How to use a dumpling steamer?

Dumplings are delicious and versatile food, but they can be tricky to make. One of the most important steps in the dumpling making process is steaming them correctly. If you’ve never used a dumpling steamer before, don’t worry! This article will walk you through the basics so that you can start enjoying your homemade dumplings in no time.

What You Will Need

First, let’s go over what you need to get started. To steam your dumplings, you will need a bamboo or metal steamer basket (or two) and a pot with a lid large enough to fit it. It’s also helpful to have some parchment paper on hand to line your steamer baskets before adding the dumplings. This will prevent them from sticking while they cook.

From there, all you need is some water and your favorite type of dumplings! Whether you use store-bought or homemade, any kind of dumpling can be steamed successfully using this method.

Steaming Your Dumplings

Now that we have everything we need, let’s get started! Begin by filling your pot with about an inch of water and bringing it to a boil over high heat. Once it has reached boiling point, reduce the heat to low and place your steamer basket(s) into the pot taking care not to burn yourself in the process. Make sure that there is enough space between the water and the bottom of the basket for steam to circulate properly; if there isn’t enough space, add more water until there is at least an inch between them.

Next, line each basket with parchment paper (if desired) and fill them with your dumplings of choice leaving enough room for steam to move freely between each one. Place the lid securely on top of the pot and allow them to steam for 12 minutes or until cooked through depending on their size/thickness.


Steaming dumplings may seem intimidating at first but with a few simple steps it doesn’t have to be! By following this guide, you should now have all the tools necessary for creating delicious homemade dumplings that are sure to please any crowd—even those pickiest of eaters! So grab some ingredients and get ready for some serious steaming action because this is one experience you won’t want to miss out on!


Q: What other ingredients and tools will I need to make dumplings?

A: In addition to a bamboo or metal steamer basket and a pot with a lid, you may also want to have some minced garlic, scallions, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cooking oil, and cornstarch on hand, as well as any other flavorings you like to use when making dumplings. As far as tools go, you will also need a rolling pin and some kitchen scissors to help form and cut your dumplings.

Q: What factors can affect the cooking time for my dumplings?

A: The size and thickness of your dumplings, as well as the type of pot you are using and the amount of water in it, can all affect how long they take to cook. Generally speaking, smaller dumplings will cook more quickly than larger ones, so be sure to keep an eye on them as they steam.

Q: Can I use other types of wrappers when steaming my dumplings, such as wonton wrappers or egg roll wrappers?

A: Yes, you can definitely use other types of wrappers when making dumplings. In fact, many people prefer to do so since it allows them to experiment with different flavor combinations and textures. Just make sure that you adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the size and thickness of your dumplings, as well as any other factors that may affect the steaming process.