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(Suuuper Tender!) Keto Dumplings 🥟 gluten free & dairy free

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

Keto dumplings with a ginger pork filling
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)

Ginger & Pork Keto Dumplings

Legit Flavor Bombs!

So while the wrapper itself deviates from the original (obviously?! lol), they will undoubtedly cure your cravings for Chinese takeout!

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)!

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

The (Dairy Free & Keto!) Dough

I’m using our famous Crazy Keto Dough (for everything!) here. It’s easy-peasyto whip up, dairy free, and you can leave the dough in the fridge for 3-4 days (i.e. you can whip up individual batches of several things!).

You can get three keto hot pockets out of a batch of dough. And also keep in mind that you don’t need to make it all into these pockets, as you can make actual keto tortillas, hot pockets, garlic breadsticks, (puffed up!) tortilla chips… and even some cinnamon roll knots!  i.e. you’ve got options.

Freshly shaped Keto dumplings on a baking tray
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)

The Flours

I like a mixture of super fine almond flour (Anthony’s super fine is awesome) and coconut flour (again Anthony’s, best taste and texture by a mile!). Add a touch of xanthan gum, baking powder, and we’re golden.

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

Holding a keto dumpling with chopsticks
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)

The Filling

The filling for these low carb dumplings is a very simple, yet ridiculously tasty 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.

The Method

The real trick here is to get the keto dough nice and thin. This way you’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.

How to fold keto dumplings
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)

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.

How to close and shape keto dumplings
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)
Keto dumplings on a marble serving platter with sauce
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)
Taking a keto dumpling from the serving platter with chopsticks
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)
A bitten keto dumpling showing the pork ginger filling
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)
An action shot of a keto dumpling dipped in soy sauce
Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings (with a steamed ginger pork filling!)

Holding a keto dumpling with chopsticks

Fried Gluten Free & Keto Dumplings

Course: Appetizer, Entree, Main
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: keto dumplings, low carb dumplings
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. Whip up a batch of our Crazy Keto Dough. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes while you prep the rest (and up to 5 days in the fridge).

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
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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59 comments

  1. Food Sage says:

    Oh – forgot to add that it is physically impossible to get 38 dumplings out of a single batch of crazy keto dough – you must double (or more) to use all of the filling. Just add up the weights in the dough recipe and divide by 11…not mathemtically possible to get 38. You get 15 if you are really exact on all weights.

  2. Food Sage says:

    The filling does not need to be pre-cooked. You get juicier and more traditional texture if you fill the dough with the raw pork mixture. Also pleat them on their side so that you have two flat surfaces and can then fry them on both sides about 8 minutes total to fully cook the filling.

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