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Vegan dumplings served on a white plate with dipping sauce.

Vegan Dumplings

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 dumplings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Vegan Dumplings recipe is a mixture of mushrooms, garlic, green onions, soy sauce and panko breadcrumbs, wrapped in wonton wrappers and cooked until golden brown and crisp. A simple and easy way to make this Chinese food classic vegan-friendly and in the comfort of your own home.



For the Garlic Chili Oil 

  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the Dumplings 

  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 12 (4”) wonton wrappers
  • 1/4 cup raw white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


For the Garlic Chili Oil 

  1. Add the sesame oil, sliced garlic, and red pepper flakes to a small, cold saucepan. Set the pan over medium low heat. 
  2. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is just fragrant and beginning to sizzle. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Cool completely before enjoying.
  3. Storage: Store any leftover garlic chili oil in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Bring to room temperature before enjoying. 


For the Dumplings 

  1. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and green onions to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mushrooms are a fine crumb– about 15 seconds. 
  2. Next add the soy sauce and panko. Pulse again until the mixture resembles a coarse paste– another 10 seconds. 
  3. Fill each of the wonton wrappers with 1-2 teaspoons of mushroom filling. To seal, dip your finger in water and rub it along the edge of the wrapper. Bring the corners of the wrapper up to the center and twist them to seal in the filling. 
  4. Brush the bottom of each wonton with water and dip it into the sesame seeds. 
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and then add the wontons to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until they are crisp and golden brown on the bottom. 
  6. **Working quickly, add a small handful of  ice cubes to the pan and immediately cover it with a lid. Shake the pan gently and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the dumplings are tender.
  7. Remove the dumplings to a plate and garnish with additional green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve with garlic chili oil and enjoy.


**Adding ice to the pan helps steam the dumplings so they cook all the way through. We’re adding ice because it splatters less than adding water. Just make sure to add the lid very quickly so it traps the steam.

Storage: Leftover dumplings can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 638
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 897.2 mg
  • Fat: 38.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.6 g
  • Protein: 12.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.6 mg

Keywords: dumplings recipe, vegan dumplings