In this collection of dumpling recipes, you’ll find everything from Japanese gyoza to Russian meat-stuffed pelmeni swimming in broth.

Collage of 4 of 10 top dumpling recipes

No matter which culture you come from, you probably have a handful of homemade dumplings you can’t live without. From pan-fried Asian pork dumplings to Slavic chicken dumplings topped with sour cream, there’s something so irresistible about popping the perfect bite-sized morsel in your mouth. To celebrate the world’s obsession with dumplings in all their different shapes, sizes, and styles, we’ve gathered our best and brightest recipes all in one place. In other words, pack your suitcase because we’re going worldwide! 

The General Characteristics of Dumplings

To try and define a dumpling is nearly impossible. This broad category of food is so immense and diverse! They can range from sweet to savory, can be stuffed or unstuffed, and tend to be wrapped in a dough made of flour, potatoes, or bread. Above all, they’re fun to eat, bingeable, and just so darn satisfying.

FAQ

What makes a dumpling a dumpling?

There’s much debate about what makes a dumpling a dumpling, so we won’t try and define it for everyone. For some, a dumpling only consists of a flour morsel that’s boiled, while others consider dumplings to be any kind of finger food.

What types of dumplings are there?

Dumplings can range from boiled, deep-fried, pan-fried to baked. There are a million and one different varieties, which makes a dumpling obsession all the more fun!

Can you freeze most dumplings?

Yes, most dumplings can be frozen raw or cooked and stowed away in the freezer for a rainy day. To do so, assemble them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop them into the freezer uncovered. Once completely frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag for 1-3 months.

10 Best Dumpling Recipes

1. Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings) 

Pelmeni are the national dish of Russia and an absolute must-try. They consist of tender flour dough that’s stuffed with a savory meat mixture (typically ground pork, beef, chicken, turkey, or a combinations) and boiled to perfection. They’re best served with sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Hot Tip: Invest in a pelmeni mold to make the process so much easier. 

Pelmeni in a bowl
Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings)
Pelmeni are the Russian version of dumplings. They're mostly served on cold winter days with sour cream or just butter.
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Pelmeni in a bowl

2. Chebureki (Russian Fried Dumplings)

You’ll find chebureki served as street food all throughout Russia. Typically, the signature yeast dough takes a bit of labor to make and roll out super thin with a rolling pin. But, you know we are all about shortcuts here at Momsdish! Our secret ingredient? Raw flour tortillas. 

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Chebureki (Russian Fried Dumplings)
Chebureki are fried turnovers that are crunchy on the outside and filled with meat. A classic Slavic street food and crowd pleaser!
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Chebureki with herbs on a counter

3. Gyoza Recipe (Japanese Dumplings)

These gyoza consist of dumpling wrappers that are stuffed with ground turkey, cabbage, scallions, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and other spices. Above all, don’t forget to whip up a dipping sauce made of fresh ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and chili oil to smother them in. Bonus: Included within the recipe is a photo step-by-step on how to get those signature pleats. 

Gyoza on a plate with soy sauce
Gyoza Recipe
Gyoza are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Skip ordering takeout and make these Japanese, pan-fried dumplings in the comfort of your own home.
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Gyoza on a plate with soy sauce

4. Halushki (Traditional Ukrainian Dumplings)

Halushki can best be described as Ukrainian-style gnocchi (although they’re made with all–purpose flour, not potatoes). In this recipe, they’re tossed with bacon bits, butter, and sauteed mushrooms. Serve them as a side dish to your favorite protein for a well-rounded meal. 

Halushki in a pan
Halushki Recipe (Traditional Ukrainian Dumplings)
This traditional Ukrainian halushki recipe consists of tender dumplings tossed with crispy bacon and sautéed mushrooms and onions. The epitome of Eastern European comfort food!
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Halushki in a pan with a spoon

5. Pierogi with Farmer’s Cheese (Vareniki Recipe)

This dumpling list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t throw in a couple of sweet options. Stuffed with a sweet filling of farmer’s cheese, these Ukrainian dumplings are perfect for breakfast or dessert. Finally, top them with your favorite jam or a drizzle of melted honey for a sweet and salty flavor explosion. 

Bowl with cooked pierogi
Pierogi with Farmers Cheese (Vareniki Recipe)
Pierogi with farmer’s cheese is as classic Ukrainian as it gets. Called “vareniki,” these little dumplings are filled with sweet cheese and absolutely to-die-for!
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Bowl with cooked pierogi

6. The Classic Pierogi (Potatoes and Cheese)

These tender pierogi are stuffed with mashed potatoes and cheese, boiled, and finished with a pan fry to turn them slightly crispy. Could they get any more delicious? Oh, yes.They’re finished with a toss of butter and sprinkle of crispy bacon bits. 

PIerogi with onion in a pan
The Classic Pierogi (Potato and Cheese)
This recipe was inspired by my Eastern European roots! Do you like Pierogi, these Classic Pierogi with Potatoes and Cheese will win you over!
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PIerogi with onion in a pan

7. Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings)

Khinkali are a popular version of dumplings served throughout the Eastern European country of Georgia. They look like little, scrumptious coin purses. In this version, they are filled with a mixture of both ground beef and chicken and herbs. 

Khinkali in a seerving dish with herbs
Khinkali Recipe (Georgian Dumplings)
Khinkali are super flavorful, meat-filled dumplings that are similar to soup dumplings. They reheat well, making them great for meal prep and can even be frozen! Both the dough and filling are easy to make and they’re fun to assemble.
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Khinkali in a seerving dish with herbs

8. Dumpling (Pelmeni) Soup

While pelmeni are amazing all on their own, there’s nothing like throwing a batch into a simmering pot of chicken broth alongside your favorite vegetables. Slavic comfort food at its finest! Good luck trying to eat just one bowl. 

Pelmeni soup in a bowl
Dumpling (Pelmeni) Soup
Pelmeni Soup is comforting and healthy. Keep some of our homemade pelmeni on hand for this quick lunchtime favorite.
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Pelmeni soup in a bowl

9. Mom’s Chicken Dumpling Soup

Above all, everyone needs a solid chicken dumpling soup recipe to get them through the winter. This simple recipe includes all the essentials – juicy chicken, potatoes, carrots, and tender drop dumplings. In addition, it’s 100% kid-friendly and a great way to sneak veggies in a pick eater’s diet! 

Mom’s Chicken Dumpling Soup
This homemade chicken dumpling soup comes straight out of Mom's cookbook. It's that simple kind of comfort food that never goes out of style!
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Mom's Chicken Dumpling Soup in a pot

10. Quick & Easy Wonton Soup Recipe

Skip ordering Chinese takeout, grab a large pot, and make your own wonton soup at home with Asian-style dumplings, bok choy, mushrooms, and green onions. Use our pelmeni recipe or pick up a bag of your favorite wontons from the grocery store. If you want the soup to be a bit more filling, add in your favorite rice noodles or a bag of frozen shrimp.

A bowl of wonton soup
Wonton Soup Recipe
This wonton soup is the perfect, quick weeknight dinner. Even though it comes together in just 30 minutes, it tastes out of this world and is so satisfying.
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A bowl of wonton soup

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.