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Traditional Pot Stickers

Our favorite appetizer so far on the website.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese/Japanese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 32
Author Steven Pennington



  • 1 Pound of Ground Pork
  • 6-8 Shrimp Optional
  • 1/2 of one Large Shallot
  • 4 Tbsps - Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Tbsps - Ginger
  • 1 Tbsps - Minced Garlic
  • 4 Stems of Green Onion 8 if not connected to a base with two stems on one stalk ( 3 Tbsps )
  • 1 Tbsps Minced Carrot plus one additional Tsp
  • 4 Tsp of Soy Sause
  • 1 Tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Corn Starch
  • 1 Tsp of Sugar
  • 1 Tsp of Rice Wine Vinegar

The Dipping sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cups of good Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup of Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Tbsps of grated Ginger
  • Tbsps of Minced Garlic
  • Stems of Green Onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Stems of Green Onion sliced on the bias 45-degree cut ( Presentation )
  • 1 Tbsps Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 of One Lime Squeezed
  • 1 Tsp Hot Chili Paste Optional


Making the Filling

  • Using a food processor
  • I suggest cutting everything up before adding to the food processor. The overall texture will be much better.
  • Chop, shallot, garlic, carrot, red bell pepper, cilantro, green onion, sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and shrimp and pulse together. Just enough to bring everything together.
  • Next add in the pork, baking soda, and corn starch. Pulse again till combined.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.

Folding The Potstickers

  • I suggest watching the video above
  • Start by taking a small enough portion of filling as to not overall fill the potsticker wrapper.
  • Cover the outer ring of the wrapper with water, the water acts as the glue.
  • On one side make 4 pinches. Start by folding over on top of the same side making a z shape pattern. PInch down the crease.
  • After all 4 Z creases are made, pull the front middle over on top to the side with the Z pattern and pinch in the middle. Working your way down one side pinch together matching up the seams, then repeat on the other side and place on a floured cookie sheet.

Cooking the potstickers

  • In a skillet, add 3 tbsps of peanut oil. or whichever oil you like.
  • Bring to medium heat then adding the potstickers. Cook till the bottoms brown nicely. About 2 minutes. Using a cover, shield yourself and add in enough water to cover by 1/3 of the way up the potstickers. Cook for around 6 to 7 minutes and then serve with dipping sauce.
  • Leave a comment below. Enjoy.