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Perfect Fried or Steamed Veggie Dumplings

Whether you call them dim sum, dumplings or pot stickers, these delectable Asian snacks are hard to resist. They can be prepared either steamed or fried, but since this type of decisions can be tough, I suggest making these vegan dumplings both ways. The sautéed mushrooms give the filling a hearty texture, while the cilantro and bell peppers add a fresh crunch. The fried dumplings, or pot stickers, are golden and crispy, while the steamed ones have a light and slightly chewy texture. A simple spicy sauce is the perfect partner for these savory snacks. Once prepared, the only thing left to decide is which way you prefer- steamed or fried!

Vegan Dumplings

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan


  • 1 package round egg-less dumpling wrappers
  • about 3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • 2 cups button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ red pepper, finely diced
  • ½ orange pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cups spinach, steamed, dried and chopped
  • 1 baby bok choy, steamed dried and chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • black pepper to taste

Spicy soy dipping sauce

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • ½ hot chili, minced
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, minced


  1. For the filling, quickly sauté the mushrooms and garlic over medium heat until soft. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. To the bowl, add the remaining filling ingredients and set aside to cool.
  3. Once cool, spoon half a teaspoon of the mixture into the center of each wrapper. For the fried dumplings (or pot stickers), seal in a half moon formation. The steamed ones can be twisted into adorable little pouches.
  4. Steam the half moons for about 45 seconds, while heating some of the vegetable oil in a large skillet, about one tablespoon per batch. Once slightly softened, fry the pot stickers on medium-high heat until golden brown and crispy, about 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. For the purses, simply steam them for 3-4 minutes each until soft to the touch and glossy on the outside.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, chili vinegar, sesame oil and green onion to create the delicious dipping sauce.
  7. Serve with chopsticks and the spicy soy dipping sauce and enjoy!




Robin Burns, the Toronto-based blogger behind the The Hungry Birdie, earned her degree in English and Psychology and is currently attending law school in Ottawa. Having recently adopted a vegan lifestyle, Robin uses her blog to document her cooking adventures, offering up fun and delicious recipes. Aside from getting creative in the kitchen, Robin loves reading in bed, buying (and attempting to grow) fresh flowers, and watching any and all documentaries. Follow Robin’s journey on thehungrybirdie.com.



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56 comments on “Perfect Fried or Steamed Veggie Dumplings”

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DonMillie Kemrer
11 Months Ago

Would love to try it both ways.

Louise Mercier
11 Months Ago


Joshua N Nicole
11 Months Ago

https://www.facebook.com/pages/An-abundance-of-life-in-Oils/645212378883789 http://www.oil-testimonials.com/1717510

Yvonne Botti
11 Months Ago

they're only called pot stickers if they're fried on the bottom and steamed on top- this is done by putting dumplings packed in a pan with 1-2 tbs of oil and water about half way up the dumplings once the water evaporates its done. (they should all stick together on the fried bottoms hence pot stickers ) Also, dim sum literally means dessert. And weather you steam or pan fry them (no traditional Chinese dumplings are deep fried.) Is really dependent on what shapes the dumplings are in. if they can sit up by them selves- they were meant for pan frying, if not, you should boil/steam them.

Nadia Benzaid
11 Months Ago

Steamed of course and it's delicious!!!

Jo Anna
11 Months Ago

Daniella Sikora - como te parece? :))) <3

Erika Derby
11 Months Ago

Joanne Kilbourne these look awesome!

Hadrian Kyle
11 Months Ago

I bake momos. yum yum!

Andres Thy Sire Palomo
11 Months Ago

hahahaha like The Guy Beneath me! dont Care Both Ways Are Delicious!

Jo llewellyn
11 Months Ago

Steamed of course!


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