Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

  • prep time50 min
  • total time 62 min
  • serves 35 - 40

Alton's steamed dumplings are filled with tofy, grated carrots, Napa cabbage, red pepper, fresh ginger, cilantro and scallions.

108 Ratings
Directions for: Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings


½ lb(s) firm tofu

½ cup coarsely grated carrots

½ cup shredded Napa cabbage

2 Tbsp finely chopped red pepper

2 Tbsp finely chopped scallions

2 tsp finely minced fresh ginger

1 Tbsp chopped cilantro leaves

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp hoisin sauce

2 tsp sesame oil

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Bowl of water, plus additional water for steamer

35 - 40 wonton wrappers

Non-stick vegetable spray, for the steamer


1. Preheat the oven to 200ºF.

2. Cut the tofu in half horizontally and lay between layers of paper towels. Place on a plate, top with another plate, and place a weight on top (a 14-ounce can of vegetables works well). Let stand 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, cut the tofu into 1/4-inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the carrots, cabbage, red pepper, scallions, ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, egg, salt, and pepper. Lightly stir to combine.

3. To form the dumplings, remove 1 wonton wrapper from the package, covering the others with a damp cloth. Brush the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Place 1/2 rounded teaspoon of the tofu mixture in the center of the wrapper. Shape as desired. Set on a sheet pan and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat procedure until all of the filling is gone.

4. Using a steaming apparatus of your choice, bring 1/4 to 1/2-inch of water to a simmer over medium heat. Spray the steamer's surface lightly with the non-stick vegetable spray to prevent sticking. Place as many dumplings as will fit into a steamer, without touching each other. Cover and steam for 10 to 12 minutes over medium heat. Remove the dumplings from the steamer to a heatproof platter and place in oven to keep warm. Repeat until all dumplings are cooked.

Source and Credits

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2004

See more: Vegetables, Appetizer, Asian, Chinese, Chinese New Year, Eggs/Dairy, Main, Vegetarian, Tofu/Soy

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