All frozen Chinese dumplings from Ji’s Kitchen, 100% homemade
Unlike many frozen foods, dumplings survive the trip from freezer to belly remarkably well, they are nearly indistinguishable from fresh-made.
Here are Jis Kitchen recommend favorite ways to cook our homemade frozen dumplings, all of them start with dumplings straight from the freezer.
We promise, you have a hot, tasty snack only a few minutes away.
Ways to cook
Boil (The Easiest)
Boiling frozen dumplings is the easiest method, though it’s also the most time consuming as you have to wait for a pot of water to come to a boil.
- Fill a large pot two-thirds of the way with water.
- Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add as many dumplings as can fit comfortably in a single layer in the pot and cook them until they float.
- Add cup of cold water and let them cook an additional minutes to boil over again.
- Fish them out with a strainer, drain them, and serve.
Steaming is a much faster method as you only need to bring a few cups of water to a boil instead of an entire pot. Texturally, it’ll also leave the skins a little stretchier and firmer.
It does require the use of a bamboo steamer insert for your wok or pot. It’s a worthwhile investment if you do any amount of Asian cooking.
Frozen dumplings will stick to the bamboo inside a steamer, so you need to line it first. If you’ve got some Napa cabbage in the fridge, the leaves make great steamer liners.
Classic Pan-Fry (Steam-Fry)
This is classic method if you want them Crispy (Chinese Guo Tie). Essentially, you fry the frozen dumplings, then add water to the pan and cover them to steam through, then fry them again once the water evaporates. This double-frying creates an extra-crisp bottom crust.
- Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in the bottom of a non-stick or cast iron skillet over moderate heat until shimmering.
- Add the dumplings in a single layer and cook, swirling the pan, until an even deep golden brown on the bottom. Swirling is important.
- Increase heat to medium high and add water until it covers the dumplings by a third to a half.
- Cover with a lid and steam until the dumplings are cooked through. Frozen dumplings should take between six to 10 minutes depending on their size.
- Remove lid and cook, swirling, until crisp again.