Do you want your frozen dumplings to look like this? The way they do at your favorite Chinese Restaurant? Or, in my case, the way my mom made them when I was growing up?
PUT DOWN THE PACKAGE DIRECTIONS. Do not stick them in a skillet, douse with water and cover to make “potstickers.” Because you’re going to make a mushy, half-frozen mess.
Now, pay attention. This is my mom’s frozen dumplings recipe.
Step 1: Stop laughing. I know you’re making fun of me for giving you a recipe for frozen food.
Step 2: Boil the dumplings. There’s a specific way of doing so – check out the directions below. Eat some of them hot outa the pot, if you must, but save the rest to cool in the fridge overnight.
Step 3: Have patience, because this frozen dinner takes 2 days to make. The next morning, the dumplings will be completely dry/cold, which makes them the perfect texture/temperature for frying.
Step 4: Brown them on all sides, deglazing with a shot of soy sauce at the end. This is crucial; not only will the liquid pick up all the yummy bits stuck to the bottom of the pan, but the dumplings will sop up all that flavor…
…making it completely unnecessary to do any dipping. Leaving you free to pop one after another into your mouth, without fear of spilling on your new couch. Or your old dog.
FYI the frozen dumplings I’m using in this recipe are actually Korean – and vegetarian! You want to make sure the package you buy has nice, thick skins.
- Package of Thick-Skinned Frozen Dumplings from your local Asian Food Market (I bought veggie, but recommend meat)
- Soy Sauce
- Vegetable Oil
- Fill a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Insert the entire package of frozen dumplings. When they come to a roiling boil, add 1/2 cup of water. Repeat 2 more times for veggie dumplings, 3 for meat.
- When the dumplings are cooked through, remove with a large slotted spoon onto several plates. Allow to cool at room temperature, then cover with saran wrap and place in fridge overnight.
- The next day, heat a few tablespoons vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Place the cold dumplings in the hot oil until brown on each side. Once you've flipped the dumplings onto their final side, add a tablespoon of soy sauce on top of everything. Finish browning and serve hot.