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Homemade Dumpling Wrappers {Quick Easy Way}

by Shirley
Homemade Dumpling Wrappers for Jiao Zi, Guotie and Shanghai Soup Dumplings

Homemade dumpling wrappers using either KitchenAid pasta maker attachment or a pasta machine is super easy once you have learned a few tips. When you have this at hand, you are ready to wrap all kinds of delicious homemade dumplings. Northern China Dumplings Jiao Zi {饺子, boiled dumplings}, Northwestern Dumplings Guo Tie {锅贴, potstickers or pan fried dumplings}, or Shanghai Soup Dumplings {Xiao Long Bao 小笼包, or steamed dumplings}

Sure, you can always hand roll dumpling wrappers. I sometimes do that too. However, most of the time I leverage the pasta machine for obvious reasons. They are much more efficient and productive to get wrappers in consistent thickness and sizes. In addition, you can get very thin wrappers easier and quicker for Shanghai soup dumplings or Cantonese-style steamed dumplings.

homemade dumpling wrappers
Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

Keep reading to learn all tips and tricks to make homemade dumpling wrappers like a pro every time!

What do you need to make homemade dumpling wrappers?

Other than the equipment, either the KichenAid Stand Mixer or manual pasta machine, you only need three simple ingredients for the homemade dumpling wrappers: organic all-purpose flour, avocado oil, and Himalayan pink salt.

Ingredients for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
Ingredients for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

How to Make Homemade Dumpling Wrappers Quick and Easy?

Tip No.1 is to Make a Smooth Doug

Make a well in the middle of the flour and gradually add water while mixing & kneading. Allow time for the flour to absorb the water before adding more water until forming a smooth and semi-firm dough.

The dough shall have a certain amount of firmness initially. As we proceed the wrapper making process, the dough will rest over time, and it becomes softer. This is because dough finally has absorbed water and activated the gluten inside the flour at the same time.

Dough for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
Dough for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers

Use a pasta roller first to roll the dough according to the desired thickness. Then use a cookie cutter to cut into round.

Make sure you collect all the corner patches and press into a dough slab and roll into a dough sheet again. Repeating this step until you have only a tiny amount of dough left, so small it barely makes one dumpling wrapper. Use a rolling pin to hand roll into a dumpling wrapper.

Cut Dough Sheet into Rounds for Dumpling Wrappers using a cookie cutter
Cut Dough Sheet into Rounds for Dumpling Wrappers using a cookie cutter

How to Make Dumpling Wrappers Using a Pasta Machine?

First thing first is to organize the dough sheets into about 3-inch wide

Our goal is to create a 3.5-inch diameter round wrapper with minimal waste from the dough sheets. This means we’d like to create thin dough sheets, a little over 3.5-inch wide.

If we start with 3-inch wide relatively thick dough slabs, after rolling through the pasta roller and getting flattened and thinned out, they eventually become about 3.5-inch wide, and ready for us to cut into rounds.

Dough Slabs for homemade Dumpling Wrappers
Dough Slabs for homemade Dumpling Wrappers

Tip No.2 is to adjust paster roller thickness setting to accommodate different dumplings

Northwestern China Dumplings Guo Tie, or potstickers {pan fried dumplings}, is a traditional NorthWestern China style pan fried dumplings. They feature soupy, juicy, and delicious filling, usually beef or lamb that has a hint of yellow. Dumplings Guo Tie has a crispy bottom but soft top. This is because we pan-fry them first and then steam second to complete the cooking.

Dumplings Guo Tie typically uses a thicker or similar wrapper compared to Jiao Zi, which is the boiled dumplings. I usually use setting 2 for the KitchenAid Pasta Roller setting. My pasta roller has 1-7 level of setting, 1 being the thickest and 7 being the thinnest.

Beef Guotie {Pot Stickers Northwest Chinese Style}
Beef Guotie {Pot Stickers Northwest Chinese Style}

Northern China Dumplings Jiao Zi, or boiled dumplings, is a popular and well-liked food in northern China. For Dumplings Jiao Zi, we typically use a medium thickness wrapper. Not overly thin as we like the firm bite, but not overly thick either as we’d like to enjoy the delicious fillings. I use setting 3 on my KitchenAid Pasta Roller, which is a medium setting.

Pork Jiao Zi {Dumplings} with Napa Cabbage
Pork Dumplings Jiao Zi with Napa Cabbage

Shanghai Soup Dumplings, or “Xiao Long Bao”, is a popular breakfast item in China native to the Yangtze River Delta area. We usually wrap them in a round mini bun shape, and then steam them and serve them with vinegar & ginger slices sauce.

For Shanghai soup dumplings, we use the much thinner wrappers, cooresponding to setting 4 on the Kitchenaid Pasta Roller.

Shanghai Soup Dumplings {Xiao Long Bao}
Shanghai Soup Dumplings {Xiao Long Bao}

When you have the 3.5-inch wide thin dough sheets ready, it is just a matter of cutting into rounds using a 3.5-inch round cookie cutter.

