Gyoza Dumplings

Want to learn how to make a delicious take-out staple at home? They are easier than you think and also great to get the kids involved!


  • 1 25 pack of dumpling wrappers (you can find them in Asian grocery stores like H-Mart)

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated on a microplane

  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey or pork

  • 1 cup water (for wetting the dumpling wrappers)

  • 1 tbsp canola oil

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • soy sauce (for dipping)

  • chili oil (for dipping)


  • Mix together the ginger, scallions, salt, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, and ground turkey (or pork).

  • Using clean hands, place one dumpling wrapper into your non-dominant hand. Add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling into the center of the wrapper.

  • Wet your middle or pointer finger of your dominant hand using the 1 cup of water. Gently wet the perimeter of the wrapper.

  • Fold the wrapper closed bringing together both sides to make a half-moon shape (you can make a pleated design find some tutorials on YouTube or just close them with a plain seam).

  • Repeat the last step until you run out of filling.

  • Place the dumplings on a sheet tray or plate.

  • Mix together the 1/3 cup of water and the cornstarch to create a slurry. Set this aside.

  • In a large saute pan, add the canola oil and heat for a minute on medium-high heat.

  • Place the dumplings down arranging them evenly, only place about 8 at a time.

  • Sear for 3-4 minutes, then add the cornstarch and water slurry. Quickly put a top on the pan and steam for another 5-6 minutes until the wrappers start to look a little translucent.

  • You will see that the cornstarch liquid created a crispy "skirt" on the bottom of the pan.

  • Serve with a soy-chili dipping sauce and enjoy!