Delicious homemade seafood potstickers

Maggie's Hand-Hacked Seafood Potstickers

  • Have on Hand: one pound of potsticker wrappers (yield about 30), small bowl of cold water, 12-inch non-stick pan with cover, 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • 1/3 pound each: lean ground pork or ground turkey, minced baby shrimp and/or bay scallops
  • 1 cup of Napa cabbage plus 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of Asian 100% pure sesame oil
  • Pinch of white pepper

    Filling: Chop by hand the pork, seafood, cabbage, spinach, green onion, garlic, and ginger. Place mixture into a bowl. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper.

    To assemble potstickers: Spoon 1 Tablespoon of the filling into the center each potsticker wrapper. Fold dough over to make a half-circle, moisten bottom half-circle with a small amount of water. Pleat edges firmly, forming 3-4 pleats on the top half-circle. Set each potsticker upright on a platter, so a flat base is formed.

    To cook potstickers: Heat a 12-inch nonstick fry pan with 1 tablespoon oil. Place the potstickers close to one another. Brown the potstickers, about 30 seconds. Pour in enough broth to cover potstickers half way. Cover and cook over moderate heat for five minutes, until liquid evaporates. Use a spatula to remove potstickers carefully. Turn each potsticker over, dark side up, and place on a platter to serve.


  • "Suey gow wrappers", if they are available, are thinner and you can taste more of the filling.
  • Have in little dishes, an assortment of hot chili oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix dip ingredients to suit individual taste.
  • Use a non-stick fry pan instead of a cast iron pan because the non-stick fry pan requires less oil, and the potstickers slip out of the fry pan easily.

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