Shiso Gyoza

Shiso Gyoza Recipe

There’s a special place in my heart for dumplings. Whether they’re fried, boiled or steamed, there’s a marvelous synergy that happens when you take a savory filling and stuff it into what is essentially an oversized noodle. In Japan, nothing typifies dumplings more than Gyōza (餃子). Whether you’re walking down a restaurant lined alley, or through an upscale grocery store, in Japan, you’re never far away from the hunger-inducing smell of these pork and garlic chive dumplings.

Originating in China where they’re known as Jiaozi (饺子), gyoza along with other imports such as Ràmen, Karé Ràisu, and Hambaagu have found their way into the ecclectic pantheon of Japanese cuisine and there are thousands of restaurants that specialize in these delectable dumplings.

With so many gyoza shops, most places try to diversify their menu by adding different fillings from scallops and shrimp to cheese and corn. While I’m generally a fan of the classic, with pork, cabbage and garlic chives, there is one exception. When I was visiting Japan a number of years ago, I happened upon a gyoza stall in a Ginza department store that was selling gyoza filled with kurobuta (berkshire pork) and aōjiso (green shiso). This wasn’t some novelty flavor cooked up to sell more dumplings, it was genuinely good!

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Shiso is a subspecies of Perilla and joins Basil as a member of the mint family. You may be used to seeing the large saw-toothed leaf garnishing a platter of sushi, but it’s a fantastic herb that has a unique green flavor and a subtle menthol bite. This makes it the perfect accent for the rich porky filling and provides a visually pleasing glow through the semi-translucent wrapper.

Unike most dumplings, gyoza are both steamed and fried. This gives them a Jekyl and Hyde texture that captures the best of both worlds. The sublime combination of a crispy bottom with a tender noodle-like wrapper is achieved by frying, steaming, and then frying gyoza again. It might sound complicated, but there are no kitchen acrobatics required here. Just start the pot stickers off on a hot pan with a little oil, hit it with some water and steam, then, as the water burns off, the bottom fries up golden brown and crisp.

Speaking of “pot sticking”, there’s a good reason why gyoza are known as potstickers in English. If you don’t use a non-stick pan (or a well seasoned cat iron pan), you’re practically guaranteed to have the best part of the wrappers permanently bonded to your pan. So for the sake of your dumplings (and your pan), please be sure to use a non-stick pan.

If you’re vegetarian, or just don’t eat pork, you can also add shiso when making my vegan gyoza. If you can’t find shiso in your area, or want to roll old skool, these dumplings are pretty darned delicious without it.

