This is the most popular way to cook your dumplings. Boiling is easy, but these are some tips to make it even easier!
- Add cold water 3 times
- During the cooking process, it is ideal that you add cold water to the boiling water three times before serving the dumplings. Remember to cover the pot with a lid each time after you add water.
- Rinse (to avoid sticking)
- This is to remove excess starch and minimize the chance of the dumplings sticking to one another. If you are planning to put your dumplings in a soup, you can happily skip this step.
Fried Dumplings (Extra crispy!)
We all know how to fry a dumpling, but this is how to get that extra crispy exterior!
- Heat up a small amount of oil over a high heat then add the dumplings to the pan
- Take a look the bottom part of a dumpling. If it turns light brown, pour in cold water (enough to cover 1/3 of the dumplings). then immediately cover with a lid.
- Only uncover when the water has evaporated completely. Fry for another 30-60 seconds to crisp up.
This is by far the easiest method, so if you’re in a rush (or just a bit lazy) this is the option for you!
- Place dumplings into the steamer basket, set the timer, and wait! That is literally it.
To prevent dumplings from sticking to the basket
- Place a slice of carrot, lettuce, or cabbage underneath each dumpling
- Coat the basket with a thin layer of oil (but only if you are using a metal steamer)
- Line small pieces of parchment paper under each dumpling. (Most common non-stick method)
Only add the steamer to the water once it is fully boiled