recipe: vegetable dumplings

October 15th, 2010

I admit, I have a little bit of an obsession with steamed vegetable dumplings.  They’re one of my go-to meals, and whenever I get home late or have a bad day, Chad orders them for me from our favorite take-out place.  And a few years ago, when I went to China, I pretty much ate them straight for two weeks, and um, no complaints there from me. 

But I’ve had trouble attempting them at home — I usually prefer dumpling shells made of real dough, but when I saw wonton wrappers at our grocery store, I figured this could be a fun, easy alternative.  And I’ve never managed to get the filling absolutely right, but this combination of super easy frozen veggies, sesame oil, garlic, shallot and soy sauce is definitely delicious.  You could saute these too and they’d be terrific — my recipe, below, calls for steaming them on some parchment paper (a little trick, so they don’t stick to the steamer).  Delicious!

Steamed Veggie Dumplings


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
24 wonton wrappers


Microwave the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with 1/4 cup of water until thawed and heated through, about five minutes.  Drain and reserve.

In the meantime, saute the garlic and shallots in olive oil until cooked and fragrant.  Add to the vegetables and toss with 2 tbsp sesame oil and 2 tbsp soy sauce.  Wet the wonton wrappers with a little water, then fill them with one heaping teaspoon of filling per dumpling, and fold the wonton wrapper into a triangle.  Repeat until you have 24 dumplings.

Steam the dumplings in batches (use parchment paper if you’re using a metal steamer).  Serve with additional 2 tbsp of soy sauce. 

Tags: appetizers · food

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sweeter salt // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Yum! I love dumplings too. A place that just opened up here in Portland, ME does them amazingly, steamed, then pan-fried on just one side. Perfect combo!


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  • 3 julie @ rosy + tart // Oct 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Oh wow, these look delicious! I love steamed veg dumplings too. I’ll have to try these – yum!

  • 4 VeggieGirl // Oct 15, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Oddly enough, I have never had a vegetable dumpling – crazy, I know! Those look delicious ūüôā

  • 5 Joanne // Oct 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I’ve yet to venture into dumpling making but they really are one of my favorite parts of getting take-out.  These look so cute and delicious!  Love the parchment paper trick.  Thanks!

  • 6 Rene // Oct 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I love dumplings too! I made some with pork and shrimp. I’m going to have to try this recipe out :).

  • 7 Kristen // Oct 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Looks yum! Now you need to learn how to make soup dumplings for me.

  • 8 Cynthia // Oct 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I have always wanted to make these but been intimidated… your recipe looks tasty and easy. Thanks!

    PS Your pita recipe just came out of the oven and they’re smelling divine.

  • 9 audrey marie // Oct 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    those look yummy!!

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  • 11 Melanie's Randomness // Oct 19, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Oooo they look super yummy!!! I like it! This recipe doesn’t seem too bad. *Bookmarked* definitely.

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  • 12 Vegolicious // Oct 23, 2010 at 1:16 am

    My mouth is watering look at these delicious dumplings.  I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian food photo gallery showcasing beautiful and flavorful vegetarian food.

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  • 14 Heather // Feb 14, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Dumplings typically contain a good bit of napa cabbage – it helps for nice solid little masses and so the dumplings hold their shape.

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