This pot stickers recipe is great fun to make!
It surely is a quick meal if you use those handy gyoza wrappers from the Asian supermarket. I love the assemble these pot stickers.
It’s really not that difficult to do. Last ime I actually assembled these while watching TV to be honest! I could do it even with my eyes closed.
And if I can do it, then you can do it as well!
Homemade Gyoza Dough
So is using store bought wrappers not cheating?
I have seen a few food bloggers make their own gyoza wrappers from scratch. Well I once tried that as well. It’s basically a mixture of all purpose flour and water. I rolled it out thinly using my pasta machine. Filled the pot stickers and steamed them.
But I have to say that the end result wasn’t quite what I had expected it to be. I wasn’t fond of the texture, which was a little chewy. At least the steamed part.
The crunchy part was OK, but just OK.
Honestly, in my opinion it’s better to use the ready to use wrappers from the Asian supermarket. They are very thin, easy to work with and once the pot stickers are steamed, they are yummy. Their texture is fantastic.
So why make my own from scratch if the supermarket ones are better?
No homemade gyoza dough for me anymore.
That’s for sure.
When I make pot stickers, I have 3 different fillings that I like to make.
Maybe not all three at the same time, two already makes a great dinner. And it also depends on what I have in my fridge, freezer and pantry at that moment.
My favorite fillings are: chunky prawns with cilantro and grated ginger, pork mince with mint and soy sauce, and a vegetarian filling of mushrooms, cabbage, green onion and chili.
You can find all 3 recipes further below on this page.
Do you have another favorite filling that you like? Let me know in the comments below!
Serve the gyoza with a dipping sauce of light soy sauce, (Japanese rice) vinegar, a couple of drops of sesame oil and a pinch of chili powder. I also like to make a chili oil as a dip as well from time to time.
Here’s how to make it.
For the chili oil: heat up 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a small pan. Add a teaspoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of chili flakes or cayenne pepper. Give it a good stir and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Then take the pan off the heat and let the chili oil cool down fully.
Let’s get this Japanese pot stickers recipe started.
Once you have made your fillings, check here how to fold gyoza! A step by step picture guide to make it extra easy on you!
Pot Stickers Recipe with Prawn Filling
- 20 prawns peeled
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 4 tbsp cilantro chopped finely
- 2 tbsp spring onion chopped finely
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lime juice
1) Chop the prawns up roughly. Keep them chunky, that will add extra crunch to the pot stickers.
2) Transfer the prawns to a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Give it all a good stir.
3) Put the prawn filling in the fridge for another 15 minutes to chill. After that you can start assembling the gyozas.
Pot Stickers Recipe with Pork Filling
- 9 oz pork mince (250 g)
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped finely
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp chili sauce
- 1/2 tsp onion power
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1) Transfer the pork mince to a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Knead or stir it very well.
2) 3) Put the prawn filling in the fridge for another 15 minutes to chill. After that you can start assembling the gyozas.
Vegetarian Filling for Pot Stickers Recipe
- 4 large white mushrooms
- a handful cabbage
- 1 fresh spring onion
- 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp chili sauce
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
1) Add the cabbage, garlic, spring onion and mushrooms to a blender and blend well.
2) Pour the olive oil in a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat until the oil is hot. Then add the cabbage mixture. Fry the mixture for a couple of minutes until it starts to turn a little golden brown.
3) Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool down. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir well. 4) You can start assembling the gyozas now.
Cook the Pot Stickers Recipe
Once you have made your fillings or the one(s) that you like most, first check here how to fold gyoza! I made a little step by step picture guide to make it extra easy on you!
Folding the pot stickers might seem a little difficult in the beginning. But believe me, once you are familiar with that folding technique, you’ll be good to go.
If that is done, your pot stickers are ready to cook.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- hot water (or chicken stock)
1) Pour the olive oil in a large non-stick pan and place it over medium-high heat.
2) Once the oil is hot, add the stuffed gyoza.
3) Bake the gyoza for a minute.
4) Then pour about a cup of water in the pan and put a lid on it. Turn the heat higher.
5) Cook the gyoza in the water until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Keep an eye on them.
6) Drain any water that is still left in the pan. Then let the gyoza bake a little longer until they are golden brown.
7) Transfer them to a plate and serve with dipping sauce.