Traditional Pork Potstickers with Homemade Sauce

Pork Potstickers are a traditional potsticker recipe with round flour wrappers filled with a pork and cabbage mixture, dipped in a homemade sauce. They are easier to make than you might think, and they taste better than any potstickers you may find at the store. You can even make your own wonton wrappers to use with these potstickers if you feel motivated!

Traditional Pork Potstickers with Homemade Sauce

Potstickers, also known as guotie, are dumplings that are fried in a skillet. They were actually a mistake that happened when a chef forgot about his boiling dumplings and they stuck to the bottom of the pot. He served them anyway, and people fell in love with them. The rest is history and potstickers have been a favorite appetizer for hundreds of years.

I make my potstickers in a skillet to fry as many as I can at one time. You can use a wok, but it is harder to get the potstickers fried as evenly. And, you will not be able to add as many potstickers in the wok as in the skillet.

Traditional Pork Potstickers with Homemade Sauce

EASY POTSTICKERS RECIPE

There are two parts to this Pork Potsticker Recipe–the potstickers and the dipping sauce.

Potsticker Ingredients (full recipe in recipe card below)

  • Ground pork–You could also try ground chicken or ground turkey.
  • Napa cabbage (also known as Chinese cabbage) If you can’t find napa cabbage, you could substitute with bok choy or even green cabbage.
  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Dumpling wrappers-store-bought or make your own wonton wrappers
  • Canola oil
  • Water

Traditional Pork Potstickers with Homemade Sauce

HOW TO MAKE POTSTICKERS

It’s easier than you might think to make this appetizer that is known for its crispy, pan-fried bottom, savory filling, and somewhat soft and chewy texture. To get started, make the pork mixture by combining the pork, cabbage, garlic, green onion, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a large bowl. You do not need to cook the ground pork mixture ahead of time. It will be cooked when fried in the skillet. If you want to double-check the doneness of the potstickers, a meat thermometer should read 165°F when inserted into the potstickers.

HOW TO WRAP A POTSTICKER

Next, take a wonton wrapper and drop one teaspoon of the pork mixture in the center of the wrapper. Dip your finger into water and rub the water around the edges of the wrapper. This will help seal the potstickers together to hold in the pork mixture. Then, it’s time to fold your wrapper.

Half-Moon Shape

  • Fold the wrapper in half, pressing firmly in the center to seal. Continue to press firmly along the exposed edges until the potsticker is sealed completely.

Pleated Edges

  • Fold the wrapper in half, pressing firmly with your thumb in the center to seal the top and bottom layer.
  • Working from the center to the right side, use your index finger on your opposite hand to lift and fold back the edge of the top layer and then press down firmly with your thumb to seal with the bottom layer.
  • Pleat 3-4 times and then repeat on the left side. Each potsticker should have between 6-8 pleats.

No matter how you fold your potstickers, they will be delicious.

How to Fry Potstickers

To fry them, heat oil in a non-stick skillet (this is important!) over medium heat. Place some potstickers in the hot oil and cook them for 2-3 minutes, or until the bottom is nice and crispy. Then, flip over the potstickers, add a tablespoon of water to the skillet, and cover it. Cook the potstickers, covered, for 3-4 minutes. Using a spatula, remove the potstickers from the skillet and place them on a plate. Serve them warm with the dipping sauce.

How to Make the Dipping Sauce

Add extra flavor to the pork potstickers by dipping them in a homemade sauce. To make the sauce, simply mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili garlic paste in a small bowl and enjoy with the hot potstickers.

Traditional Pork Potstickers with Homemade Sauce

HOW TO FREEZE POTSTICKERS

Potstickers are easy to freeze, so make a few (or a lot) extra to have whenever you crave them. To freeze the potstickers, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put in the freezer. After they are frozen, place them into zipped freezer-safe bags or another sealed freezer-safe container. Remember to label and date the potstickers.

To heat them up again, place the frozen potstickers into a skillet and heat up over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Then, add about 4 tablespoons of water, flip over the potstickers, cover the skillet, and steam over medium heat for about 5 more minutes.

Ingredients

Potstickers

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup napa cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks green onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 package round wonton wrappers, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste

Instructions

Potstickers

In a large bowl, combine pork, cabbage, garlic, green onion, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

Working one at a time, set a wonton wrapper in the palm of your hand. Drop 1 teaspoon of the filling into the center of the wrapper.

Fill a small bowl with water. Dip your finger in the water and wet the edges of the wrapper.

Form the potsticker into your desired shape.

For the Half Moon Shape: Fold the wrapper in half, pressing firmly in the center to seal. Continue to press firmly along the exposed edges until the potsticker is sealed completely.

For Pleated Edges: Fold the wrapper in half, pressing firmly with your thumb in the center to seal the top and bottom layer. Working from the center to the right side, use your index finger on your opposite hand to lift and fold back the edge of the top layer and then press down firmly with your thumb to seal with the bottom layer. Pleat 3-4 times and then repeat on the left side. Each potsticker should have between 6-8 pleats.

Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place potstickers onto hot oil and cook for 2-3 minutes (bottoms should be crispy and golden brown). Flip to the opposite side, add a tablespoon of water, and cover the pan, cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Dipping Sauce

While potstickers are frying, mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili paste in a small bowl.

Serve the potstickers hot with the dipping sauce.

Traditional Pork Potstickers with Homemade Sauce

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