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How To Cook Frozen Dumplings 5 Delicious Ways

Quick Answer: How Do You Cook Frozen Dumplings?

Frozen dumplings can be cooked 5 different ways.how to cook frozen dumplings? If you want your dumplings to be crispy, the best ways to prepare them are either steam fried or deep-fried in a pan. For an easy and quick method, boiling your dumplings in water on the stove is the best approach. For times when you’re really in a time crunch, the microwave is your best bet. Finally, for the most healthy option, you can steam your dumplings in either a metal or bamboo steamer.

Different variations of dumplings have been consumed around the world for centuries, but it’s the Ancient Chinese we can thank for first introducing it. 

That’s right, research shows that over 1700 years ago, the idea was brought into practice during the Han Dynasty. At this time, it was believed that dumplings were simply meat wrapped in dough.

Since then, an innumerable amount of adaptations have surfaced in cuisines across the globe. 

Depending on where you live in the world may alter your perception of the dumpling. For example, if you live in England, a dumpling is a flour-based dough ball often eaten in soups and stews

In Germany, a variation known as “Knödel” is consumed, which takes on a potato-based version of the dish. 

However, despite these variations, for most of us, a classic dumpling resembles those most consumed in Asian cuisine: a filling, whether that be meat, fish or vegetables, wra pped in a dough encasing. 

If you’re from North America, this version of the dumpling can be found in most grocery stores and while a homemade take on the dish never disappoints, in a world where life can get pretty hectic, the freezer section is your best friend. 

Frozen dumplings are a great go-to in any household when you need an easy and quick meal plan. 

Depending on the method you choose will determine the length of time it requires, but generally, 30 minutes or less is all it takes. 

If you want to become a dumpling pro and discover the best ways to prepare these delicious stuffed bundles of joy, make sure to check out the rest of this article. 

Each method provides step-by-step instructions so that you can yield perfect results every time.

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Steam Fried? 

Steam frying your dumplings is one of the best methods, as it’s not only super easy, but it will also provide you with a lovely crispy base and juicy interior. 

Implementing this approach will truly give you that restaurant-quality finish and just requires a pan, water and your dumplings.

Here’s what you need to do

Pro Tips 

  • The pans that work best for this approach are nonstick skillets with a thick and heavy bottom. 
  • This is because it will allow the heat to be distributed better. 
  • You will know the pan is heated when you see steam coming from it. 
  • Because we aren’t deep frying the dumplings, a thin layer of oil in the pan is sufficient. 
  • Ensure you arrange the dumplings in the pan in a way so that they are not touching (this will prevent them from getting stuck together). 
  • Frying your dumplings at the end is not necessary (in fact, this is the traditional way of eating them), but if you like an extra crispy dumpling, we recommend implementing this step. 
  • You can either solely crisp up the bottom or turn the dumplings so that each side gets crispy!
  • Serve your dumplings with soy sauce or any other desired sauces!

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How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Boiling? 

Boiling your dumplings is another great way to enjoy this delicious dish

This method is even faster than the previous one and will have dinner ready on the table in no time. 

The only drawback with this approach is that it won’t make your dumplings crispy. However, if you don’t mind this, the results are still equally as tasty! 

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Boiling? 

Here’s what you need to do

 Pro Tips 

  • Boil the water in a kettle first and then add it to the pot to speed up the boiling process!
  • Be careful when adding the dumplings to the boiling water (use tongs and set them in gradually and slowly).
  • Stirring the dumplings will help prevent them from sticking together. 
  • If you find your dumplings are sticking together after they are cooked, rinse them off with a bit of cold water.
  • This will help to remove excess starch. 
  • Serve your dumplings with soy sauce or any other desired sauces!
  • The amount of cooking time may vary slightly depending on how large they are.
    • Your best bet is to cut one open and check if it is cooked all the way through. 

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: In The Microwave? 

When you’re under a time crunch and need to get food in your belly ASAP, the microwave method is your best bet. 

It’s no secret that although highly efficient, microwaves don’t yield, shall we say, the yummiest of results. 

Nevertheless, if time is of the essence and steam frying simply isn’t an option, the microwave will have your dumplings ready in minutes. 

Here’s how to do it

Pro Tips

  • Make sure you test one of the dumplings for readiness before draining the water. 
  • If they aren’t done, add them back to the microwave and cook in 30-second intervals until they are heated all the way through. 

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Deep-Fried? 

If you’re one of those people who would prefer literally EVERYTHING in a deep-fried variation (I’m talking deep-fried bananas, Mars bars, pickles..), then this is definitely the method for you!

Deep-frying your dumplings will make them extra crispy and takes just a few minutes. 

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Deep-Fried? 

Pro Tips

  • If you don’t have an adequate pan, a deep-fryer would also work for this method.
  • Make sure when you place the dumplings in the pan they are arranged in a way so that they are not touching. 
  • Lowering the heat to medium will allow the dumplings to cook more evenly.
  • The amount of cooking time may vary slightly depending on how large the dumplings are. 
  • Your best bet is to cut one open and check if it is cooked all the way through. 

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How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Steaming? 

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to deep frying, steaming your dumplings is a great option. 

Like the microwave and boiling methods, this approach won’t yield the same crispy results as some of the other techniques. 

Nonetheless, it’s still super delicious and will produce a dumpling with tender skin and a juicy filling. 

Keep in mind that this method does require some extra prep work, so make sure you’ve reserved enough time in your day. 

