I love these gluten free potstickers! When my husband and I were dating many decades ago we used to frequent a restaurant, “Yet Wah”. It holds some very special memories for us. To recreate a bit of the past I decided to create a gluten free potstickers recipe.
We tried the frozen potstickers from Costco, back when I was not cooking gluten-free, but they are loaded with niacin and sodium. This recipe uses low-sodium, gluten-free ingredients.
Some gluten free potstickers are steamed; some are fried; but these are fried and then steamed. I made these for a support group that met at Whole Foods and they absolutely loved them!
NOTE: I used to make this recipe without the egg, and though without the egg, the dough is thinner, it is a bit less starchy. I suggest thinning out the ends once rolled and sealed, as a double thickness is a bit much. I just pinch it together, and remove some of the dough.
Traditional gluten free potstickers with dipping sauce that remind me of my favorite Chinese restaurant long ago.
For the Filling
- 4-1/2 cups chopped napa cabbage
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 package Farmer John 4% fat extra lean ground pork (1.2 lbs.)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 3-1/2 Tablespoons organic gluten-free reduced-socium tamari sauce (or GF soy sauce)
- 5-1/2 Tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 large eggs, beaten
For the Dough
- 2 cups tapioca flour
- 1 cup corn starch (or potato starch)
- 1/2 cup potato starch (or cornstarch)
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder (Rumford’s Gluten Free Baking Powder contains 110 mg sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. Use less if needed.)
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- Extra cornstarch and rice flour (explained below)
- Approximately 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cup water
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 cup low-sodium gluten free chicken broth (or salted homemade stock)
- Extra virgin olive oil (or sesame seed oil)
For the Dipping Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar (or black rice vinegar)
- 1 Tablespoon gluten-free low-sodium tamari/soy sauce
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot chili oil, to taste
To Make the Filling
- Pulsate cabbage in food processor, or chop finely by hand.
- Add cabbage to a large bowl; add salt to cabbage and toss thoroughly; allow to sit while peeling and chopping garlic.
- Squeeze excess water out of the cabbage by pushing it through a fine mesh strainer. You'll end up with about a cup of cabbage. (That is how much water will be removed.)
- Add cabbage back to the bowl and add remaining filling ingredients; mix thoroughly.
- Allow to sit for while mixing the dough.
To make the Dough
- In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
- Whisk 1 1/4 cups water with 2 tablespoons oil to form a stretchy type of dough, the consistency of raw biscuit dough. I use a pastry cutter to cut the dough and liquids together. Add additional water to create the correct consistency.
- Dust with a little cornstarch to get it dry enough to handle without sticking to your hands. If the dough is too dry you can always add a little water.
- Sprinkle a smooth surface generously with rice flour. Flour your hands and rolling pin, too. Turn the dough adding additional flour to surface, as needed. Roll out thin, but not as thin as possible, as this will cause the dough to stick to the surface and tear while filling.
- Roll enough dough out so that you will be able to cut out about 3 or 4 1/2” circles.
- To each circle add about 1 measuring teaspoon of filling and close to a half circle.
- Pinch and pleat each potsticker closed. If you wish to get fancy, pleat the edges of the dough by overlapping a piece at a time.
- Preheat a little oil in a frying pan or skillet; add as many postickers as possible to the pan, allowing space to turn over each one, if desired; and cook until golden brown on each side (about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes on each side, or longer if cooking only on one side).
- Add about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of chicken stock and cover immediately and allow to steam for about 3 minutes. Repeat above until all dough and/or filling is used.
To Make the Dipping Sauce
- Mix all the ingredients together and serve aside potstickers in a tiny prep bowl.
To roll them very thin, use plenty of starch for dusting (potato or cornstarch) and flip them over and dust frequently.
If you tear one of the potsticker either pinch the tear closed or add a little more dough to a hole; pinch; and smear a little rice flour topped with a little water.
Ensure you use Napa Cabbage, as it is sweeter and has a milder flavor than green cabbage. Napa cabbage looks like bok choy. It is oval shaped.
Please note, these are not low in sodium, but lower in sodium compared to other recipes.
Freeze unused poststickers in a ziplock bag and freeze until ready to use.
Defrost and prepare as above when needed. Many homemade gluten-free foods do not freeze well, but these certainly do! Just ensure you freeze them in layer, rather than throwing them all at once in a freezer bag, or they may stick together. I usually use quart size bags and add one layer to each bag.
Keep them flat in the freezer until thoroughly frozen.
I find that cutting 3" circles out is best and then rolling them out a little thinner; not too thin or they will tear easily.
If your dough dries a bit, when you go to pinch them closed they will not adhere. Just brush a bit of water on half the circle edge and it will close properly.
The dough tends to stick once rolled. Just lift each circle off the rolling surface with a thin, sharp, long knife or pastry scraper.
My next experiment with this recipe will be using egg instead of xanthan gum.
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