Are Dumplings Better Steamed or Fried?

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Everyone loves dumplings for different reasons. These are little joy-stuffed pockets filled with a range of fillings then drowned in some amazing sauce. They are also inexpensive, delicious, and easy to make.

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However, did you know that there are different ways of cooking dumplings? You can easily steam, fry, or even boil dumplings. Before you can start preparing them, the first thing you want to think about is the best way to cook them.

The best method for you will indeed depend greatly on your current mood and what you prefer at the time. However, it can also depend on the dumpling shape. So, do you like steamed or fried dumplings?

In this post, we look at the different methods of preparing dumplings. We will explain the different results and hope that you find the method that suits you best.

Frying Dumplings

This is a method that is preferred mainly for gow gee and gyoza dumplings. When using this method of cooking, your sear the base of the dumplings so that a crispy, golden bottom is formed. After that, some water is added so that they are covered and steam. After the water completely evaporates, the lid is lifted and the dumplings are cooked a bit longer.

The double-frying method, also known as the potsticker method, gives the potstickers the amazing crisp we all appreciate.

In most recipes, you will be asked to use a sort of nonstick pan because these dumplings might easily stick to the bottom of the pan. However, the best way to go about this is to use a skillet or cast iron pan that is seasoned properly.

Here is how you do it. You should start by heating a frying pan using medium heat. After it gets hot, drizzle some vegetable oil, then add the batches of dumplings. Make sure that they cook until the bottom s brown lightly.

When they brown, add some water, about 3 tablespoons, then cover and cook longer for around 4 minutes. You should then remove the lid and allow the dumplings to cook longer and form a crisp.

Steaming Dumplings

When you steam dumplings, a tender and silky dumpling is the result. The skin becomes firm compared to boiled dumplings. In case you are making dumpling wrappers, we recommend using hot water dough.

First, you should line a parchment paper on the steaming vessel. Make sure that you poke a couple of holes on the parchment paper. You should then fill the pot or pan with water, around 1 inch, then bring the water to a boil.


After it starts boiling, put the steaming vessel on the boiling water. You then need to cover and steam for around 15 minutes. However, that will depend on the other ingredients. If meat is present, steam for a bit longer.

In case you are using wrappers bought in the store, the dumplings’ skin becomes transparent. If wrappers are homemade, the dumplings look puffed and plump.

Wrapping Up

So, fried vs. steamed dumplings? Which is best? The method you use for cooking dumplings should be determined by the shape of your dumplings and what you need. However, you should also consider the rest of the meal. If you do it right, you should end up with an amazing dish that will leave you salivating.

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