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Steps for Potstickers:
- Spray air fryer basket with olive oil spray
- Distribute potstickers evenly on the air fryer basket. You may have to do more than one batch. Spray the potstickers with olive oil spray
- Set air fryer temperature to 375°F for 5-7 minutes. Flip and fry for another 4-6 minutes. They should brown but not burn.
- Serve with dipping sauce.
Steps for Dipping Sauce:
- In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. Make sure it is incorporated very well. Serve!
How To Make Potstickers
Potstickers are one of the classics in Chinese cuisine. They also make a wonderful, healthy freezer meal for a whole family. Heres a step-by-step guide to homemade potstickers.
You cant disregard potstickers when you consider the classics of Chinese food. Take the juicy and flavorful fillings, and the soft skin on the top and crispy skin at the bottom Add an authentic Chinese dipping sauce, and they just shoot up to the top of the list. Dont you agree?
Yes?! Good. Because I am going to show you exactly how to make potstickers in your kitchen. Dont be intimidated. We are going to take it one baby-step at a time. Follow along and you will be surprised by how skillful you are at Chinese cooking!
What Is In Potsticker Dipping Sauce
Heres a handy shopping list for you in case you are at the grocery store now, relying on that grocery store wifi, trying to walk and look at your phone and wrangle your kids but still wanna make something awesome for dinner tonight. Or something.
- soy sauce
As you can see, we have a mix of Korean, Japanese, and traditional Chinese ingredients all coming together in one spicy, umami-heavy sauce.
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Chinese Hot Chili Oil
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Love the spicy hot chili oil that comes with Chinese restaurant dumplings? You can easily recreate the recipe in your own kitchen with just three ingredients. It also makes a great sauce for hot cooked Chinese noodles and stir-fry dishes. Best of all? It keeps in your fridge for up to a month when stored in an airtight jar. Before beginning with this recipe, be sure to read the precautions for safe handling of hot chili peppers.
What Are Chinese Potstickers
The Chinese have been enjoying potstickers for a REALLY long time! They are made with minced meat and vegetables wrapped in a dumpling skin. Minced pork, fish, diced shrimp, tofu and vegetables are the most popular fillings.
Typically, they are are steamed on one side, pan-fried on the other. We have been eating them for years and it is a simple weeknight meal that we all love.
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How To Make Potsticker Sauce
Combine the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and sesame seeds in a bowl. Whisk them until well combined. Serve alongside the potstickers.
For me, a plate of potstickers can easily be dinner, and they make a quick 30-minute meal. We also make them for parties, or you can serve them with your favorite Asian dishes like beef and broccoli, sesame chicken, and other take-out favorites. Its great to know how to make potstickers in your air fryer because its really easy, and theyre not as greasy as ones that are pan-fried. You still get that crispy golden wrapper with the delicious filling without the oil I hope you give this potsticker recipe a try!
Wrap The Potstickers: How To Fold Potstickers Moms Way
Once your filling is ready to go, here comes the fun partwrapping the potstickers.
Unlike square-ish wonton wrappers, potsticker wrappers, also known as dumpling wrappers, are round.
My mom taught me how to wrap potstickers and wontons. Even though I know how to do it myself, I still enjoy watching her in action. I got a chance to film her wrapping potstickers the other day. Watch the video below if youd like to learn how its done in my street-smart kitchen.
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Why Make Homemade Potsticker Dipping Sauce
If youve been buying bottled potsticker sauce, you might be feeding your family ingredients youre not even aware of. Most of them have high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient, and some even have artificial coloring and preservatives.
Youre also paying a lot more than it would cost to simply make your own potsticker sauce. This potsticker recipe typically costs me 40 cents to make, and serves 6-8 as a sauce. That means just 6-8 cents per serving! To save money on the sauce, get your Asian ingredients at an Asian grocery store, and get your spices in bulk. Some grocery stores have a bulk spice section or you can usually find large containers at bulk stores like Costco.
And if you like to cook Asian food, you might already have all the ingredients in your pantry!
Another advantage to homemade potsticker sauce is avoiding food allergies. You can substitute gluten free soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos to make sure you have gluten free potsticker sauce. Just double check the ingredients on your garlic and onion powders as some brands may add anti-caking agents that contain gluten.
