This classic Asian dish with its versatile filling is fun to make and tastes delicious. We enjoy our dumplings pan-fried and served with a homemade dipping sauce.

STEP ONE – Preparations

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

STEP TWO – Press the Tofu


1 block extra-firm tofu


  1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and place the cast iron pan on top for 15 minutes to press out some of the moisture.
  2. Assemble the rest of the ingredients while the tofu is pressing.

STEP THREE – Prepare 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 red chili paste
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
5 green onions


  1. Heat the oil in the large pan over medium heat.
  2. When hot, crumble the tofu into the pan with your hands.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring until it starts to get firm.
  4. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, and chili paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
  6. Set the filling aside to cool.

 STEP FOUR – Prepare the Dumplings


1 package square dumpling or won ton wrappers


  1. Take one wrapper at a time and lay it out in a diamond shape.
  2. Place a heaping teaspoon of the filling in the center.
  3. Bring the top and bottom tips together into a triangle.
  4. Wet your fingers and pinch the seams shut.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the wrappers.

STEP FIVE – Steam and Pan-Fry the Dumplings


1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. Heat the oil in the large pan over high heat.
  2. Place the steamer basket in the pot and fill with 2 inches of water.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-high.
  4. Add as many dumplings to the basket that will fit without overlapping.
  5. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.
  6. When the dumplings finish steaming, add to the heated pan to pan-fry for a few minutes.
  7. Repeat until all the dumplings are cooked.
  8. Prepare the dipping sauce for the dumplings.

STEP SIX – Make the Dipping Sauce


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


  1. In a bowl, mix together the ingredients.
  2. Serve alongside the dumplings.

Recommended Serving Size: 6 dumplings

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 protein, 1 fat

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