Feb 11
2013

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year

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Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings
Gently steamed dumplings with shrimp and shiitake mushrooms are a wonderful appetizer or meal to help celebrate the start of the Chinese (Lunar) New Year.

I have several regrets about the years that I lived in Vancouver, all of them revolving around food adventures that I missed out on. How is it that I skipped the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) celebrations in a city that’s home to the third largest Chinatown in North America? That’s days of noodles (for longevity), dumplings (for good fortune) and shrimp (for laughter). And, of course, the traditional dragon and lion dances, rich in colors and splendor, to ward off the evil spirits.

My kids and I made these dumplings and then proceeded to eat every single one. For me, it’s impossible to resist gently steamed pockets of shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, sesame oil and soy sauce. The flavors are simply phenomenal.

This is not an appetizer or meal that you whip up in a matter of minutes. It takes some time to fill and shape the dumplings, but much of the enjoyment comes from the ritual actions of filling, pinching and pleating. For shaping the dumplings, you can simply pinch together the seams, or you can take a little extra time to pleat the edges with your fingers.

Dunk the dumplings in a simple sauce of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chili garlic paste. Chili-garlic paste can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

There are a few choices of kitchen tools for steaming the dumplings. From top to bottom, they are:

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings

Steamer insert (double-boiler): This fits onto a medium-sized saucepan, and the boiling water sits in the bottom of the saucepan. Click here for an example.

Chinese bamboo steamer: This is the traditional way to steam dumplings. Bring the water to a boil in the bottom of a wok and set the bamboo steamer over top of the water. The beauty of this method is that you can steam a large quantity of dumplings at once, as each layer of the steamer can hold 6 to 10 dumplings. Click here for an example.

Collapsible stainless steamer insert: You likely have one of these stashed away in one of your kitchen cupboards. Bring the water to a bowl in a medium saucepan and set the steamer insert into the saucepan, over the water. Click here for an example.

The recipe:

The dumplings:

In a medium bowl, mix together the shrimp, water chestnuts , green onion, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili garlic paste until well combined.

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings

Working with one dumpling wrapper at a time (keep the others fresh under a damp towel), spoon 1 1/2 teaspoon of the shrimp mixture into the middle of the wrapper.

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings

Using your finger and some water, lightly wet the outside of the dumpling wrapper. Bring the two sides of the wrapper up to meet in the middle. Squeeze the edges together to seal. Crimp the edges if you wish.

Lay each dumpling on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornstarch. Cover with a damp towel so that the dumplings don’t dry out.

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings

Using a steaming tool of your choice (see options above), bring about 1/2 inch of water to a bowl in the bottom of the steaming vessel (i.e., in a pot of wok). Be sure that the water is not going to touch the steaming basket.

Line the steaming basket with cabbage leaves to prevent sticking. Place as many dumplings in the steaming basket without letting the dumplings touch each other, about 6 to 10.

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings

Cover the steaming basket and place it over the boiling water, and reduce the heat to medium. Steam for 8 to 9 minutes. Check the water halfway through. If it is getting too low, refill with hot water.

Place the dumplings on a serving dish and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining dumplings, and additional water.

The sauce:

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chili garlic paste.

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings Recipe for Chinese New Year by Cookin' Canuck #ChineseNewYear #shrimp #dumplings

Serve with the dumplings as a dipping sauce.

Other recipes for Chinese New Year:

Chinese New Year Recipes
allParenting’s Chinese Beef & Bok Choy Noodles (recipe by Cookin’ Canuck)
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spicy Stir-Fry Bok Choy with Ginger & Soy Sauce
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Florence Lin’s Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Cake
Steamy Kitchen’s Vegetable Spring Rolls (Egg Rolls)
Closet Cooking’s Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings for Chinese New Year
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Approximately 30 dumplings
Ingredients
The dumplings:
  • ½ lb. uncooked shrimp, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup water chestnuts, finely diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz. shiitake mushroom, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp chili garlic paste
  • Approximately 30 round dumplings wrappers
  • Napa cabbage leaves
  • Cornstarch
The sauce:
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp chili garlic paste
Instructions
The dumplings:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the shrimp, water chestnuts , green onion, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili garlic paste until well combined.
  2. Working with one dumpling wrapper at a time (keep the others fresh under a moistened towel), spoon 1½ teaspoon of the shrimp mixture into the middle of the wrapper.
  3. Using your finger and some water, lightly wet the outside of the dumpling wrapper. Bring the two sides of the wrapper up to meet in the middle. Squeeze the edges together to seal. Crimp the edges if you wish.
  4. Lay each dumpling on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornstarch.
  5. Using a steaming tool of your choice (see options above), bring about ½ inch of water to a bowl in the bottom of the steaming vessel (i.e., in a pot of wok). Be sure that the water is not going to touch the steaming basket.
  6. Line the steaming basket with cabbage leaves to prevent sticking. Place as many dumplings in the steaming basket without letting the dumplings touch each other, about 6 to 10.
  7. Cover the steaming basket and place it over the boiling water, and reduce the heat to medium. Steam for 8 to 9 minutes. Check the water halfway through. If it is getting too low, refill with hot water.
  8. Place the dumplings on a serving dish and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining dumplings, and additional water.
The sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chili garlic paste.
  2. Serve with the dumplings as a dipping sauce.
Notes
Calories 66 / Total Fat 0.7g / Saturated Fat 0.1g / Cholesterol 23.0mg / Sodium 127.4mg / Total Carbohydrates 10.3g / Fiber 0.5g / Sugar 0.4g / Protein 4.5g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 2
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 dumplings + 1 teaspoon sauce Calories: 66 cal (complete nutritional info listed below) Fat: Total 0.7g / Saturated Fat 0.1g

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1 marla February 11, 2013 at 5:30 am

Can I have these for breakfast?