This potsticker sauce is a basic, no cook recipe that is tangy and spicy. Since youre making it from scratch, you can always adjust the flavors to your taste. Add more sriracha to turn up the heat. Or mix in some honey if you want your sauce to be sweet.
How To Make Boiled Potstickers
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Easy Potsticker Dipping Sauce Recipe
If you want to make this easy potsticker dipping sauce, you need only a few simple ingredients. Just whisk together the soy sauce, water, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and a hint of sriracha sauce.
Adjust the amount of sriracha depending on how spicy you want your soy potsticker sauce. Then, sprinkle a few sesame seeds on top and you are ready for dipping!
Why I Love This Recipe
I LUUUUV eating dumplings! Homemade dumplings made with homemade dumpling dough is just that much better than store-bought!
The wrappers are silkier, softer, and all-around more delicious. They are a labor of love, with a fantastic pay-off!
Do I still buy store-bought dumplings? Sure, I do! But when I do make homemade dumplings or potstickers, I always enjoy them so much more, and I also make enough to last us for at least 3 or 4 meals. I even get my husband to help with the pleating.
You can also make a variation of fillings, so that you have a variety of dumplings and flavors to enjoy. To differentiate between the fillings, pleat each type of dumpling differently, before freezing.
And once youre comfortable with making classic dumpling dough, you can get more creative and make colored dumpling dough too! Like this spinach dumpling dough that is naturally green, or replace some of the water with vegetable juice to make other naturally colored dumplings.
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What Do You Serve Potstickers With
It is so nice on a busy night to get rice cooking in the instant pot, toss a bag of stir fry veggies into a skillet, and start some potstickers in a pan. Mixing up a flavorful dipping sauce takes just a couple minutes more.
Up the ante a bit with these other take-out/fake-out recipes:
- Chicken Fried Rice
- Simple Chicken Stir-fry
- Homemade Vegetable Chow Mein
Hungry for more ideas? Check out my post over on The Kitchn about 10 different things to do with frozen potstickers.
Best Potstickers For Chinese New Year
I grew up in a rather small town in New England. There was not a lot of exciting food options available and I didn’t even try potstickers until I moved to Houston after college.
Today, I can honestly say that they are an all time favorite in my house. I make an easy potsticker dipping sauce to go with them and they are always a hit with the family. With Chinese New Year coming up soon, I thought I would share my soy dipping sauce recipe.
I really encourage you to try Ling Ling potstickers and a few of these popular Chinese New Year activities with your own family!
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Chinese Dumpling Dipping Sauce
This sauce is pretty versatile, and you can use it for so many other things besides just pot stickers.
I like this for Chinese dumplings, egg rolls, and even poured on top of my stir fry. It is the perfect spicy and salty hit to pour over rice, or you could stir in some cornstarch and make a sauce OF this sauce.
Quick Potstickers With Dipping Sauce
Potstickers are an easy appetizer or main dish. Make this homemade potsticker dipping sauce for a special extra touch that comes together in just minutes.
When youre looking for a quick and easy meal, its pretty normal to look toward the freezer section of your grocery store. There are so many tempting entrees, appetizers, and desserts that lurk there.
Unfortunately, their pictures often look better than their actual contents.
However, one practically fail-proof frozen item is the potsticker. They cook up quickly, are available in pork, chicken, and meatless varieties, and give you that restaurant feel without the pricy bill.
Potstickers are one of our familys favorite quick and easy convenience meals. I confess, I dont make the dumplings from scratch. I buy the bag with the Panda on it at Costcos freezer section. But, I do make the dipping sauce.
A homemade potsticker dipping sauce comes together in just a few minutes, yet it elevates a humble frozen food to something special.
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How To Fold A Posticker
Vietnamese Tamarind Dipping Sauce
Tamarind fruit lends its unique sweet and sour flavor to this tangy dipping sauce, which makes an excellent complement to steamed, boiled, or fried seafood dumplings. Find tamarind pulp or paste at Asian or specialty grocers or online. Don’t be concerned about the inclusion of fish sauce in this recipe. It’s not too fishy in small quantities and, much like anchovies in a Caesar salad dressing, adds that special umami punch that really takes this sauce over the top!
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Potsticker Sauce Recipe Variations:
There are quite a few ways you doctor up this potsticker sauce recipe.
