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Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings: A TikTok-Inspired Delight

Introduction: Crispy and Chewy Delights

These mouthwatering Rice Paper Dumplings are a sensation on TikTok. With a delightful crispiness on the outside and a slightly chewy texture inside, these rice wrapper dumplings are the perfect combination of flavors. Made with rice paper wraps, shredded veggies, garlic, ginger, and a hint of salt, they are an irresistible treat. Plus, with only 3 net carbs per dumpling, these delicious morsels are both healthy and tasty. Join me as I share my simple tricks and step-by-step photos to help you master the art of making these delectable treats in no time!

Crispy Rice Paper Wrapped Dumplings: A Social Media Delight

In a world where social media algorithms seem to know our preferences better than we do ourselves, these envelope-shaped crispy dumplings immediately captured my attention. Who doesn’t love dumplings that are crispy on the outside and delightfully chewy on the inside? And when they are vegan and vegetarian-friendly, they become an instant party favorite for everyone, including meat enthusiasts like my husband, who devoured them as quickly as he would a juicy steak.

Ingredients for Rice Paper Veggie Dumplings

To create these flavorful dumplings, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Rice paper wrappers (also known as Spring Roll Wrappers or rice sheets): Look for round wraps with a diameter of 22cm (8.67 inches).
  • Coleslaw mix: Opt for store-bought shredded cabbage and carrots to keep things simple.
  • Fresh shiitake mushrooms: Add an extra burst of umami flavor to the filling.
  • Fresh Ginger, Garlic, and Scallions: The perfect combination of flavors for truly tasty dumplings.
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Coconut aminos or a dash of soy sauce or tamari
  • Toasted Sesame oil
  • Avocado oil: Choose a neutral-flavored oil for stir frying the dumpling fillings.
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

How to Make this Mouthwatering Dish

Let’s dive into the simple and fast process of creating these delicious dumplings:

  1. Lightly sauté the dumpling fillings: If you’re using vegetable fillings, quickly sauté or stir-fry them over medium-high heat. Be careful not to overcook them, as excessive moisture will make the dumplings soggy and challenging to wrap.

  2. Prepare the rice paper wrappers: Dip the rice paper sheets in cold water for a few seconds on all sides until they become pliable, avoiding excessive softness. Remember that the paper will continue to soften once removed from the water.

  3. Fold the dumplings: Place a little more than 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of the rice paper sheet. Fold the dumpling by bringing the bottom half up to cover the filling, then fold the left and right sides toward the center. Roll the dumpling from the bottom up to create an envelope shape.

  4. Pan-fry: Use a nonstick pan to pan fry the dumplings in two separate batches. This prevents them from sticking together and makes flipping easier.

  5. Air-fry: Air-frying rice paper dumplings is a breeze! Simply place them in an air fryer basket, spray with oil, and air fry at 380F (193C) for 12-15 minutes. Flip the dumplings after 6 minutes.

  6. Serve and enjoy: Devour these crispy and crunchy delicacies right away, while they are at their freshest.

Recipe Variations: Endless Possibilities

Feel free to experiment with various ingredients and create your own unique dumpling flavors. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Vegetable selections: Explore shredded or thinly sliced vegetables that don’t contain excessive moisture. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and carrots are excellent options.

  • Ground meat types: Though this recipe emphasizes vegan and vegetarian options, you can add small quantities of ground poultry, beef, pork, or diced shrimp. Just ensure they are cooked before wrapping.

  • Add firm tofu: Enhance the dumpling filling with thin strips of firm tofu, smoked tofu, or cooked vermicelli noodles. Cooked shrimp or chicken are also great additions; simply chop them finely before including them.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Umami Tips for the Best Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings

To achieve perfection in your dumplings, keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t overcook the filling: When sautéing the vegetables, ensure they remain slightly undercooked. Overcooked fillings can result in soggy dumplings when pan-fried.

  • Use cold water: Dip the rice paper in a bowl of cold water for a few seconds on all sides. This makes it pliable but not overly soft, allowing you ample time to work. Oversaturated rice paper becomes sticky and prone to breakage.

  • Keep the work surface slightly damp: Moisten your work surface, such as a large cutting board, to prevent the rice paper sheets from sticking.

  • One to two rice paper sheets per dumpling: If you’re new to using rice paper, using two sheets simplifies the rolling process. Additionally, if you prefer larger dumplings that can hold more fillings, opt for two sheets per dumpling. Keep in mind that this may result in slightly chewy ends due to multiple layers. As a reference, I typically use one sheet for a little over 1 tablespoon of filling per dumpling.

  • Brush the dumpling tray with a thin layer of oil: This prevents the dumplings from sticking as you work through the batch.

  • Cover the dumplings with a slightly damp paper towel: This keeps the rice-wrapped dumplings from drying out.

  • Use a ceramic or non-stick skillet: When pan-frying, these types of pans reduce the likelihood of the dumplings sticking and make flipping easier.

  • Eat right away!: For the freshest and crispiest experience, enjoy the dumplings immediately after cooking. Waiting too long will cause them to turn soft.

Pairing Suggestions: Complementing Flavors

To complete your meal, consider pairing these delightful dumplings with the following dishes:

  • Easy hot and sour soup
  • Moo goo gai pan
  • Black pepper chicken
  • Kung pao chicken
  • The best Bang bang shrimp

For more culinary inspiration, explore my collection of healthy Asian dinner recipes on Quill And Fox.

More Crispy Appetizers: Beyond Dumplings

If you’re a fan of dumpling recipes, don’t miss out on my other crispy appetizers, such as Crispy rice sushi, keto dim sum shumai, Daikon potstickers, and gluten-free rice paper wontons. Each one is a favorite among my readers and guarantees a delightful culinary experience!

Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings