How to Cook Dumplings from Scratch

As cuisine become increasingly accessible to people around the world some fascinating trends become apparent. Take dumplings, those roly-poly bundles of goodness. Some version of dumplings can be found in almost every corner of the world. From spicy, steaming Chinese pork buns to Hungarian noodles, Swedish pitepalts, and South African souskluitjies, dumplings have found a way into our hearts as well as our cuisines. They may just be the ultimate in comfort food.

Tempting Fillings

Dumplings are amenable to being filled with the most delightful concoctions from traditional pork, to shrimp, shredded meat, and beans! Whatever filling you prefer, limit yourself to around 1 tablespoon per wrapper.

Instructions: Filling Dumpling

Mix filling ingredients together. Set aside.

Have the filling, dumpling wrappers, a small bowl of water, and a parchment-lined baking sheet ready to go. Lay 6 wrappers on your baking sheet.

Spoon 1 tbp of filling in the middle of each wrapper.

Dampen edges of dumpling wrapper, fold in half and press edges

Alternatively, gather up the dumpling into a ball with filling in the middle and pinch seal.

Instructions: Cooking Dumplings

Steaming: Use parchment paper to line steamer and steam for around 6 minutes (fresh) 8 (frozen)

Boiling: Boil a large pot of water, add dumplings and stir to prevent sticking. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water and boil again. Repeat for the 3rd time. Check dumplings are cooked through.


If you aren’t cooking all these tiny balls of goodness, freeze. It’s a great idea to keep a stash in your freezer for that rainy day. When freezing ensure they don not touch or they may stick. Once your dumplings are frozen, they will keep for 3 months in an airtight container.

Final Word

Dumplings are simply divine. Store a batch in your freezer for that moment when only emergency comfort food will do. Eat savory dumplings as an appetizer, pile them high in your bowl and have them as a main accompanied by a side dish or make a sweet version for desert. Dumplings in all their forms are truly delicious. Add them to your repertoire now, they’ll reward your perseverance by putting them in a sharp convection oven.


· 3-4 cups filling

· 60 dumpling wrappers


· Small bowl

· Tablespoon measure

· Baking sheet

· Parchment

· Skillet preferably with lid or steamer basket