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Vegan Dumplings (Vegetable Gyoza / Potstickers)

Loaded with fresh veggies like shredded cabbage, mushrooms, and onions, these Vegan Dumplings (also known as vegetable gyoza or potstickers) can be steamed, baked, or made in your air fryer. This recipe is very simple and includes a delicious sauce that can be used for dipping.

overhead photo of white plate full of vegan dumplings with dipping sauce in the middle of plate

Years ago–decades ago actually–I used to help make traditional gyoza with my sister and a Japanese friend, and I always loved it. That same friend is the one that shared his Asian Dipping Sauce with me, and that’s the sauce used in this recipe. It also happens to be great as a stir-fry sauce as well.

Ingredients needed

Vegetable gyoza is such a healthy dish because it’s loaded with wholesome, fresh ingredients. And, the sauce is super simple to make with only a handful of seasonings.

  • Vegetables- Cabbage, carrots, and onions are the most common veggies I’ve personally seen used as a stuffing in vegetable dumplings.
  • Mushrooms- I guess mushrooms are optional, but I highly recommend them to make these potstickers nice and hearty.
  • Won ton wrappers- The dumpling portion of this recipe is store-bought won ton wrappers that are commonly found in grocery stores including Walmart.
  • Sauce- Many different sauces can be used, and my favorite is a homemade sauce that I use in the filling and as a dipping sauce.
diced cabbage, onions, and mushrooms on cutting board

Which dumplings to use

For this recipe, I purchase the premade vegan won ton wrappers from my local grocery store or Walmart. The brand I use is Nasoya, and the package is pictured below. There are about 40+ wrappers per package. They are vegan and oil-free; however, they are not made with whole wheat flour. The ingredients include:

  • Wheat flour (not whole wheat)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Wheat gluten
  • Vinegar
  • Cornstarch

You can make your own won tons from scratch with only water and whole wheat flour, but it takes nearly 3-hours just for the dumplings. My opinion is that we are already getting plenty of fiber from all the fresh veggies, so I don’t take the time and effort required to make my own dumplings.

vegetable wontons on wood board ready to be folded with won ton package

Sauce options

You really can use any Asian sauce that you like to make these vegetable dumplings. The sauce used in the recipe can also be used as a dipping sauce to eat them with. These are some great sauce ideas.

I used the first one on the list, but the others would work just fine as well. Second choice for me would be the sesame ginger sauce pictured below.

sweet ginger sauce in asian bowl with soup spoon
Sweet Ginger Sauce

What to serve with vegan dumplings

My favorite thing to serve with vegan dumplings is rice, and I have learned to make Flawless Brown Rice in my Instant Pot. A rice steamer works well too.

The reason I love rice with veggie gyoza is that, if you serve it over rice, while you’re eating and dipping the dumpling in sauce with a fork or chopsticks, it can drip into the rice bowl and season it as well. Yum!

colorful bright blue and white plate filled with veggie pot stickers and asian dipping sauce

Other great side dishes to serve with pot stickers include corn on the cob, Asian Green Beans, Asparagus, or a side salad.

How to make vegan dumplings

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

Begin by making the sauce that will serve two purposes: cooking and seasoning the vegetables and as a dipping sauce for the dumplings. To do this, simply whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a medium-size bowl then set it to the side.

homemade stir fry sauce in bowl with whisk on white background

Cut up all of the vegetables to be used in the stuffing–cabbage, onions, mushrooms, carrots. What I like to do to make this even more simple is to purchase a 16-ounce bag of shredded slaw that already includes green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. Then, all I have to dice up is mushrooms and onions.

overhead shot of chopped coleslaw on cutting board with bowl in background

I tend to use shiitake mushrooms in my dumplings but any type will work or leave them out completely. I like to buy the dried shiitake and then rehydrate them in warm vegetable broth or water for about 20-30 minutes.

In a large skillet, sauté the onions and mushrooms in a little water or veggie broth until they begin to brown. Toss in the cabbage mixture and carrots. Add more veggie broth one tablespoon at a time to prevent sticking and cook until the cabbage begins to wilt which should take about 5 minutes or so.

stainless wok with cooked cabbage, mushrooms, onions

Once the veggies start to wilt (don’t overcook them), whisk up the sauce again to make sure the thickener doesn’t settle at the bottom of the bowl, then pour HALF of the sauce slurry mixture into the pan and mix well. Save the other half to use as a dipping sauce. When it begins to bubble and thicken slightly, turn the pan off and remove it from the heat.