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2 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 11, 2013 at 5:33 am

I could eat 50 of these. You have me craving dim sum!!

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3 Kay February 11, 2013 at 5:59 am

Oh, yes. I can have 50 of these for breakfast right now. My mom prepared Korean rice cake soup yesterday for our little celebration (Koreans celebrate the day as well). :)

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4 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

I’m a fool for dumplings! These look fabulous, Dara, I love the fillings!

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5 shelly (cookies and cups) February 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

I could definitely make a meal out of these!
Love dumplings :)

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6 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch February 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

Love, love, love these, Dara. That filling looks perfect!

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7 Heidi @foodiecrush February 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

I loooove dumplings aka pot stickers, or whatever country you want to derive these little purses of heaven from. I didn’t know they were good for fortune as in $$. I better get busy eating.

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8 Heidi @foodiecrush February 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

Also, I love the background in the photos. These might be my favorites yet. So pretty.

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9 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

I’m so glad you didn’t make a recipe with snake in it . . .
Why is it that so many delicious ethnic recipes involve steps and methods that could be seen as tedious by someone (not me) yet are, just like you said, a ritual? Besides these dumplings (and other gyoza or mandoo) I’m thinking of pierogies, empanadas, lefse, to name a few.
Lovely photos and a delicious-looking recipe. Thanks, Dara!

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10 Becky @ Olives n Wine February 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

My husband loves dim sum and I think this would be the perfect “at-home” substitute! If he’s lucky, I’ll wake up super early on Valentine’s Day and make this for his breakfast. Wonderful recipe that makes something intimidating look manageable :)

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11 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

my stomach is grumbling for these- delish!

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12 Kalyn February 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I’ve never made anything like this, but it sounds like a fun project with delicious results. My sister does make the best fried potstickers, but these sound more healthy for sure.

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13 Kim February 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Hi Dara,
Are dumpling wrappers also known as wonton wrappers?

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) February 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi Kim. Yes, look for the round wonton wrappers. You could also use the square ones, but you’d have to seal them in a different way. Gather together the four corner into the meal and seal the edges with dabs of water.

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15 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme February 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

We love Asian food but I almost never make it at home. I’m not really sure why, except that maybe it’s just not part of my culinary background and seems so different. Yet, when you break it down so simply as you’ve done here, Dara, it actually seems achievable. I’m excited to give it a try now!

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16 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I love dumplings, these look so tasty!

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17 Katie February 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

These dumplings look like heaven! I make at least 1-2 Asian inspired meals a week I think I need to add to this to the list.

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18 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Gorgeous photos! And the dumplings look amazing!

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19 Jersey Girl Cooks February 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Yum! you reminded me that I haven’t made dumplings in such a long time. I think it’s time I do.

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20 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily February 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I’ve been wanting to make Chinese dumplings for such a long time. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks so yummy!

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21 Minnie(@thelady8home) February 12, 2013 at 6:09 am

That sounds so Yummy and falvorful. Absolutely fantastic!

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22 Jenna February 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

These sound so delightful. And thanks for suggesting other steamers other than the bamboo one. I need to make these soon.

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23 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

Craving these now! And Im in Vancouver, so I better take advantage of all these food adventures :D

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24 Tracy February 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

These look amazing, Dara! I always enjoy ordering steamed dumplings when I’m out, but I’ve never made them at home. I can’t wait to give them a try!

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25 Mushrooms Canada February 13, 2013 at 7:54 am

I can certainly see how these didn’t last long!! Dumplings are always the first things I reach for- love them! Thanks for sharing this recipe, the Shiitake’s work beautifully in it!

-Shannon

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26 Michael Chan March 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Please give me the wrapper recipe to make the dumplings What is the best flour to use ( bread flour ) ?

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27 Amy March 17, 2013 at 7:16 am

I made this for friends last night, they were great.
I used square wonton wrappers so not quite as pretty!

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Hi Amy, I’m so glad you enjoyed the dumplings! My kids and I truly could not stop eating them. Thanks for letting me know!

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29 Carrie's Experimental Kitchen March 22, 2013 at 4:28 am

Good morning, I have featured your gorgeous recipe on this weeks’ Seafood Frenzy Friday. I have also linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site and will share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and G+. Thank you for allowing me to share and have a wonderful weekend. Here is the link: http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/03/seafood-frenzy-friday-week-53.html

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