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Vegan Dumpling Delights


Vegan dumplings, a delightful twist on the traditional dish, offer a delicious and cruelty-free option for dumpling enthusiasts around the world.

Traditionally made with meat fillings, dumplings have undergone a transformation, embracing a wide array of plant-based ingredients to create equally satisfying and flavorful alternatives.


From tender wrappers filled with vibrant vegetables to innovative fusion combinations, vegan dumplings showcase the versatility and creativity of plant-based cooking.


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History of Vegan Dumplings

Dumplings, in their simplest form, are pieces of dough filled with various ingredients and cooked by boiling, steaming, frying, or baking. Found in cuisines across the globe, from Asian to European, each culture has put its unique spin on these beloved parcels.

While meat-filled dumplings have dominated historical recipes, the rise of veganism and plant-based diets has paved the way for innovative vegan dumpling creations.


Vegan Cultural Dumplings

Asian cuisine offers a diverse array of vegan dumplings, each with its unique flavors and ingredients. Here are some examples:

Chinese Vegan Dumplings (Jiaozi)

  • Chinese vegan dumplings can be filled with a variety of vegetables, such as cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, and tofu.
  • The filling is seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sometimes sesame oil for added flavor.
  • Jiaozi are typically wrapped in thin dough made from wheat flour and water, then either steamed, boiled, or pan-fried.

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Japanese Vegan Dumplings (Yasai Gyoza)

  • Yasai Gyoza are Japanese-style vegan dumplings filled with vegetables like cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, and onions.
  • The filling is seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, giving the dumplings a savory and aromatic flavor.
  • Yasai Gyoza are usually pan-fried until crispy on the bottom and served with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, and chili oil.

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Korean Vegan Dumplings (Vegan Mandu)

  • Vegan Mandu are Korean dumplings filled with a mixture of tofu, glass noodles, and vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, onions, and mushrooms.
  • The filling is seasoned with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil for a flavorful taste.
  • Vegan Mandu can be prepared by steaming, boiling, pan-frying, or deep-frying, and served with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, and chili flakes.

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Thai Vegan Dumplings (Kanom Jeeb)

  • Kanom Jeeb are Thai-style vegan dumplings filled with a mixture of tofu, water, chestnuts, mushrooms, and vegetables like carrots and cilantro.
  • The filling is seasoned with Thai spices like lemongrass, chili, and lime juice for a zesty and refreshing flavor.
  • Kanom Jeeb are typically steamed and served with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and chili.

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Filipino Vegan Dumplings (Lumpiang Sariwa)

  • Lumpiang Sariwa are Filipino vegan dumplings with a mixture of stir-fried vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, green beans, and tofu.
  • The filling is seasoned with garlic, onions, soy sauce, and sometimes a sweet-savory sauce made from vegetable broth and cornstarch.
  • Lumpiang Sariwa are wrapped in thin crepes made from flour, water, and sometimes coconut milk, then served fresh with a peanut or garlic dipping sauce.

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Why Choose Vegan Dumplings?

Environmental and Ethical Reasons

Choosing vegan dumplings not only aligns with environmental sustainability but also reflects ethical considerations. By opting for plant-based alternatives, individuals play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions[1] and alleviating the strain on natural resources associated with animal agriculture. Furthermore, opting for vegan dumplings advocates for animal welfare, providing a compassionate and cruelty-free dining option.


Health Benefits

Vegan dumplings offer numerous health benefits compared to their meat-filled counterparts. Plant-based ingredients are naturally lower[2] in saturated fats and cholesterol, promoting heart health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, the nutrient-rich nature of vegan dumplings, packed with colorful vegetables and plant-based proteins, supports overall well-being and vitality.



One of the most enticing aspects of vegan dumplings is their versatility. From traditional fillings like tofu, mushrooms, and cabbage to innovative fusion combinations featuring exotic spices and herbs, vegan dumplings cater to diverse dietary preferences and restrictions.

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or simply exploring new flavors, there's a vegan dumpling variation to tantalize your taste buds.


Essential Ingredients for Vegan Dumplings

Crafting delicious vegan dumplings hinges on having the right ingredients, crucial for achieving optimal flavor, texture, and satisfaction. Here's a breakdown of the key components you'll need:


1. Dumpling Wrappers:

Homemade Wrappers: Making dumpling wrappers from scratch allows for complete control over the ingredients and thickness of the wrapper. Homemade wrappers are typically made from a simple mixture of flour and water, though some recipes may include additional ingredients such as salt or oil. Rolling out the dough and cutting it into circles or squares creates the perfect canvas for filling and folding.


Store-Bought Wrappers: For convenience, many home cooks opt for store-bought dumpling wrappers, which can be found in the refrigerated or frozen section of most grocery stores. These pre-made wrappers come in various shapes and sizes and are made from ingredients such as wheat flour, water, and sometimes oil. While store-bought wrappers save time and effort, they may lack the freshness and customization of homemade wrappers.


