These vegetarian steamed dumplings make for a perfect healthy appetizer, side, or even light lunch! They are loaded with healthy veggies and tofu for protein. You’ll never need to order restaurant dumplings ever again!
There’s something just so special about dumplings. I’m always a sucker to order them when I go out for Asian food.
I also love to go strictly dumpling restaurants sometimes, (that’s right, where they serve ONLY dumplings.) and indulge in a big platter of soft little pockets exploding with big flavor.
But I also like to be able to have dumplings ready to go home whenever I feel the dumpling craving coming on. (Hence this recipe…)
Dumplings are one of those things that many people think they could never make at home, but once you try this recipe for vegetarian steamed dumplings I guarantee if your one of those people, you’ll change your mind!
The best “hack” for the ease of this recipe is to buy your dumpling wrappers pre-made. (Trust me, it’ll save you loads of trouble.) You can buy dumpling wrappers at any Asian grocery store, usually in the fridge or freezer section.
- ½ brick tofu
- 3 cups nappa cabbage
- ½ cup cilantro
- 2 large carrots
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 2-inch cube of ginger
- 4 scallions, chopped
- ½ tbsp avocado oil
- ½ tbsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- ½ tsp crushed black pepper
- 1 pack round dumpling wrappers
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ tsp crushed red chilli flakes (optional)
- Chop the tofu, cabbage, cilantro, and carrots into large pieces and add to the food processor. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Next add the garlic and ginger, and pulse until combined
- Heat the avocado oil & sesame oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the scallions stirring for 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium and add the dumpling stuffing from the food processor. Season with soy sauce and black pepper. Give your stuffing a taste, if it needs more soy sauce you can add some more.
- Remove the stuffing from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- To stuff the dumplings, set a small bowl of water on the table alongside your wrappers, and stuffing.
- Take one dumpling wrapper. Dip the tip of your index finger in the water and rub it along half of the dumpling wrapper. (You want to make moisten just the rim of half the wrapper, making a half-moon shape)
- take a small spoon of your stuffing and place it in the middle of the wrapper.
- Gently fold the dumpling in half pressing down the ends so it is sealed.
- *Optional: you can make little ruffles on the edges of the dumplings my making little folds throughout the top)
- Repeat until all the dumplings are made.
- To cook the dumplings place them in a steamer and steam for 3-5 minutes, or until the wrapper is nice and soft.
- To prepare the dipping sauce mix all the sauce ingredients together in a dish.
- *You can also boil the dumplings in hot water for 2-3 minutes, or pan fry them in 2 tbsp of oil for 3 minutes/side.
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Tips & suggestions:
- Store your vegetarian steamed dumplings in a plastic bag or a container in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze them and have them ready to go whenever you need!
- If cooking your dumplings from frozen, they may need a bit more time to cook.
- Serve these up alongside some 15-minute lemongrass tofu
For this recipe I use a bamboo steamer: