Easy Vegetarian Potstickers you have to try! Creamy, flavorful, nutritious pureed edamame with garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil. Wrapped up into little wonton wrappers, cooked and steamed to crispy bottom, soft potsticker perfection.
Here is a creative yet very easy and might I say FUN recipe to make and try: Delicious and Easy Vegetarian Potstickers. Cute little wonton wrappers filled with an amazing flavorful filling made up of edamame, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil. Cooked and steamed until the bottoms are nice and crispy brown with a nice soft and semi chewy potsticker outer layer. The creamy edamame filled center just bursts with flavor. Top it off with a drizzle of teriyaki sauce and sprinkle of chili powder and these babies are what’s for a special and surprising dinner tonight!
I know what you’re thinking…..these Edamame Potstickers look incredibly tasty but how much work is it to fill them all? Way, way easier than you think. I made about 20 of them (the recipe will make 20-25) and it only took me 10 minutes to fill them all and wrap them up.
A possibly PERFECT date night-in idea with the hubby, boyfriend, best friend, sister, mom, kids…anyone really. A little something to change things up a bit from your normal dinner routine.
So what are potstickers?
Potstickers are steamed and pan-seared dumplings typically filled with a ground meat and veggie filling or even just a mixture of cabbage and assorted veggies. In this recipe I made the filling using pureed edamame, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil for a vegetarian, protein-packed version. So super delicious!
Is edamame good for you?
Yes it is! Although edamame is a soy-based food, it is still in whole bean form and contains a good amount of plant-based protein and vitamins. Edamame can be eaten right out of the pod (my fav) or just as shelled soybeans that have been removed from the pods. The pods are not edible though. I absolutely love them steamed with a little sea salt for a quick snack.
You see them a lot in asian dishes since they are traditionally eaten in Asia. Edamame is usually sold frozen and can be cooked by sautéing or steaming and are great in dishes like stir-fry, salads, or in these vegetarian potstickers. They are also very low in calories and suitable as a good source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
How to make vegetarian potstickers
Make the filling: Cook the edamame according to the package. I used frozen shelled edamame that you can just steam in the microwave for a few minutes or right on the stove. Once they are cooked, place them into the food processor with some garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and pepper. I didn’t add any salt due to the saltiness of the soy sauce. Pulse it all up and your super flavorful filling is done. This filling is packed with so much flavor!
Fill the wonton wrappers with the filling: Place a round wonton wrapper onto a flat surface, dip your finger in water and run it around the edge of the wonton wrapper. This will help it stick together better when you fold it.
Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of the wonton wrapper.
Then comes the most fun but possibly most intimidating part of all: Folding the potstickers. Which, at first, I admit I did not really know how to do properly. But I learned quickly and it was literally so much fun!!!!
How to fold potstickers
Here are my very easy steps on how to fold potstickers.
Start by simply folding the sides together into a half moon shape, pressing the edges to close it up tightly. Now, you could stop here and cook them this way but creasing the edges is so cute and adds some dimension to the potsticker. It also helps the filling stay in tact when you cook them. So if you do choose not to crease or crimp the edges then make sure you press the edges together very well.
Crease the edges: Here is a guide to folding potstickers and how to get those cute little creases. If this seems intimidating then you can just use your fingers to crimp the edges of the potsticker. It will still look and taste great! It took me a few tries my first time doing this but after a few mishaps I finally got it and now I am a potsticker folding queen!
Cook the potstickers: Place the potstickers into a pan heated to medium-high heat on the stove with some oil and let them cook for a few minutes to get the bottoms nice and golden brown (this is where they get the “potsticker” title from). Then lower the heat of the pan, add some water, cover the pan and let the potstickers steam for a few more minutes (like 2) to get them nice and soft and delicious.
Remove them from the pan, plate and top with soy or teriyaki sauce and ENJOY!!!! I like to eat mine with chopsticks for the full experience. You can also make a dipping sauce to dip them into.
You may also like these crazy good Veggie Egg Rolls!
- 2 cups, shelled and cooked edamame
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3-4 tablespoons sesame oil
- 20-25 store-bought round (3 inch) wonton wrappers
- Water for the wonton wrappers and for steaming the potstickers
- Extra soy or teriyaki sauce for drizzling
Make the edamame filling:
- Place the cooked edamame, minced garlic, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, salt and pepper into the food processor and pulse until it forms a coarse mixture. It should only take a few pulses. If the mixture looks too dry then add in a little water 1 tablespoon at a time.
Fill the potstickers:
- Lay the wonton wrappers onto a flat surface. Place a small bowl of water next to them along with the edamame filling.
- Put one of the wrappers on the flat surface, add about 1 tablespoon of the edamame filling to the center. Using your finger, wet the edges of the wrapper with some water.
Fold the potstickers:
- Fold the edges together into a half moon shape and press them together.
- To crease them you can watch the video I linked to in the post. You could also just go around the edge of the potsticker folding the edges all around the top. It does not need to be perfect, it will still be delicious!
- Continue with this process until you have used up all of your filling. Makes about 20-25 potstickers.
Cook the potstickers:
- Heat up a medium-large pan on the stovetop with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, place some of the potstickers into the pan, enough to cover the bottom. Let those cook for 1-2 minutes until you start to see the bottoms get browned.
- Reduce the heat to low, add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover it and let the potstickers steam for 1-2 minutes. Remove them, place them onto a plate and cook the rest until they are all done!
Drizzle with some more soy or teriyaki sauce and ENJOY! I also sprinkled them with a little chili powder for color and they were so GOOD!!!
- Vegan Option: Use vegan wonton wrappers. I have found them at Whole Foods and on Amazon or you could also use homemade.
- You could add a dipping sauce as well or just simply dip them in a little soy sauce. Yummy!
- If you don't like edamame then you could also fill these with mashed sweet potato. Just as good!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 891mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 4g