These pan-fried Chinese dumplings are easy to make and include a delicious dipping sauce.

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork on plate

These pan-fried Chinese dumplings are made with a ground pork filling that includes ginger root, garlic, onion cilantro and seasonings.

The dumplings are cooked by first browning them in a skillet.

Then they are steamed in the same skillet.

And they’re served with a quick and easy dipping sauce (recipe included).

Serve these delicious dumplings with dipping sauce as an appetizer, side dish or main dish.

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork on plate

About the Dumpling Wrappers

I used wonton wrappers in this recipe because gow gee wrappers weren’t available at the store I shop at.

And since wonton wrappers are square, I cut them into circles with a round cookie cutter.

Following are the differences between gow gee, wonton and eggroll wrappers, and where to find them at the grocery store.

Gow Gee Wrappers:

Gow gee wrappers, also called “dumpling” wrappers are round and generally used for making dumplings.

These wrappers are thicker than wonton wrappers and are meant for boiling or steaming.

Gow gee wrappers aren’t as desirable for frying as wonton wrappers are because they don’t get as crispy (due to the thick dough).

The preferred wrapper for dumplings is the gow gee wrapper.

Ground pork filling on wonton wrapper on plate

Wonton Wrappers:

Wonton wrappers (or wonton skins) are square and thinner than gow gee wrappers.

The thinner dough of a wonton wrapper is great for frying because it gets crispy.

Wonton wrappers are preferred for frying because the dough is thin.

Egg Roll Wrappers:

Egg Roll Wrappers (or eggroll skins) are made out of the same dough (and thickness) as wonton wrappers.

These wrappers are also shaped in a square but it’s larger than a wonton wrapper.

Egg roll wrappers are great for frying because the dough is thin, and they get crispy.

Location of Wrappers in the Grocery Store:

The hardest thing about this recipe may just be locating the wrappers in the grocery store.

They’re normally located in the refrigerated section either in the deli or the produce department.

When choosing the wrappers, an option is to check the “pull date” or “best by” date on the packages.

These dates should be stamped somewhere on the package.

Then buy the freshest package by choosing the one with the longest pull date (or best-by) date.

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork in chopsticks

About the Dipping Sauce

For the dipping sauce, there are just 5 ingredients.

They are soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger root, and garlic.

Just whisk the ingredients together and the dipping sauce is done.

Here are more Asian inspired recipes you may like “Mango and Orange Honey Walnut Shrimp“, “Shrimp and Fried Rice” and “Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce“.

 

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork ingredients

Meat Filling – ground pork, ginger root, garlic, cilantro, egg, green onion, sugar, salt, pepper, corn starch and soy sauce

Dumplings – meat filling, gow-gee round dumpling wrappers (or wonton wrappers, square-shaped; will need to cut into circles with a round cookie cutter), canola oil, and water

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings Dipping Sauce ingredients

Dipping Sauce – soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced ginger root, and minced garlic

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Dipping Sauce

Chinese dumplings dipping sauce in bowl with whisk

In a medium size bowl, add all ingredients and whisk together.

Set aside.

Ground Pork Filling

Uncooked ground pork in mixing bowl

In a large bowl, add the ground pork.

Green Onion, Ginger Root, Cilantro and Garlic:

Chopped green onions on cutting board with knife

Add chopped green onions to bowl with ground pork

To the bowl, add green onions,

Chopped peeled ginger root on cutting board with knife

ginger root,

Chopped cilantro on cutting board with knife

cilantro,

Chopped garlic on cutting board with knife

Add chopped garlic to bowl with ground pork

and garlic.

Sugar, Corn Starch and Soy Sauce:

Add sugar to bowl with ground pork

sugar,

Add corn starch to bowl with ground pork

corn starch,

Add soy sauce to bowl with ground pork

and soy sauce.

Seasoning and Egg:

Add pepper to bowl with ground pork

Add pepper to bowl with ground pork

To the bowl, add pepper,

Add salt to bowl with ground pork

salt…

Add egg to bowl with ground pork

…and…

Add egg to bowl with ground pork

Add egg to bowl with ground pork

egg.

Chinese dumpling ground pork filling in bowl

Mix together.

For the Dumplings

Filling:

Ground pork filling on wonton wrapper on plate

Lay a round wonton skin on a small plate.

Add a small amount of the pork mixture (about ½ teaspoon, heaping) on the wonton skin about 1/2 inch from the edge.

Water on edges of wonton wrapper on plate

Using a pastry brush or your finger, put water around the inside edge of the wonton skin (about ½ inch from the outside edge towards the middle).

Fold:

Fold wonton wrapper over ground pork filling on plate

Fold the wonton skin over the meat.

