When you're making homemade potsticker dumplings for a large crowd, it's often easier to make them up ahead of time and cook them later. These easy instructions show you how to prepare and freeze potstickers before cooking.
You'll be making your favorite potsticker recipe up to the point where you normally would cook them and enjoy them. Instead, we'll stop right there and freeze them. Now you have the convenience of taking them out of the freezer to finish the cooking for your meal, gathering or party. You can prepare and freeze potstickers up to three months before you intend to cook them.
This method works with both meat and vegetarian potstickers. Now you'll have one less thing to do before your party or a homemade alternative to store-bought frozen potstickers. You'll know what's in them and be able to avoid any food sensitivities for your family or friends.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Required: 45 minutes
What You'll Need to Freeze Your Potstickers
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or aluminum foil (not needed if you use a silicone baking sheet)
- Freezer bags
Here's How to Freeze Homemade Potstickers to Cook Later
- Prepare the potstickers up to the cooking stage.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place the potstickers on the baking sheet (do not stack) and place in the freezer.
- Once the potstickers are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. Label the bag with the contents and the date that you froze them. You should also note a "Best Used By" date for three months from the date you froze them.
The potstickers can be frozen for up to three months.
Cook the potstickers as usual, without thawing. However, the cooking time will be a bit longer than usual.
Homemade Potstickers Recipes
Making your own potstickers, you can avoid the food additives and preservatives. You can also adjust recipes to eliminate any ingredients for those with food sensitivities and preferences. While the usual potsticker wrapper is made with flour, you may be able to find gluten-free alternatives at the market. However, be sure to use tamari rather than regular soy sauce to avoid gluten.
- Basic Pork Potstickers Recipe: These are made with lean ground pork, Napa cabbage, and green onions. The recipe includes making potsticker dough and a dipping sauce recipe.
- Cantonese Pork and Mushroom Potstickers: This similar recipe adds mushrooms and uses prepared dumpling wrappers for convenience, with a ginger-soy dipping sauce.
- Vegan Potstickers with Mushroom and Tofu: It's increasingly likely that your gathering will include one or more people who are vegetarians or vegans. You can make these vegan potstickers to have on hand so you can show them good hospitality. It uses block tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and Napa cabbage.
- Potstickers with Prawn and Cilantro: This is a popular combination for potstickers, although some people have a seafood allergy and others can't stand cilantro. But for some, it is exactly what they'd love and they'll be happy you made it.