How to steam dumplings without a steamer is something you could have been Googling, but I’m glad you landed here instead. Making dumplings might not be the easiest thing to do. There’s a lot of folding, pinching, and crimping involved. In addition, if you’re like me, then cooking isn’t your strongest skill either. That said, there are some who can make really good dumplings that people would just rave about. So how do they do it? How do they manage to make excellent dumplings that look almost perfect? Sure some may say that they are born with the gift, but I disagree (and if they are they’re probably lying since a lot of these top chefs didn’t really start cooking until later in their life).
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Ways to Steam dumplings without a steamer
1. Create your own makeshift steamer
You can create a makeshift steamer with just two common kitchen supplies: an aluminum pan and a stack of plates.
- Place a plate on the bottom of the pan. The plate should be large enough to hold the dumpling wrappers in one layer without overlapping them.
- Pour just enough water into the pan so that it is about 1/2 inch deep—the water level should be high enough to cover the dumpling wrappers while they’re cooking, but not so high that it touches the top plate when you place it on top of everything else (or else you’ll end up with soggy dumplings!).
- Place another plate on top of everything else in your makeshift steamer; this will act like a lid to keep steam from escaping during cooking time.
- Set aside for 10 minutes or until water begins boiling; then put your dumplings on top of the second plate (they should be resting on top of one another) and cover again with its original cover
2. Steam over simmering water in a skillet or pot
Before you begin, make sure you have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go—you don’t want to get too far into the process before realizing that you’re missing an ingredient or two.
- Add 1 inch of water to a large pot or wok.
- Place the pot over medium-high heat until it begins to boil.
- Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat so that it continues to simmer gently with small bubbles breaking on the surface.
- Put the dumpling wrappers in a bowl and cover them with warm water so they are soft enough to roll out easily but not too soft (they should still be able to hold their shape).
- Let them sit for 5 minutes while preparing your filling and other ingredients.
- While waiting for the wrappers, prepare your filling by combining ground pork with chopped carrots, mushrooms, shrimp or crab meat; green onions; garlic powder; salt; pepper; soy sauce; sesame oil; cornstarch (if desired); water (in case needed
3. Cook over high heat on the stovetop
- Pour water into a large pot until it’s about one inch deep (you can also use a wok).
- Place the pot over high heat and bring it to a boil.
- Add some oil to the water so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot—this will help keep your dumplings from sticking as well!
- Once your water has reached a boil, add your dumplings (or other food) by dropping them in one at a time with tongs or chopsticks so they don’t stick together while they’re cooking; cover immediately with a lid, so they don’t boil over during this process!
- Let cook for approximately 10 Minutes
4. Bake in the oven
You can steam dumplings in the oven!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the dumplings on the baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown (you may want to turn them over halfway through).
- Serve immediately!
That’s it. It’s as simple as that. If any of you have had to try and cook dumplings without a steamer, you should feel much better knowing that all you need to do is use your wok or saucepan. Dumplings are a great food for parties because they are so easy to make—try out these new tricks today and impress all of your friends with your culinary prowess.