Bamboo basket full of steamed soup dumplings with a hand lifting a dumpling with chopsticks
Food - Drink
Can You Steam Dumplings Straight Out Of The Freezer?
Even though frozen food can be just as healthy as fresh, it doesn't always taste quite as nice. Luckily, frozen dumplings don’t really have this problem and deliver a satisfying flavor and texture, but for gentler cooking methods like steaming, you may be wondering whether or not your dumplings need to be defrosted first.
There’s no danger in steaming dumplings straight from the freezer, so long as you cook them all the way through, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The one downside is that frozen dumplings often stick to the steamer, but you can avoid this by lining the basket with parchment paper with a few holes poked in it to vent steam.
An even better way to steam frozen dumplings might be the "steam and fry" method used to cook Japanese gyoza, which involves heating oil in a pan and browning your dumplings first. Then, lightly coat the bottom of the pan with water and cover it so that they can steam, cooking the top and bottoms of the dumplings all at once.