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Pork and Veggie Potstickers

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Dumplings are considered to be just about anything that’s a bite-sized dough pocket stuffed with a delicious filling. Potstickers, wontons, and gyoza are the most common. They often take different shapes, are made in specific wrappers, and have unique preparations. What makes these pork and veggie potstickers “potstickers” is that they’re fried in a shallow pan to create the delicious, crispy, and caramelized bottom while the top and inside remains soft and lightly cooked. 

Makes 35-40 pork and veggie potstickers


  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped napa cabbage
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound Imperfect Foods Ground Pork
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 35-40 pre-made dumpling wrappers


Make the Filling

  1. Heat a little oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add cabbage, carrot, ginger, garlic, and green onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes and stir in ¼ teaspoon of salt. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Place ground pork in a large bowl. Add cornstarch and mix with a wooden spoon for several minutes. The meat will look a little paste-y.
  3. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt to the pork. Stir to incorporate. Pour vegetable mixture into the meat and stir together.

Set Up Dumpling Wrapping Area

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill a small bowl with water and grab a spoon for scooping the filling.
how to make dumplings

Folding the Dumplings

  1. Dip a finger into the bowl of water and line ¾ of the edge of the wrapper so that the wrapper has a wet border that is about ¼ inch wide. Place a dumpling wrapper in your left hand, wet side up. Place about 1 Tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  2. Start folding the dumpling like a taco and pinch together the wrapper in the center. Start creating pleats to the left of the center pinch. Use your index finger and thumb to create a pleat and seal it to the right. Continue pleating and sealing to the right until you reach the end. If this makes absolutely no sense, watch this video.
  3. Once the left side is finished, start pleating the right side. Gather the wrapper to create a pleat and seal it to the left. Continue pleating and sealing to the left until you reach the end. Again, if this makes no sense, see this video.
  4. Place the finished dumpling on the sheet pan and cover with a towel so it won’t dry out. Continue folding dumplings until there’s no more filling.
pork and veggie potstickers

Cooking the Pork and Veggie Potstickers

  1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, about 1-2 Tablespoons. Place about 10-12 dumplings over the pan and fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Pour water into the pan, just enough to cover the bottom, about ¼ cup. There will be a lot of splattering, so be careful. Cover the pan with the lid, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Remove the cover from the pan and cook for another minute. 
  4. Transfer cooked veggie potstickers to a plate and serve hot.

Recipe Notes and Variations

  • Make your potstickers vegan by swapping out the pork for shiitake mushrooms and tofu.
  • If you’re new to making dumplings, check out this tutorial with side by side images and videos on how to fold and pinch your dumplings.


  • Barbara
    February 3, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    What type of dipping sauce do you recommend?

    • Imperfect
      February 5, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      Mm, lots of different ones would be delicious! Maybe a chili sauce or peanut sauce with them 😛

  • Thomas Berg
    February 4, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Is there any chance to find out nutrition values on any of these recipes? I have congestive heart failure and HAVE TO stop excess sodium in my diet of less than 1800mgs a day with a lower intake of fluids.

    Direct me somewhere? If like you try this if you can help

    • Imperfect
      February 5, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      You can find out the nutritional information to this (and every recipe) by using this calculator: 💚

  • Stephanie
    February 5, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Yum! Do you have any recipes to make the dumpling wrapper from scratch? #pandemiclife

    • Imperfect
      February 5, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      Not right now but that’s a great recipe idea that we’ll definitely consider sharing soon 💚

  • Erin
    February 5, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Made these with kids to introduce the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities. Wow, they were delicious! We even used ground turkey (instead of pork) and vegan wonton wrappers (instead of actual dumpling wrappers) and they were still delicious. I highly recommend this recipe and will definitely make it again. Thanks so much for sending us the idea.

    • Imperfect
      February 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Happy Lunar New Years to you! So glad you were able to try and love this recipe so much!

  • lynn
    March 24, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    can you freeze these? Does and airfryer work with these? They look delish!

    • Imperfect Foods
      March 28, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      If you’re going to cook them using an airfryer, we’d definitely recommend freezing them ahead of time and then placing the frozen potstickers in the air fryer basket and spraying with olive oil spray. 🙌


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