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Steamed Shrimp & Mushroom Dumplings for Chinese New Year

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.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizers, Entrees
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Seafood Recipes
Servings: 30 Dumplings (Approximately)
Calories: 36kcal

Ingredients

The Dumplings:

  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts finely diced
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces shiitake mushroom stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic paste
  • approximately 30 round dumplings wrappers
  • Napa cabbage leaves
  • cornstarch

The Sauce:

Instructions

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with the dumplings as a dipping sauce.

Notes

WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 2

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg