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Savory Pork Dumplings

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

10 minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

Delve into the art of making Homemade Pork Dumplings, a culinary journey that brings the rich flavors and tender textures of traditional dumplings right to your kitchen. These dumplings are a labor of love, filled with a savory pork mixture, seasoned to perfection, and wrapped in delicate dough. They can be steamed, boiled, or pan-fried to golden perfection, offering a versatile and delicious option for any meal. Paired with a simple, homemade dipping sauce, these pork dumplings promise a satisfying and flavorful experience that's sure to gather everyone around the table.


For the Dumpling Filling:
  • 1 pound (450g) ground pork

  • 2 green onions, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 inch ginger, grated

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup cabbage, finely shredded and squeezed dry

For the Dumpling Wrappers:
  • Store-bought dumpling wrappers or homemade dough (2 cups all-purpose flour mixed with 3/4 cup boiling water, kneaded into a smooth dough)

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • Chili flakes or minced chili (optional for heat)

  • Chopped green onion for garnish


Step 1: Prepare the Filling

In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and cabbage. Mix well until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Step 2: Assemble the Dumplings

Take a dumpling wrapper and place a small spoonful of the pork filling in the center. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water, fold it over the filling to create a half-moon shape, and press the edges to seal tightly. Optionally, pleat the edges for a traditional look. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

Step 3: Cook the Dumplings

To steam: Arrange the dumplings in a steamer basket lined with parchment paper. Steam over boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through. To boil: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the dumplings and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they float to the surface and the filling is cooked. To pan-fry: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat with a little oil. Place the dumplings in the pan, allowing them to fry until the bottoms are golden. Add a small amount of water, cover, and let them steam until the water has evaporated and the dumplings are cooked through.

Step 4: Prepare the Dipping Sauce

While the dumplings are cooking, mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and chili flakes (if using) in a small bowl. Garnish with chopped green onion.

Step 5: Serve

Serve the dumplings hot with the dipping sauce on the side for a delightful savory snack or a delicious meal.

Chef's Notes:

  • Filling Variation: Feel free to add other ingredients to the filling, such as minced shrimp, mushrooms, or water chestnuts, for added texture and flavor.

  • Dough Tip: If making your own dough, ensure it's smooth and rested before rolling out and cutting into circles for wrappers.

  • Serving Suggestion: These dumplings can be served as an appetizer, part of a dim sum brunch, or with a side of steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

  • Storage: Uncooked dumplings can be frozen on a baking sheet and then transferred to a freezer bag for storage. Cook directly from frozen, adjusting cooking time as necessary.


Embarking on the journey of making Homemade Pork Dumplings is a rewarding culinary experience, offering the warmth and comfort of handcrafted cuisine. Whether enjoyed as a special treat or a regular part of your meal rotation, these dumplings bring a taste of tradition and satisfaction to any table.

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