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Steaming? 

Pro Tips 

  • If you are using a metal steamer, the water will go into the lower compartment. 
  • If you are using a bamboo steamer, add enough water to a wok so that it does not touch the base of the steamer and prop it up on the curves of the wok.
  • If your steamer doesn’t align with the wok, prop up your steamer with a wire rack. 
  • Do not set your dumplings directly on the steamer!! Dumplings have a tendency to stick and if you do this, they will likely rip open when you try and remove them. 
  • Instead, ensure you line your steamer with either parchment paper or cabbage leaves. 
  • When you arrange the dumplings in the steamer, make sure they are not touching each other. 
  • The amount of cooking time may vary slightly depending on how large the dumplings are and how many you are steaming at once. 
  • Your best bet is to cut one open and check if it is cooked all the way through. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Way To Cook Frozen Dumplings?

If you want your dumplings to be crispy, the best ways to prepare them are either steam fried or deep-fried.

For an easy and quick method, boiling is the best approach. For times when you’re really in a time crunch, the microwave is your best bet. 

Finally, for the most healthy option, go for the steaming method. 

Do You Thaw Frozen Dumplings Before Cooking?

Although thawing your dumplings first may reduce the total cooking time slightly, it is not necessary. 

With any of the above-mentioned methods, your dumplings can be cooked from frozen. 

How Can You Cook Frozen Dumplings So That They Are Crispy?

If you love a dumpling that is extra crispy on the outside, there are two methods that will work best for this. 

The first one is steam frying. This incorporates both steaming and frying and will give the outer layer of your dumplings a delicious crunch. 

Another foolproof way of achieving a dumpling with a crispy exterior is deep frying it in a pan. This method will give you the greatest crisp factor. 

What Can You Do With Frozen Dumplings?

Dumplings pair well with a variety of other dishes, including: 

  • Fried rice
  • Soup 
  • Sesame balls 
  • Steamed veggies 
  • Spring rolls 
  • Fried noodles 
  • Cabbage salad
Dumplings

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Steam Fried?

Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Dumplings are placed in a greased pan on medium-high heat until the base is browned. Water is then added to the pan and boiled. Following this, the pan is covered with a lid and the dumplings are steamed until the water is fully evaporated. If desired, the lid is then removed and the dumplings are fried to make them crispy.

Materials

  • Frozen dumplings
  • Water

Tools

  • Nonstick pan
  • Tongs

Instructions

  • Retrieve a pan and place it on the stovetop on medium-high heat
  • Once the pan is heated, add a thin layer of oil to it 
  • Begin adding the dumplings to the pan, one at a time, so that the flat side is facing the bottom 
  • Allow the bottom of the dumplings to become golden brown 
  • Add enough water into the pan so that it reaches the halfway point of the dumplings 
  • Allow the water to boil 
  • Cover the pan with a lid 
  • Keep the lid on the pan and steam the dumplings until all of the water has evaporated 
  • Remove the lid and fry each side of the dumplings to desired crispiness 
  • Remove with tongs, serve and enjoy!
How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Boiling

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Boiling?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Dumplings cook for approximately 8 minutes in boiling water on the stovetop. 

Materials

  • Frozen dumplings
  • Water

Tools

  • Pot
  • Tongs

Instructions

  • Pour water into a pot and allow it to come to a boil over high heat
  • Once the water is boiling, add in the dumplings one at a time
  • Stir the dumplings 
  • Allow the dumplings to cook for approximately 8 minutes 
  • Remove the dumplings using tongs
How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: In The Microwave

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: In The Microwave?

Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Dumplings are submerged in a water-filled microwave-safe bowl for approximately 3 minutes in the microwave.

Materials

  • Frozen dumplings
  • Water

Tools

  • Microwave

Instructions

  • Retrieve a microwave-safe bowl
  • Fill the bowl with water
  • Place the dumplings inside 
  • Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate 
  • Place the dumplings in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes 
  • Remove the dumplings from the microwave and drain them before serving
How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Deep-Fried

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Deep-Fried?

Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Dumplings are placed in hot oil in a pan and deep-fried for approximately 2-3 minutes or until the outside layer is golden brown.

Materials

  • Frozen dumplings
  • Vegetable oil

Tools

  • Deep-dish pan
  • Tongs
  • Thermometer

Instructions

  • Retrieve a deep dish pan
  • Place the pan on the stovetop on high heat 
  • Fill the pan with approximately 3 inches of vegetable oil 
  • Allow the oil to come to a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit (check with the thermometer)
  • Place the dumplings into the pan 
  • Lower the heat to medium 
  • Allow the dumplings to cook until golden brown (approximately 2-3 minutes)

Add water to your steamer Allow the water to come to a boil How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Steaming Place the dumplings on top of the lining in the steamer Place the lid on the steamer and allow the dumplings to be steamed for approximately 10 minutes or until heated fully

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings: Steaming?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Frozen dumplings are steamed over boiling water in a lined steamer for approximately 10 minutes. 

Materials

  • Frozen dumplings
  • Water

Tools

  • Metal/bamboo steamer
  • Parchment paper/cabbage leaves

Instructions

  • Add water to your steamer
  • Allow the water to come to a boil 
  • Line your steamer with either parchment paper or cabbage leaves
  • Place the dumplings on top of the lining in the steamer 
  • Place the lid on the steamer and allow the dumplings to be steamed for approximately 10 minutes or until heated fully
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