How Long to Cook Dumplings
Cultures all over the world have their own take on dumplings, and when someone asks how long it takes to cook dumplings, the answer can be dramatically different depending on what kind of dumplings they're talking about.
How Long to Cook Drop Dumplings
When you're cooking drop dumplings, often as part of a classic chicken and dumplings recipe, they'll generally take around 15 minutes to cook. The dumplings should be cooked on the stovetop by dropping them into the boiling liquid, typically soup or stew, and pushing them down gently so they're submerged. The dumplings should be boiled for about 15 minutes and will sometimes float to the top when they're cooked through, but that's not always the most reliable way to know that they're done. The best way to tell if your dumplings are cooked is to take a toothpick and poke a dumpling; the toothpick should come out clean.
How Long to Cook Southern Rolled Dumplings
Southern-style rolled dumplings should be cooked for about 10 minutes in a pot of boiling chicken broth or other liquid, depending on your recipe.
How Long to Steam Chinese Dumplings
Chinese dumplings should be steamed for 8 to 10 minutes. Steamed dumplings are the healthiest option and allow for a firm but still slightly chewy exterior.
How Long to Boil Chinese Dumplings
If you choose to boil your dumplings, they'll take 6 to 8 minutes and should be stirred regularly while in the water to keep them from sticking. Boiling dumplings allows you to cook a big batch of dumplings in a short amount of time.
How Long to Pan-Fry Chinese Dumplings
To make pan-fried dumplings, or potstickers, start by steaming the dumplings in a pan containing a half-cup of water for 7 minutes or until all of the water cooks off. Then, uncover the pan and cook the dumplings until they're completely dry and the bottoms are crispy.
How Long to Cook Japanese Gyoza
Gyoza-style dumplings take 6 to 8 minutes total, split between two cooking methods. First, fry them in a hot pan with a little bit of oil for 3 to 5 minutes, until they're browned and crispy; then, add a quarter-cup of water to the pan, cover it, and let the gyoza steam for about 3 minutes or until the water evaporates.