Gyoza (Japanese Pan Fried Dumplings)

This is Julie (not a Gyoza) she is my neighbor.  I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood with some amazing cooks, Julie is one of them.  She has graciously shared a recipe for me to pass on to all of you.  Anyone who has been fortunate enough to taste any of Julie’s concoctions surly knows this beautiful lady can cook!  Thank you Julie for sharing this recipe!

Gyoza Recipe (Japanese pan fried dumplings)

4 cups, loosely packed, minced Napa cabbage (use the frilly leafy half of the cabbage)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
9 ounces ground pork
1/2 tablespoon grated ginger (I freeze ginger and hand grate it frozen, less mess and just as good a flavor)
2 – 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon green onion (green part only), minced
2 teaspoon aka miso paste (red/dark miso paste) (optional)
1 teaspoon of teriyaki sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
40 dumpling wrappers (if you cannot find the round ones you can get the wonton wrappers in your friendly produce dept. and cut the corners off)

For cooking the dumplings:
1 tablespoon sesame oil (do not substitute this gives it the authentic flavor)
1/2 cup water

Dipping Sauce:
6 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
Several drops of chili oil or sesame oil (optional)

1. Toss the minced cabbage with the salt in a large bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. Using both hands, or a cheese cloth, squeeze the cabbage firmly to drain and discard the excess water (prevent your dumplings from becoming mushy) and then transfer the cabbage to a deep bowl. Add the pork, ginger, garlic, green onion, miso, sesame oil, crushed red pepper, and sugar. Mix everything together with your hands until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Using your hands, scoop the mixture into a ball, lift it, and then throw it back into the bowl. Repeat several times to tenderize the meat and help the mixture stick together.

2. Have a small bowl of cold water ready. Lay a dumpling wrapper on a dry work surface, and place a heaping teaspoon of the meat mixture in the center of the wrapper. With a fingertip moistened with water, trace a line along half of the edge of the round wrapper. Fold the wrapper over to enclose the filling, and pinch the wrapper in the center to seal the edges together at that spot. Holding the filled half-circle in the left hand, pleat the top of the wrapper from the middle out, pressing it to the flat edge of the wrapper at the back. Set aside the stuffed dumpling with the pleated-wrapper edge up. Repeat to make 40 dumplings in all.

3. In a large skillet with a tight fitting lid, heat 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Carefully place as many of the dumplings that can fit without touching in the skillet with the pleated-wrapper edge up. Cook the dumplings for 3 minutes, or until nicely browned on the bottom. Check the progress by lifting 1 or 2 dumplings by their pleated edge.

4. Once the bottoms are nicely browned, use the skillet lid to shield yourself and carefully pour in 1/4 cup of the water. When the hissing and splattering die down, drizzle in 1/2 teaspoon of the sesame oil around the edge of the skillet. Place the lid on the skillet to trap in the moisture and then quickly lower the heat to keep the liquid at a bare simmer.

5. Check the dumplings after 2 minutes. When the wrappers appear slightly translucent and the meat feels firm when pressed lightly with a spoon, remove the lid and raise the heat slightly. Continue to cook until all the water has evaporated and only the oil remains (about 2 minutes). Once you hear a sizzling sound, shake the skillet. The dumplings should slide about. If they seem to stick to the skillet, move the skillet away from the stove and replace the lid for a moment. Remove the dumplings from the skillet with a broad flexible spatula. If you’d like, flip them over so that the seared surface faces up. Cook the remaining dumplings the same way. Serve the dumplings hot accompanied by the dipping sauce.

4. While the dumplings are cooking, make the dipping sauce by mixing the soy sauce and rice vinegar together in a small bowl. Pour the sauce into a small serving pitcher or distribute among individual dipping dishes.

(This is a Gyoza)

Published in: on April 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM  Comments (5)  

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  1. It’s always good to live near great people who can swap recipes with you. You are definitely lucky :). I think I will give these Japanese friend dumplings a shot. Nice post 🙂

    • They are worth it! I have made frozen Gyoza’s in the past, and they don’t even come close to the wonderful flavor of this recipe. 🙂 After trying these, I will never buy frozen Gyoza’s again…hmmm, now I am wondering if I can double the recipe and freeze these…. it’s worth a try!

  2. These look great! I LOVE dumplins but never tried to make them because I didn’t know anyone who has. I will definitely be trying to make these! Thanks for posting this recipe and thank Julie for sharing it with us! Have a great day!

    • Let us know how it goes when you make them! I admit pressing the little purses together can be a bit tedious, give yourself plenty of time as these are sooo worth the effort! They are not hard to make at all, just a little time consuming. 🙂

      • If they come out half as pretty as yours pictured it would be worth the effort…I have made eggrolls and they were time consuming too, but sooooo good…I will be sure to let you know how they turn out when I do make them!

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