Easy Potstickers Recipe (Chinese Dumplings)

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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An easy potstickers recipe for one of your favorite take out foods! Also known as Chinese Dumplings, these homemade potstickers taste amazing!

Homemade Potstickers (aka Chinese Dumplings)

Hi, my name is Jessica and I am addicted to Chinese Dumplings, or as you might also know them, Potstickers!

Those little crispy pan fried bottoms and perfectly steamed filling/tops? Better get a double order of them, because I am eating them all! But this shouldn’t be a surprise to any of you, seeing as my other favorite dinner includes dumplings as well. Anyone remember my famous Chicken and Dumplings recipe?? 

Well guess what, I’m back with another fabulous dumplings recipe! This one is just Chinese instead of American! 

We love to order Chinese take out a couple of times a month, when I need a night off from cooking dinner, and pork potstickers are always on our menu. Our whole family will actually fight over the last one! So I figured it was high time I learned how to make our very own Chinese Dumplings at home. 

Raw Chinese Dumplings before cooking.

What Are Potstickers?

Potstickers are “steam fried” dumplings made with round wrappers and stuffed with flavorful fillings like pork and cabbage. They are medium sized dumplings that you can usually eat in two or three bites.

Potstickers are different from other Chinese dumplings in that they are lightly browned in oil first. Once they have a bit of color, then water is added to the pan, which is then covered so the dumplings can finish cooking in the steam.

Why Are They Called Potstickers?

According to legend, a chef intended to boil dumplings in a wok, but he walked away for too long and the water boiled off. The dumplings stuck to the wok and the wrappers crisped up – but they were still delicious, so this accidental cooking method became THE cooking method! This new kind of Chinese dumpling was called potstickers. (In Chinese the name for these dumplings literally means “stuck to the wok.”)

What Are These Dumplings Wrapped In?

Potstickers are wrapped in round Chinese dumpling wrappers. I am going to be honest with you…while I do make my own potsticker pork filling, I usually do not make my own homemade wonton wrappers for the dumplings. 

Should I? Maybe. Especially if you want to be more authentic! 

However, I do not have the patience or time for that with three kiddos running around. If you are like me and would like to use store bought dumpling wrappers, I use Nasoya round wonton wrappers. In my local grocery store, they are sold in the refrigerated produce area and come in a large package. 

If you would like to go all out, I recommend this recipe for the homemade wrappers from Steamy Kitchen. They are great!

Step by step photos to show how to fold chinese dumplings wonton wrappers.

How to Fold Wrappers for Chinese Dumplings

Potstickers look fancy, but they are actually very easy to put together.

With the round wonton wrappers, you add the filling and fold them in half and pinch the edges together. This is the style that are most commonly seen from most Chinese take out restaurants when you order potstickers. 

If you cannot find the round wonton wrappers, don’t fret! The square ones are just as good. I promise the dumplings will taste exactly the same! Just fold them into a triangle and then fold in the edges to make a little purse, just like I showed in the photos above. 

Large bowl of pork filling for Chinese Potstickers with chopsticks.

What’s Inside These Potstickers?

For these potstickers, I prefer to use a 100% pork and vegetable filling. 

Here’s what’s in my filling:

  • ground pork 
  • Napa cabbage leaves
  • green onions
  • shiitake mushrooms
  • bok choy
  • bamboo shoots
  • garlic cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • soy sauce
  • corn starch
  • sesame oil
  • sriracha (optional – this is not traditional but I like the flavor it adds!)

Filling Variations

  • Sometimes I’ll also add 1/2 cup finely chopped raw shrimp to the ground pork mixture.
  • Use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground pork.

Try these with different combinations to discover your family’s favorite and make this Chinese Dumplings recipe your own! 

Chinese Dumpling (potsticker) being held with chopsticks.

