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Around the World in Our Best Dumpling Recipes

How to make everyone's favorite food—from Italy to China and everywhere in between

Though they come in all shapes and sizes, dumplings are a near-universal culinary constant: almost every culture has one. So naturally, dumpling recipes are incredibly versatile, coming with a wide array of fillings, wrappers, shapes, and sizes. Chinese dumplings may be the best known: we're a fan of both the steamed dumpling recipes as well as the fried. But there are plenty more to explore, whether it's the empanadas of Argentina or even Italy's ravioli (we're using a loose definition here, folks). From Europe to Asia and beyond, we've rounded up our favorite dumpling recipes from all over the world.

Boiled Pork and Chive Dumplings

boiled pork and chive dumplings

Boiled pork and chive dumplings

Heami Lee

The go-to Chinese filling: juicy pork mixed with the fresh onion flavor of garlic chives. Try to find a fatty blend of ground pork; it will improve the filling's flavor and juiciness. Chopped garlic chives, which have a peppery raw-garlic flavor, and fresh ginger cut through the rich meat. Make sure the dumplings are completely sealed and devoid of air bubbles to prevent any leaks during boiling. This recipe is adapted from The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook. Get the recipe for Boiled Pork and Chive Dumplings »

Steamed Mixed Shellfish Dumplings

steamed mixed shellfish dumplings

Steamed mixed shellfish dumplings

Heami Lee

In China, this combination of shrimp, scallops, and crab is a special-occasion dumpling filling. The clean flavor and slippery texture of the shellfish are unobscured by any filler. Serve steamed dumplings directly from the bamboo steamers, since their delicate wrappers can break in transfer. Get the recipe for Steamed Mixed Shellfish Dumplings »

Pan-Fried Spicy Beef Dumplings

pan-fried spicy beef dumplings

Pan-fried spicy beef dumplings

Heami Lee

In these delightfully rich dumplings, homemade or store-bought chile oil is balanced by freshness from scallions and ginger and sweetness from oyster sauce. To maximize the crispy surface area, stretch and arc the shape of the raw dumpling slightly. Get the recipe for Pan-Fried Spicy Beef Dumplings »

Turkish Manti Lamb Dumplings

Lamb Dumplings

Lamb Dumplings

Matt Taylor-Gross

It's believed that these traditional meat-filled parcels were carried into Anatolia via the Silk Road. Regardless of their past, they have an unquestionable place at the Turkish table. This version is Turkish in origin but uses a technique derived from Armenian recipes: The dumplings are baked in the oven before boiling, allowing the meat to better flavor the dough and imparting a toasty aroma to the final dish. Get the recipe for Turkish Manti Lamb Dumplings »

German Pretzel Dumplings

german pretzel dumplings

German pretzel dumplings

Matt Taylor-Gross

These savory dumplings are great for sopping up the juices from sauerbraten and other braised meats. Start with day-old pretzels to help the dough crisp up more quickly. Get the recipe for German Pretzel Dumplings »

Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings

Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings

Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings

Matt Taylor-Gross

This delicate seasonal dumpling is stuffed with squash, spiced pork, ginger, and scallion. Get the recipe for Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings »

Maultaschensuppe (Dumplings in Broth)

Maultaschensuppe

Maultaschensuppe

Todd Coleman

Dumplings filled with minced pork, beef, veal, and bacon steal garnish this specialty soup of Swabia in southern Germany. Get the recipe for Maultaschensuppe (Dumplings in Broth) »

Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)

Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)

Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)

Ingalls Photography

Nothing says love like homemade pasta. Lidia Bastianich's recipe mixes tender, sweet Bartlett pears with sharp pecorino and creamy mascarpone to make a rich filling for ravioli. Get the recipe for Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere) »

Pork and Kimchi Potstickers

Pork and Kimchi Potstickers

Pork and Kimchi Potstickers

Farideh Sadeghin

Some zesty kimchi can bring your typical dumplings to the next level and enhance the pork filling's savoriness. Get the recipe for Pork and Kimchi Potstickers »

Russian Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Russo Chicken Ramen

Russo Chicken Ramen

Matt Taylor-Gross

Sesame oil and cilantro soup up this Russian classic with an eye on Japan. Get the recipe for Russian Chicken and Dumplings Soup »

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce

Matt Taylor-Gross

A chilled tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes makes a pleasant contrast to these hot potato and spinach dumplings, which chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin's Lucky Leek binds together with firm tofu and durum wheat semolina. Dry the potatoes and spinach thoroughly so the dumplings will hold their shape. Get the recipe for Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce »

Pork and Cabbage Potstickers

Pork and Cabbage potstickers

Pork and Cabbage potstickers

Farideh Sadeghin

Chinese New Year has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't keep celebrating with these easy-to-make potstickers. Get the recipe for Pork and Cabbage Potstickers »

