Pot stickers, otherwise known as pan-fried dumplings has long been a popular Asian dish that’s part of every China town menu. But do you know that it is so easy to make them at home too? You’ll only need a few ingredients and a new cooking trick to come up with perfectly fried dumplings right in your very own kitchen!


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound lean pork mince
  • 1 small head napa cabbage shredded or cut into slaw-size pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
  • Dumpling wrappers (about 30-36 pieces, exactly 1 packet from the store)
  • 1 cup green onion, cut into very small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste (just a pinch to be on the safe side)
  • Half a cup of water per cooking batch
  • 1 teaspoon oil per cooking batch


Let’s Make Some Delicious Pan Fried Dumplings!

  1. Prepare all your ingredients. Like with many other Asian dishes, ingredient preparation takes the most time.
  2. In a bowl, combine the pork mince, napa cabbage, salt, pepper, sesame oil, and green onions.
  3. Mix everything together thoroughly until you can make balls out of the mixture and the balls stay formed. Let the mixture rest for about half an hour.
  4. When you’re ready to make dumplings, place about a tablespoon of the mixture in the center of a dumpling wrapper.
  5. Wet the edges with a bit of water and fold over to seal the edges together.
  6. To create the dumpling shape, press the dumpling’s rounded side down.
  7. Repeat until you’ve gone through all your mixture and dumpling wrappers (you will be able to make about 30-36 dumplings).
  8. To cook, choose a flat-bottom nonstick pan. Arrange the dumplings (you can fit 8-12 dumplings at a time) in the pan, then add half a cup of water and a teaspoon of oil. Cook covered over medium high heat. The steam will cook the dumplings thoroughly.
  9. After about 10 minutes, take off the cover. The water will dry up and the bottoms of the dumplings will start to fry from the rendered pork fat and the oil. Perfectly crisp dumpling bottoms!
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to cook the rest. You can also freeze the uncooked dumplings on a tray until frozen and then transfer into separate ziplock bags for ‘instant’ pan-fried dumplings when you feel like having them.
  11. 3-6 dumplings makes 1 serving but it’s difficult to stop eating just 6!