Delicious dumplings are simply boiled and tossed in a savory sauce made from soy sauce, chili oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and garlic. These Sichuan / Szechuan Dumplings are easy to make and packed with flavor from the juicy dumplings to the bright and spicy sauce. Enjoy!
Why This Recipe Works
We are back today with another great dumpling (and wonton) recipe! We eat dumplings multiple times a week at home...a mix of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With the endless variations available in dumpling fillings and sauces, I don't think we could ever get tired of dumplings.
Sichuan / Szechuan Dumplings are easy to make and super delicious. The boiled dumplings are so comforting with silky skins and a sweet juicy filing. The spicy sauce is a great balance of savory from the soy sauce, spicy from the chili oil, and with a tang from the rice vinegar. And of course, sesame oil to round it all out.
Start with the dumplings (which you can make or purchase frozen).
Assemble the sauce by mixing together a few key pantry ingredients in a bowl. Then boil the dumplings and then top it with the sauce!
Finish with a scatter of chopped green onions and sesame seeds - both ingredients contribute flavor and texture. Low effort and plenty of reward.
A bowl of steaming hot dumplings tossed in this sauce makes for a glorious meal with a hint of heat. Savory and nourishing! There's nothing quite like a bowl of freshly prepared dumplings in sauce.
More Dumpling / Wonton Recipes
We LOVE dumplings and wontons in this house. These are a few of our favorite recipes:
Pork Wontons - Our go-to for a classic pork wonton filling. Extremely versatile. This filling recipe can be used for both wontons and dumplings. Pair it with any of our sauce recipes.
Spicy Wontons - This is similar to what we're making today, but slightly sweeter and with more spices. Try both recipes to compare. The spicy wontons recipe is a little more involved because you have to cook the sauce to thick and infuse with the spices, but it is well worth the extra 10 minutes.
Dumpling Dipping Sauce - A classic dumpling dipping sauce that can be used for both dumplings and wontons. Learn this recipe and you are set for life!
Sesame Sauce - This recipe features our Pork Wontons topped with a super delicious sesame sauce. It has a similar base to our Dumpling Dipping Sauce, but with the addition of sesame paste. It silky and luxurious and one of my favorite sauces in the world.
I make a big batch of dumplings and/or wontons every few weeks and store them in the freezer. They come in handy for last minute meals, late night snacks, quick weekday lunches, etc. You name it! Dumplings always save the day.
These are the ingredients you'll need:
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Chili oil (or chili crisp)
- Sesame oil
- Green onion
- Sesame seeds
- Dumplings or wontons - Make your own (here's our favorite dumpling / wonton recipe) or purchase frozen ones
Step by Step Directions
Ready to get cooking? ^_^
Make the sauce.
First make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, and minced garlic.
Pro Tip: Prepare the sauce following the recipe exactly if this is your first time making it. Then the second time around, start tailoring the sauce to your personal tastes. Want it more spicy? Increase the amount of chili oil. Like it really garlicky? Add more garlic! This sauce recipe is flexible and can be easily adapted to your personal preference.
Cook the dumplings or wontons.
Next, cook the wontons. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the wontons.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes for fresh wontons and 5-6 minutes for frozen wontons.
Use a strainer to remove the wontons and divide them into two bowls (10 wontons per bowl).
Note: I estimate about 10 wontons per person. You can do more or less depending on how hungry you are. With 10 wontons each, I like to serve a side vegetable dish to make it a complete meal.
Top, mix, and eat.
Top the wontons with 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce. Gently mix with a spoon.
Top with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Eat and enjoy!
FAQs and Tips
This dish is best fresh! Just make however much you need for that meal. If needed, it will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Can reheat in the microwave, but it won't be nearly as tasty.
You can prepare the sauce in advance. You can also make/buy the dumplings and wontons in advance (just don't boil them in advance). When you are ready to eat, just boil the dumplings and top it with the sauce.
Store the sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will keep for 1 week.
Dumplings and wontons are the ultimate meal prep dish. I made 100-200 dumplings every few weeks and store them in the freezer. I store them in small bags of 10 (1 serving) or 20 (two servings) each. Whenever we need a quick lunch/dinner, I just remove one bag, boil the dumplings and then toss it with the sauce. So easy! And most importantly, super onolicious ^_^
Szechuan Dumplings / Wontons Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
- First make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, and minced garlic.
- Next, cook the wontons. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the wontons. Cook for about 2-3 minutes for fresh wontons and 5-6 minutes for frozen wontons. Use a strainer to remove the wontons and divide them into two bowls (10 wontons per bowl).
- Top with 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce. Gently mix. Top with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Eat and enjoy!
- Extra sauce leftover? The sauce keeps for 1 week in the fridge. Keep it in a sealed container and stir before using.