Vegan Dumplings

You have an appetite for dumpling while on a diet? Calm down, guys. You are not the only one to deal with it. The following recipe for vegan/ vegetarian dumplings will help you.

Instead of made with pork, beef, shrimp, or chicken filling, these vegan dumplings are filled with a lot of processed elements like tofu, dried radish, mushroom, etc.

By doing so, you can definitely enjoy the good taste of dumplings and follow your strict diet at the same time.

If you are interested in knowing the most popular vegan dumpling recipe, keep scrolling to the end.

Vegan Dumplings

Recipe by Anna SmallingCourse: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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  • For the wrapper
  • 35-40 small dumpling wrappers (store bought)

  • For the filling
  • 1 block (1 pound) tofu , well pressed, and crumbled

  • 1/2 cup Napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage), finely diced

  • 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, finely diced

  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 scallions, diced

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

  • For dipping sauce
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, tamari (gluten-free) or coconut aminos (grain, gluten, and soy free)

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon pure sesame oil

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 green onion, chopped

  • pinch black pepper

  • pinch of sesame seeds (optional)


  • Start by making dipping sauce: In a small bowl, mix all of the dipping sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Season to taste as needed. Set aside.
  • Heat up a pan over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoon of olive oil. Add crumbled tofu, mushrooms, cabbage, ginger, and garlic, stir-fry for a few minutes until almost done.
  • Add the scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, and optional red pepper flakes, stirring well to combine. Allow to cook for one or two more minutes.
  • Transfer the filling to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the optional fresh cilantro.
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of filling mixture on wonton wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with a bit of water, crimp together forming small pleats to seal the dumpling. Repeat for remaining dumplings.
  • Heat a couple of inches of water in a large pan, and place a vegetable steamer (bamboo mat) inside. Place the dumpling, a few at a time, on the steamer. Cover, and steam for 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve hot with the dipping sauce.
  • Another healthy way to enjoy vegan dumplings is to pan-fry them. Here is its instruction: Heat up 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place dumplings and cook until browned (about 2 minutes per side). Pour in 1 cup of water, cover and cook until the dumplings are tender (about 5 minutes).
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