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
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 »Heami Lee
Steamed Mixed Shellfish Dumplings
steamed mixed shellfish dumplings
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 »Heami Lee
Pan-Fried Spicy Beef Dumplings
pan-fried spicy beef dumplings
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 »Heami Lee
Turkish Manti Lamb Dumplings
Lamb Dumplings
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
German Pretzel Dumplings
german pretzel dumplings
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings
Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings
This delicate seasonal dumpling is stuffed with squash, spiced pork, ginger, and scallion. Get the recipe for Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings »Matt Taylor-Gross
Maultaschensuppe (Dumplings in Broth)
Maultaschensuppe
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) »Todd Coleman
Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)
Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)
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) »Ingalls Photography
Pork and Kimchi Potstickers
Pork and Kimchi Potstickers
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 »Farideh Sadeghin
Russian Chicken and Dumplings Soup
Russian Chicken and Dumplings Soup
Sesame oil and cilantro soup up this Russian classic with an eye on Japan. Get the recipe for Russian Chicken and Dumplings Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce
Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Pork and Cabbage Potstickers
Pork and Cabbage potstickers
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 »Farideh Sadeghin
Turkey Momos with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce
Turkey Momos with Tomato-Cilantro Sauce
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)
Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)
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) »Landon Nordeman
Kreplach Soup
Kreplach chicken-stuffed dumplings in broth
Little pyramids of chicken-stuffed dumplings in broth are a solid Jewish holiday dish. Get the recipe for Kreplach Soup »Todd Coleman
Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou)
Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou)
Simple pork dumplings doused in a spicy, mouth-numbing chile oil. Get the recipe for Sichuan Pork Wontons (Chao Shou) »Ariana Lindquist
Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Shanghai Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
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) »Maxime Iattoni
Braised Venison Shoulder with Mushroom Pierogi
Braised Venison Shoulder with Mushroom Pierogi
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 »Christina Holmes
Steamed Pork Belly Manti
Olia Hercules Manti
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Pelmeni Dumplings in Chicken Broth
Pelmeni Dumplings in Chicken Broth
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 »Justin Walker
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto
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 »Todd Coleman
Beef Broth with Liver Dumplings and Saffron
Beef Broth with Liver Dumplings and Saffron
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 »Chris Court
Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)
Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo)
Cheese tortellini dot a rich umami broth well-worth a lengthy cooking time. Get the recipe for Beef Broth with Tortellini and Parmesan (Brodo) »Todd Coleman
Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Markklosschensuppe (Beef Marrow Dumpling Soup)
German bread dumplings in beef-marrow enriched broth
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) »Todd Coleman
Strozzapreti
Soft dumplings of Corsican fresh cheese and wild herbs
Soft dumplings of Corsican fresh cheese and wild herbs highlight the natural culinary products of this beautiful Mediterranean island. Get the recipe for Strozzapreti »Beth Rooney
Samosas
Indian fried samosas filled with spiced potatoes, onion, and peas
This popular Indian fried pocket of spiced potatoes, onion, and peas pairs perfectly with sweet and hot tamarind chutney. Get the recipe for Samosas »Penny De Los Santos
Shrimp and Pea Shoot Dumplings (Har Gow)
Har gow
With a delicate, translucent skin and plump form, these little dumplings resemble goldfish. Get the recipe for Shrimp and Pea Shoot Dumplings (Har Gow) »Maxime Iattoni
Gnocchi al Pesto
Pillowy gnocchi in a simple pesto sauce
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 »Penny De Los Santos
Maple Syrup Dumplings
Dumplings drenched in butter and maple syrup
These dumplings from Quebec are a delightful dessert treat, especially once drenched in butter and maple syrup. Get the recipe for Maple Syrup Dumplings »Landon Nordeman
Malfatti (Ricotta and Swiss Chard Dumplings)
Ricotta and Swiss Chard 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) »Todd Coleman
Gnocchi alla Romana
Gnocchi alla Romana
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 »Andre Baranowski
Shui Jiao (Pork and Chive Dumplings)
Pork and Chive Dumplings
The classic Chinese pork and chive dumpling. Get the recipe for Shui Jiao (Pork and Chive Dumplings) »Todd Coleman
Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragù
Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu
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 »Farideh Sadeghin
Shrimp Ravioli with Spinach and Ginger
Shrimp Ravioli with Spinach and Ginger
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 »André Baranowski
Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage
Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage
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 »André Baranowski
Agnolotti (Veal and Escarole Ravioli)
Agnolotti
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) »Penny De Los Santos
Veal Stew with Potato Dumplings
Veal Stew with Potato Dumplings
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 »Helen Rosner
Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings
Chicken Soup with Semolina Dumplings
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 »Landon Nordeman
Yuanxiao (Walnut- and Almond-Filled Sweet Rice Dumplings)
Yuanxiao
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) »Maxime Iattoni
Spinach Spätzli with Brown Butter, Crispy Speck, and Pangrattato
Spinach Spätzli with Brown Butter, Crispy Speck, and Pangrattato
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 »Con Poulos
Chicken Shui Jiao (Boiled Chicken Dumplings)
Chinese dumplings filled with shiitake mushroom and chicken
Shiitake mushroom and chicken make a moist and succulent filling for these Chinese dumplings. Get the recipe for Chicken Shui Jiao (Boiled Chicken Dumplings) »Anna Stockwell
Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto
Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto
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 »Con Poulos
Crystal Palace's Hunan Dumplings with Peanut Sauce
Crystal Palace Hunan Pork and Peanut Dumplings
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Har Gao (Shrimp Dumplings)
shrimp dumpling recipe
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) »Todd Coleman
Halusky (Boiled Potato Dumplings)
Boiled potato and bacon dumplings
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) »Todd Coleman
Semmelknodel (Bavarian Bread Dumplings)
Bread dumplings seasoned with onion, parsley, and nutmeg
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) »Todd Coleman