Use a large countertop space or cutting board to set up the stage for stuffing the dumplings. You’ll need the won ton wrappers, a small bowl of water, and vegetable filling.

overhead photo of vegan dumpling with stuffing and bowl of water for sealing

The won ton wrappers come in square or round, and either one will work. I’m going to show you how to fold the square ones, but PlantPure Chef, Kim Campbell, has a great video that demonstrates how to fold either one.

You can stuff one dumpling at a time, or spread a few out to speed up the process. Moisten the edges of each of the won ton wrappers by dipping your finger into the water and running along the edges. Make sure they get nice and wet, so they will stick together when folded.

Fill each wrapper with about a tablespoon of the vegetable stuffing mixture right in the center. Don’t overfill, or they will become difficult to fold.

Next, there are two folding options for the square wrappers–rectangle or triangle. With either option, bring the sides of the wrapper up over the filling and use your finger to press them together to seal well. Then fold in the bottom corners and press them together. If the edges don’t seal together well, add a little more water with your finger and press them again. I’ve made a diagram below to show how easy the two options are.

photo instructions on how to fold vegan dumplings in rectangle or triangle

As you make them, set each dumpling onto a dry surface, and if they begin to stick to the surface, dust it with a little flour. I didn’t have a problem with mine sticking, but others might. Continue folding dumplings until you run out of wrappers or stuffing. This recipe should make about 30-40.

wooden cutting board full of vegan dumplings with empty stuffin bowl in background

Cooking method options

There are basically 3 cooking methods to choose from. Some might say that there are four and include boiling as an option, but I don’t recommend it. Boiling, more often than not, causes the dumplings to pop open and spill out the stuffing contents. The three better options are:

  • Air Fry- This is my preferred method because it gets the dumplings nice and crispy on the outside. Place dumplings in your air fryer basket in a single layer and set them to 400°F for about 7 minutes. You will need to cook them in batches because there will be so many, but they don’t take long. Check them after 5-6 minutes, and stop the cooking process once the edges become golden brown.
  • Bake- On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking, line up the dumplings in a single layer and bake at 400°F for approximately 10-minutes.
  • Steam- Fill a large stockpot with water to about 2″ then fit a steaming basket or insert over it. Line the steamer basket with parchment paper to prevent sticking, then cover and steam for about 6-8 minutes. You’ll need to steam them in batches until all are cooked.
air fryer with veggie dumplings

While the dumplings are cooking is the perfect time to thicken up the other half of the sauce to be used for dipping. Whisk up the sauce again to make sure the thickener hasn’t settled at the bottom of the bowl (it probably has), then simply heat it up to activate the thickener. I like to do this by heating it in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds. Or, heat it in a saucepan on the stove until it begins to thicken just slightly.

My favorite thing to serve with vegan dumplings is rice, and I have learned to make Flawless Brown Rice in my Instant Pot. A rice steamer works well too.

colorful plate of crispy vegan dumplings with chives and sauce

Storage

This recipe makes a lot of dumplings–up to 40–but you don’t have to eat them all at once. That’s the great thing about going ahead and making a bunch at the same time. Get the folding out of the way and then keep them on hand to eat anytime desired. They can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

Place the cooked or uncooked dumplings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Make sure they aren’t touching each other. Freeze for 2 hours and then transfer into a freezer bag or container to pull out of the freezer as needed. Reheat by placing it in your air fryer or oven and cooking at 400°F for about 12 minutes in the oven or 10 minutes in an air fryer. No need to defrost before cooking.

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overhead photo of white plate full of vegan dumplings with dipping sauce in the middle of plate

Vegetable Dumplings (Pot Stickers)

Yield: 40 dumplings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Loaded with fresh veggies like shredded cabbage, mushrooms, and onions, these Vegan Dumplings (also known as vegetable gyoza or potstickers) can be steamed, baked, or made in your air fryer. This recipe is very simple and includes a delicious sauce that can be used for dipping.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded (Napa or regular)
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cups mushrooms (shiitake, button, portobello)
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 package vegan won ton wrappers

Asian Sauce

Instructions

  1. Begin by making the Asian Sauce that will serve two purposes–for cooking and seasoning the vegetables and as a dipping sauce for the dumplings. To do this, simply whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a medium-size bowl then set it to the side.
  2. Cut up all of the vegetables to be used in the stuffing–cabbage, onions, mushrooms, carrots. What I like to do to make this even more simple is to purchase a 16-ounce bag of shredded slaw that already includes green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. Then, all I have to dice up is mushrooms and onions.
  3. I tend to use shiitake mushrooms in my dumplings but any type will work or leave them out completely. I like to buy the dried shiitake and then rehydrate them in warm vegetable broth or water for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. In a large skillet, sauté the onions and mushrooms in a little water or veggie broth until they begin to brown. Toss in the cabbage mixture and carrots. Add more veggie broth (or water) one tablespoon at a time to prevent sticking and cook until the cabbage begins to wilt which should take about 5 minutes or so.
  5. Once the veggies start to wilt (but don’t overcook them), whisk up the sauce again to make sure the thickener doesn’t settle at the bottom of the bowl, then pour HALF of the sauce slurry mixture into the pan and mix well. Save the other half to use as a dipping sauce. When it begins to bubble and thicken slightly, turn the pan off and remove it from the heat.
  6. Use a large countertop space or cutting board to set up the stage for stuffing the dumplings. You’ll need the won ton wrappers, a small bowl of water, and vegetable filling.
  7. The won ton wrappers come in square or round, and either one will work. I’m going to show you how to fold the square ones, but PlantPure Chef, Kim Campbell, has a great video that demonstrates how to fold either one. These can be found in the refrigerator section (not the freezer) of the grocery store.
  8. You can stuff one dumpling at a time, or spread a few out to speed up the process. Moisten the edges of each of the won ton wrappers by dipping your finger into the water and running along the edges. Make sure they get nice and wet, so they will stick together when folded.
  9. Fill each wrapper with about a tablespoon of the vegetable stuffing mixture right in the center. Don’t overfill, or they will become difficult to fold.
  10. Next, there are two folding options for the square wrappers–rectangle or triangle. With either option, bring the sides of the wrapper up over the filling and use your finger to press them together to seal well. Then fold in the bottom corners and press them together. If the edges don’t seal together well, add a little more water and press them again. I‘ve made a diagram above in the article to show how easy the two options are.
  11. As you make them, set each dumpling onto a dry surface, and if they begin to stick to the surface, dust it with a little flour. I didn’t have a problem with mine sticking, but others might. Continue folding dumplings until you run out of wrappers or stuffing. This recipe should make about 30-40.
  12. There are basically 3 cooking methods to choose from. Some chefs might say that there are four and include boiling as an option, but I don’t recommend it. Boiling, more often than not, causes the dumplings to pop open and spill out the stuffing contents. The three better options are below.
  13. While the dumplings are cooking is the perfect time to thicken up the other half of the sauce to be used for dipping. Whisk up the sauce again to make sure the thickener hasn’t settled at the bottom of the bowl (it probably has), then simply heat it up to activate the thickener. I like to do this by heating it in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds. Or, you could heat it in a saucepan on the stove until it begins to thicken just slightly.
  • Air Fry- This is my preferred method because it gets the dumplings nice and crispy on the outside. Place dumplings in your air fryer basket in a single layer and set to 400°F for about 7 minutes. You will need to cook them in batches because there will be so many, but they don’t take long. Check them after 5-6 minutes, and stop the cooking process once the edges become golden brown.
  • Bake- On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking, line up the dumplings in a single layer and bake at 400°F for approximately 10-minutes.
  • Steam- Fill a large stockpot with water to about 2″ then fit a steaming basket or insert over it. Line the steamer basket with parchment paper to prevent sticking, then cover and steam for about 6-8 minutes. You’ll need to steam them in batches until all are cooked.

Notes

Sauce options

You really can use any Asian sauce that you like to make these vegetable dumplings. The sauce used in the recipe can also be used as a dipping sauce to eat them with. These are some great sauce ideas.

My favorite thing to serve with vegan dumplings is rice, and I have learned to make Flawless Brown Rice in my Instant Pot. A rice steamer works well too.

Storage

This recipe makes a lot of dumplings--up to 40--but you don't have to eat them all at once. That's the great thing about going ahead and making a bunch at the same time. Get the folding out of the way and then keep them on hand to eat anytime desired. They can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

Place the cooked or uncooked dumplings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Make sure they aren't touching each other. Freeze for 2 hours and then transfer into a freezer bag or container to pull out of the freezer as needed. Reheat by placing it in your air fryer or oven and cooking at 400°F for about 12 minutes in the oven or 10 minutes in the air fryer. No need to defrost before cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 10 dumplings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 8g

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Sue

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

This looks great, but I have a couple of questions: is the ginger in the sauce fresh or powdered? Is "Asian Sauce" (first listed ingredient under "New Group"(?) supposed to be the title above the other sauce ingredients? Or do we also make and add Asian Sauce as written per another recipe on the site? If so, how much?

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Hi Sue- I tend to use powdered ginger in the sauce most of the time, but fresh is excellent too. Good catch on the typo where the Asian Sauce was listed as an ingredient. You are right that it should have been the section title rather than an ingredient. I've fixed that now. Thanks so much for the heads-up!

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