Use cookie cutter to cut dough sheet into Dumpling Wrappers
Cut Dough Sheet into Rounds for Dumpling Wrappers using a cookie cutter

Tip No.4 is to use a little arrowroot to dust the finished Dumpling Wrappers

This is a trick to avoid wrappers sticking with each other. It is especially important for thin wrappers. However, you only need a tiny amount.

Homemade Dumpling Wrappers Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to set an extra time for the dough to rest?

You can wait 30 minutes if you’d like to. However, it is not required. This is because it will take some time for us to organize, roll and cut the dough sheets. As a result, the dough will get its fair share of “resting” during the process.

What do I do with the corner dough sheet trimmed off?

You can either re-use them by kneading them together into a dough slab again, or turn them into irregular shaped noodles.

If you think you have plenty of dough to make the wrappers and decide not to re-use the corners. You can cook them as the homemade noodles.

Hooray, now that you have the wrappers, you are ready to wrap some delicious dumplings!

Homemade Dumpling Wrappers for Jiao Zi, Guotie and Soup Dumplings
Homemade Dumpling Wrappers for Jiao Zi, Guotie and Soup Dumplings
homemade dumpling wrappers for Jiao Zi, Guotie, Xiao Long Bao

Homemade Dumpling Wrappers {Jiao Zi, Guo Tie, Shanghai Soup Dumplings}

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Homemade dumpling wrappers using either KitchenAid pasta maker attachment or a pasta machine is super easy and quick once you have learned a few tips. With this at hand, you can wrap all kinds of delicious dumplings. Jiao Zi (boiled dumplings), Guo Tie (pan fried dumplings), Shanghai soup dumplings (steamed Xiao Long Bao). Yummy and healthy!

Ingredients

  • 495 g all-purpose flour, organic, about 3 cups {additional 1/2 cup for dusting and coating the dough}
  • 25 g avocado oil, about 1.5 tbsp
  • 225 g room temperature water, a little under 1 cup
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tbsp arrowroot flour, optional, for dusting & coating the finished dumpling wrappers

Instructions

Step 1: Make the dough

  1. Get the water ready in the measuring cup - Place a 2-cup glass measuring cup on the Kitchen scale, hit "TARE", add 225 grams of water. Set aside.
  2. Place a mixing bowl on the Kitchen scale, hit "TARE", add 495 grams of flour. Hit "TARE" again and add 25 grams of avocado oil.
  3. Remove the mixing bowl from the Kitchen scale. Add 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the mixing bowl, gradually add water from the measuring cup we set aside while mixing and kneading
  5. After having added about three quarters of the water from the measuring cup, go extra slow adding additional water, few drops at a time while keep kneading, and give the flour opportunity to absorb the water before adding more, until you form a soft smooth dough

Step 2: Prepare the thin dough sheet

  1. Gently knead the dough into a long cylinder shape, and then cut into 4 equal portions first, and then divide each into 2 for 8 portions total.
    Dough for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
  2. Sprinkle the countertop with a tiny bit of flour. For each portion of the dough, use hands to press down, flatten out, and maneuver it into an approximately 3-inches wide rectangle dough slab.
    Dough Slabs for homemade Dumpling Wrappers
  3. Attach Kitchen Aid roller, take one piece of the flat dough slab at a time, roll it through the roller starting from setting 1, and then move on to 2, 3 or 4 to flatten the dough slab into dough sheet. 2 for potstickers, 3 for Jiao Zi, and 4 for Shanghai Soup Dumplings.
    Dough Sheet for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
  4. The finished thin dough sheet shall be a bit wider than 3.5 inches.

Step 3: Cut dough sheet into round-shape using a cookie cutter

  1. Dust the thin dough sheet with a tiny bit of arrowroot flour, use a 3.5-inch diameter cookie cutter and cut into rounds.
    Cut Dough Sheet into Rounds for Homemade Dumpling Wrappers
  2. All done! You are ready to wrap some homemade yummy and healthy dumplings.

Notes

  • For easier and accurate measuring, I use grams as unit of measurement.
  • When making the dough, add water slowly. One little at a time while keep mixing and kneading. Go extra slow when toward the end. You may not need the entire 225 grams of water, or you need a little extra. All depends on the humidity level in your area. Our goal is to make a smooth soft dough for dumplings.
  • Different types of dumplings require different thicknesses for the wrappers. Guo Tie {Potstickers} usually use the thickest wrapper to have that firm bite, I will go setting 2. Northern China boiled dumplings {Jiao Zi} uses setting 3. Shanghai soup dumplings and Cantonese style steamed dumplings require the thinnest skin, I'll go with setting 4.
  • This recipe makes about 40 wrappers for Boiled Dumplings Jiao Zi, which can be combined with 1 pound ground pork along with a quarter of napa cabbage to make a delicious Pork Dumplings Jiao Zi with Napa Cabbage.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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