When we think of dumplings, we tend to picture the stuffed wontons you’d get at a Chinese restaurant. In reality, a dumpling refers to anything from empanadas to pot stickers to ravioli—these are all made with dough and filled with something. If you’re looking for something Asian-inspired, try making easy chicken and lemongrass dumplings. The filling is a mix of chicken, cabbage and herbs, and lemongrass and fresh ginger give these dumplings a light, fresh flavor. For something different, try dumplings for dessert. We love to wrap whole apples, doused in cinnamon and sugar, in flaky puff pastry and bake for around twenty minutes. It’s a five-ingredient apple pie solution for any time of year! Get these recipes and more from F&W’s guide to dumplings.

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Lunar New Year Dumplings

Plump and tender dumplings symbolize longevity and wealth. As part of her Lunar New Year spread, Lucky Chow producer Danielle Chang fills hers with a fragrant and flavorful blend of garlic, ginger, scallions, and Chinese chives bound with tender ground pork. Store-bought wonton wrappers may be substituted for freshly made dough. Gently steaming the dumplings in bamboo baskets lined with cabbage leaves helps them keep their pleated shape without tearing and renders the filling juicy and the wrappers supple. For an extra dash of color and heat, drizzle them with with hot chile oil and sprinkle them with with pungent Chinese chives before serving them with dipping sauce.

Pot Stickers

"Pot stickers, known as jiaozi in China, are a kind of meat or vegetable-filled dumpling commonly eaten across Asia,” says cookbook author Kei Lum Chan. "While the dumplings can be boiled, steamed or fried, the popular method is to fry the dumplings in a little oil, add a bit of water, and then cover to steam and cook the filling. Once the water has evaporated, the dumplings are pan fried on one side for a crispy outside texture."This recipe originally appeared in CHINA: THE COOKBOOK by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan.


Wontons—Chinese dumplings—might not be the easiest to make, but the final result is well worth the effort. Here, our favorite wonton recipes from lamb wontons with salmon roe and dill to butternut-squash-and-sage wontons.

8 Recipes for DIY Dim Sum

You don’t have to wait until the weekend to eat incredible dim sum. Here, eight delicious recipes for easy DIY dumplings, buns, spareribs and more—no carts required.

Our 17 Best Dumpling, Gyoza, and Potsticker Recipes

Wrinkly pork dumplings paired with a chile-sesame sauce; fiery momos balanced with sweet carrots. In this gallery, we’re calling out all of our favorite dumpling, gyoza, and potsticker recipes, with classic preparations and a few riffs, too (hello, Lamb Gyro Dumplings with Tzatziki). You’ll be hard-pressed to decide which one to make first.

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Ligurian Dumpling Soup

Andrew Zimmern shares his favorite fall recipe, a comforting soup with lots of tender vegetables, chewy dumplings and a nice salty broth.

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

This easy, flavorful dipping sauce is the perfect condiment for a range of homemade or store-bought dumplings. More Condiment Recipes