Steamed Shrimp Dumplings

Dumplings are typical Chinese appetizers mostly used in Northern China. They can be eaten any time during the day and can also serve as ingredient in soups. Use a bamboo steamer for best results!

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 8 wonton wrappers
  • 1 and 1/2 cup shrimp
  • 1/2 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • white pepper


  • Wash, peel, devein and chop the shrimp
  • Sautee in a wok or skillet with some oil and set aside
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients for the filling: shrimp, thinly sliced spring onion, sugar, salt, fish sauce, sesame oil, rice wine (sake or Chinese one) and white pepper
  • Stir well and refrigerate (covered) for 15-20 minutes
  • Lay out the wrappers and add the shrimp filling (1 tablespoon for each wrapper), placing it in the center of the wrapper
  • Fold the dumpling over to form a half-moon shape
  • Finish by closing and sealing the dumpling with your index and thumb, by pressing the edges; repeat for each dumpling
  • Steam the dumplings in your (bamboo) steamer for 5-6 minutes and enjoy!

Best Served With

Chinese sweet and sour sauce or your favorite dipping sauce

Tips from the Chef

  • Do not overfill the dumplings or they will not close properly
  • Place some parchment paper on the bottom of your steamer for better results