Enjoy these delicious homemade Japanese gyoza dumplings filled with tofu and vegetables, seasoned with ginger, garlic and umami-rich Japanese condiments to create the ultimate flavour sensation! Totally meat-free and extremely addictive!
Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Sudachi Recipes earn a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. See disclaimer for more info.
What are Gyoza?
Gyoza (餃子) are dumplings filled with pork, vegetables and seasonings, that are then wrapped in a thin dough wrapper. Although they are eaten all across Japan, the dish originates from China and are originally called “Jiaozi”.
In English they are usually called dumplings or pot stickers.
They can be steamed, deep fried or pan fried, they’re pretty versatile. Most Japanese people fry them in a pan and then add a lid so they steam for a while. That way, they become crispy on the bottom and soft on the top, delicious!
A Brief History of Gyoza
The very first appearance of gyoza dumplings in Japan is unclear, but one theory says that they first came in around the 18th century from China.
However, it wasn't until after WW2 that gyoza started to become a common dish, with Chinese food gaining popularity around the time.
While steamed dumplings are a lot more popular and common in China, Japanese gyoza is usually fried in a pan to crisp up the base, and then steamed with the lid on to fully cook the rest of the dumpling.
Gyoza can be a great vegetarian dish
Using tofu instead of mince
Although it's easy to simply make gyoza with vegetables, using tofu in place of meat is a great way to add absorb all the flavours and add texture to the filling.
If you've tried our pork gyoza recipe you'll know that the fillings consist of mainly pork and spring onions seasoned with herbs and spices.
Pork has a lot of flavour, whereas tofu is very plain. I decided to add mushrooms to the filling to add umami and texture. By adding more variety of vegetables to the filling, the taste becomes deeper and more complex.
(I also have a shrimp gyoza recipe if you're pescatarian!)
If you want to level up your homemade gyoza, you can also try making your own gyoza wrappers! I promise you, they are soft, chewy and you might never use store-bought again! Check out my recipe here.
Gyoza are small dumplings made up of a seasoned filling wrapped in a thin dough.
Common ingredients include cabbage, mushroom, spring onion, chives, garlic and ginger.
Not all store-bought vegetable gyoza are guaranteed to be suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but my recipe is totally free of animal products.