Pork Gyoza
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$9.01 RECIPE / $0.18 EACH

This week, I needed a “fun” food project, so I decided to create some homemade pork gyoza, which is an upgraded version of Pork & Ginger Pot Stickers, which I prepared over six years ago.

I changed up the filling and went with the more traditional (and more difficult) pleated folding method. These delectable pork gyoza dumplings are ideal for freezing so you may cook a couple at a time to add to your dinner.


Pork Gyoza
Food: Pork Gyoza
Source: Sugar Salt Magic

Gyoza is a pan-fried Japanese dumpling with a delicate wrapper and a filling of seasoned veggies and meat (or simply vegetables).

The gyoza is pan-fried to create a wonderfully crispy bottom, then steamed briefly to finish them delicately.

The recipe below is just my take on this classic Japanese dish; if you want to try a genuine recipe, watch a video of them being made, and learn more about these delectable tiny dumplings, go to Just One Cookbook’s recipe for Gyoza.


If you don’t want to eat pork, you can substitute ground turkey or chicken. Alternatively, you can use freshly minced shrimp. Just make sure whatever you’re using is chopped or ground to a super-fine texture so the gyoza can cook quickly.


You may freeze your pork gyoza once you’ve finished filling and folding them, so you can have them on hand and throw a handful in a skillet whenever you want.

So go ahead and make a big batch so you can reap the rewards later! To freeze the gyoza, spread them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet so they don’t touch, then place them in a heavy-duty freezer bag for extended storage.

Frozen gyoza can be cooked directly from the freezer in a pot of boiling water. Allow for a 3-minute boil, or until they begin to float, before frying as described below.


Not to mention the price… Despite the fact that I used costly ground pork, these little fellows only cost $0.18 each.

A restaurant starter order of Pork Gyoza will easily set you back $6-$8, and how many do you get? Perhaps six? So, at a restaurant, they’re approximately $1 each.

So, would you like to see how it’s done?


Filling, folding, frying, and steaming your own Pork Gyoza is not only entertaining, but it also saves you money when compared to eating out.
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 50 gyoza


  • 4 cups finely shredded or chopped cabbage ($1.42)
  • 2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil, divided ($0.04)
  • 3 green onions ($0.44)
  • 2 cloves of garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 Tbsp. grated ginger ($0.10)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil ($0.11)
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork ($3.00)
  • 50 gyoza or wonton wrappers ($3.69)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, wilt the cabbage with 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil. Fill a big mixing basin halfway with cabbage.
  2. Green onions should be thinly sliced, garlic should be minced, and ginger should be grated or chopped. In the same bowl with the sautéed cabbage, combine the onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ground pork. Massage the mixture with your hands until it is evenly combined and the texture is slightly sticky or tacky.
  3. Fill the middle of each wrapper with roughly a spoonful of the pork mixture. Wet the outside rim of the wrapper with your finger. To close the wrapper, fold the sides over the filling and pinch them together (here is a video demonstrating different folding styles).
  4. Heat 1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat when you’re ready to make the gyoza. Working in batches, cook the gyoza, seam side up, until golden brown and crispy on the bottom. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup water into the skillet, using the lid as a shield, and rapidly cover with the lid to keep the steam and splatter at bay. Allow the gyoza to steam for 1-2 minutes in the skillet, or until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Remove the lid and continue to cook the gyoza for another minute, or until the bottoms are crispy. Warm it up and serve.


Gyoza is frequently served with a soy sauce and rice vinegar sauce made in a 2:1 ratio. For a spicy kick, add red chilies.


  • Serving: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 39.55 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5.09 g
  • Protein: 1.74 g
  • Fat: 1.34 g
  • Sodium: 59.59 mg
  • Fiber: 0.31 g


Pork Gyoza
Food: Pork Gyoza
Source: Sugar Salt Magic
  1. Sauté the cabbage for the gyoza filling. 1/2 of a small head of cabbage, shredded, yielded about 4 cups. Chop or shred the cabbage as finely as possible to make it simpler to combine with the pork and fill the little gyoza. If you can’t obtain Nappa cabbage, regular green cabbage will suffice (my store was out of Nappa). Sauté the cabbage in 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it has wilted to half its original volume (5-8 minutes). Place the sautéed cabbage in a large mixing dish.
  2. 1 inch thinly sliced fresh ginger, 3 green onions, and 2 garlic cloves (about 1 Tbsp). In the same bowl as the onions, garlic, and ginger, add 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, and 1/2 pound of pork.
    Mix all of the ingredients together with your hands until the mixture is evenly distributed and slightly sticky or tacky.
  3. If you want to do the complicated pleated folds, you’ll need round wrappers, although square wrappers would suffice. If you only have square wrappers, use a cookie cutter or another sharp round item (like my metal measuring cups!) to cut them into circles. However, don’t leave the wrappers out in the open for too long; they’ll dry out and crack. Keep them fresh by keeping them in the package or wrapping them in a damp paper towel.
  4. Filling each of the wrappers takes significantly less filling than you may expect. They’re really tough to fold if they’re overstuffed. For each wrapper, I used roughly a teaspoon. To aid in sticking or gluing the wrappers together, dip your finger in water and wet the outer edges. It’s great to see how to fold these suckers in action, so here’s a video that shows three different folding ways, including the simplest and this more elaborate pleated fold. Pinch the edges tightly to prevent them from opening, regardless of how you fold them. And that’s it! Just a few minutes in the skillet and they’re done. Gyoza is often served with a mix of soy sauce and rice vinegar (2:1 ratio), to which you can add a little red chile paste for more flavor. Or just pop ’em in your mouth as is.
  5. As you fill and fold the gyoza, place them seam side up on a baking sheet or cutting board. You can either freeze or boil them at this point.
  6. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil over medium heat to fry the Pork Gyoza. Seam side up, add the gyoza, and fried until the bottoms are brown and crispy. (P.S. I took these images in a stainless steel skillet, but for the next batch, I moved to a non-stick skillet.) These suckers aren’t called “potstickers” for nothing. This will be a LOT easier if you use nonstick.)
  7. Using the pan’s lid as a barrier, carefully pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of water into the skillet. To keep the splatter and steam contained, rapidly place the lid on top.
  8. Allow the gyoza to steam for 1-2 minutes in the skillet, or until most of the water has evaporated and the wrappers are transparent (the water should be rapidly simmering). Remove the lid to allow any remaining water to drain and the bottoms of the gyoza to crisp up. Remove to a platter once crispy and fry a second batch if desired.
  9. That’s all there is to it! They’re ready in only a few minutes in the skillet. Gyoza is frequently eaten with a mixture of soy sauce and rice vinegar (2:1), to which a little red chili paste might be added for added taste.

Alternatively, simply pop them in your mouth as is. 🙂