Soft and juicy dumplings are coated in a delicious, rich sauce and served hot- is there an appetizer better than that? These dumplings in peanut sauce are super easy to put together and are sure to be a total hit whenever you serve them.
The sauce will knock your socks off, and you’ll actually end up pairing them with a lot of your other appetizers too.
Ready to give the recipe a try? Here’s what you need to know about it before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to make these dumplings in peanut sauce.
- Peanuts: 4 tbsp
- Sesame seeds: 1 tbsp
- Oil: 1 tbsp
- Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
- Black peppercorns: 1 tbsp
- Dry red chilies: 3-4
- Garlic cloves: 4-5
- Ginger: 1 inch
- Onions (sliced): ¼ cup
- Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
- Red chili powder: 1 tsp
- Tomatoes (roughly chopped): ½ cup
- Salt: 1 tsp
- Vinegar: 1 tsp
- Frozen dumplings (thawed and steamed): 4-5
- Chili oil: For garnish
How to Make the Dumplings in Peanut Sauce
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make the dumplings in peanut sauce.
Dry roast the peanuts and sesame seeds for 1-2 minutes.
Cool them to room temperature and grind them into a fine powder.
Next, heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, dry red chilies, ginger, and garlic and saute.
Add the sliced onions and the black peppercorns next and mix well. Saute for 30-40 seconds.
Add the powdered spice and mix.
Next, add in the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
Once the tomatoes turn mushy, add the prepared roasted peanut powder and mix well.
Cool the mixture to room temperature and then blend into a smooth paste.
Use a strainer to strain the liquid and heat it up a bit. You can add a little water if it’s too thick.
Transfer the steamed dumplings to a bowl. Pour over the peanut sauce on top.
Garnish with chili oil and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
The simplicity of this recipe is what makes it stand out, but if you really want to go the extra mile, you can team it up with some pan fried veggies on the side.
Diced carrots, bell peppers, baby corn, onion, bok choy, broccoli and edamame are some good options. You can drizzle them with a bit of that delicious peanut sauce towards the end if you want to, or just season them with some salt, pepper and soy sauce to keep it simple.
If you don’t have the peanuts, and just want to cut down on the cooking step for this recipe, just follow the rest of the steps as is, and then, mix some smooth peanut butter into the sauce before you top it over your dumplings.
Yes! The peanut sauce can be made ahead of time in a big batch and refrigerated until it is ready to be used. Most frozen dumplings can last for months, which makes it really easy for you to put this dish together.
Your leftover dumplings and peanut sauce can be stored for as long as 2 days, if not more. Ideally, you should store them separately in airtight containers and then put them together only when you intend to serve them.
If you’ve ended up assembling everything and need to store the leftovers, you can do that too- just make sure you reheat it in the microwave with a little sprinkle of water on the top to keep everything moist.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Dumplings in Peanut Sauce
Think you’re ready to give this easy peasy recipe a shot? Wait up! Keep these little tips and tricks in mind to nail the recipe.
- To lend some extra flavor and deliciousness to the sauce, you can add a dash of fish sauce to it.
- If you’re not a fan of steamed dumplings, you can also consider pan-frying the dumplings so that they’re nice and crispy on one side, or even deep fry them if you want to, and then top them with the sauce.
- Don’t forget to top the dumplings with a generous sprinkle of chopped green onions or parsley or any other herbs of your choice before you serve. This will add an extra layer of freshness and a pop of color to the dish.
- You can also throw on some toasted sesame seeds on the top before you serve for some extra crunch factor.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
These savory and delicious dumplings in peanut sauce taste perfect on their own as a snack. If you’re serving them as a part of a complete Asian meal, you can also consider teaming them up with some noodles or a rice dish to make it a complete meal.
To make it healthier, you can also chop up some red cabbage or stir fry some veggies and serve the dumplings on a bed of those veggies.
Loved how this recipe turned out? Looking for some more inspiration for Asian foods you can recreate in your kitchen? Here are a few easy ones you might want to take a look at.
Dumplings in Peanut Sauce
- 4 tablespoon Peanuts
- 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Black Peppercorns
- 4 pcs Dry Red Chilies
- 5 pcs Garlic Cloves
- 1 inch Ginger
- ¼ cup Onions , (sliced)
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
- ½ cup Tomatoes , (roughly chopped)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vinegar
- 5 pcs Frozen dumplings , (thawed and steamed)
- 1 teaspoon Chili Oil, (for garnish)
- Dry roast the peanuts and sesame seeds for 1-2 minutes.
- Cool them to room temperature and grind them into a fine powder.
- Next, heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, dry red chilies, ginger, and garlic and saute.
- Add the sliced onions and the black peppercorns next and mix well. Saute for 30-40 seconds.
- Add the powdered spice and mix.
- Next, add in the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
- Once the tomatoes turn mushy, add the prepared roasted peanut powder and mix well.
- Cool the mixture to room temperature and then blend into a smooth paste.
- Use a strainer to strain the liquid and heat it up a bit. You can add a little water if it’s too thick.
- Transfer the steamed dumplings to a bowl. Pour over the peanut sauce on top.
- Garnish with chili oil and serve hot.