Taiwanese Dumplings


A dumpling recipe direct from a Taiwanese friend.

Prep Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
100 dumplings


  • 2 heads napa cabbage, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 2 pounds ground pork

  • 3 jalapeno peppers, minced

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 1 (2 inch) piece ginger root, peeled and minced

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 (16 ounce) packages potsticker wrappers, or more as needed


  1. Spread cabbage and cilantro over a clean dish towel. Gather up towel and squeeze out as much moisture from cabbage as possible.

  2. Transfer cabbage and cilantro to a large bowl. Add pork, jalapeño peppers, egg whites, ginger, and sesame oil. Mix thoroughly with your hands. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper. Fill a small bowl with water.

  4. Hold a potsticker wrapper in the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoonful pork mixture in the center. Dip a finger in water and wet the edges of the wrapper. Fold up edges and pinch together to seal. Transfer dumpling to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining wrappers and pork mixture.

  5. Place dumplings in the freezer until firm, about 2 hours. Transfer to large resealable plastic bags and store in the freezer.


You can substitute 2 leeks for napa cabbage if desired. I've also made these with 1 head napa cabbage, 1 head bok choy, and 1 bunch scallions. It's a great combo.

If you have dumplings that did not seal completely or have broken skin, do not freeze them, as they'll fall apart later. Just cook those for dinner tonight instead.

How to cook dumplings: Cook frozen dumplings in boiling water for about 5 minutes, then pan-fry in a greased skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides. If dumplings have not been frozen, skip the boiling step.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

305 Calories
8g Fat
41g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 305
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 426mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 299mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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