. Kamran Siddiqi

    Hey Jaden, as much as I love shrimp and pork, others in my house don’t. It’s difficult to have a love-hate relationship with seafood, especially when everyone else in your house hates it.

    I happen to like this recipe a lot, especially because of the combo of the shrimp, but could I leave the shrimp out and just use pork without really compromising the great flavors that this recipe has? Because if it really does compromise it, I won’t mind sneaking the shrimp in (It’ll be a secret between you and I. Just don’t tell my mom. LOL).

    Also, must I use canned bamboo shoots? Could I use the fresh kind?

    use whatever you want! beauty of potstickers and dumplings is that it’s to your taste. secret it to cook a tablespoon of the filling in a frying pan, taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. ~jaden

  17. Jeanie

    I made these today and they came out really well! Just wanted to reiterate how much I love your website. I rarely ever make recipes that come out perfectly. :-)

    I went to the market to buy the Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine today. Once you open it, how are you supposed to store it? In the fridge, on a shelf, etc?

    Thanks!

    Hey Jeanie-

    Thanks for writing! I’m glad you loved the potstickers. Store the wine in the refrigerator or in your pantry that’s dark, cool.
    You can throw a few slices or slivers of fresh ginger in the wine to make it even better. Anytime I have a little nub of fresh, raw ginger, I just slice thinly and stick it in the bottle. This wine will last for quite a while in refrig. I usually keep my wine for about 4 months.

    Jaden

  18. Patricia

    I just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe. 6 months ago I decided that I could make my own dumplings after spending ridiculous amounts of money to eat them at restaurants, but I wasn’t really sure how easy it would be. Before my decision to make my own, I did not know what a food blog was (I don’t IM, I don’t blog, I don’t chat on line). I googled dumplings and after searching a while, found yours. I decided to go with it. Especially since you were willing to show what happens if you add cabbage and you had great directions. After seeing all that water, I decided to try it without cabbage or lettuce. I made them exactly as you wrote.

    I bought wrappers from our Asia Mart. I had never been in an Asia Mart before so that was a new, weird experience in and of it self. BUT, I made them and my husband and children gobbled them down. We did purchase the dipping sauce from the mart also, because I didn’t know that that was also so easy to make at the time. WOW. (I must also say that the clerks at Asia Mart were VERY helpful in helping me choose the right ingredients, and I ask their advice all of the time now).

    You and your blog have launched me into a whole new world. I now go to the Asia Mart once a week AND I follow at least 20 cooking blogs. Because of your recipe and pictures (yes, mine even look professional because the pleating is SO EASY). I have even branched out a little and now make sushi and other dishes I thought would be impossible to make. I also own a steamer just for your dumplings! (I steam instead of fry now). I make these dumplings almost once a week.

    I have started try to be creative with the filling, but I can’t seem to find a better one yet. My little one has decided he does not like them anymore (only because the older one LOVES them) LOL. But I can’t find anything more American to put in them yet that he likes. He does still eat them!

    Anway, thanks so much for taking the time to write in an easy, free manner and take pictures of your work in progress to help those like me who need the visual aids!

  19. play2cre8

    Thanks for the great tutorial – I found your instructions a couple of months ago and my youngest and I had a great time making them (even better… he is 17, 6’4″ and a big guy… fun time in the kitchen). I didn’t bookmark your blog at the time – so I was so glad I could find it again. I also want to add a thanks about the salt and cabbage – amazing!

  20. JOE

    J

    HI. I FOUND A RECEIPE FOR CHINESE DUMPLINGS. IT IS AT THE WEBSITE IN THIS EMAIL. I AM GOING TO TRY TO MAKE THEM THIS WEEK. I’LL LET YOU KNOW HOW THEY COME OUT

    JOE

  21. Laura

    Jaden,

    I love your blog, but this recipe has pushed my respect for you as a cook into the stratosphere. They were so delicious! I will be making these every month, at least. Thank you!

  22. Lori

    I made these for a New Years Eve party and they were a huge hit. I doubled the recipe and shared them with family and friends everyone loved them and I was even told they were “restaurant quality”!

  23. Steph in Canada

    Perfect Potsticker Dough Recipe!!

    I have used the recipe for dough (never used the filling recipe – I have a better one) from this website:
    http://chinesefood.about.com/od/potstickers/r/potstickers.htm

    The recipe instructs you to divide the dough evenly into balls and then roll out each wrapper separately. I did that the first time, but it took so long it was ridiculous. My 2nd time making this dough I just rolled it out thin and cut out circles with a drinking glass. The 2nd time I made the dough I also used my stand mixer (with dough hook) – it was a double batch.

    I find these dough wrappers to be so much yummier than storebought – and it’s really not a lot of work.

  24. Annamaria

    Hi Jaden! Okay, I need this answered. Is there a difference between “Won Ton Wrappers” and “Dumpling/Gyoza Wrappers”? When I go to the store do they say Dumpling/Gyoza Wrappers? I just think your recipe is probably the equivelant of the ones I order at this Chinese restaurant that has amazing food. I’m addicted and I swear I can order from them everyday! One of my favorite foods is Potstickers. If I can make a bunch and freeze them, I’d be ordering Chinese take out a lot less and probably save tons of money! I have ordered so much that now the owners know us so well that they know who’s name to take when we make an order. I think I need a break…ha ha ha! So please help me with the wrapper info. Also would you say there is a different quality from making your own wrapper dough than buying them? Can’t wait to hear from you!

    1. SteamyKitchen

      They are different – wonton wrappers are square and generally a little thinner than the dumpling/gyoza wrappers which are round.

      Get the dumpling/gyoza wrappers! And don’t bother making them from scratch (pain in the butt!!) :-)

  25. Manuela

    I am amazed to notice how deep can “food” help weaving relations and get to know each other. In our blog about culture – where food plays a pivotal role – we have spoken about an Italian expatriate in Shanghai. She got to know Chinese culture through her Ayi (“Aunty” – something like a maid, which means “life saver” in China) by preparing together dumplings and pasta bolognese.
    This is the link: http://www.illywords.com/2011/05/east-meets-west-in-the-kitchen-between-juicy-chinese-dumplings-and-pasta-bolognese/

    Enjoy the text, photos and video!
    Manuela

  26. Heather

    Hi Jaden!

    Those dumplings look just DELICIOUS! And I may have the dumbest question of all time, but there is no step to include cooking the pork….? Does it go in raw and cook while the dumplings are being pan-fried??
    Is that a dumb qustion? I might be a total idiot! lol!!!

  27. Kate T.

    Hi Jaden,
    I love your blog! I’m excited to try these potstickers for a dinner party. But I have some vegetarians coming. Can you suggest proportions for a delicious veg filling? Thanks!

  28. Emily T.

    I made these tonight and they were absolutely perfect! The only thing I did different was adding cabbage since I had it in the fridge. The flavor was awesome and pleating the dumplings wasn’t nearly as tough as I thought it would be. Can’t wait to defrost the extras and have them as apps at a dinner party. Thank you for the recipe!

  29. Faith

    I’ve been looking for Potstickers for a while now. I actually found you last night. I love all your tips on how to make them. When I went the frig to start, I found my cabbage was bad. I didn’t think you could make them without cabbage? So I Googled, Potstickers without cabbage and it brought me here again! :) Well, I didn’t have any of the ingre. you have for this post! lol All I had was chicken. So I put it in the Cuisinart and chopped it all up. Added about a bunch of green onions. I put in some garlic, ginger, hot chili pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil, I think that was about it? One tip I love that you gave was to cook up a little “test” filler bite. What a great idea!! Why didn’t I ever think to do that? Then you can change it. I did my test, it was awesome! Really I wanted to try and make my own wrappers too cause I live out in the “sticks” and Wal-Mart is the closest thing. Their wrappers are too “wantony”. So I found a rec. for 2 C. AP flour. 1 C. Boiling water 1/4 t. salt. Mixed it up, let it rest an hour. Made the snake, cut little pieces, rolled them really thin (youtubed that ;) ). Turned out AWESOME!!!! TRIPLE AWESOME!! Love, love, loved it! Man, with just simple ingre. these can be made! My first attempt the wrappers were bready. Wasn’t getting them rolled out enough! Thanks for all the info. and help in making these! I learned a lot from reading the comments too. That’s why I had to come back and leave one also!
    Appreciate all the pictures! That was a BIG help with the pleating! :) Ah…success!!! It was a beautiful thing!! :)

  30. Dominique

    What is the difference between potstickers and gyoza? I live in the Netherlands and I’ve never heard of potstickers.

  31. JC

    I swear if I ever get through the glut of produce in my kitchen waiting to be canned (who knew I’d get cheap good tomatoes in January????) I’m making a batch of these! I too used to participate in potsticker parties in college with my group of friends from the International Student Association, and loved having a batch of them tucked in my freezer ready to go. What a great way that used to be to spend a day!

  32. Catherine Mae

    It’s ok for the kids to have rice wine, or dry sherry?? I’m sort of iffy whenever I read a recipe calling for any sort of alcohol but I’m not a drinker at all (never had a drop in my life) and I never know if I can subsitute it with a broth or something

    Hope to hear from you about this issue with me! :)

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