Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pot Stickers (Recipe)

In last week's menu plan I listed potstickers with a link to a recipe that's similar to the one I used. When we prepared these on Thursday, I took some photos and noted the specifics of the recipe I used. This is a variation of the recipe in an older edition of How to Cook Everything. Most of my changes are to use ingredients that I typically have on hand, instead of purchasing recipe-specific items.

A web search turned up this recipe, which I'm guessing is what's in the new edition of How to Cook Everything.

Pot Stickers
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
2 t. dark sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste (I omit salt because the soy sauce is salty enough)

wonton wrappers, about 48
vegetable oil, a few tablespoons
Combine the first ten ingredients and mix well.

Wet the edges of a wonton wrapper and place about a teaspoon of filling in the center. Fold the wrapper diagonally to form a triangle, seal the edges, then fold two corners over the dumpling. (Or use round wonton wrappers and simply fold into half-circles. My store only sells square wrappers, so that's what we use.)

Heat a few tablespoons of oil at medium-high in a large deep skillet. Place the dumplings into the pan, seam side up, not too close together. (I cook them in two or three batches.)
(My son wrapped every one of these!)

Cover the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Lift the lid, add 3/4 cup water, and replace the lid. Cook for 2 minutes. Uncover and cook for about 3 minutes, until most of the water has evaporated. Don't turn the dumplings! After the cooking time, lift them out of the pan and serve.

The traditional dipping sauce is soy sauce flavored with many of the same seasonings as the filling. When I make it, I make the mixtures side-by-side, which is much more efficient than chopping garlic, grating ginger, measuring soy sauce, etc., twice. This time, though, we just drizzled the pot stickers with a bit of soy sauce instead of making the dipping sauce. Imagine that I added the soy sauce drizzle before taking this photo, and it doesn't look so white-on-white!

If you have leftover square wonton wrappers, check out this idea for edible origami. I haven't tried it!

I'm linking this up:


  1. Oooooh-weeeee, that looks really good Melissa! I've never heard of Potstickers before! :)
    Your son did a great job wrapping!! Good for him.

  2. I'd like to try these, and they are so much more economical than buy 48!

  3. Oh what a great idea! I've read lots of these recipes and was a bit confused... your pics cleared that up for me, thanks!

  4. I love potstickers! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have never made them from scratch before, but you have inspired me to try.

  5. Sounds delicious. I am going to save this recipe for when I entertain next or maybe this weekend.

  6. What a great recipe! Sounds delicious!

    I'm having my first giveaway, come and have a look :)

  7. Yummy! I sure bet these are good! :-)

  8. This is one of my sons favorite. THANKS!!! for the YUMMY!!! recipe. Geri

  9. Oh, I would so love's some Asian cuisine. If it's steamed we call it siomai. :) Thanks for linking this to Cultural Connections.

  10. I haven't made potstickers in some time. I need to pull out my recipe, although yours sounds delicious so I may just give it a try. I practiced and practiced until I got the fluting down! Since I haven't practiced in awhile, I may have lost my touch. Oh, well...Come share your slow cooker recipes at Crock Pot Wednesday. I would love to see you there.


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