Shrimp and Pork Dumplings

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Author Notes: My 7-yr old son's favorite lunch is always the same--the dumplings (shu mai) I make for him. I made these dumplings for him because all the frozen ones from the Asian market contained MSG. Now these tiny treasures have become my son's currency at school. He doubles his shu mai ‘order’ each morning. He says when he sits down to lunch, a group of his friends crowd around him, offering their cookies, treats and drinks for a ‘pot sticker’. Often, he'll just give them away to anyone with enough enthusiasm to ask. They take a little time to make, but you can make a lot at once and freeze them in little baggies of four. Take them out and microwave with a wet paper towel over them for 2 minutes and instant lunch.

You can add diced lotus root, edamame or water chestnuts for crunch--my son (and his friends) insist on 'meat only' dumplings. - edamame2003

Food52 Review: Edamame2003's homemade shrimp and pork dumplings embrace all the flavors we've come to enjoy in a dumpling. I loved the ease of mixing all the spices in the blender and combining with the shrimp and pork to create a filling packed with zing. These dumplings have a pronounced ginger flavor and a lot of black pepper -- I’d recommend using half the amount of black pepper called for. Simply served with soy sauce they are yum! - jvcooksjvcooks

Makes approximately 50 dumplings

  • 1 pound large shrimp. Cleaned, shelled, deveined and chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (if there are roots, even better)
  • 1/8 cup shallot
  • 1/8 cup ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 egg whites, whipped
  • 1/8 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 50 round shu mai wrappers
  1. In a blender, mix together cilantro, shallots, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy and black pepper until an even and smooth consistency.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whip 2 egg whites, add tapioca flour and lemon. (I use my stand mixer)
  3. Add blended spices, pork and chopped shrimp and mix together.
  4. To wrap the dumplings, place about 2 teaspoons of filling in the middle of a wrapper. Set the dumpling bottom on a flat surface and pinch the sides together until it is standing.
  5. Fill the bottom pot portion of a steamer with water. Use parchment paper to line the steamer tray (and poke holes in the paper). Place the dumplings in the steamer tray.
  6. Bring the water to a boil and cover the steamer with the dumplings and steam for 45 minutes.
  7. Enjoy with soy sauce, hoi sin, and/or sambal oelek chili.

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over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

We made these to serve with a gingery clear soup the other day for lunch. I've got to tell you, the texture and flavor combination stayed with me for the rest of the entire day. I feel like I could eat them every day.


over 4 years ago kmartinelli

These look delicious! They don't get soggy steaming for 45 minutes?


over 4 years ago edamame2003

hi-thanks! not soggy--because the filling of pork and shrimp is so dense (without veggies) I cook them a bit longer to make sure its cooked all the way through. my mom gave me these little demi cups the dumplings sit in and they keep their shape. I think you can also use a mini muffin pan too. just brush with oil so the dumplings slide out easily.


over 4 years ago kmartinelli

Oh, great idea! Can't wait to try them. Thanks!


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Your son is so lucky! What did you use for the decorations on these?


almost 5 years ago edamame2003

monkeymom--thank you for posting the har gow recipe! i've been wanting to figure out how to make them. the decorations were courtesy of my mom, who taught me how to make to make shu mai. its just thinly sliced red bell pepper and carrot.


almost 5 years ago TiggyBee

Love this recipe!!


almost 5 years ago edamame2003

thanks tiggybee--love yours too. lunch tomorrow!


almost 5 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

these are the most cute dumplings ever!! my daughter is looking forward to having them for lunch!!


almost 5 years ago edamame2003

did you make them? thats so exciting--i hope she like them.


almost 5 years ago halfasiangirl

These look delectable, and I love the story too. This takes me back to my elementary school days -- my mom occasionally packed me dumplings or spring or summer rolls for lunch, but I got teased for it!


almost 5 years ago edamame2003

halfasiangirl--i was totally teased too! but I'm so glad that my half asian son is proud of his different food choices.


almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Wow, these sound delicious!! Saving the recipe.


almost 5 years ago edamame2003

thanks mrslarkin. they take a few hours to make, but worth it :)


almost 5 years ago healthierkitchen

Yum. I bet my daughter would love these, too. She doesn't have a microwave at school, though, how do you think they'd be without heating up? Love the story about your son!


almost 5 years ago edamame2003

thanks for the comment healthierkitchen. I heat they up in the morning and throw them in my son's thermos and they keep until lunchtime.