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Pan-Fried Dumplings With Shrimp and Pork

Pan-Fried Dumplings, the best Asian-style dumplings with shrimp and pork. They are a fantastic appetizer for any party, and can be ready in about 15-20 minutes.

Overhead shot of a platter with 6 pan-fried dumplings and a bowl of Chinese sauce on the side

It only takes a trip to China Town to get me completely crazy about Chinese food for quite a long time after. I have always liked this cuisine, but recently I have cooked various dishes, and I can’t seem to have enough of this yummy food.

A few days ago I posted this fantastic 15-Minute Wonton Soup Recipe which was a big hit in my family, and now I have yet another mouth-watering Asian-style dumplings. Party, family gathering, or just a posh appetizer whenever you feel peckish, you can never go wrong with them. These dumplings are so good!!!

And you know what, no need to go crazy buying thouands of ingredients for make separate dishes, I have used the exact same ingredients I used for my wontons, but this time wrapped differently, and cooked differently, and you get a completely differest dish, and equaly amazing.

Prepare to wow your guests with these bites, the very best you can ever taste. Imagine how much money you save as well, since just a few of these beauties will cost you dearly in a restaurant. And you will be left craving more and more.

So, why not make some yourself, and you can eat to your heart content, without worrying about a massive bill at the end of the meal. And you don’t need to slave away for hours, the pan-fried dumplings  are ready before you know it!

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make pan-fried dumplings

So, there you have, so nice round wrappers, they can be the same you use for wontons, if doesn’t matter, round or square, then you have the filling, shape them nicely, or however you can, they don’t need to scream perfection, and da-tah, the best appetizer you can ever get.

To get that nice brown bottom, first you have to fry them in a bit of oil for about 5 minutes or so, then add some water to the pan, cover with a lid, and them steam will cook them to perfection. Careful not to use too much oil at first, otherwise they will feel greasy.

Steaming will only take about 5 minutes too, maybe less, but believe me, they meat will be cooked properly. I was a bit worried about undercooked pork, but to my surprise, they were just perfect.

I kid you now, you will feel like a Master Chef once you have these yummy dumplings in front of you. You will be so proud of yourself, you will almost want to pat yourself on the back and say, hey, I am a very good cook.

So, you see, homemade food is all about making a recipe your own. Don’t worry about it not being authentic, or swapping non-essential ingredients, as long as it tastes great, then the food is the right then, and you should be pround of it.

A close-up shot of a chinese pan-fried dumpling on a white platter

And, you won’t believe me that it’s my very first attempt at making these dumplings. The Japanese version of gyoza I believe it’s almost similar in technique, just the ingredients might be slightly different. But again, they all taste beautifully.

But these delicious dumplings need a good dipping sauce. Nothing fancy, the simplest ingredients that are pretty basic when it comes to Asian cooking: soy sauce(s)- you can either go for plain soy sauce, or a combination of light soy sauce or dark soy sauce, sesame oil, and Chinese white wine vinegar.

And that is all, the very best dipping sauce one can possibly get. Easy peasy, tasty and just perfect with pretty much anything Asian that needs dipping.

No more expensive and not-so-fancy take-aways, you can have your own party at home with cheaper, better quality food. Enjoy!

A chinese pan-fried dumpling held by chopsticks over a bowl of Chinese sauce

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5 from 2 votes
Overhead shot of a white plate with 8 pan-fried chinese dumplings
Pan-Fried Dumplings with Shrimp and Pork
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Pan-Fried Dumplings, the best Asian-style dumplings with shrimp and pork. They are a fantastic appetizer for any party, and can be ready in about 15-20 minutes.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 30 dumplings
Calories: 50 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
For the dumplings
  • 40 wonton wrappers
  • 100 g ground pork
  • 100 g shrimp
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
For the dipping sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
Other ingredients
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil to fry
  • 1/2 cup water to steam
  1. To make the dumplings, mix all the ingredients together.

  2. Get a wrapper, brush its edges with water, then add about a teaspoon of the filling, making sure you don't overfill.

  3. Fold the wrapper in half, then make a pleat in the top part of the wrapper, pinching it against the flat edge of the wrapper at the back.

  4. Make a few more pleats on the right side of the wrapper, then pleat on the other side now.

  5. Repeat with the rest of the wrappers, until the filling is used up.

  6. Heat up the vegetable oil in a large frying pan, add the dumplings, making sure you don't overcrowd the pan.

  7. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes or until the bottom of the dumplings is golden brown and crispy, then add the water, place the lid on, and leave the dmplings to steam for about 5 minutes until the water is evaporated and the dumplings are cooked through.

  8. To make the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients together, then stir.

  9. Serve the dumplings hot.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Pan-Fried Dumplings with Shrimp and Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    March 8, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Thank you, Mr. Rhian.

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