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How to make dumplings {a step by step guide with .gifs}

November 9, 2014 | 10 comments

What is this?

Real food you say??

Where is the chocolate, butter, and mochi???

Surprisingly, I can make REAL food and not just desserts… πŸ˜€



I cannot roll out dumpling dough for the life of me. Of course, people just roll it out like cookie dough and then cut out circles. However, my mom always tells me that I’m doing it wrong because you’re supposed to roll them individuality. My wrappers come out like a dog decided that they looked like a good chew toy.



So, the one person that can roll out dough (AKA my grandpa…) and I spent forever making dumplings. He rolled and I, took pics and folded.

{↑ there’s more than that… A whole lot more. }

In case you don’t know how to do any of this, I made .gifs.

So roll out like so. The edges are supposed to be thinner than the center.


And then fill like so. (I’m being so descriptive am I not?





-You’ll probs end up with leftover dough or filling. Don’t worry… Just fry it into a flat pancake or make taco filling out of it.
-This isn’t really a recipe… We kinda just eye it. But, I measured last time and this is what I came up with.
-When folding, you can wet the sides with an egg white or water (to help it stick); I find it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
-Some say stuff in more filling (aka my grandpa) and some say a tiny bit of filling (aka my friend). I donno what to do… I’d say about 1 tbsp every time.
-If you’re doing this alone, I’d suggest you get some store bought wrappers unless you have an insane amount of patience.
-I suggest you make a good sized batch and the freeze the uncooked ones for a later date. To cook those, basically same instructions apply except boil for an extra 3 minutes. No need to thaw.
-Different people tend to like diff sauces. I like a mix of hot sauce, vinegar, green onions, and soy sauce. Some like sesame oil and soy sauce. Idk. My family tends to prefer hot sauce, vinegar, and garlic. Whatever you have on hand. Kinda just pour it into a dish/over dumplings and call it done. Yay!!!

How to make dumplings {a step by step guide with .gifs}



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup water


  • 6 lb ground pork or 2 cups scrambled eggs sub with 2 cups firm tofu chopped into 1 cm chunks if you're vegan
  • 2-3 cups chives lettuce, or bok choi (all chopped)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 stalks green onions
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • dash of salt


  1. Mix the dough ingredients together and knead until smooth. Cover and set aside until ready to use.
  2. To make the filling, sweat the veggies in salt for 30 min and the squeeze out the water.
  3. In a saucepan, cook the meat filling and veggies for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Mix in the rest of the filling ingredients.
  5. Take the dough and roll into a 1 1/2 inch diameter roll. Cut into 1 cm disks. Flour them.
  6. Take a small rolling pin and roll along the edge while turning (see .gif if confused)
  7. Place about 1 tbsp of filling onto the middle of the dough. Fold in half and pinch on the top. Pinch the sides and so it gets mickey mouse ears. Pinch those closed. (see .gif if confused.)
  8. Place on a floured tray until ready to boil.
  9. Place in boiling water over medium heat and boil until the dumplings come floating up.
  10. Water it down with about 2 cups of cold water until dumplings sink. Boil until they come floating back up.
  11. Serve with soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, green onions, hot sauce, whatever suits your fancy! {read notes for more options}


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  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on

    November 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm says

    I’ve never made my own wrappers – does Grandpa make housecalls? These look very tasty!

    • Anne on

      November 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm says

      Hahaha, thanks Maureen!

  2. Eva on

    November 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm says

    Anne, this looks so great ! I wish I could eat one or two…..maybe three?

    • Anne on

      November 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm says

      Thanks Eva!!! I could eat all of them… (And I did)

  3. Linda @ Today She Loves on

    August 14, 2015 at 9:01 am says

    For the first few months of living in my first apartment and living alone, I survived on bags and bags of frozen dumplings. Dumplings are so delicious and easy! This recipe looks tasty and makes me want to make dumplings again.

    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm says

      Hahahaa they’re easy if you have a lot of people -otherwise it’s so tedious in my opinion! Although, they do give me an excuse to watch more tv than I usually do πŸ˜€
      Thanks Linda!

    • Anne on

      September 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm says




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