Homemade Pork Dumplings – Fit Foodie Finds

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These homemade pork dumplings are packed with savory umami flavors. Make a batch and serve with our amazing sweet dipping sauce that perfectly complements the dumplings.

pork dumplings on a plate with fresh green onions

This pork dumplings recipe is a recipe created by our video producer, Pachee. We’re grateful to be able to learn authentic Asian cooking from one of our very own!

Pachee’s Pork Dumplings

From Pachee: When my fiancé and I were living in Spain, I found myself craving Asian dishes when I missed home, so I decided to teach myself how to make pork dumplings.

It ended up being such a fun recipe to make with friends and to serve as a tapas dish while we lived in Spain. I still make them now that we’re back in the states, and am so excited to share my recipe with you!

Why you’ll love ’em

Delicious flavor: You’ll love the savory and umami flavors of these pork dumplings with a sweet sauce.

Amazing texture: Chewy and crispy texture thanks to boiling and then pan frying the dumplings.

So fun to make: Get the whole family involved with this fun, hands-on recipe.

pork dumpling filling in a bowl

Ingredients You Need

for the pork dumplings

  • Ground pork
  • Minced garlic 
  • Green onion
  • Minced fresh ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce 
  • Dumpling wrappers (we used THIS brand)

Dipping Sauce 

Support your local Asian grocery store!

Whenever making an Asian-inspired recipe like this one, we like to support our local Asian grocery store and we hope you’ll do the same thing!

pork dumpling on a plate, ready to be assembled

How to Make Pork Dumplings

For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card for a list of ingredients and instructions.

Make Dumpling Filling

Begin by adding the pork, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and oyster sauce to a large bowl and combine all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon or your hands. 

Assemble dumplings

Set a small bowl of water next to your assembling station. Place 1 tablespoon of the pork mixture into the middle of the dumpling wrapper.

Use your finger to wet half of the edge of the dumpling wrapper. Fold the dumpling in half and pinch the edges tightly together. Be sure the pork mixture can not escape the wrapper. Repeat until all the wrappers and pork mixture have been used. 

Boil Dumplings

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Place 6-10 dumplings into the boiling water at a time. Give the dumplings a gentle stir so they do not stick together. Be sure not to overcrowd the pot. 

When the dumplings float to the top of the pot allow the dumplings to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon. Set the cooked dumplings aside. Repeat this step until all of the dumplings are cooked.

Make Dipping Sauce

Make the dipping sauce by whisking together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and minced green onion. 

Pan Fry Dumplings

Next, heat a large skillet over medium/high heat, and add oil to the pan. Be sure the oil is coating the bottom of the skillet. 

When the oil is fragrant, add a layer of dumplings to the skillet and fry for 1-2 minutes or until brown. Flip the dumplings and fry the other side for another minute.

Enjoy!

Enjoy the fried dumplings with the dipping sauce as an appetizer or delicious side for a main meal.

pork dumpling on a plate

Tips for Making Pork Dumplings

When buying dumpling wraps: Be sure they say potsticker or dumpling on the wrapper. Do not use wonton wraps for this pork dumplings recipe.

Dumpling wraps usually come frozen: be sure you thaw them completely before assembling the pork dumplings. 

When removing pork dumplings from the boiling water: Make sure you use a slotted spoon to remove the dumplings from the water. You do this to strain the dumplings from the water. 

After removing pork dumplings from the boiling water: Be sure to set them on a kitchen towel to remove excess moisture, do not set them on a paper towel or they will stick.  

pork dumplings in boiling water

Freezing Pork Dumplings

Can you freeze pork dumplings? Absolutely! This is a great recipe to prep as a large batch and then freeze for later.

We recommend assembling the dumplings and then placing on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in the freezer. Once the dumplings are completely frozen, place in a freezer safe bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To thaw and cook: boil the pork dumplings as directed in the recipe card, and then pan fry and enjoy!

pork dumplings in a cast iron skillet

stir fry in bowl

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pork dumplings being pan fried in a cast iron skillet

Storage

Store any leftover pork dumplings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. We do not recommend freezing these pork dumplings after they have been pan fried.

To reheat: To reheat pork dumplings in the microwave, cook them on high for 1-2 minutes with a wet paper towel over them to avoid drying out.

pan fried pork dumpling on a plate

Homemade Pork Dumplings

These homemade pork dumplings are packed with savory umami flavors, and served with an amazing sweet dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Prep: 30 minutesCook: 5 minutesTotal: 35 minutes

Fat 13

Carbs 17

Protein 12

Yield 25 dumplings 1x


Ingredients

  • 1-lb. ground pork
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 
  • 1 green onion, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 
  • 25 dumpling wrappers (we used THIS brand)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for browning)

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and tangy rice vinegar (we used this one) You can also use regular rice vinegar.
  • 1 green onion, minced

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the pork, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and oyster sauce to a large bowl and combine all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon or your hands. 
  2. Assemble the dumplings. Set a small bowl of water next to your assembling station. Place 1 tablespoon of the pork mixture into the middle of the dumpling wrapper. Use your finger to wet half of the edge of the dumpling wrapper. Fold the dumpling in half and pinch the edges tightly together. Be sure the pork mixture can not escape the wrapper. Repeat until all the wrappers and pork mixture have been used. 
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Place 6-10 dumplings into the boiling water at a time. Give the dumplings a gentle stir so they do not stick together. Be sure not to overcrowd the pot. 
    1. When the dumplings float to the top of the pot allow the dumplings to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon.* Set the cooked dumplings aside. Repeat this step until all of the dumplings are cooked. Set aside. 
  4. Make the dipping sauce by whisking together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and minced green onion. 
  5. Next, heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add oil to the pan. Be sure the oil is coating the bottom of the skillet. 
  6. When the oil is fragrant, add a layer of dumplings to the skillet and fry for 1-2 minutes or until brown. Flip the dumplings and fry the other side for another minute. Remove when both sides are browned. 
  7. Enjoy the fried dumplings with the dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3 dumplings
Calories: 238
Sugar: 5
Sodium: 383
Fat: 13
Carbohydrates: 17
Fiber: 0
Protein: 12
Cholesterol: 35

Author: Pachee VangCategory: AppetizersMethod: Stove TopCuisine: Asian

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.





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