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Suuuper Tender Fried Dumplings ๐ŸฅŸ gluten free, dairy free & keto

Missing dumplings, pot stickers and what-not?! Count on these super tender and tasty gluten free and keto dumplings to satisfy the cravings!

Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings with a ginger pork filling
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings

Ginger & Pork Keto Dumplings ๐Ÿœ

Suuuper Tender!

Because of the coconut flour, even though these low carb and keto dumpllings are lightly fried, they manage to stay light and tender. Think of them as a cross between pork dumplings and their dim sum relatives ham sui gok (glutinous rice dumplings).

So while the wrapper deviates from the original, they will undoubtedly cure your cravings for Chinese takeout.

Plus, while they do take a couple hours to put together, think of it as meal prepping supreme.ย The dumplings can be cooked after briefly thawing them out, making them ideal for a quick weeknight meal.

The Flours

These keto dumplings are a spinoff of our grain free keto tortillasย and ravioli. Think almost the same ingredients:ย almond flour,ย coconut flour and a touch of xanthan gumย (minus the baking powder). But slightly wetter, so youโ€™re able to get it nice and thin.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthonyโ€™sย or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds. And for the coconut, we always favor Anthonyโ€™s.

Allergic to nuts? Weโ€™ve heard great things about substituting the almond flour with sunflower seed meal or pumpkin seed meal from readers. Color and taste will be different though.

Otherwise, no substituting flours here and the xanthan gum is absolutely necessary. And, if possible, weigh your ingredients for consistent results.

Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ร‚ย รฐลธยล“ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes

The Filling

The filling for these low carb dumplings is a very simple, yet ridiculously tastyย ground pork and Nappa cabbage infused with ginger and sesame oil. Having said that, other ground meats will work too (but we loooove pork here best!).

And given that our keto dough cannot be steamed or boiled, to keep the dumplings nice and tender we found it necessary to steam the filling prior to filling. This keeps it super juicy and very akin to tradition. But note that you can also fry it normally if you prefer.

Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes

The Methodย ๐Ÿ”

The real trick here is to get the keto dough nice and thin. This way youโ€™ll end up with tender dumplings, as opposed to doughy ones.

1. Roll out the dough between parchment paper

This is easiest done using a tortilla press (cast iron ones are the best). But a rolling pin (with some patience) will work too. The dough should end up translucent when held up against natural light. We found 1-inch (11g in weight) balls, rolled out to 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) in diameter worked best.

2. Add filling

Heap roughly a tablespoon of filling onto the dough. Be VERY careful to not get any filling or juices on the edges or dough won’t stick.

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Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes

3. Trim

Fold in half and quickly close both sides towards the center, the pleats will naturally form. You can trim the tops with kitchen shears if finicky about presentation. Place on a baking tray and freeze right away to avoid the dough getting soggy. Keep adding them to the baking tray in the freezer as you make them. It took us roughly 4 tries to get them shaped nicely, so don’t despair.

Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Dumplings ย ๐Ÿœ Super tender, lightly fried and filled with steamed ginger pork! #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #lowcarb #healthyrecipes

Suuuper Tender Fried Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings

Course: Appetizer, Entree, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Gluten Free, Ketogenic
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 38 dumplings
Calories: 79 kcal

Missing dumplings, pot stickers and what-not?! Count on these super tender gluten free and keto dumplings to satisfy the cravings. 

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion. 

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Ingredients

For the dumpling filling:

  • 500 g ground pork or fatty meat of choice*
  • 500 g Napa cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or ran through a press
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • pinch white pepper optional

For the keto dumpling dough

For the dipping sauce (serves 2)

Instructions

For the dumpling filling:

  1. Place ginger in a small bowl and cover with water. Set aside to soak while you blanch the cabbage. 

  2. Blanch Nappa cabbage leaves in hot water over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a strainer and set aside until cool enough to handle. Wring out the leaves to squeeze out the liquid very well. Transfer to a cutting board and finely mince. Set aside to cool completely. 

  3. Place ground pork (or meat of choice) in a heatproof bowl that fits comfortably in your steamer. Add minced cabbage and mix well. Strain ginger juices into pork mixture, pressing down with a spoon to get all the goodies out. Add in scallions, garlic, coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice vinegar and white pepper. Mix well until thoroughly combined, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. 

For the keto dumpling dough

  1. Add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum and salt to food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined.

  2. Pour in apple cider vinegar with the food processor running. Once it has distributed evenly, pour in the eggs. Add water teaspoon by teaspoon, as needed, until the dough forms into a ball. The dough should be firm, yet sticky to touch and with no creases (which mean the dough is dry and you need to add a little more water).

  3. Wrap dough in cling film and knead it through the plastic for a couple minutes. Think of it a bit like a stress ball. Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature and place in the fridge for 45 minutes (and up to five days).

To assemble the keto dumplings

  1. Set up your steamer, heating up the water over high heat until boiling. Place heatproof bowl with pork in the steamer (you want to catch all the juices), cover, lower heat to low and simmer for 12-14 minutes until fully cooked. Don't open the steamer until the 12 minute mark. You can alternatively fry the filling in a pan, but we found best results are achieved by steaming. Remove bowl with pork from steamer and set aside to cool completely, mixing every so often to make sure the juices are soaked back up almost entirely. 

  2. Roll out 1-inch dough balls (11g in weight) between parchment paper using a rolling pin or a tortilla press (much easier and faster) until 4 3/4-inches (12 cm) in diameter. 