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2. Filling Ingredients:

Tofu: Firm tofu serves as an excellent protein-rich base for your filling. Crumble or finely dice tofu for a meaty texture.

Mushrooms: Choose flavorful varieties like shiitake, cremini, or portobello to add depth and umami to your filling.

Cabbage: Finely shredded cabbage adds crispness and sweetness to your dumpling filling.

Carrots: Grated or finely chopped carrots provide color and a hint of natural sweetness.

Seasonings: Enhance the flavor of your filling with ingredients like soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and green onions. Customize the seasoning blend to suit your taste preferences.


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3. Optional Add-ins:

Chives: Fresh chives impart a mild onion flavor and add a pop of color to your filling.

Leeks: Sautéed leeks contribute a subtle sweetness and delicate aroma to your dumplings.

Water Chestnuts: Diced water chestnuts offer a crunchy texture and refreshing flavor in contrast to the filling.


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Experiment with different combinations of these key ingredients to create your signature vegan dumpling recipe. Whether you prefer a classic vegetable filling or crave a bold fusion of flavors, the possibilities are endless when it comes to crafting delicious plant-based dumplings.


Step-by-Step Recipe: Vegan Dumplings

1. Preparation:

  • Gather your ingredients and equipment.

  • Prepare the filling by chopping and sautéing vegetables to perfection.

  • Mix your seasonings and sauces for an added burst of flavor.

2. Wrapping the Dumplings:

  • Learn the art of filling and folding dumplings, experimenting with different techniques like pleating, half-moon, or triangle folds.

  • Use expert tips to ensure your dumplings are sealed properly, preventing any filling mishaps during cooking.


3. Cooking Methods:

  • Experiment with various cooking methods such as:

    • Steaming

    • Boiling

    • Pan-frying

    • Baking

  • Each method offers unique benefits and flavor nuances to your vegan dumplings, allowing you to tailor the cooking process to achieve your desired texture and flavor profile.

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4. Dipping Sauces:

  • Enhance the flavors of your vegan dumplings with simple yet flavorful dipping sauce recipes.

  • Explore a variety of options, including:

    • Soy-sesame dipping sauce

    • Zesty chili-garlic sauce

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  • Each sauce offers a unique flavor profile to complement different types of dumplings.

  • Feel free to experiment with ingredients to customize the sauces according to your personal taste preferences.

Tips for Delicious Vegan Dumplings

  • Fresh and Flavorful Fillings: Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for your filling to ensure vibrant flavors.
  • Balanced Seasonings: Experiment with a combination of seasonings such as soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes to achieve a balanced flavor profile.
  • Proper Wrapping Technique: Ensure proper sealing of the dumplings to prevent filling leakage by moistening the edges of the wrapper with water and pressing firmly.
  • Texture Matters: Aim for a well-balanced texture in your filling by incorporating a mix of finely chopped, minced, and grated ingredients.
  • Explore Different Wrappers: Experiment with various types of dumpling wrappers, including store-brought wheat-based wrappers, homemade dough, or rice paper, for gluten-free options.
  • Cooking Methods: Consider combining cooking methods for optimal results, such as pan-frying dumplings before steaming them to achieve a crispy bottom and tender top.
  • Dipping Sauces: Elevate the flavor of your dumplings with delicious dipping sauces like soy sauce, sesame, chili-garlic, or peanut sauce.
  • Presentation: Garnish with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, or chili flakes for an added visual appeal.
  • Share and Enjoy: Dumplings are best enjoyed with friends and family. Share your delicious creations and savor the joy of good food and company.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to creating delicious vegan dumplings that are sure to impress your taste buds and those of your loved ones.

Happy dumpling-making!


Looking for more amazing plant-based Asian recipes? Here are a few Assuaged favorites to try!


  1. Asian Kale Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

  2. Vegan Tempeh Khao Soi Soup

  3. Vietnamese Lemongrass Pho Noodle Recipe

  4. Instant Pot Jasmine Pot

  5. Vegetarian Spring Rolls

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Here is our recipe for Vegan Dumplings:

Vegan Dumplings

Vegan Dumplings

Yield: 2 servings
prep time: 20-30 M cook time: 13-15 M total time: 45 M


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 block extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped


How to craft steamed vegan dumpling

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add the warm water while mixing until a dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes until smooth.
  3. Cover with a damp towel and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl, crumble the tofu using a fork.
  5. Add the chopped mushrooms, shredded cabbage, grated carrots, minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, green onion, salt and pepper.
  6. Divide the rested dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a thin circle, about 3-4 inches in diameter.
  7. Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of each wrapper. Moisten the edges with water and fold the wrapper in half, pressing to seal the edges.
  8. Arrange the dumplings in a steamer basket lined with parchment paper. Steam for 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and grated ginger until well combined.
  10. Transfer the steamed dumplings to a serving platter and serve hot with the dipping sauce on the side.
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