Gyoza are Chinese dumplings made with meat and vegetables wrapped in round (pasta like) flour skins and then pan-fried. Gyoza are originally based on Chinese fried dumplings, but they are now a popular and well-rooted part of Japanese cooking today. Probably pork is the most common filling for Gyoza in Japan, but if you love shrimp, Shrimp Gyoza is a great alternative to regular Gyoza. Shrimp Gyoza not only have a nice shrimp flavor but also a texture you’ll surely enjoy.
We used Nira (Chinese chives) here instead of cabbage and green onions like we used in our regular Gyoza Recipe. Nira has a wonderful garlicky aroma that is perfect for Gyoza. It can be found at Asian supermarkets. If you can’t get it, however, don’t worry about it. Just substitute green onions and grated garlic. We used a food processor to make a shrimp paste, but you can also chop some or all of the shrimp more coarsely to make different textures.
If you are new to Gyoza making, please watch our Gyoza video, and hopefully it will help you form the Gyoza. Let’s make Gyoza together!
- 12oz (350g) shrimp, peeled and de-veined, tails removed
- 1 cup Nira (Chinese chives), chopped finely
- 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Sake
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 30 gyoza wrappers
- 1-2 Tbsp oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp chili oil (Rayu) or sesame oil
- Chop 1/3 of shrimp coarsely with knife. Mince the rest of the shrimp in a food processor.
- Slice Nira chives finely.
- In a large bowl, add shrimp, Nira chives, soy sauce, sake, sesame oil and cornstarch and mix well.
- Take a gyoza wrapper in your hand and place a tablespoon of meat mixture in the center of the wrapper. Moisten the edge along the lower half of the wrapper and fold the upper half of the wrapper up to meet the moistened edge. Fold one of the edges in a series of pleats (about 6), leaving the other edge smooth. Press the edges together to seal the gyoza. Another simpler way to fold is to first press the smooth edges together and then fold both edges into pleats. (This can sound a little confusing, but it's easy after watching Gyoza and Shrimp Gyoza videos.) Repeat for the rest of the wrappers.
- Heat a pan at medium high heat and add oil. Place gyoza on a pan and cook until the bottom becomes golden brown.
- Add water and immediately cover with a lid. Cook until the water boils away.
- Mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili oil together for dipping sauce.
Originally posted August 17, 2013. Updated on March 23, 2016.