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Sweet and Savory Asian Appetizer: Fried Pork Gyoza

Gyoza is a popular type of dumpling that spans across Asia. It is a variation of its Chinese counterpart, jiaozi, as well as many other Asian dishes. Why are their so variations of gyoza? Because they’re amazing, that’s why!

Gyoza dumplings can be prepared many different ways: boiled or steamed, and served with many different sauces. They are distinctive by their crimped edges and their filling, which is often a combination of meat and vegetables. We recommend that you buy gyoza wrappers at your nearest Asian market instead of making the dumpling wrappers from scratch. But after you’ve made them, they’re extremely easy to freeze and then reheat when you’re hungry. Whip up some dumplings and fry up some deliciousness because it’s gyoza time!

Sweet and Savory Asian Appetizer: Fried Pork Gyoza

Fried Pork Gyoza

(serves 6)

Ingredients

Dumplings

  • 1 package round gyoza/spring roll wrappers (about 45)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 medium shallot onions
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of chili flakes

Directions

  1. Cook your pork in a skillet on medium heat until it is cooked all the way through.
  2. Shred your carrots with a cheese grater.
  3. Finely chop cabbage and mince garlic and shallots.
  4. Add carrots, cabbage, garlic, shallots, sesame oil, and desired amount of salt to your pork. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Let your pork and vegetables cool down before adding them to your gyoza wrappers.
  6. Add a spoonful of pork and vegetables to a gyoza wrapper. Fold wrapper in half so that your dumpling is shaped into a half-circle.
  7. Crimp the edges of your dumpling shut by pinching the open ends of the dumpling together. This will seal in the pork filling.
  8. Fry your gyoza in 1-inch of oil on medium heat until each side begins to brown. Prepare your sauce while you fry the dumplings.
  9. In a separate bowl, combine vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, additional sesame oil, brown sugar, and chili flakes. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  10. When all of your gyoza are fried, dip them into your sauce for a perfect flavor combination.

Recipe adapted from Cooks With Cocktails

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