Turkey Momos with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce

Turkey Momos with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce

Turkey Momos with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce

Matt Taylor-Gross

These steamed, meat-filled Nepalese dumplings come from Binita Pradhan, the entrepreneur behind Bini's Kitchen in San Francisco, CA. Get the recipe for Turkey Momos with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce »

Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)

Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)

Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)

Landon Nordeman

These Georgian dumplings are traditionally made with a spiced meat filling; this cheese and herb version, once meant for religious fasting days, is now enjoyed year-round. Get the recipe for Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit) »

Kreplach Soup

Kreplach

Kreplach

Todd Coleman

Little pyramids of chicken-stuffed dumplings in broth are a solid Jewish holiday dish. Get the recipe for Kreplach Soup »

Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou)

Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou)

Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou)

Ariana Lindquist

Simple pork dumplings doused in a spicy, mouth-numbing chile oil. Get the recipe for Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou) »

Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)

Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)

Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)

Maxime Iattoni

A collagen-rich pork stock is the key to making soup dumplings. It's solid when cold, letting you wrap it in dough. Once steamed, it liquifies into a soup. Get the recipe for Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) »

Braised Venison Shoulder with Mushroom Pierogi

Braised Venison Shoulder with Mushroom Pierogi

Braised Venison Shoulder with Mushroom Pierogi

Christina Holmes

A hearty warm venison stew with homestyle mushroom pierogis are all you need to stay warm in the fall. Get the recipe for Braised Venison Shoulder with Mushroom Pierogi »

Steamed Pork Belly Manti

Olia Hercules Manti

Manti

Matt Taylor-Gross

Browned butter brings an extra layer of flavor to these otherwise traditional Central Asian dumplings, but the cherry on top comes in the form of fried shallots. Get the recipe for Steamed Pork Belly Manti »

Pelmeni Dumplings in Chicken Broth

Pelmeni Dumplings in Chicken Broth

Pelmeni Dumplings in Chicken Broth

Justin Walker

Ground pork-and-garlic-filled dumplings add soul-comforting richness to a simple chicken broth in this Siberian soup. Get the recipe for Pelmeni Dumplings in Chicken Broth »

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto

Todd Coleman

Basil and oregano add herbal brightness to butternut squash, browned butter, and hazelnuts in a sweet-savory pasta dish. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto »

Beef Broth with Liver Dumplings and Saffron

Beef Broth with Liver Dumplings and Saffron

Beef Broth with Liver Dumplings and Saffron

Chris Court

This dish is known in Slovenia as “Sunday soup,” a reference to the long simmering time it takes to extract flavor from beef bones for the broth. Get the recipe for Beef Broth with Liver Dumplings and Saffron »

Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)

Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)

Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)

Todd Coleman

Cheese tortellini dot a rich umami broth well-worth a lengthy cooking time. Get the recipe for Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo) »

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Matt Taylor-Gross

An adaptation of the fried wonton, crab rangoon is one of the most enduringly popular appetizers at the posh Polynesian restaurant chain Trader Vic's. Get the recipe for Crab Rangoon »

Markklosschensuppe (Beef Marrow Dumpling Soup)

Markklosschensuppe

Markklosschensuppe

Todd Coleman

These German bread dumplings spiced with nutmeg are served in beef-marrow enriched broth for a warming winter soup. Get the recipe for Markklosschensuppe (Beef Marrow Dumpling Soup) »

Strozzapreti

Strozzapreti

Strozzapreti

Beth Rooney

Soft dumplings of Corsican fresh cheese and wild herbs highlight the natural culinary products of this beautiful Mediterranean island. Get the recipe for Strozzapreti »

Samosas

Samosas

Samosas

Penny De Los Santos

This popular Indian fried pocket of spiced potatoes, onion, and peas pairs perfectly with sweet and hot tamarind chutney. Get the recipe for Samosas »

With a delicate, translucent skin and plump form, these little dumplings resemble goldfish. Get the recipe for Shrimp and Pea Shoot Dumplings (Har Gow) »

Gnocchi al Pesto

Gnocchi al pesto

Gnocchi al pesto

Penny De Los Santos

Pillowy gnocchi in a deliciously simple pesto sauce is light enough for a first course to a homemade Italian dinner. Get the recipe for Gnocchi al Pesto »

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Landon Nordeman

These dumplings from Quebec are a delightful dessert treat, especially once drenched in butter and maple syrup. Get the recipe for Maple Syrup Dumplings »

Chef Anna Klinger of Al Di La in Brooklyn, New York, flavors these dumplings with nutmeg. For the best results, drain the ricotta overnight and squeeze all the moisture out of the Swiss chard. Get the recipe for Malfatti (Ricotta and Swiss Chard Dumplings) »

Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana

Andre Baranowski

These Roman-style gnocchi are made with semolina, not potato or ricotta, and they're baked into squares for a more substantial take on doughy dumplings. Get the recipe for Gnocchi alla Romana »

