We had a blast making this fun Asian dish with its flavorful tofu filling. Pan-fried and served with a homemade sweet and sour dipping sauce, the outcome is so delicious that you’ll never want to order-in dumplings again!

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Get out a cast iron pot and a large frying pan
  2. Get out a medium pot, a steamer basket, and a serving platter.
  3. Get out a small mixing bowl.

STEP TWO – Press the Tofu


1 16-ounce block extra-firm tofu


  1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet on top for 15 minutes to press out some of the moisture.

STEP THREE – Make the Filling


1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chili paste
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
5 chopped green onions


  1. In the large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Use your hands to crumble the tofu onto the hot oil.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring until firm.
  4. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, and chili paste and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the sesame seeds and onions.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

 STEP FOUR – Prepare the Dumplings


1 package square dumpling wrappers


  1. Place 1 dumpling wrapper at a time on a clean surface in a diamond shape.
  2. Add a heaping teaspoon of filling to the center.
  3. Bring the top and bottom tips together into a triangle.
  4. Wet your fingers and pinch to seal the seams.
  5. Repeat this process until all the wrappers are filled.

STEP FIVE – Steam and Pan-Fry the Dumplings


1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. In the large frying pan, heat the oil over high heat.
  2. Fill the large pot with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high.
  4. Place the steamer basket in the pot and add as many dumplings that will fit without overlapping.
  5. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.
  6. Once the dumplings are steamed, add to the pan and pan-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Transfer the fried dumplings to the serving platter.
  8. Repeat this process until all the dumplings are steamed and fried.

STEP SIX – Make the Sweet and Sour Sauce


1 tablespoon chili oil
6 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 finely chopped green onion


  1. In the small mixing bowl, combine the oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and onion.
  2. Serve the sweet and sour sauce alongside the dumplings.

Recommended Serving Size: 6 dumplings

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 protein, 1 fat

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