Potstickers with Dipping Sauce

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Potstickers are an easy appetizer or main dish. Dress them up with this homemade dipping sauce that comes together in minutes.

Potstickers with Dipping Sauce

Potstickers are one of our family’s favorite quick and easy convenience meals. I confess, I don’t make the dumplings from scratch. I buy the bag with the Panda on it at Costco’s freezer section. But, I do make dipping sauces.

It is so nice on a busy night to get the rice cooker going, start some potstickers in a pan and mix up some dipping sauce. It helps that my family loves this meal and that there are never any left over.

Potstickers with Dipping Sauce

A ginormous bag of frozen potstickers costs about $10 and can serve our family 2-3 times, making it a pretty decent bargain for a convenience food.

This dipping sauce makes it, though. My friend Jessika shared it with me long ago, and I’ve tweaked it over the years.

Combine this dish with a few other fake-out recipes to have homemade Chinese take-out. We like

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  1. AllieZirkle says

    This sounds oh so good! I think we’ll need to add this to our dinner list for next week, once the kiddos are back to school. I’m sure we’ll need a quick go-to dinner one of the nights.

  2. AllieZirkle says

    @AllieZirkle, Yum! Last nite we had potstickers & fried rice from the leftover brown rice from dinner the prior night. (repurpose with a purpose!) Hubby wanted to try the included sauce. Next time we’ll try your sauce because the included sauce was too twangy for the little kiddos. This is definitely a good cheap eat for a mid-week meal!

    🙂 Allie

  3. PatsyAnne says

    Please give me the recipe for the pot stickers… thanks ever so much,


    • Jessica says

      I buy them frozen at Costco. 🙂

  4. Susie E says

    I’ve discovered a great recipe for potstickers. It is flexible, easy, and makes a ton so you can freeze them for future meals. I start with the recipe found here: http://www.freezerdinner.com/recipes/mmmmm-pot-stickers/ but I tweak it to include whatever veggie I have on hand. I’ve read that the secret is to “overwork” the sausage so it will hold together. I just toss the ingredients it in the food processor while I get everything else together. I cook them by dropping them in boiling water. when they float to the top, viola! It impresses the kids every time.

  5. Ellen says

    No homemade potstickers for us post kids, either, though Alton Brown has a great recipe. But Trader Joes has awesome frozen ones…

  6. Liz C says

    A ditto with Susie on the homemade potstickers! There’s some preservative in the commercial ones that doesn’t sit well, so we make our own (in HUGE batches). It’s very, very easy once you get the hang of folding the pleats. I do use purchased wrappers (about $2 for 60). My recipe is very similar to the one Susie linked. I use a food processor to whirl the cabbage (I use regular green, not Napa), some carrots, green onion, and already-chopped fresh ginger, and I do overwork the mixture just a tad so it holds together really nicely.

    I spent $10 on our last batch… and made nearly 100 potstickers, so it serves us really well. They freeze like a dream, and cook from frozen exactly like the bagged ones do.

    I am 100% with you on the simplified holiday meals! We do “party food” inexpensively with homemade treats, and everyone loves it.

    • Jessica says

      Wow! That is impressive. I may have to try them now.

  7. Stacy says

    My friend, who is from China, taught me how to make potstickers years ago. I’ve not done it in a long time, but I should. It’s definitely something to get the kids in on and it’s not hard. You just sort of get a little assembly going and make tons of them. They are very good and I think very affordable. As I recall you just use the wonton wrappers, egg, ground meat, green onions, and some spices. Mix the filling together kind of like meatloaf or meatballs, then fill the wonton and pinch them closed with water. Then boil or fry. You’d want a recipe, of course, but I can tell you it’s easy if a little time consuming.

    Potstickers are probably my hands-down favorite convenience food, and I’ve also bought them many times, mostly from TJs. I never grow tired of them but my husband is not a big fan of them.

  8. Jane says

    Sesame oil for me is confusing to purchase, the dark one is very strong and all recipes never seem to elaborate on which oil to use, can you help with this, love to know what to use and when

    • Jessica says

      I buy the sesame oil that is in the Asian foods section. It is probably considered dark.

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