Picture this: it’s a chilly evening, you’re craving something warm and comforting. You open your freezer and find a bag of dumplings waiting for you. But how do you heat them up quickly without sacrificing the delicious texture of those little bites of heaven? Fear not friend, because I am here to teach you the quickest and easiest way on how to steam dumplings in the microwave!
For those who are new to the dumpling game, they are typically soft, chewy dough filled with a variety of savory fillings like pork, chicken, or vegetables. They’re perfect for dipping in soy sauce or chili oil and popping in your mouth for a quick snack or a full meal.
Steaming dumplings in the microwave is quite simple. All you need to do is place the dumplings in a single layer in a microwave safe bowl. Add some water and cover with a microwave safe plate. Heat on high for about 3 to 4 minutes. And you’re done!
Follow these simple steps (in detail below), and in no time, your dumplings will be perfectly steamed and ready for your enjoyment.
What Are Dumplings?
Dumplings are small pieces of dough that can be cooked in a variety of ways. Dumplings are usually filled with savory ingredients like meat, vegetables, and spices. They can also be filled with sweet ingredients like fruit and chocolate.
Dumplings are a popular dish all over the world and can be found in many cultures. In China, dumplings are called jiaozi and are traditionally served as part of Chinese New Year celebrations. In Georgia, they’re called khinkali and are often served with a spicy sauce or sour cream. In the United States, chicken and dumplings is a popular comfort food dish.
How Are Dumplings Traditionally Cooked?
Boiling, frying, baking and steaming are the most common methods used to cook dumplings. Boiled dumplings are often served in soups or stews, while fried and baked dumplings can be served as appetizers or main dishes. Steamed dumplings are usually served as a side dish or snack. No matter which cooking method you choose, the result is always delicious!
How Do You Steam Dumplings Without a Steamer?
Steaming dumplings without a steamer is possible by utilizing the microwave.
Simply place the dumplings on top of a glass bowl and add some water to provide moisture for the steam. To ensure that the dumpling are cooked evenly, cover with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap before microwaving them on high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes depending on the size of the dumplings.
Note that you may need to experiment and adjust cooking times slightly since microwaves vary in power levels. The advantage of using this method is that it will save time and effort compared to using a traditional steamer. Furthermore, it’s also an easy option if you don’t have access to one or don’t want to invest in buying one.
How to Cook Dumplings in the Microwave: Steaming
Steaming dumplings in the microwave is a quick and easy way to enjoy this delicious dish. Here’s how you can do it:
- Place the dumplings in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Fill the bowl with warm water until all of the dumplings are submerged.
- Cover the bowl with a plate or lid, then microwave on high for three to four minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through.
- Carefully remove from the microwave and serve!
With this simple method, you can have perfectly steamed dumplings in no time!
How to Steam Frozen Dumplings in the Microwave
Cooking frozen dumplings in the microwave is a quick and easy way to enjoy your favorite dumplings. Here are 6 simple steps to get you started:
- Place frozen dumplings in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Fill the bowl with hot water so that the dumplings are completely covered with water.
- Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate and cook on high power for 3 minutes.
- Once cooked, carefully remove the plate and pour out any excess water from the bowl.
- Place the bowl back in the microwave and cook on high power for an additional 1 minute to crisp up the dumplings.
- Serve your delicious steamed dumplings and enjoy!
How do You Know When Dumplings are Done?
Dumplings are a delicious and versatile dish that can be boiled, fried, baked, or steamed. Knowing when they are thoroughly cooked and ready to eat is essential for a delicious meal.
The best way to tell if your dumplings are done is to look at the texture. Boiled dumplings should be slightly firm but still tender, while fried or steamed dumplings should be golden brown and crisp on the outside.
If you’re baking your dumplings, they should be golden brown and cooked through. You can also use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the dumpling – it should reach 165°F (74°C).
How to Store Cooked Dumplings
The best way to store cooked dumplings is to place them in an airtight container or plastic zipper bag and store them in the refrigerator at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooked dumplings will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Additionally, you can freeze cooked dumplings (as long as they weren’t already previously frozen) by lining pleated dumplings on a baking sheet that fits in your freezer and letting them rest until fully frozen, about half an hour. Once frozen, transfer the dumplings to a freezer-safe container or bag and they will last up to three months.
How Long to Cook Frozen Dumplings in Boiling Water
Cooking frozen dumplings in boiling water is a quick and easy way to enjoy them. All you need is a pot of boiling water, some frozen dumplings, and about 10 minutes.
To start, fill a pot with enough water to cover the dumplings and bring it to a hard boil. Once the water is boiling, add the frozen dumplings and stir gently so they don’t stick together. Let them cook for about 10 minutes or until they float to the top of the pot.
Once they’re done cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pot and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
How to Steam Dumplings in a Pan
To steam-fry dumplings, start by heating a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add some vegetable oil and then carefully place the dumplings in the pan. Cover the pan and steam the dumplings for 10 minutes on medium heat.
When they’re done cooking, remove the lid and carefully transfer them to a serving plate.