Shrimp Dumplings

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 50 dumplings
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12 medium shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined

1/4 pound ground pork

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 pinch chile flakes

Zest of 1 lime

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon crushed pepper

1 package round wonton wrappers

Vegetable oil

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh chives, for garnish

Peanut Sauce, for dipping, recipe follows

Spicy Orange Sauce, for dipping, recipe follows

Peanut Sauce:

1/2 cup veal stock

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Salt and pepper

Spicy Orange Sauce:

1/4 cup mirin

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1/2 teaspoon chile flakes

1/2 teaspoon Sriracha

Zest of 1 orange

Juice of 2 oranges

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon honey

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon cornstarch diluted in a little water


  1. Chuck Hughes' shrimp dumplings are packed with flavor - perfect as a starter or even a main course.
  2. In a food processor, mix the shrimp, ground pork, garlic, cilantro, coriander seeds, oils, chile, lime zest, salt and pepper. Process until a smooth paste forms, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the shrimp mixture onto the middle of 1 wonton wrapper. Brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Bring up the bottom side of the wrapper, fold over and press into a half-moon shape, encasing all of the filling. Place on baking a sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and repeat with the rest of the shrimp mixture and wrappers. Make sure that the dumplings do not touch each other on the baking sheet. 
  4. Using a bamboo steamer (or a covered pot with a steamer insert/basket), steam the dumplings for about 10 minutes. Keep warm. 
  5. Right before plating, heat a little vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat and fry the dumplings on both sides until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Garnish with the chives and serve with the peanut and spicy orange sauces.

Peanut Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix all the ingredients. Stir and cook until reduced to a creamy sauce, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Spicy Orange Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Let simmer until it thickens, about 1 minute. Set aside.

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