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Easy Pot Sticker Dumplings with Dipping Sauce

If you're looking for a quick, low-cost, and less processed meal on busy nights, these Easy Pot Sticker Dumplings and Dipping Sauce are perfect for you!

These Easy Pot Sticker Dumplings are Made with an Exquisite Dipping Sauce Crafted from Real-food Ingredients

Say goodbye to complicated dinners and overly processed dipping sauces, and welcome a recipe that elevates your mealtime experience. This recipe not only delivers the wholesome flavors you desire but also provides the convenience of effortless preparation.

With its undeniable appeal to children, straightforward cooking steps and the added advantage of equally delightful leftovers, this dish is perfectly suited for uncomplicated yet heartwarming family dinners.

What Are Pot Stickers?

Pot stickers are a type of dumpling that are often shaped into a pleated crescent form and filled with pork and cabbage. However, there are numerous varieties to suit your unique tastes and preferences – we’ve shared our favorites below!

These delightful dumplings can be prepared through pan-frying, resulting in a crispy outer layer and a succulent interior. Alternatively, they can be steamed or boiled for a consistently tender texture. They are commonly served with a soy-based dipping sauce.

Our Favorite Frozen Pot Sticker Dumplings

Because we’re so busy, our focus is on fast, nutritious meals. While preparing homemade meals is ideal, many of us simply don’t have the time to make pot stickers from scratch. Therefore, we turn to the convenience of bibigo’s Organic Vegetable or Organic Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers.

Our entire family enjoys these pot stickers, which offer a healthy option similar to homemade but without the time-consuming preparation. Moreover, they’re available at Costco, providing a great value for your money!

Why You Should Make Your Own Sauce Rather than Using Store Bought

When it comes to bottled sauces, many contain vegetable oils, canola oil, natural flavorings (with no clear source), refined sugars, coloring and preservatives. These highly processed ingredients not only lead to weight gain but are also associated with digestive issues, inflammation and various health concerns.

This homemade sauce is simple to toss together and uses easily recognizable, real-food ingredients that you can confidently serve to your loved ones, making it a great choice for this recipe!

How to Make Your Pot Sticker Dumplings with Dipping Sauce Kid-friendly

Our 3-year-old and 1-year-old LOVE these Pot Sticker Dumplings with Dipping Sauce. Because they’re not a fan of spicy flavors, we omit the chili pepper flakes from the sauce. Instead, we sprinkle them on our individual servings. It’s a simple way to modify a meal so that our entire family can enjoy it!

What are liquid aminos? Why use them? Is there a soy-free alternative?

You may have spotted a bottle on shelves at a health food store or seen them listed in an array of real-food recipes, but what exactly are liquid aminos?

Liquid aminos are the concentrated amino acids extracted from soybeans. Different from soy sauce, liquid aminos contain amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins in our bodies. Unlike soy sauce, they don’t contain wheat (hello, gluten-free), are made of two basic ingredients (soybeans and water), have no added salt and are far less processed than soy sauce.

When it comes to taste, liquid aminos have a slightly less salty, milder and faintly sweeter taste than soy sauce. You can use them in just about any recipe that calls for soy sauce. Just make a 1:1 substitution and you’ll be all set.

If you choose to avoid soy, use can use coconut aminos 1:1 instead.

Variations to Flavor your Pot Sticker Dumplings and Sauce

  • Green Onions / Scallions – Incorporating finely chopped green onions imparts a zesty and fresh flavor. Make sure to finely chop the green onion for easy dipping.
  • Cilantro – Finely minced cilantro imparts a vibrant, herbal essence to the sauce. A little goes a long way.
  • Red Pepper Flakes, Hot Sauce, or Chili Oil – Elevate the sauce’s flavor with a touch of heat. Personally, we like red pepper flakes for that extra kick.
  • Fresh Ginger – Grating fresh ginger infuses the sauce with a distinct and invigorating spiciness and can further elevate their flavor.
  • Sesame Seeds – Ideal for adding texture and enhancing the sauce’s visual appeal on the plate.

Simplifying the Week with Food Prep

If your week is anything like ours, HECTIC, you can absolutely get a head start:

  • Prepare the sauce ahead and store it in the refrigerator.
  • If stored properly, it should remain good for a few weeks (perfect for a rotating menu and upcoming meals!).


  • To go gluten, egg or dairy-free, opt for a pot sticker dumpling that is specifically labeled gluten-free, egg-free or dairy-free.
  • If you prefer a vegan or vegetarian twist, choose a dumpling that’s vegetable filled. The brand bibigo (sold at most grocery stores and Costco) has a delicious organic vegetable dumpling.

Helpful Tips

  • If you’re serving this to kids, eliminate the crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Don’t forget to sample the sauce and tweak it to suit your preferences. You might discover that you desire a sweeter sauce (simply add a touch of honey) or a more savory one (stir in some extra liquid aminos or sesame oil). The amount of vinegar can also be adjusted depending on the tartness of the vinegar you’re using.
  • If pan-frying, take the skillet off the heat before introducing water, swiftly covering it, and then returning the skillet to the stovetop. This precautionary step is essential for averting potential oil spatters.

Did You Make this Recipe?

If you make this Easy Pot Sticker Dumplings with Dipping Sauce recipe, we would love to hear how it turned out! Leave a comment below sharing what your friends and family thought of it. We love hearing from you and your ideas inspire us all! Don’t forget to tag @fullforlifegal on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! 🌟

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Easy Pot Sticker Dumplings with Dipping Sauce

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If you’re looking for a quick, low-cost and less-processed meal on busy nights, these Easy Pot Sticker Dumplings with Dipping Sauce are perfect for you!



Dipping Sauce


  • 1 bag frozen potstickers (we prefer bibigo™ Organic Potstickers)


For the Sauce

  1. Combine the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl or glass jar; whisk until well combined. Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
  2. Whisk thoroughly before serving. Store leftover sauce in the fridge for future meals.

Boil Method

  1. Take a large pot and fill it about two-thirds full with water. Cover the pot and set it on high heat until it reaches a boil.
  2. Carefully place 4-16 frozen pot stickers into the boiling water. Let the water come back to a boil and cook the pot stickers until they float, which usually takes between 2-4 minutes.
  3. Once they’re floating, remove the pot stickers from the pot, drain them and they’re ready to serve!

Pan Fry Method

  1. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat for around 1 minute, adjusting the amount depending on the quantity of pot stickers you’re preparing.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the frozen pot stickers to the skillet or wok, and cook them over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, or until their skins take on a light golden-brown color. Reduce the heat to medium.
  3. Quickly remove the skillet or wok from the heat and pour in 4 tablespoons of water (removing from heat prevents potential oil splatter).
  4. Place back on the heat, cover and let the pot stickers steam for approximately 5 minutes, until the water has evaporated and the potstickers begin to brown.

Steam Method

  1. Place frozen pot stickers in a steamer.
  2. Steam for 7-10 minutes or until pot stickers are hot.


  1. Arrange the pot stickers on a plate, add a drizzle of dipping sauce to your liking and garnish with toasted sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
  2. Leftovers can be enjoyed either hot or cold, depending on your preference.

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  1. Erica

    Love this dipping sauce! I didn’t have mirin/dry vermouth so I decided to leave it out. I also used minced ginger instead of ground. Absolutely delicious! The potstickers are so good and it’s such an easy and convenient meal for a busy night! Even my toddler ate some!


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