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Looking for an easy way to make an Asian-style Japanese food potsticker without using any meat? Here's one simple recipe to make vegetarian and vegan potstickers using tofu, shiitake mushrooms and Napa cabbage. These vegetarian potstickers are little steamed dumplings similar to a traditional Japanese gyoza dumpling, and are also a bit similar to Korean mandu dumplings.
These little vegetarian and vegan potstickers with mushrooms and tofu are perfect for a vegetarian dinner or a small dinner party starter, or, you can really impress your friends by bringing them to a vegan potluck. You may also want to make a double batch as they will surely go quite quickly!
Unlike traditional Chinese potstickers, the recipe suggests that you steam these rather than pan-fry the dumplings, to make them lower in fat, but the cooking style of Asian dumplings is really a matter of personal preference, as they are delicious either way.
Whether you call them steamed dumplings, Chinese potstickers or Japanese gyoza, you may want to make a double batch, as your guests will call them "yummy!".
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 block tofu, about one pound (well pressed, and crumbled)
- 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms (diced small)
- 1/2 cup Napa cabbage (diced small)
- 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger (minced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 scallions (diced)
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce (or, use a Japanese-style tamari)
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- Dash red pepper flakes (optional)
- Optional: 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
Sautee the crumbled tofu, mushrooms and cabbage in olive oil along with ginger and garlic for a few minutes. When the tofu and mushrooms are almost done cooking, add the scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes, stirring well to combine.
Allow to cook for one or two more minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the fresh cilantro.
Place about 1 tablespoon of the tofu and mushroom mixture into each wonton wrapper or gyoza wrapper. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with a bit of water, then fold in half and press to seal. Make a couple of pinches or folds to create a fan-like shape. This will help to seal the filling inside the dumpling. It may take a couple of tries to get the technique just right, but once you do, it's really quite easy!
Heat a couple of inches of water in a large pan, and place a vegetable steamer inside. Place the potstickers, a few at a time, on the steamer, cover, and steam your vegetarian potstickers for 2 - 3 minutes on each side. Potstickers are done steaming when they are soft and pliable.
Recipe variation: If you prefer, you can also pan-fry these little pot sticker dumplings, like traditional Chinese potstickers or Japanese gyoza.
Enjoy your vegetarian (and vegan!) potstickers!