Potstickers With Honey Soy Dipping Sauce

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potstickersI gotta say, potstickers are pretty darn delicious. Be warned that this recipe is not on the quick list. It is time consuming. I don’t make them very often because of the time (despite the fact that my husband begs me to make these.) But they are great for an appetizer party. Your friends will be so impressed with you!

If you have never made potstickers before, it can be a little scary. You are supposed to dump water into a pan of frying dumplings then hurry and cover it before all the oil jumps out and sears your exposed flesh. That is how you both fry and steam the potstickers.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I was always taught that water and oil are not friends, especially when the oil is frying. And believe you me, I have made these the traditional way and it is frightening and messy. Whoever, first thought of this, had obviously not been taught the properties of oil and water by his or her mother.

“Hey, I’m-a-just gonna fry these and den I’m-a gonna dump sum water in dere so they’ll be crispy and sort of chewy-like. Ready, set, AARGGH! Next time, I better cover da pan better cause now ma face done hurts.”

In an attempt to harness the madness, I tried to make these a different way. It was a smashing success! It resulted in the classic fried and steamed taste, but with much less mess and without need for PTSD counseling (Potsticker traumatic stress disorder.) In fact, it was also much easier in terms of efficiency because I didn’t have to keep cleaning out the pan between batches.

First you have to fill and seal all the potstickers. Do not be tempted to fill a few and expect to finish filling while the others are cooking. That is a recipe for disaster. Toss a little flour onto a baking sheet, so the potstickers don’t stick to the pan and then make sure you keep them covered with a little plastic wrap, so they don’t dry out while you are filling the others.

So here was my new cooking method. I heated oil in one pan and pan fried the potstickers in batches. Meanwhile, I placed a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water.  One the batch of potstickers was done frying, I scooped them out and placed them in the steamer basket for a couple minutes. I continued this assembly line approach until they were all finished.

Is this cheating? Maybe, I don’t know. But, it was such an improvement, that I’m willing to do my time if it is a crime.

My other time saving secret. A 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop.

It seems like a silly purchase, since it won’t be used all that often. But, seriously, it saves me a ton of time. One because I don’t have to dig the filling out of a tablespoon and get my fingers all groddy and second because it keeps the filling amount consistent so I don’t overfill (resulting in not being able to seal them properly). If you are going to make more than 2 batches of potstickers in your life, invest in one.

I just use round won ton wrappers, which are a little thinner than a traditional potsticker wrapper, but a lot easier to find.

The dipping sauce seals the deal. It is a little spicy and a little sweet and salty. You can leave out or vary the amount of red pepper flakes to change the level of heat.

I hope you’ll be adventurous and find a special time to make these. They are worth the work.

PotstickersPotstickers with Honey Soy Dipping Sauce

Potstickers With Honey Soy Dipping Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 50-60 potstickers

Potstickers With Honey Soy Dipping Sauce


    For Potstickers
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced water chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (depending on how much spice you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 package round won ton wrappers
  • For Honey Soy Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)


    For Potstickers
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, except egg and wrappers
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the whisked egg and save the remaining egg. Mix until all ingredients are uniformly incorporated.
  3. Work in batches. Take a few won ton wrappers out of the wrapper, but keep the rest covered to keep them from drying out.
  4. Drop approximately 1/2 tablespoon of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. Don't be tempted to put too much filling in, or it won't close and seal properly.
  5. With a pastry brush or your finger, drag some of the unused egg around the perimeter of the won ton wrapper.
  6. Fold wrapper in half and press edges to seal. It should look like a half moon.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and cover with a towel or plastic wrap to keep from drying out.
  8. Fill the remaining won ton wrappers in batches.
  9. Bring a large lidded pot of water to boil with a steamer basket inserted.
  10. Heat a large skillet and add enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  11. Working in batches, add a few pot stickers to oiled skillet and cook until lightly browned on the bottom. Don't crowd the pan too much, otherwise they won't brown well.
  12. Remove from oil and place in steamer basket for approximately 3 minutes, until filling is cooked through and wrapper turns translucent.
  13. Remove and place on serving dish. Keep covered so they remain warm and don't dry out. Work in batches and replenish oil and boiling water as needed.
  14. For Honey Soy Dipping Sauce
  15. Combine all dipping sauce ingredients
  16. Let sit for a while to let the flavors meld. Can be made earlier in the day or the day before.
  17. Stir just before serving.

Recipe Source: Planet Hollywood Copycat Recipe (Somebody gave me a hard copy a long time ago.)

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  1. Melanie says

    We wouldn’t want PTSD (Potsticker Traumatic Stress Disorder) because then you’d have to put on your ugly clothes to eat them!

  2. Jess says

    Very yummy! Glad you can save yourself the time in the ER! I am with your husband, please make me some!

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