Potstickers: How to Pan Fry Chinese Dumplings, Part 3

by ilene on June 28, 2012 · 4 comments

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Hi! This is my last post on how to make Chinese potstickers!! Earlier this week, I shared my potsticker recipe and how I wrap them. Today, I am sharing how to pan fry them. Frying potstickers is not that hard, but it definitely takes some practice to get it right. The perfectly cooked potsticker to me has a crispy, browned bottom.  The crunchy bottom is what makes pan frying the dumplings worth it! Otherwise, you might as well just boil the dumplings in water instead of going through the trouble of frying them.   You have to make sure that the dumplings are cooked all the way through without burning the bottom. Also, these are best served piping hot, so don’t cook the dumplings until right before you serve them.

Heat a wok or non-stick frying pan until very hot and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil:

Using chopsticks or tongs, place as many dumplings that will fit in the pan without touching each other.  Allow to sit and fry 2 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown:

You are going to essentially bthem next, which ensures that they are cooked all the way through.  Add 1/2 cup water into the pan:

Cover with a lid and cook 6-7 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and evaporated, do not move the dumplings around:

Remove the cover and you will see that dumpling wrappers are a little more wrinkly and translucent now.  Let cook about 2 more minutes:

The trick is to not move the dumplings around on the pan when you are cooking them.  The skins are fragile and may break if you prod them too much and you want the bottoms of the dumplings to turn nice and crispy like this:

Remove from heat and serve hot!

This is my favorite food to eat!!  I’m drooling looking at these pictures!! Now go make your own! Enjoy!

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1 P June 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

Yummy!!!!!!!!!! Aw, I have such fond memories of us making potstickers on cold winter nights!

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2 Kelli July 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

Hi Ilene!! Just wanted to let you know i tried making your potstickers last night. they were awesome!!! I am known to stop at my favorite chinese place just to get these. they are my favorite thing ever!!! these were great, fairly easy to make and were just a lot of fun in general. Going to the asian market was an experience. I loved it. my boyfriend and i literally walked around and looked at everything for about 2 hours!! the wrapping of them i had a hard time with so i just folded them into crescent moons and called it done. thanks for posting this, im so glad i tried them!!

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3 ilene July 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

Yay, Kelli! Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know!! I’m glad they turned out great!

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4 Lady July 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

I’m glad I saw this recipe. I swore next time I cook my potsticker I’m gonna make one from scratch. The ones selling in the grocery almost always disintegrate when you take them home. I ended up with fried dumpling filling with bits of wrapper :/

Thanks again!

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