- Add finely minced garlic: We love garlic. You could add a clove or two depending on your tastes.
- Add finely chopped green onion: The freshness of green onion really brightens up the sauce.
- Add minced ginger: Ginger is such a wonderful flavor to add to any sauce.
- Use fresh chilis in place of red pepper flakes: Dice up a chili pepper and stir it in for an extra hot dipping sauce.
- Add Sriracha sauce: This is for all you Sriracha lovers!
How to Refrigerate Potsticker Sauce: To refrigerate potsticker sauce, store it in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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Classic Chinese Duck Sauce
Chinese duck sauce is made with plums, apricots, sugar, and spices. This easy recipe makes it in the classic style, which requires some planning in advance as it needs to sit for two weeks so flavors can meld. Use as a dip for dumplings and spring rolls or as a condiment with grilled or roasted meats. Vegetarians will also enjoy adding plum sauce to hot cooked noodles, rice, or stir-fried vegetables.
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Expert Tips And Faq For Perfect Potstickers
Don’t overfill the wonton wrapper. It’s important that the edges are sealed so the dumplings don’t blow open when cooking.
Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying. Be sure the dumplings aren’t touching each other.
Use a nonstick pan so the dumplings don’t tear.
Make sure the pan and oil are preheated before adding the potstickers.
What’s the difference between a potsticker, gyoza, and dumpling?
Potstickers are a popular type of medium size Chinese pan fried dumpling.Gyoza are very similar to potstickers but in Japanese cuisine.Every culture has its own specialty form of dumpling ranging from potstickers to perogies, wontons and nokedli to kroppkakor. Basically dough with filling.
How do you make potstickers crisp?
Crispness is created when the potstickers come in contact with hot fat and the water evaporates from the surface of the food. So preheat the pan and preheat the fat. Add the potstickers in a single layer . Cook until golden. Add liquid and cover with lid. Steam until tender. Then remove the lid and continue to fry until the liquid is all evaporated and the dumplings are crisp again. For the crispiest potstickers, don’t stack on top of each other, add sauce or cover before serving.
Can you make potstickers/dumplings ahead?
Yes, make the filling, sauce, and wonton wrappers ahead of time. Assemble the potstickers then cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to a day before cooking.
Can you freeze potstickers?
Ling Ling Potstickers For Chinese New Year
Ling Ling potstickers come in several varieties. You can choose Chicken & Vegetable, Pork & Vegetable, or Vegetable fillings. They are bursting with authentic Asian flavor and contain only high quality, clean ingredients.
Ling Ling potstickers also come with their own dipping sauce, although we go through a lot of it so I always make extra. Since this easy potsticker dipping sauce takes only a few minutes to make, I keep all the ingredients in the pantry and make it regularly.
Ling Ling potstickers are incredibly easy to make. If you are looking for only one or two popular Chinese New Year activities, I definitely recommend making potstickers. They are convenient to find, easy to make, and delicious to eat! And since the bag is a good size, you can feed several people with them.
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How To Cook Potstickers
Plate and serve immediately with scrumptious spicy-sweet soy maple ginger dipping sauce, toasted sesame seeds, and sliced green onion.
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Homemade potstickers are easier to make than you think, and they taste 10000x better than the store-bought ones!
Growing up in a very Korean household, we had homemade potstickers at least once a week steamed, fried, boiled, kimchi filling, mushroom filling, shrimp fillingyou name it. So its no surprise that I always have to order a plate of potstickers when we eat out at an Asian restaurant. But at the end of the day, nothing will ever beat homemade potstickers.
The best thing about homemade potstickers is that its so easy to put together and you can completely customize the fillings. Ive made shrimp potstickers before so I tried something a little different with a pork filling with tons of shiitake mushrooms. But feel free to use your favorite kind of protein, although Ive found that pork really creates a more tender filling than any other kind of ground meat. You can even add in your favorite veggies that you have on hand!
You can even make a huge batch of potstickers and pop them right in the freezer that way you can indulge in your Asian food cravings whenever you want! Just be sure to freeze them on a baking sheet first before throwing them into a freezer bag. When youre ready to eat, you can toss them right onto the skillet without thawing, although cooking time may be longer than usual.
So there you have it easy homemade potstickers with customizable fillings that you can make ahead of time and freeze. Now who still wants store-bought potstickers?!
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