How to Make Traditional Chinese Dumplings

Making traditional Chinese dumplings, also known as Jiaozi, can be a fun and delicious culinary adventure. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make these delectable dumplings:


– Dumpling wrappers (can be store-bought or homemade)
– Ground pork or chicken (can be substituted with vegetables or tofu for vegetarian options)
– Finely chopped cabbage
– Finely chopped green onions
– Minced garlic
– Minced ginger
– Soy sauce
– Sesame oil
– Salt and pepper


1. Prepare the filling

In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork or chicken with the minced garlic, ginger, green onions, chopped cabbage, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly combined.

2. Assemble the dumplings

Take a dumpling wrapper and place a spoonful of the filling in the center. Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the wrapper. Fold over and seal the edges, crimping or pleating them together to create a secure seal. Repeat this process until all the filling or wrappers are used.

3. Cook the dumplings

– Boiling: Bring a pot of water to a boil and carefully drop in the dumplings. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until they float to the surface and the filling is cooked through.
– Steaming: Arrange the dumplings in a steamer basket lined with parchment paper or cabbage leaves. Steam for about 15-20 minutes, or until the dumpling wrappers are cooked and tender.
– Pan-frying: Heat some oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Place the dumplings in the pan, making sure they don’t touch each other. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the bottom is golden and crispy. Then, pour a small amount of water into the pan and cover with a lid. Steam for 5-7 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through.

4. Serve and enjoy

Once the dumplings are cooked, remove them from the heat and serve them hot. You can serve them with dipping sauces like soy sauce, vinegar, or chili oil. Enjoy the dumplings as a main course, appetizer, or part of a meal.
Note: The filling and cooking methods for dumplings can be customized according to personal preferences. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and techniques to create your own unique dumpling recipe.
Remember, making dumplings may take some practice, but it’s a delightful culinary experience that everyone can enjoy. So gather your friends and family, and have fun making and savoring these delicious traditional Chinese dumplings together.