Dumpling Fillings are frozen uncooked, do not thaw prior to cooking. All dumplings can be cooked straight from the freezer using the following methods.
Crisp (Pan Sear) + Steam
Add a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Allow oil to get hot
Place frozen potstickers in the non-stick frying pan, pleat side up.
- Allow a few minutes for bottom of potstickers to brown and crisp (you can flip one to check)
Once browned and crisp, add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover immediately, and turn the heat to medium.
Cook covered until the water is evaporated and potstickers are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the cover and flip one potsticker to see whether the bottom side is charred. If not, turn to medium high heat and cook until the bottom side turns golden brown.
Transfer the potstickers to a plate
- Place a pot filled about halfway with water over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, lower the heat to medium.
- Use a steamer basket with a flat surface (bamboo, Plastic, Metal)
- best option is to line with individual cabbage leaves
- otherwise brush with cooking oil or use perforated parchment liners to avoid sticking
- Fill steam basket layer with the dumplings, ensuring dumplings are not touching
- Steam frozen dumpling for 10 minutes.
Boiling your Shui Jiao dumplings are super easy
- Bring water to boil in deep pot, with enough water to completely cover dumplings
- Add 1 tsp salt to water
- When water has reached a rolling boil, add frozen dumplings (**do not thaw dumplings before cooking). Gently stir water to ensure dumplings do not stick to bottom of pot
- When water returns to rolling boil, add 1/2 cup of room temperature water and reduce stove burner to medium heat.
- Allow to cook for 4 more minutes
- Remove with slotted spoon to a serving dish or soup bowl
MICROWAVING IS A MIXED BAG
We do not generally recommend microwaving as it doesn’t provide the conditions to get a proper moist and juicy dumpling. However, as a quick meal it comes in handy.
Place dumplings in a microwave-safe container (that has a lid). Add 1/4 cup of water, press lid on to seal, microwave on high for 2 minutes. Depending on your microwave strength, less or more time may be required.
Also, microwaves vary in power intensity making timing hard to judge, try the tips found at WikiHow.