Homemade Vegetarian Chinese Pot Stickers











Whip up these delicious Vegetarian Chinese Pot Stickers in just 45 minutes. Perfect for a dairy-free snack or appetizer, they're sure to delight with their savory filling and crispy exterior.


Step 1: Prepare the Filling

Start by blending the cabbage, carrots, scallions, fresh ginger, garlic, and mushrooms in a food processor until well combined and finely minced. If you're able, chopping the mushrooms beforehand or using pre-sliced mushrooms makes this step even easier. The goal here is a cohesive, finely chopped mixture that will be the heart of your pot stickers.
Pro Tip: For a flavor boost, lightly sauté the garlic and ginger before adding them to the mix.

Step 2: Fill the Wrappers

Lay out a pot sticker wrapper, turning it so it forms a diamond shape in front of you. Spoon a teaspoon of your filling mixture into the center. Moisten two edges of the wrapper with water, fold it over the filling, and press the edges to seal, ensuring there are no air pockets by gently pressing around the filling. This step is crucial for creating that perfect pot stickers seal that will hold all the savory goodness inside.
Pro Tip: Keep your wrappers covered with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out as you work.

Step 3: Shape the Pot Stickers

After sealing, stand the pot sticker on your work surface so the filled side is at the bottom. Fold the top point down and away from you, then pinch. Create two pleats on either side of that fold and pinch again. Your pot sticker will now have a lovely, fan-like shape, with what looks like little wings, ready to soar right off the plate and into your mouth.
Pro Tip: Pinching and pleating the edges well ensures your pot stickers will not open up during cooking.

Step 4: Cook the Pot Stickers

In a skillet over medium-high heat, brush a thin layer of cooking oil. Arrange 12 pot stickers in the pan, letting the bottoms brown slightly - this introduces that irresistible crunch. Then, add a splash (about 1/2 cup) of water and cover immediately. Steam for about 3-4 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. The steam-fry cooking method is what gives pot stickers their characteristic texture: crisped on the bottom, tender and juicy on the top.
Pro Tip: Don’t overcrowd your skillet; cooking in batches ensures each pot sticker cooks evenly.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Carefully remove the pot stickers from the skillet and arrange them on a serving plate, preferably in a circular pattern for that wow-effect presentation. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, like soy sauce or a spicy chili sauce, for an added kick. These homemade vegetarian Chinese pot stickers are perfect for enjoying with family on a cozy evening or impressing guests at your next gathering. The mix of textures and flavors are sure to win everyone over.
Pro Tip: A homemade dipping sauce of soy sauce, vinegar, and chili oil elevates this dish to new heights.