Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings (Pan Fried and Boiled)

Make these Gluten Free Dumplings (Asian gyoza dumplings) with this simple recipe with variations for boiled and pan-fried. Enlist the kids and the family to help for a fun cooking day in the kitchen.

A close up of a gluten free Chinese dumpling

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The New Year is the perfect time to enjoy these Gluten Free Chinese dumplings. Traditionally from northern China, these crescent-shaped foods symbolize wealth and good fortune in Chinese culture because they resemble ancient Chinese money.

These gluten free dumplings are typically pan-fried (kuo tieh) or boiled (jiaozi) – and either way they are absolutely delicious. Many Asian cultures have an equivalent of these dumplings, such as gyoza (Japanese) and mandoo (Korean).

I have fond memories making Chinese dumplings from scratch with my mom. We used to sit in the kitchen and talk for hours while we made homemade dumplings. We tried all kinds of filling options – from pork to shrimp to chicken to vegetarian.

How To Make Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings – Step by Step

  1. Make the dumpling skins by mixing all but 1/3 cup of dry ingredients, and then slowly add hot water to the mixture. Knead the dough well, and then add the cold water.
  2. Portion dough into silver dollar sizes. Then roll out the silver dollar portions into traditional dumpling skin sizes (about 3 inches wide). You’ll need the remaining 1/3 of dry flour mixture to roll out the dough. It can get sticky so keep trying. Makes about 2 dozen dumpling skins.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix pork and chives well. Then add sesame oil, salt, pepper, ginger and Coconut Aminos. Mix well.
  4. Spoon 1 tsp of the pork and chives filling into a dumpling skin. Keep a reserve of warm water in a small bowl nearby.
  5. Once the dumpling skin is filled, dab a finger into the water and spread on half of the inner dumpling skin. Fold ends together and twist gently to seal dumpling. Or you can also just fold over into half moons. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  6. Pan-fried directions: Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan. Once oil is heated, add 5-6 dumplings and cook for about a minute. Then add 1-2 tsp of water and cover with a lid.
  7. Let the water cook off, then uncover the pan. Cook for a few more minutes, then flip over to pan fry the other side. Remove from heat.
  8. Boiled directions: Bring a stock pot of water to a boil. Add 6-8 dumplings and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove dumplings and place on a platter. Cook remaining dumplings and repeat process.
  9. Combine all dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.

What To Serve with These Chinese Dumplings

These gluten-free Chinese dumplings are delicious like the original, but without the gluten. Enjoy this dish with Gluten-Free Fried Rice and Gluten-Free Garlic Lemon Shrimp for an Asian-inspired meal without gluten or processed ingredients.

What’s the Best Meat for Chinese Dumplings

My mom’s recipe calls for ground pork and chives but you can also try ground shrimp, leftover roast chicken, or finely sliced vegetables.

Can I Freeze These Dumplings?

These Gluten free Chinese Dumplings are a great make ahead dish. If not cooking right away, freeze the dumplings on the baking sheet. Make sure none of the dumplings are touching or they will stick together. Once frozen solid, portion the dumplings into freezer containers and freeze for up to three months.

Top Tips for These Gluten Free Chinese Dumplings

  • When you roll out the dough, it can get sticky so keep trying.
  • You can fold the dumpling ends together and twist gently to seal. Or you can also just fold over into half moons.
  • Keep a reserve of warm water in a small bowl nearby, to dab your fingers in with handling the dough.
  • To test the dumplings, run a skewer or a toothpick through one. When it comes out clean, it’s ready.
Closeup of gluten free dumplings on a plate with soy sauce in a bowl

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Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings

Don’t Mess With Mama
An easy recipe for how to make Chinese dumplings. So delicious and gluten free. Serve these with your favorite Chinese dishes.
4.77 from 81 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8 servings
Calories 318 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Gluten-free dumpling skin

Filling

  • 3/4 to 1 lbs organic ground pork substitute with organic ground chicken or finely chopped shrimp without the shell and deveined
  • 2 cups of fresh bunches of chives finely chopped (substitute with Chinese cabbage, choi sum or cabbage kim chee)
  • 1 tbsp organic sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger finely grated
  • 1-2 tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • Organic toasted sesame seeds optional

Dipping Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Make the dumpling skins by mixing all but 1/3 cup of dry ingredients, and then slowly add hot water to the mixture. Knead the dough well, and then add the cold water.
  • Portion dough into silver dollar sizes. Then roll out the silver dollar portions into traditional dumpling skin sizes (about 3 inches wide). You’ll need the remaining 1/3 of dry flour mixture to roll out the dough. It can get sticky so keep trying. Makes about 2 dozen dumpling skins.
  • In a separate bowl, mix pork and chives well. Then add sesame oil, salt, pepper, ginger and Coconut Aminos. Mix well.
  • Spoon 1 tsp of the pork and chives filling into a dumpling skin. Keep a reserve of warm water in a small bowl nearby. 
  • Once the dumpling skin is filled, dab a finger into the water and spread on half of the inner dumpling skin. Fold ends together and twist gently to seal dumpling. Or you can also just fold over into half moons. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Pan-fried directions: Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan. Once oil is heated, add 5-6 dumplings and cook for about a minute. Then add 1-2 tsp of water and cover with a lid. 
  • Let the water cook off, then uncover the pan. Cook for a few more minutes, then flip over to pan fry the other side. Remove from heat.
  • Boiled directions: Bring a stock pot of water to a boil. Add 6-8 dumplings and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove dumplings and place on a platter. Cook remaining dumplings and repeat process.
  • Combine all dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 62mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gCalcium: 30mgIron: 2.8mg
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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! I have celiac disease and ckd so this is a real gem! I made them vegetarian and they are delicious and make more than I expected. Thanks so much!

  2. 4 stars
    Hi
    My daughter and I would like to know if this recipe has to be fried or can we use this dumpling recipe to drop them into soup broth,
    You website is excellent.
    Thank you
    Ed from San Diego

    1. I suggest boiling it first and then adding it to a soup broth. The broth alone will not heat up the dumplings enough to cook the meat inside. Boil for at least 3-4 minutes or until done. Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    I scaled down the recipe as it was just me. I did 1/8 the recipe added a pinch xanthium gum. So amazing.
    Tbh with ingredient restrictions I didn’t do a dip and did my own filling.
    Still so happy!!

  4. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I did try to make traditional dumplings using gluten free all purpose flour last night and it kept breaking apart to the point where I just had to stop. Will using hot water prevent this?
    Trying not to waste more flour. If there’s a way to fix the ball I already (made with 2 cups gluten free flour and about 3/4 cup water) have that would be awesome.
    Thanks!