November 12, 2020
How to Cook Frozen Potstickers
Want to learn how to cook frozen potstickers? Stick around as we share some tips to help you in the kitchen.
Today, you can find a variety of frozen goods making meal preparation convenient. Potstickers aren’t only delicious, but also handy if you need something filling to serve your family or friends. They stand among the most famous frozen products found in grocery stores and require minimal cooking preparation.
Potstickers are steamed or fried, which makes them convenient for late-night snacks, dinner, or lunch.
Some may have a hard time cooking frozen potstickers, but you can easily prepare them with the use of some sophisticated cooking gadgets or methods.
What Are Potstickers?
From their appearance, one can easily say that potstickers resemble dumplings. This is true, as potstickers are actually a type of dumpling. They’re filled with pork and cabbage, plus many other vegetables like carrots.
Their pleated, crescent shape is iconic, and they usually come fried and steamed for that crispy exterior and juicy content.
Tracing their history, potstickers come from China, with the name guotie, meaning wok stick. They date back to 960 A.D. when a chef boiled dumplings and forgot about them until the water had boiled away. The dumplings stuck onto the pot but tasted incredibly delicious.
It’s said that guests loved the rich filling of the potstickers, the tender skin, and the crusty bottom. From this, a new kind of dumpling was born—cooked best in a basic pot in a Chinese kitchen.
Fast forward, and the term potsticker has become famous around the globe. A filling meal that’s both delicious and addicting for the sumptuous ingredients packed into each juicy yet crispy wrapper. They usually come with soy sauce or other dipping sauce to complement the simple taste of the pork and vegetables.
Potstickers are frozen to extend their shelf life. You can find ready-made potstickers in grocery stores, usually in bulk. Because they are frozen, you can have fresh and delicious potstickers right from your freezer for up to two months.
Some people also use resealable bags to keep out moisture. Stored this way, they last for more than three months, retaining the fresh taste of the pork and vegetables.
If you’ve made potstickers from scratch, you can store fresh batches on a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper on a large plate. Make sure the plate is dusted with a little flour or cornstarch to prevent sticking when freezing.
Place the batch inside the freezer until fully frozen. Transfer them to an airtight bag, squeeze out any air, seal, and store the potstickers for up to two months.
How to Cook Frozen Potstickers
First, you need to know that freezing potstickers individually is key to prevent freezer burn. This makes it easier to cook them from frozen. Here are some ways you can prepare potstickers for a filling meal.
Steam or Boil
This is the easiest way to prepare a batch of potstickers. The process is straightforward, and you don’t need to wait long. Plus, they come out awesome, with the texture soft and tender, and the inside juicy.
Simply bring a pot of water to boil then use a bamboo steamer to place the potstickers in individually. Keep in mind that frozen dumplings will stick to the bamboo, so you need to line it first with leaves or parchment paper.
Make vents in the parchment to allow steam to circulate around the potstickers. This will bring even steaming, so the batch will be tender and delicious.
Steam the dumplings for 10 to 15 minutes, until each potsticker is tender.
If you want a crispy exterior, pan-frying is a good cooking method. This classic Japanese gyoza technique involves frying them straight from the freezer then adding water to steam and cook the inside.
After the water evaporates, you can fry the dumplings once again to create an extra crispy bottom crust.
This technique may take longer than regular steaming, but the crispy crust is worth it. The texture adds to the overall eating experience and elevates the taste of the dumplings.
Microwave Then Fry
If you’re wondering how to cook frozen potstickers in a microwave, this technique will easily steam the dumplings.
Simply add water to a microwave-safe bowl with the dumplings, cover, and pop inside the microwave.
After roughly three minutes, prepare a pan to fry the potstickers. Use a non-stick cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook dumplings evenly, until the bottom turns golden brown. Serve!
It’s incredibly easy to cook frozen potstickers at home using kitchen appliances and traditional steaming methods. Just make sure to store them properly to prevent freezer burn, and to cook each potsticker evenly.
Hope you’ve learned something new and useful today. Happy eating!
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