Gyoza – Japanese Pork Potstickers Recipe
Right after college, I spent a year in Japan teaching English to Japanese students. It was one of the best years of my life.
One of the biggest challenges for me was adapting to Japanese cuisine – or more accurately, adapting to the Japanese grocery store.
I don’t read Japanese, which was part of the problem. And so much of what was on the grocery store shelves was unfamiliar to me.
I ate many, many, many meals consisting only of gyoza dipped in sweet chili sauce.
Balanced meal? No.
Delicious comfort food? Absolutely.
After I got back, so I started making my own gyoza at home.
They’re a little bit putzy, so I don’t make them often. But whenever I do, it totally takes me back to my little kitchen in Japan.
Food really does have a way of evoking memories, bringing us back to a time and a place.
Don’t feel like making homemade potstickers? Buy a bag of frozen gyoza from Trader Joe’s. They have chicken, pork, and vegetarian varieties.
How To Make Homemade Gyoza
Making your own Japanese potstickers at home isn’t difficult. Here’s process, in a nutshell:
- Make ground pork mixture
- Fill potsticker/wonton wrappers
- Seal edges
- Fry to crisp up the wrapper
- Add water to pan, cover, and steam until cooked through
Scroll down for detailed recipe.
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- Homemade quinoa sushi rolls
- California roll salad
- Japanese potato salad
- Slow-cooker teriyaki chicken
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- 24 wonton wrappers
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 small piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt, to taste
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Oil, for frying
- To prepare potsticker filling: Mix ground pork, ginger, garlic, salt, scallions, soy sauce (and optional sesame oil) in a bowl. Set aside.
- To assemble wontons: Place one heaping teaspoon of potsticker filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper. Rub the outer edge of the wonton wrapper with a bit of water. Fold the wrapper over and press down on the edges to seal.
- To cook potstickers: Heat about two tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat until one side of the potsticker browns. Turn and repeat to brown the other side. Next, pour about 1/3 cup of water into the pan and immediately place a lid over the pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook for approximately 8 minutes. Check the center of the potstickers to test for doneness. If the potstickers are not fully cooked, add a bit more water and steam for a few more minutes.
- Serve potstickers with sweet chili sauce, a soy sauce/rice vinegar/sesame oil blend, or your favorite dipping sauce.