  3. Heap roughly a tablespoon of filling onto the dough discarding the juices left (see pictures in post). Be VERY careful to not get any filling or juices on the edges or dough won't stick. Fold in half and quickly close both sides towards the center, the pleats will naturally form. Trim tops with kitchen shears if finicky about presentation. Place on a baking tray and freeze right away to avoid the dough getting soggy. Keep adding them to the baking tray in the freezer as you make them. It took us roughly 4 tries to get them shaped nicely, so don't despair. The dumplings can be frozen for up to two months at this point, allowing them to thaw for 15 minutes before cooking. 

To serve

  1. Heat up frying oil of choice (we used coconut) in a skillet or pan over low heat. You'll want it roughly 1-inch deep and not too hot so the dumplings cook slowly. 

  2. Add dumplings to pan and baste the tops right away and constantly to seal them shut. We prefer to cook them until the bottoms just begin to brown to keep them super tender, but you can fry yours longer to taste. 

  3. Serve right away with scallions and dipping sauce. 

Recipe Notes

We found this recipe to yield 38 dumplings. Nutrition facts below were estimated per dumpling with the filling.

Nutrition Facts
Suuuper Tender Fried Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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42 comments

    • Becky says:

      This looks soo goood. I love your recipes. I’m a pescatarian. Do you think that I could do some sort of prawn/shrimp or maybe crab mushroom mix instead of pork?

      What would you suggest? Thanks.

  1. Debby says:

    Hi, I’ve just started keto for about 3 weeks, and I’m really craving some Chinese dumplings and noodles and i came across your recipe! I’m really excited to try this, but I gotta ask, is the apple cider vinegar necessary for this recipe? I’m not really a fan of it, and it’s quite expensive where I live. But thank you so much for posting this recipe, one way or another, I’m getting those dumplings in my mouth sooner or later! And I’m looking forward to some new recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Chris says:

    Just a quick question, this might be obvious but I’m not sure. When making the filling, do you put everything together and steam it that way, or steam the meat and then mix it with the rest? In addition, are you pouring the water from the ginger into the meat, or just literally strain the juices out of the ginger after its been soaking?

    Thanks, and I can’t wait to try these- I love the tortilla recipe, so this should be awesome.

    • Tanios says:

      Just get a large pot with a lid. Fill a bit of water in the bottom, then put the fillings bowl in the middle, and put the lid on.
      Just be careful so that the water level is lower than the bowl’s edge

  3. nary says:

    if i make this instead of steaming it can i fry it? and or how would you steam it if you dont have a steamer? and a food processors. can i still use my hands ?

    • Paola says:

      It says: Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature and place in the fridge FOR 45 MINUTES (and up to five days).

  4. Kelly says:

    These look delicious! I just made some up but haven’t cooked them yet. I messed up though, followed the recipe perfect, except missed where it said don’t substitute flours in this, my bad! I used more coconut flour as I was running low on almond flour. Bad mistake, the dough wouldn’t stay together or roll out. It worked in the food processor, made a nice ball and was still sticky. But after sitting and refrigerating it would not roll out, stuck to the parchment paper and when I tried to close them they fell apart. As a result of the coconut flour I’m sure. Will know better next time! I made them the best I could and they don’t look pretty but should taste great still I think. I am freezing for a bit to firm them up really good before I try and cook them or they won’t make it in one piece! Can’t wait to try them and next time will know. Your recipes are great! What a treat to be able to make things my family loves as well that I can eat and not worry about. I am type 2 diabetic so the very low carb is great for me and your recipes are also great for low or no sugars too. Thanks so much for all the time and effort you have put into these recipes and for sharing them with everyone. Hugs and Love to you!!

    • Paola says:

      Kelly that’s so wonderful to hear! ๐Ÿ™‚ And fingers crossed the dumplings turned out tasty at least!! Coconut flour behaves SO differently that it’s a bit hard to sub xo!

  5. Loralie says:

    One more question…..if I make the dough, and do not fill it. Can I refrigerate and/or freeze it to give to share with someone? I don’t want to fill it, because I’m not sure what the person would like to put in it.

    • Paola says:

      I would just keep it in the fridge rather than freeze it. You can freeze it shaped already though (the texture changes a bit).

  6. Chelsea says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon this recipe via Pinterest, and it looks delicious! How would I make these without a steamer?
    Thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Chelsea! You can just go ahead and cook the meat in a skillet or pan. You get more of the traditional mouthfeel though if the meat is steamed. xo and hope you enjoy!

  7. Amber says:

    Iโ€™m looking forward to making these!! I recently made the raviolis! Soo wonderful. I used some of the ravioli dough for a thin crust pizza. I just rolled it out til about 1/4 in thick. Kind of made an edge. Baked for a bit. Topped it with a bit of an Alfredo sauce, a little mozzarella, fresh mushroom, fresh spinach, heirloom tomatoes tossed with a bit of fresh basil and olive oil. Baked it til bubbly. Drizzled with just a bit of a balsamic reduction. The dough was so very good. Held up perfectly.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Amber! That’s awesome so happy you enjoyed the ravioli so much! And your pizza sounds delicious too! ps. check out the deep-dish pizza, the dough for that one is pretty much the same but with some added baking powder etc to make it more dough-like. xo!

      • Amber says:

        Oh thank you I will have to check that out for sure! Iโ€™m planning on making the tortillas this week to eat with carnitas! Mmmmm

    • Paola says:

      Hi LaWanda! So happy you’re enjoying the recipes! In terms of the crepe maker, I’m not sure how you would need it here? The dough is not pourable, you need to roll it out. Are we talking about the same appliance? xo!

  8. Emily Buchanan says:

    It’s like you read my mind! I was JUST thinking about dumplings as they’ve been EVERYHWERE because of the Chinese New Year and in comes your email! Happening this weekend for sure

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