How to Make Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

Chinese Dumplings are easier to make than you might think. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Make the potsticker filling: Just put all the filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Form the dumplings: Fill each wrapper with about a tablespoon of pork filling. Wet your finger in water, then run it along the edges of the wrapper. This will help keep it closed.
    1. If your wrapper is round: Fold the wrapper over the filling to create a half moon shape, pinching the edges closed to seal.
    2. If your wrapper is square: Scroll up to see step-by-step photos for folding square wrappers into dumplings.
  3. Pan fry the dumplings: Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Lightly fry the dumplings until the bottoms are golden. 
  4. Steam the dumplings: Add 1/3 cup of water, cover with a tight fitting lid and steam the dumplings until the water has cooked away. Uncover and cook for another 2 minutes over medium-low heat.
  5. Serve: Remove from heat and serve your dumplings with soy sauce and thinly sliced green onions!

Potstickers on a plate with potsticker sauce in a small bowl with sesame seeds.

Tips for the Best Potstickers

These Chinese Dumplings are one of my absolute favorite recipes to make with my kids. Here are my top tips for perfect potstickers:

  • Don’t overfill the wrappers. If you try to stuff too much filling inside they won’t seal properly and some filling will escape during cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd your pan. Potstickers get bigger as they cook so make sure there is plenty of room for the bottoms to cook evenly.
  • Check the bottoms for golden color. While the potstickers are cooking, gently lift one or two periodically to check for golden color. 

How to Make Potsticker Sauce

You can serve potstickers with soy sauce, hot chili sauce (like Sriracha), or you can make a delicious homemade potsticker sauce!

  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil or chili sauce/paste, to taste (optional)

Whisk together all ingredients and serve in a shallow bowl to dip your potstickers in! You can make this ahead and store it in the fridge for up to a week. 

Potstickers on a plate with Potstickers sauce, scallions and sesame seeds on top.

Serving Suggestions

I love eating these with a bit of soy sauce as an appetizer or side dish! Another favorite way to eat these is by turning them into homemade wonton soup.

Can You Freeze Chinese Dumplings?

Yes! These freeze really well. I also included directions on how to freeze your dumplings in the recipe card below. They freeze great and make an easy quick freezer meal!

Chinese Dumpling (potsticker) being held with chopsticks.
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Chinese Dumplings (Potstickers) Recipe

One of your favorite take out foods, Chinese Dumplings (also commonly known as potstickers), are easy to make and taste much better when you make them homemade!
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

Ingredients

Pork Filling:

  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 4 large napa cabbage leaves, minced
  • 6 stalks green onions, minced
  • 7 shitake mushrooms, minced (if dried – rehydrated and rinsed carefully)
  • ½ cup bok choy, minced
  • ½ cup bamboo shoots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha, optional (non-traditional but I like the flavor it adds!)

Dumplings:

  • 36 won ton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • water, as needed
  • soy sauce, for serving
  • green onions, optional garnish

Potsticker Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil or chili sauce/paste, to taste (optional)

Instructions 

Pork Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine all pork filling ingredients until well combined.

Form Dumplings:

  • You will need a clean workspace, wonton wrappers, prepared pork filling, a small bowl of water, and chopsticks.
  • Begin by filling the wonton wrapper with about a tablespoons worth of pork filling. Wet your finger, and run along the edges of the wonton wrapper. This will help to seal it closed.
  • If your wrapper is round, fold the wrapper over the filling to create a half-moon shape, pinching the edges to seal. If you wrapper is square, scroll up to view the step by step images of how I fold my dumplings into a little purse dumpling.
  • Once you have filled the dumplings you can freeze them or eat them fresh.

Freeze Dumplings:

  • Place the dumplings in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  • Then place in a ziplock baggie, where they can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Pan Fry:

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skillet and place dumplings in an even layer. Fry for a few minutes until bottoms are golden.
  • Add 1/3 cup of water and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook until the water has boiled away and then uncover and reduce heat to medium or medium low.
  • Let the dumplings cook for another 2 minutes then remove from heat and serve with soy sauce and thinly sliced green onions.

