Three Recipes for Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

January 12, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes Print This Post Print This Post

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I received a bamboo steamer as a gift over the holidays from my in-house taste tester. It was partially a hint to make some of the awesome dumplings we had when we were in Sydney, Australia. I’ll some day try to re-create those dumplings, in the meantime, I adapted three recipes and created my own dim sum extravaganza.

If you get a brand new bamboo steamer, heat some water in a wok to boiling. Place the steamer over the water, and let it sit there empty for about 30 minutes. When you’re ready to use it for cooking, line the bottom with lettuce or cabbage leaves so all your hard work doesn’t end up just sticking to the bottom of the steamer. (Trust me, I experimented by not using them for the last batch and I really don’t want to go through that clean-up again.)

The stuffings are very easy and quick to make. Count on spending a little time in the assembly of the dumplings; although, they are a lot of fun to put together.

Three Recipes for Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings
by Megabeth

Prior to starting these recipes, cut 14 oz block of tofu in half, press with paper towels for at least 20 minutes. Two of the recipes below require one half of the entire block.

1 package won-ton wrappers (40)
lettuce or cabbage leaves for bamboo steamer

Dumplings with Tofu and Vegetables
(inspired by Alton Brown)

7 oz firm tofu, diced
1/2 cup broccoli slaw (prepackaged shredded mix)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 T finely chopped scallions
1 T soy sauce
1 T hoisin sauce
1 egg lightly beaten

Finely chop shredded broccoli and carrots. Put ingredients in small bowl and mix to combine.

Shitake and Soy
6 shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced and chopped
1 T soy sauce

Combine in bowl.

Spicy Tofu with Chili Garlic
7 oz tofu, diced
1 T chili paste with garlic
1 scallion, finely chopped

Place ingredients in small bowl. Stir to combine.

Place lettuce or cabbage leaves in bottom of bamboo steamer. (Leaves prevent the dumplings from sticking to the bamboo…trust me.)

Place wonton wrapper on flat surface. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of filling in middle of wrapper. Wet finger with water and brush the edges so that they will stick together when folded. Fold into a triangle or into a bundle. Place dumpling in steamer. Cover dumplings with damp paper towel while working on assembling the rest.

Once you’ve filled the steamer trays, fill the bottom of wok with water (not enough to touch bottom of steamer) and bring to a boil. Place covered bamboo steamer in wok. (Be sure to remove the damp paper towels from inside of steamer used during preparation!) Allow to steam for 10-15 minutes.

While they are cooking, assemble more of the dumplings until you run out of filling (or run out of energy). Put finished dumplings in a preheated 200 degree oven until all are finished cooking. Otherwise, serve dumplings straight from the steamer.Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

 Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

 Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

7 Comments to “Three Recipes for Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings”


  1. these look like fun!

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  2. oh yum!! oh yum!! i love steamed dumplings!! am going to try these for sure!! thank you so much for sharing!!

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  3. Interestingly enough, as an in-house taste tester myself, I presented the house cook with new tools and cookbooks that just so happened to be in line with some of my favorite things to eat, over the holidays (and for his birthday, which was the month prior). Funny how that happens, every time. Pure coincidence that it works out that way, though, I assure you, and no ulterior motive on my part.

    He made your chili over the holidays, for when his family visited, by the way. That secret ingredient really does work wonders; my father-in-law aka Mr Meat and Potatoes guy never batted an eye–nor did he stop at seconds!

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  4. Trust me, we like the stuff even if there is a motive involved. We’ll whip up things if you keep presenting us with new cookbooks and kitchen toys. In return, the in-house taste tester gets to eat well…and I get to steal some of the adjectives he uses to describe the meal for Veggin’. Fair trade, right?

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  5. And, yeah, these are totally fun to make. I used some of the leftover tofu with chili paste stuffing and whipped up some more of these dumplings the other day. Still good second time around.

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  6. This is a real cool recipe. Easy to make and great in taste. I love the pictorial form of explanation it makes things really easy to pick!

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  7. Thanks, Shivi. You’ve got a great site that’s packed full of vegetarian recipes. I’m looking forward to trying out some of your recipes!

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