Pinch Edges:

Folded Chinese dumpling on plate

Pinch the edges of the wonton together gently and tightly.

Folded Chinese dumplings on sheet pan

Folded Chinese dumplings on sheet pan

Set aside on a large parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or platter.

Cover the dumplings with a damp paper towel.

This should prevent them from drying while making the remaining dumplings.

Brown Dumplings:

Chinese dumplings in skillet with oil

Heat a medium to large-size skillet on medium heat and add the canola oil (2 tablespoons per batch).

Add the dumplings…

Brown Chinese dumplings in skillet with oil

Browned Chinese dumplings in skillet

…and let cook until the bottom side of the dumplings are golden brown.

Browned chinese dumplings on sheet pan

Turn the heat off and transfer the dumplings back on to the cookie sheet or platter for just a moment.

The pork mixture in the middle of the dumpling is not thoroughly cooked yet.

It still needs to be steam-cooked.

Pour water in skillet on stove top

Heat another medium to large-size skillet on medium heat and add the water (another skillet is used to avoid oil from popping when water is added).

Chinese dumplings in boiling water in skillet

When the water starts to boil, transfer the dumplings into the pan, browned side-down.

Chinese dumplings in boiling water in skillet

Add as many dumplings to the boiling water as possible.

Cover the Pan and Steam Dumplings:

Skillet with lid on stove top

Cover the pan.

Set the burner to low and steam the dumplings.

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork in pan

Let cook until the pork is thoroughly cooked and the water has evaporated (about 8 to 10 minutes).

Serve:

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork on plate

Remove the lid and continue to cook for just a moment to brown the bottom sides of the dumplings.

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork on plate

Garnish with sprigs of cilantro…

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork on plate

…and serve warm…

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork on plate

…with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce:

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork in dipping sauce

and enjoy…

Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings with Ground Pork in dipping sauce

…each scrumptious bite.

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Chinese Dumplings with Dipping Sauce

Pan-Fried Pork Chinese Dumplings {Homemade Dipping Sauce}

You don't have to go another day without experiencing these heavenly Chinese dumplings with a quick and easy dipping sauce.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • small cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • tablespoon peeled and minced ginger root heaping tablespoon

For the Meat Filling:

  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 3 green onions diced (including chives)
  • 2 teaspoons peeled and diced ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon  corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon  sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

For the Dumplings:

  • 1 package (12 ounces) approx. 50-count round pot sticker (gow gee) wrappers or square wonton wrappers (using a round cookie cutter to cut the wrappers in circles)
  • Meat filling
  • 1/4 cup canola oil approx. 2 tablespoons per batch made in a medium-size to large-size skillet (more oil may be needed depending on the size of the skillet used)
  • 1/2 cup water for adhering edges of the wonton wrappers
  • 2 cups water for cooking dumplings (use approximately 1 cup water per batch of dumplings made in a large-size skillet); depending on the number of batches, another cup may be needed
  • Sprigs of cilantro for garnish

Instructions

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • In a medium size bowl, add all ingredients and whisk together. Set aside.

For the Dumplings:

  • For the Meat Filling - In a large bowl, add the ground pork, onions, ginger root, cilantro, garlic, sugar, corn starch, soy sauce, pepper, salt, and egg. Mix all ingredients together. 
  • Making the Wontons - Lay a wonton skin on a small plate. Using a pastry brush or your finger, put water around the edge of the wonton skin (about ½ inch from the outside edge towards the middle). 
  • Add a small amount of the pork mixture (about ½ teaspoon, heaping) just inside of the edge where the water is.
    Fold the wonton skin over the meat and gently, but tightly pinch the edges of the dumpling together. 
  • Set aside on a parchment paper-lined large cookie sheet or a platter, and cover with a damp paper towel (to prevent them from drying out) while making the remaining dumplings .
  • Cooking the Dumplings - Heat a medium to large-size skillet on medium heat and add the canola oil (2 tablespoons per batch). 
  • Add the dumplings and let cook until the bottom side is a golden brown. Turn the heat off, transfer the wontons back on to the cookie sheet or a platter. 
  • Heat another medium to large-size skillet on medium heat and add the water. When the water starts to boil, transfer the dumplings back to the pan, browned-side down. 
  • Cover the pan and set the burner on low to steam the dumplings. Let cook until the pork is thoroughly cooked and the water has evaporated (about 8 to 10 minutes). 
  • Remove the lid (water should be evaporated by this time), let cook for just a moment to brown the bottoms of the dumplings. 
  • Garnish with sprigs of cilantro and serve immediately while warm with dipping sauce.