These homemade dumplings, also known as har gow, are as fun to make as they are to eat. The combination of tender dumpling dough filled with perfectly cooked shrimp and Asian flavors makes for a truly delicious dish. Honestly, these dumplings are to die for. And, best of all, it's super easy to whip these up. In fact, just a handful of basic ingredients are all you need to make 'em!
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The Best Dumplings
If you ever thought dumplings were too complicated to make at home, just wait until you give this recipe a try!
Seriously, this recipe for homemade dumplings is so simple to put together, and yet the results are absolutely delicious. Once you build the dumpling dough, all you have to do is combine the filling ingredients, stuff the dumplings with the filling, then seal 'em and steam 'em. This 5 step process produces flawlessly cooked shrimp dumplings that are perfectly soft and chewy.
Each dumpling is filled with perfectly seasoned shrimp to make what I think is the best dumpling filling of all time! But, with that said, if you don't want to use shrimp, you can easily substitute it for an equal amount of chicken.
By the way, to make these dumplings even better, you can serve them with my crazy flavorful dumpling sauce.
Oh, and if you're looking for some more delicious Asian-inspired recipes, then you'll definitely want to check this potato mochi recipe, this sushi casserole recipe, and this spicy Korean ramen out next.
So, the ingredient list for this dumplings recipe is pretty straightforward. In fact, you probably have most - if not all - of what you need to make 'em in your kitchen already.
If not, a quick trip to the grocery store is all that's stopping you from making these dumplings from scratch! And it'll be well worth the trip.
Anyway, here's what you'll need to make the dumpling dough:
- Just over 1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
- Just over ¼ cup Warm Water
- ½ tbsp. Salt
- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp. Cornstarch
And here's what you'll need to make the dumpling filling:
- Just over ½ lb. Cooked Shrimp
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 1 tbsp. Ginger, minced
- 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
- 1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
- ¼ cup Green Onions, finely chopped
- 1 Egg
- 2 tbsp. Cornstarch
See, that's not too bad, right?
How To Make Dumplings
Now onto the fun part - it's time to make some dumplings!
And, again, just 5 simple steps are all you'll need to follow to whip these dumplings up. So even if you've never made dumplings from scratch before, you'll be able to make these.
Anyway, without further ado, let's stop wasting time and get cooking!
Step 1: Make The Dough
First, you're going to make the dough. So, in a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, warm water, and salt and knead everything together until the flour mixture becomes a clean dough.
Next, lightly flour a flat surface and transfer the dough to it. Now you can knead the dough for about 10 minutes - or until a soft dough forms. Then, you'll want to wrap the soft dough ball in plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 hour at room temperature.
Step 2: Roll The Dough
Once the dough has rested, you'll want to spread the cornstarch on a large sheet of parchment paper and roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it's very thin, about 2mm in thickness.
Then, when the dough is thin and rolled out, you can use a round cookie cutter to cut the dough into about 20 discs. Also, just so you know, you can leave the discs spread out on the sheet of parchment paper after you cut them out - doing so will ensure they don't get too sticky.
With that said, if you notice that they are a little sticky after you cut them out, just top each one with a little more cornstarch
By the way, if you're using store-bought dumpling wrappers, then you can skip the first two steps and jump right into step three.
Step 3: Prepare The Filling
Now onto making the filling that makes these dumplings so delicious!
First, you'll want to add the cooked shrimp - or chicken - ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, and cornstarch to a large mixing bowl.
Then, give these ingredients a little mix, and gradually add the egg to the bowl to make sure it's not too liquidy. However, if you're still finding that the mixture is too liquidy you can just add some more cornstarch to thicken it up.
Step 4: Fill The Dumplings
Now that your dumpling dough and filling are both ready to go, it's time to bring everything together and make these har gow dumplings.
So, you'll want to start by placing about one and a half tablespoons of the filling in the center of each dumpling dough disc. Then, after you add the filling you'll want to spread a little bit of water around the rim of each disc and fold the dumpling dough.
With that said, while you're folding the dough you'll want to use your hands to pinch the ends of it together to make a ridge pattern and seal it (you can see a photo of the process below). This part may take some practice, but remember, it doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be sealed. After all, they're still going to taste delicious!
Anyway, you'll want to repeat the filling and folding process for each disc until all of the discs are filled.
Step 5: Steam Dumplings
Now it's time to cook the dumplings to perfection. So, to do that, you'll want to layer the dumplings in a steamer, and you'll want to make sure they're lying flat in it when you do.
Then, once you've got your dumplings situated in the basket, you can place it over a pot of boiling water, and let the dumplings cook for 10-15 minutes. Just keep in mind, depending on the size of your steamer, you'll probably have to cook the dumplings in two or three batches.
Finally, you can serve your shrimp dumplings warm and enjoy 'em!
How To Store Dumplings
This recipe for homemade dumplings will make about 20 dumplings. So, there will be plenty of 'em to serve as an elegant appetizer!
If you happen to have any leftovers - which is highly unlikely- you can store the dumplings in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-5 days.
However, if you want to keep these dumplings for even longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. To freeze 'em, first place the cooked, cooled dumplings on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag - or airtight container - and keep them in the freezer until you're craving them.
Reheating Leftover Dumplings
If you are ready to eat those leftovers, you can just warm the refrigerated dumplings in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds or until they reach your desired temperature.
However, if you're reheating frozen dumplings, I recommend placing them back in the steamer basket and steam 'em over a pot of boiling water for about 5-10 minutes or until thawed and warmed through.
Wrapping It Up
Well, that's how to make homemade dumplings!
Honestly, you won't believe you can make such restaurant-quality dumplings at home in just a few simple steps! My family was so impressed the first time I made these, and now we make 'em almost every week.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I/we do.
If you give it a try, leave a comment below and let me know how it went!
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Har Gow Dumplings Recipe With The Best EASY TO MAKE Dumpling Dough
These homemade dumplings, also known as har gow, are as fun to make as they are to eat. The combination of tender dumpling dough filled with perfectly cooked shrimp and Asian flavors makes for a truly delicious dish. But the best part is that the entire recipe is actually really simple to make. In fact, just 5 steps and a handful of basic ingredients are all you need!
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 20 dumplings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Asian
Just over 1 ½ cups (200g) All Purpose Flour
Just over ¼ cup (80ml)Warm Water
½ tbsp. (10g) Salt
¼ cup + 3 tbsp. (50g) Cornstarch
Just over ½ lb. (300g) Cooked Shrimp
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 tbsp. Ginger, minced
1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
¼ cup Green Onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp. Cornstarch
- In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour, warm water, and salt and knead until you form a clean dough.
- Transfer to a working surface, knead for 10 minutes or until soft, wrap it in film, and let it sit for 1 hour.
- Spread the cornstarch on a working surface, roll the dough with a pin roll until very thin (about 2 mm), and use a cookie cutter to cut the discs. Reserve layering the discs with paper, so they don't get stuck (top with more cornstarch if needed). - *ALTERNATIVELY: you can also use store dumpling wrappers and start from this point instead of making them from scratch.
- Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl until you reach a homogeneous consistency (add the egg progressively to make sure it’s not too wet, if it is, you can add more cornstarch).
- Place around 1 ½ tbsp. of filling on each disc, spread a bit of water in the rim of the disc and close the dumplings forming a ridge folding pattern.
- Layer the dumplings in a steamer, place the steamer over boiling water, and let them cook for 10-15 minutes per batch.
- Serving Size: 1 dumpling
- Calories: 63
- Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 10
- Protein: 4
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