Steam:

  • Place dumplings in a steamer basket on a single layer of cabbage leaves or a piece of parchment paper and steam for about 8 minutes.

Potsticker Sauce:

  • Whisk together all ingredients and serve in a shallow bowl to dip your potstickers in! You can make this ahead and store it in the fridge for up to a week. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 2dumplings, Calories: 56kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 162mg

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5 stars
First time ever making dumplings, made fresh dough and this recipe for the filling. Omg what a hit, everyone from family to work family loves them, said better than restaurant. Making again today with ground chicken
Thank you

4 stars
Nearly perfect. Too much ginger for our taste (and we like ginger – just out of balance with other flavors). I’ll make these again and dial it back in half.

I teach a Kids in the Kitchen cook-along via Zoom once a month for my local library. The focus is on savory foods that kids can make for a family dinner. In February 2024, we’ll be doing potstickers in honor of the lunar New Year. I came across this recipe and it seems like a winner. The instructions on how to steam-fry are great, and there re many options for the filling. I’ll be doing a few test versions this week before I send out the link to the families who sign up. Thanks!

Yummy Yummy in my tummy

Just made this recipe, without bamboo shoots, as I couldn’t get any. But the flavour is awesome anyway. I did add a little bit of ground chilli. Perfecto!!
Thank you

Great recipe! Store didn’t have pork or bamboo shoots so I used beef and water chestnuts. I found 1tbs of filling to be a bit too much for square wrappers, but maybe it’s not for round? Made enough to use the whole package or wrappers and tastes great!

If you freeze them, do you thaw them out before you cook them?

Just wondering if pork is cooked enough to eat with a 15 minute cook time?

Wow!!! Wow!!! WOW!!!! Absolutely delicious!!!! Made this and my husband and I are so in love with this dumpling recipe! Thank you Jessica!!

These came out amazing! Thank you

I am not a commenter. I have to say I have been searching for years and THIS recipe is it. Seriously, if you landed here just stop looking. Its absolutely perfect. A thousand thank you’s. My kids and I ate 50 last night for dinner and we still have about 2 cups of filling left (which I will likely sneak and eat on my own)

These are absolutely amazing, not so keen on the dumping sauce it’s not bad but something is missing. But the dumplings,WOW! I may never order out Again.

melted into a mushy, gooey mess.

Would the filling be good to make eggg roles as well. How much filling would be needed for eggriole with egg role washer

Really enjoyed your post. I am dying to actually make them. I will keep in touch, some how….

I usea gingersauce for my Peking dumplings

5 stars

I made these today but the won ton wraps were so small I went and bought the egg rolls wraps instead. They are delicious. I found the egg roll wraps at Target. I also cooked the meat first then added all the veggies and seasonings and sautéed for a little longer. Yum!

These pot stickers look and sound delicious. I would like to give them a try, but I can’t use corn starch due to corn product allergy. Would flour work in place of corn starch?

WHEN FREEZING
Do I prepare through assembly stage, then freeze and allow to come to room temp, before frying/steaming?

Or prepare full recipe and freeze?

So eager to try. Please respond.
Great thanks

How would I do the them in soup

I loved this recipe. I made my own wrappers which was fun and made it even more delicious. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with the world (and me)!

I just wanted to say, I’ve been making dumplings for years and I find it works best for me if I mix all the ingredients together and let it sit in fridge for a few hours before filling the dumplings. The cabbage wilts a bit, making it easier to wrap and the flavors get to meld .

This looks wonderful (and easy). A question, please. What would you recommend to replace the mushrooms, & how much? Someone in our house has a severe mushroom allergy, and to keep the consistency & quantity of filling, I’m hoping for recommendations! Might water chestnuts or celery work, or are they too fibrous? Thank you!

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For the past 15 years, Jorge & Jessica have loved getting to share their families' favorite recipes with all of you. They live in Florida with their 3 kids.