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How to Pan-Sear Frozen Dumplings

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Chinese dumplings, pan-seared chicken dumplings
Pan-Seared Dumplings

Do you know frozen dumplings can taste as good as freshly made ones? Let's pan-sear them today.

This cooking method works for both homemade frozen dumping or store-bought ones.

I usually make my dumplings, but I've tried a few different store-bought ones. Before we go to the cooking instructions, here are some excellent dumpling brands you may want to try.

Wei-Chuan frozen food company makes many different dumpling flavors. Search online or go to your local Chinese market to find your favorite ones.

You can tell the shapes of the dumplings on the left have a flat bottom and are recommended for pan-searing. The ones on the right are rounder and perfect for boiling. However, if you can let the rounder dumplings sit on the bottom or lay them down on one side in the pan, you can pan-sear too.

I made a video about these two different shapes. Click the screenshot below to watch.

Dumpling making video

Synear is one of the biggest names growing up. I ate so much of their dumplings when I was in school in China. I'm glad that they are finally in the US now.

Dumpling restaurants also sell frozen dumplings. My friend got these delicious chicken and mushroom dumplings from Manhattan Chinatown. They taste like homemade dumplings. If you live in NYC, go check it out.


18 Eldridge St

New York, NY 10002

Korean Mandu and Japanese gyoza are good options too. Their wrappers might be thinner, and some are pre-cooked and then frozen. Check the cooking instructions on the back of the package, then refer to my instructions below.



  • 8 to 12 frozen dumplings. Do not thaw them before cooking

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (corn, peanut, canola, soybean)

  • Water


1. Heat oil over medium-high heat.

Heat oil in a pan.

2. Test the temperature with one dumpling. Not hot enough if the oil’s not sizzling. Once all the dumplings are in the pan, check the bottom of the dumplings and rotate your pan every 30 seconds or so to sear evenly.

Add dumplings to the pan.

3. When all the dumplings are golden, add water to cover 1/4 of the dumplings.

When dumplings are golden add water.

4. Cover and steam for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size and filling. Add more water if needed.

Cover and steam.

5. Uncover part of the pan and reduce the water.

6. When the bottoms are crispy again, they are done. Serve hot.

Here is the link to the video

Instagram video

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