Shui Jiao (Pork and Chive Dumplings)

Shui jiao

Shui jiao

Todd Coleman

The classic Chinese pork and chive dumpling. Get the recipe for Shui Jiao (Pork and Chive Dumplings) »

Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragù

Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu

Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu

Farideh Sadeghin

Ripe plantains and yucca stand in for potatoes in this version of gnocchi from the Dominican Republic, which is served with short rib ragù. A long, slow braise with red wine, cayenne, and paprika results in tender, fall-off-the-bone morsels of meat; bolstered with cream, the rich sauce is then ladled over the slightly sweet, fluffy dumplings. Get the recipe for Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragù »

Shrimp Ravioli with Spinach and Ginger

Shrimp Ravioli with Spinach and Ginger

Shrimp Ravioli with Spinach and Ginger

André Baranowski

Store-bought wonton wrappers are perfect for making ravioli. We based this recipe on one in Cooking with Daniel Boulud (Random House, 1993). Get the recipe for Shrimp Ravioli with Spinach and Ginger »

Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

André Baranowski

A regional dish from the Italian province of Parma, these plump spinach gnocchi are excellent sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe for Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage »

Agnolotti (Veal and Escarole Ravioli)

Agnolotti

Agnolotti

Penny De Los Santos

Escarole, veal, and Parmesan make a rich filling for ravioli; serving them in veal or chicken broth turns them into a comforting soup. Get the recipe for Agnolotti (Veal and Escarole Ravioli) »

Veal Stew with Potato Dumplings

Veal Stew with Potato Dumplings

Veal Stew with Potato Dumplings

Helen Rosner

An ideal stew for a snowy winter's night, the combination of tender veal and dense potato dumplings make a warm evening at home that much more homey. Get the recipe for Veal Stew with Potato Dumplings »

Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings

Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings

Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings

Landon Nordeman

In this recipe from Transylvania, sliced root vegetables and textured semolina dumplings are moistened in a chicken broth spiced with paprika and caraway. Get the recipe for Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings »

Filled with a sweet, chewy mixture of walnuts and almonds, yuanxiao are a traditional dish for Lunar New Year, but we love them year-round. Get the recipe for Yuanxiao (Walnut- and Almond-Filled Sweet Rice Dumplings) »

Spinach Spätzli with Brown Butter, Crispy Speck, and Pangrattato

Spinach Spätzli with Brown Butter, Crispy Speck, and Pangrattato

Spinach Spätzli with Brown Butter, Crispy Speck, and Pangrattato

Con Poulos

Near Italy's border with Austria, the food takes on a distinctly Teutonic bent with spätzli, a close Italian cousin of German spätzle. Get the recipe for Spinach Spätzli with Brown Butter, Crispy Speck, and Pangrattato »

Chicken Shui Jiao (Boiled Chicken Dumplings)

Chicken Shui Jiao

Chicken Shui Jiao

Anna Stockwell

Shiitake mushroom and chicken make a moist and succulent filling for these Chinese dumplings. Get the recipe for Chicken Shui Jiao (Boiled Chicken Dumplings) »

Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto

Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto

Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto

Con Poulos

In Emilia-Romagna, chef Carla Rebecchi taught Jenn Louis to make this borlotti bean stew with shell-like gnocchi called pisarei. A fresh herb sauce laced with speck tops it off. Get the recipe for Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto »

Crystal Palace's Hunan Dumplings with Peanut Sauce

Crystal Palace Hunan Pork and Peanut Dumplings

Crystal Palace Hunan Pork and Peanut Dumplings

Matt Taylor-Gross

The now-shuttered Crystal Palace of Montreal used to serve these beef dumplings as an homage to the Quebecois favorite, peanut butter dumplings. Get the recipe for Crystal Palace's Hunan Dumplings with Peanut Sauce »

Har Gao (Shrimp Dumplings)

dumplings, shrimp dumpling recipe

Dumplings

Todd Coleman

These delicious Malaysian dumplings stuffed with minced shrimp, scallions, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots are easy to make with store-bought gyoza (potsticker) wrappers. Get the recipe for Har Gao (Shrimp Dumplings) »

Halusky (Boiled Potato Dumplings)

Halusky

Halusky

Todd Coleman

The deeply satisfying combination of potatoes, bacon, caramelized onion, and sour cream featured in this rustic old-country recipe came to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains via Eastern Europe. Get the recipe for Halusky (Boiled Potato Dumplings) »

Semmelknodel (Bavarian Bread Dumplings)

Semmelknodel

Semmelknodel

Todd Coleman

Dense, savory bread dumplings are simply seasoned with onion, parsley, and nutmeg in this classic recipe from Bavaria. Get the recipe for Semmelknodel (Bavarian Bread Dumplings) »

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