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Homemade Pork Dumplings: A Taste of Traditional Asian Cuisine

Learn how to make delicious homemade Pork Dumplings with this easy-to-follow recipe. Perfect for a savory snack or a family dinner, these dumplings promise a delightful bite.

May 7, 2024
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 45 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 60 mins



Prepare the Dough

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Gradually add the boiling water, stirring continuously until a dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest while you make the filling.

Make the Filling

  1. In another bowl, combine the ground pork, cabbage, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well integrated.

Assemble the Dumplings

  1. Divide the rested dough into small balls, about the size of a tablespoon. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a circle about 3 inches in diameter.
  2. Place a small amount of filling in the center of each circle. Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape, pinching the edges to seal. Alternatively, gather the edges and twist to seal at the top, making a pouch.

Cook the Dumplings

  1. To boil: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the dumplings and cook until they float to the top and the filling is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  2. To pan-fry: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place the dumplings in the pan and fry until the bottom is golden, about 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cover immediately to steam. Cook until the water is evaporated and the dumplings are tender, about 6 minutes.

Prepare the Dipping Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, combine all dipping sauce ingredients and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Pork Dumplings
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 35 g70%
Total Fat 20 g25.6%
Sodium 400 mg17.4%
Sodium 400 mg17.4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Dough: If the dough feels too sticky, add a little extra flour while kneading. If too dry, add a bit of water.
  • Rest Time: Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes to make it easier to roll out and shape.
  • Shaping: For a more elegant appearance, pleat the edges while sealing to form beautiful crescent shapes.
  • Filling: Ensure the filling is well-mixed to distribute the flavors evenly. Taste and adjust the seasoning before assembling the dumplings.
  • Freezing: Freeze uncooked dumplings on a baking sheet and store them in a ziplock bag. Cook directly from frozen by extending the boiling time by a few minutes.
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Dumplings have a special place in the heart of Asian cuisine, cherished across various cultures from China to Korea. These little packets of joy, known as Pork Dumplings, are a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Filled with juicy pork, aromatic spices, and vegetables, they offer a burst of flavor in every bite. Whether you're looking to wow guests at a party or just want to enjoy a cozy meal at home, learning to make pork dumplings from scratch is a rewarding kitchen adventure.

Origins of The Pork Dumplings

Pork dumplings, a staple in many Asian cuisines, have a rich history that dates back centuries. Originating from China, they are a traditional component of meals during the Lunar New Year and other festive occasions, symbolizing wealth and prosperity due to their shape resembling ancient Chinese gold ingots. Over time, the popularity of pork dumplings has spread across the world, evolving into various forms and flavors to suit regional tastes and ingredients. This pork dumpling recipe captures the essence of this culinary tradition, combining succulent ground pork with aromatic spices and vegetables for a delightful taste experience.

Pork soup dumplings, also known as "Xiao Long Bao," are a particularly revered variant that originated from the Jiangnan region of China. These are not just any dumplings; they are an art form, meticulously crafted to contain a burst of hot, savory soup within their delicate, pleated wrappers. Making them involves a gelatinized meat broth that melts into soup when steamed, creating a delicious surprise for first-time eaters and a beloved treat for those familiar with the dish. Our recipe offers a simplified version that brings you closer to creating these delightful parcels in your own kitchen.

Further enriching the variety of pork dumplings is the comforting pork dumpling soup— a hearty, nourishing dish perfect for cold days. This soup typically combines homemade dumplings with a clear, flavorful broth, often enhanced with vegetables and aromatics, providing both warmth and nutrition. It’s a testament to the versatility of pork dumplings and their ability to be the star of a meal. Whether you’re enjoying a simple meal at home or celebrating a special occasion, these pork dumplings promise to deliver both comfort and joy to your dining table.

What To Serve with Pork Dumplings?

Pork dumplings are a versatile and flavorful dish that can be served with a variety of accompaniments.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Pork Dumplings:

How To Store Pork Dumplings?

Proper storage is key to maintaining the quality and taste of your pork dumplings. Here's how you can store them:


Cooked Dumplings: Place cooked dumplings in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat by steaming or lightly pan-frying them to retain their flavor and texture.

Uncooked Dumplings: If you've prepared uncooked dumplings but don't plan to use them immediately, arrange them on a parchment-lined tray, ensuring they don't touch. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


Cooked Dumplings: Allow them to cool completely before freezing. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. Reheat directly from frozen by steaming or pan-frying.

Uncooked Dumplings: Place the dumplings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag, and store for up to 3 months. Steam, boil, or pan-fry directly from frozen.

Additional Tips:

  • Label your containers with the date to keep track of freshness.
  • Ensure that dumplings are well-sealed in their storage containers to prevent freezer burn.
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