Whether you are looking to impress at a dinner party or need a quick lunch when working from home, Potstickers are always a great choice. Especially when paired with a rich honey soy dipping sauce.
Potstickers are excellent appetizers or light snacks that can be made to meet a range of dietary requirements. You can really be creative with these little pockets of heaven while remaining authentic and delicious.
In this article, you will discover what potstickers are and how to make them! You will never need to run to the store as you can easily make a large batch and store them in the freezer. Potstickers on hand are always a great idea!
What Are Potstickers?
Potstickers are sweeping the entire world on social media and for good reason. They are a type of Asian dumpling that is often stuffed with pork, carrots, and cabbage before being pan-fried.
Pot Stickers are frequently served as part of Chinese banquets known as Dim Sum, which feature a variety of little portions of various Asian cuisines.
The name “Pot Sticker” for this dish may have originated from the fact that when the dumpling is browning, it frequently sticks to the bottom of the pot or skillet being used for cooking, hence the name.
Chinese pot stickers are so widespread that other cultures have taken on their own variations. Gyoza are the Japanese variation of Chinese potstickers and are often served with a sweet chili dipping sauce.
Ways To Cook Potstickers
As mentioned above, there are various ways to cook potstickers depending on the result you want. Below is a range of ways to cook potstickers and how to make sure they are perfectly cooked every time!
Much like a traditional Chinese dumpling, potstickers can be steamed for an extremely soft result. Steaming the potstickers for around 5 minutes ensures that the meat stuffing is cooked all the way through without losing any of the crunches from the vegetables.
This is the most popular and traditional way to cook potstickers. When wrapped correctly, potstickers have a flat edge on one side, making it easy to cook them in a flat pan.
Coat a frying pan in a small amount of oil and place your potstickers, flat edge down, once the oil is hot. Allow them to fry until the bottom is golden brown then add a small amount of water, cover the pan, and allow them to steam for around 5 minutes.
This is how you get that delicious crunch without allowing the rest of the potsticker to become soft and perfect.
Boiling potstickers is easy to cook but it is not recommended. However, if you are in a pinch for time, it works great.
Fill a large pot around 3 quarters of the way with water, cover, and bring to a boil. Add your frozen potstickers for around 5 minutes until they begin to float. Then allow them to boil for another 2 to 3 minutes to ensure they are cooked through then serve!
When on your lunch break from work, no one has time to make a potsticker from scratch. Air frying makes it ten times easier and faster!
Simply place your potstickers in the air fryer basket in a single layer, top them with some oil spray, and cook them at 380°F for around 6 to 8 minutes. Flip over the potstickers and continue to air fry for another 2-6 minutes until they are crispy on the outside.
This is a great way to cook your potstickers if you prefer them crispy than soft like a dumpling.
Making Potstickers From Scratch
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup just-boiled hot water
- ⅓ cup iced cold water
- 8 ounces mined or finely shredded cabbage
- 8 ounces ground pork ground meat of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- freshly ground white pepper or black
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese rice wine optional
- 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons minced chives Chinese or regular
- 4 ounces diced water chestnuts canned is fine
- 3-4 large fresh shiitake mushrooms finely diced
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 teaspoons rice vinegar or cider vinegar, white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cloves garlic very finely minced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
- minced fresh chili peppers optional
Step One: Making The Dough
- Add the flour and salt to a bowl.
- Pour in the boiled water and stir the flour continuously with a wooden spoon for around 30 seconds or until the flour softly binds together.
- Once more, stir ferociously for 30 seconds or until a shaggy dough starts to take shape.
- Begin to knead the dough in the bowl for 2 minutes.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead for another 3-5 minutes.
- Place the dough in a bowl and cover it with a barely damp towel and then with plastic wrap.
- Allow it to rest for around 20 minutes.
Step Two: Making The Honey Soy Dipping Sauce
- Mix together the soy sauce, the vinegar of choice, sugar, honey, minced garlic, sesame oil, and fresh chili.
- Set to the side until serving.
Step Three: Making The Filling
- Shredded cabbage should be combined with 1/4 teaspoon salt (or, if using, 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt) in a bowl. While you complete the following stage of the recipe, set aside.
- Combine the ground pork, soy sauce, pepper, cornstarch, rice wine (if using), and sesame oil in a separate bowl. Add the water chestnuts, mushrooms, and chives.
- Returning to the cabbage, take a bunch and press it firmly to force the water into the sink. In the bowl with the remaining ingredients for the filling, add the dry cabbage. Mix thoroughly. If you’d like, you can cook a small amount of the filling in a frying pan to taste it.
Step Four: Building The Potstickers
- Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
- Cut the dough in half, placing the other half back into the bowl.
- Roll the chosen half out into a long snake about 1 ¼ inch thick.
- Cut into 20 even pieces
- Taking 1 piece, gather the edges and pinch them together forming a tight round surface.
- Roll into a ball between your palms. Squash into a disk by pressing between flat hands. Roll out dough to a 3-1/2 inch diameter using a rolling pin.
- Fill and close your potstickers, repeating for the remaining dough.
Cook your potstickers using your preferred method until they are to your desired doneness. Then serve with the delicious dipping sauce!
Potstickers are a delicious appetizer that you can serve to a large crowd. Make a variety of fillings to ensure everyone is able to grab one and devour it.
While most people fear the art of making potstickers at home, you can now create your own and make your own variations! Apply the same skills to make dumplings, wantons, and various other Asian dishes!
Serve on a bed of rice and sticky beef or enjoy on their own. The dish combinations are endless when you begin serving potstickers.
Don’t forget to make a large piece of those small pockets of flavor and store them in the freezer for a quick lunch!
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