Perfect Timing: How Long Should You Steam Dumplings?

Steamed dumplings are a delightful, savory treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Whether you are hosting a party or just want a tasty snack, these dumplings are a fantastic choice.

In this blog post, we will go through the process of making steamed dumplings from scratch, along with the essential tips to ensure a perfect batch every time. We will also discuss how long to steam dumplings in a bamboo steamer, ensuring that you achieve the ideal texture and flavor.

Ingredients for the Steamed Dumplings

Our recipe takes inspiration from kimchi mandu, which are Korean dumplings traditionally filled with kimchi, ground pork, tofu, and vegetables. However, our version is entirely vegetarian, using tempeh and shiitake mushrooms as the main ingredients. Here is what you will need:

  • Tempeh and shiitake mushrooms (for a hearty, nutty texture)
  • Tamari (to bring out the mushrooms' savory, umami flavor)
  • Scallions and ginger (to add fresh flavor)
  • Sesame oil (for toasty, nutty depth)
  • Sriracha (for extra heat)
  • Dumpling wrappers (store-bought make this recipe super simple)

Making the Dumpling Filling

Start by steaming the tempeh, then crumble it using your hands. Sauté the crumbled tempeh with the mushrooms and tamari in a pan. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer it to a large bowl. Add the remaining filling ingredients and mix well.

Assembling the Dumplings

  1. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of filling into the center of a dumpling wrapper.
  2. Dab the edges of the wrapper with cold water.
  3. Fold the wrapper in half over the filling, forming a half-moon shape. Press the edges together.
  4. Create 3–4 pleats in the sealed edge of the dumpling wrapper, dabbing them with cold water to keep them in place.
  5. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers.

Steaming the Dumplings

Now it's time to cook the dumplings! Place them in a bamboo steamer, ensuring they don't touch, and steam over an inch of simmering water for 10 minutes. Steam additional batches as necessary.

It's important to note that the bamboo steamer provides a unique and authentic flavor to the dumplings, making it the best choice for steaming.

How Long To Steam Dumplings In Bamboo Steamer

Steamed Dumpling Tips

  1. Eat them immediately: The dumpling wrappers will firm up as they cool, so it's best to enjoy them straight from the steamer while they're still tender and hot.
  2. Use square dumpling wrappers: If you have square wrappers, you can use them too! Just fold them diagonally into a triangle shape after adding the filling.
  3. Dipping sauce: While these dumplings are flavorful on their own, a dipping sauce of tamari or chili oil adds an extra layer of deliciousness.


Making steamed dumplings may seem intimidating, but with a little practice, you can easily master the process. Using store-bought dumpling wrappers simplifies the task, allowing you to focus on creating a delicious filling and perfecting your folding technique.

Remember to steam the dumplings in a bamboo steamer for 10 minutes to achieve the best texture and flavor. Enjoy your homemade steamed dumplings with a dipping sauce, and watch as they become an instant hit with family and friends.

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