Best Vegetarian Pot Stickers

"If you like Chinese dumplings, these vegetarian pot stickers will blow your mind!! They are very easy to make (contrary to what people may think) and dumpling skins are available even in Western supermarket now. This recipe should use up one package of round dumpling skin and enough to serve a big crowd as appetizers. You can make these dumplings way ahead of time and defrost and pan-fry them just before serving. A recipe by Ming Tsai."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • In a wok or large saute pan, add a little oil and saute onions and ginger.
  • Add the mushrooms and stir.
  • Add the cabbage, carrots and chives.
  • Season.
  • When mixture is soft, place in colander to drain.
  • Add the sesame oil and cilantro when mixture is cooled.
  • Check for seasoning.
  • Using the gyoza skins, make half moon dumplings keeping the bottom flat.
  • In a hot non-stick pan, coat with oil and place dumplings.
  • When bottom gets brown, add 1/4 cup of water and immediately cover.
  • This will steam the dumplings.
  • Carefully watch the dumplings and completely evaporate the water so that the bottom gets crispy again and sticks to the pot.
  • Serve hot with soy sauce and vinegar for dipping.

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  1. OH. MY. GOD. Can I just say that BF and I just gobbled up ALL OF THESE!?!?!?! Granted, we hadn't eaten all day but WOW, I think I won't have my cholesterol checked this week like I'd planned :-) These were WONDERFUL! Really great! Be sure to really slam that lid down right away when you're throwing the water in the pan so you don't get completely covered with boiling grease! Also, I couldn't find shiitake mushrooms at the normal grocery store and the ethnic ones were all closed so I just used normal raw sliced mushrooms. Didn't have chives or garlic sprouts either, so I just used green onions! These are PHENOMENOL--served with sushi and some hoisin and S&S sauce as condiments.
  2. Really, really good! Loved by kids and adults. I read most of the previous reviews before cooking and am glad I did. As always the reviews provide very valuable advise. Combining all of the advise this is what I ended up doing: I finely chopped all ingredients instead of shredding as it makes the mix more manageble. I used 1 cup of red onion which was 1/3 large red onion. I used 2 cups of shiitake mushrooms. I added 2 cloves of garlic. I used 1/2 tsp black pepper and the mix was fairly spicy. I used green onions instead of chives. I added a bit (1-2 tsp) soya sauce to the mix. I ended up with 41 pot stickers. The prep time is quite a bit longer than listed, 60 min instead of 30 min and I work pretty fast. Assembly of the pot stickers is easy, just wet the wonton wraps along the edge with water and crimp with a fork. I made them into 1/2 moon shapes, but I guess you can also make them look like wontons in a wonton soup, more like a pouch, see one of the pictures. Cooking was fast, approx 1 min to brown and 2-3 min of steaming. I did flip them over after steaming to make them brown on both sides. I served with a sauce of soya and sesame oil. Thank for sharing this great recipe. I will be making these often.
  3. Ok. So, I added a tsp of peeper and nearly died!!! I'm not dramatic at all, BTW... whoa!! nearly ruined them for us. So, I added a whole bunch of stuff to cool them, sugar, sherry, water, oil, tofu, even rinsed it all and sauteed it again! Not sure why anyone didn't say anything, I was thinking tho', does pepper get hotter over time? My white pepp was pretty old. Anyway, these were fun to make. If I hadn't had the mishap, they would have been more fun. They taste alright to us, still a bit peppery? But next time...I know what to do. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Love this recipe! I used coleslaw mix (instead of shredding it), minced garlic and green onions instead. I also added some Mirin, onion powder and garlic powder to the mix as well for added flavor. They were so good my bf and I ate the whole batch!
  5. These are great. I substituted regular white mushrooms and used green onion in place of the chives. They are a bit of work but well worth it.


  1. These were pretty good. I substituted a lot of ingredients however because they were out of stock at my store. Green onions instead of chives, ciltantro paste instead of fresh cilantro, no mushrooms (personal) and only about half a red onion grated because it wouldn't chop right :P The cilantro was a touch overpowering but that might be what it tastes like when combined with ginger. They came out great, much better than the time I made them in High School. My batch made around 30!
  2. I added minced garlic and green onions instead of chives/garlic sprouts. I also added a TBSP of lemon juice to enhance the flavor, and it really really helped it become better! I used coleslaw mix instead of chopping a cabbage, also my local grocer was out of cabbage. I also omitted the sesame oil, because it is expensive and I just wouldn't use it enough in other recipes. I also doubled the cilantro, just because I LOVE cilantro, so does my mother. I also made gyoza sauce to go with it and the pairing is perfect! My go-to recipe for potstickers!
  3. Love this recipe! I used coleslaw mix (instead of shredding it), minced garlic and green onions instead. I also added some Mirin, onion powder and garlic powder to the mix as well for added flavor. They were so good my bf and I ate the whole batch!
  4. These are so wonderful! I used dried shiitake's & soaked them. Instead of cabbage I used bean sprouts @ substituted flat leaf parsley for cilantro. I served with soy sauce with chili paste & hot and sour soup. YUMMY!!!
  5. Made these a few months ago- absolutely awesone! Only changes I made was that I used bagged coleslaw mix for the cabbage and carrot, used green onions in place of chives.I was looking for things to make in a "vegetarian phase"- I'm back on meat but this was one of the best recipes I found during that period. Don't know why people say they thaw the frozen ones and then cook- the are great straight from the freezer- just pop into hot oil, fry and then steam! I clicked back on today because I want to make them for the SuperBowl. Thanks for a great recipe!


I am a proud mother of my twins Darius and Constance; also a grade school teacher. You can understand my need for easy, healthy, fast, and fun recipes! I love to cook with my hubby, who runs an Italian restaurant. But in my kitchen, even he doesn't get to boss me around :)
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