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Crisp on the bottom, tender on top, these pork and garlic chive gyoza are wrapped with green shiso for a delicious twist on the classic.
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Crisp on the bottom, tender on top, these pork and garlic chive gyoza are wrapped with green shiso for a delicious twist on the classic.
Servings Prep Time
dumplings 30minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
dumplings 30minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
  • For Filling
  • 200 grams cabbage (1/4 small head)
  • 200 grams pork – ground
  • 30 grams scallions minced
  • 30 grams garlic chives - flat minced
  • 15 grams ginger - fresh grated (about 1/2 inch length)
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper – ground
  • For Gyoza
  • 40 gyoza wrappers (a.k.a. potsticker wrappers)
  • 40 shiso leaves - green stems trimmed
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • For Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • chili oil optional
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Instructions
  1. Put the cabbage in a pot and add enough water to cover it. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Boil the cabbage until it is starting to wilt (about 2-3 minutes). Drain the cabbage in a colander while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. In a bowl, add the ground pork, scallions, garlic chives, ginger, potato starch, sesame oil, soy sauce, sake, salt and white pepper.
  3. When the cabbage has cooled enough to handle, shake off any excess water that has collected between the leaves, but do not squeeze the leaves (the water content of the cabbage is the secret to juicy gyoza!). Remove the core and discard. Chop the cabbage into 1/4-inch pieces and add it in with the pork.
  4. Put some gloves on and knead the pork and cabbage together until it forms a relatively uniform paste. Gyoza makers in Japan say that gathering up the meat and throwing it back into the bowl makes the filling more tender, but I haven't seen any evidence to support this claim.
  5. Prepare a bowl of water to wet your fingers with as well as a tray lined with parchment paper to hold your wrapped gyoza.
  6. To fold the gyoza, put a wrapper in the palm of your left hand (assuming you're right handed).
  7. Place a shiso leaf in the middle of the wrapper. If your leaves are too large, you may need to trim them down so so they fit in the center of your wrapper without going all the way to the edges.
  8. Place a tablespoon of meat mixture in the middle of the leaf.
  9. Wet the fingers of your right hand and moisten the entire rim of the wrapper like you would an envelope. You need to get enough water onto the rim to make the wrapper stick, but not so much that you make it mushy.
  10. Fold the wrapper over and then use your thumb and forefinger to pleat the edge from the left to the right.
  11. As you pleat, use your left thumb to press the completed pleats down to seal the dumpling.
  12. When you're done, put the dumpling in the palm of your hand and make sure it stands up with the pleats facing up. If it's not stable, tweak the shape a little so that it's able to stand with the pleats facing up.
  13. Place the dumpling on the prepared tray and repeat until you are out of filling.
  14. To fry the dumplings, prepare a small bowl with 3 tablespoons of water. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy bottomed 10 to 12 inch non-stick pan over medium high heat until hot. Line up the dumplings in rows and let them fry until the bottoms take on just a hint of color. The pan should fit 10-12 dumplings at a time.
  15. Hold a lid with the side closest to you touching the pan like an open clam shell (the opening should be facing away from you). Reach around and quickly pour in the 3 tablespoons of water and shut the lid as fast as possible. As you might imagine pouring water on to hot oil will result in a lot of spattering. Be careful and quick to avoid making a mess.
  16. Let the dumplings steam until there is no water left in the pan (this should take about 2 minutes). Because of variations in pots and their lids it's possible you might run out of water more quickly. If this happens, add a bit more water and continue steaming.
  17. When the water is gone, remove the lid and fry the gyoza until they are golden brown on the bottom.
  18. Serve the gyoza browned side up so they don't get soggy. For the dipping sauce, just mix equal parts soy sauce and rice vinegar and add some chili oil to taste.
  19. These gyoza can be frozen on the parchment lined trays. Once they're frozen you can put them in a tupperware or freezer bag. When you cook them, the process is the same, but you will need to use more water and let them steam longer (about 5-6 minutes) to make sure they're cooked through.

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  • Beth Mortenson

    Mark, can a regular mint leaf be a substitute for the shiso?

    BTW, I look forward to your recipes. I love them and make many of them with fabulous results! Thank you!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Beth, the flavor of shiso is quite different from mint so it’s definitely going to taste different. There’s really no herb that I can think of that has a similar flavor, but if I had to pick the closest one I’d say basil is a little closer than mint would be.

  • mobiuschic42

    I’ve lived in Japan for two years and while I love to cook, I’ve been a bit intimidated by the sea of unfamiliar ingredients at the supermarket. I’ve mostly stuck to cobbled-together versions of American dishes that I have to search for ingredients and make substitutions. However, your blog is really inspiring me to try using more native Japanese vegetables and sauces. The presentation is friendly and I trust that I can understand how to cook the dishes. Thank you so much!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Glad to hear my posts could help inspire you. I’ve only been in Japan for about 3 years myself, but feel free to send me a note if you ever have questions about specific ingredients.

  • shiela

    hi marc,
    i live in riyadh, ksa and we dont have some of the ingredients. what do i substitute for: shiso leaves, sake and gyoza wrappers?
    thank you.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Shiela, I’ve bought shiso sprouts in Riyadh before at Lulu. I think they were mislableed “Watercress Sprouts” though so unless you know what you’re looking for it might be a little difficult to find them. For the sake, I usually I bring freeze dried sake lee’s from Japan which has 0% alcohol content but all the flavor of sake. If you’re not going to be in Japan anytime soon, just leave the sake out. As for the gyoza wrappers, Tamimi carries wonton wrappers which have a different shape (they’re square) but they can still be used to make these, just fold the wrappers in half to make a triangle. I hope that helps. —
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      • shiela

        Hi Marc, i found shiso sprouts in Lulu Supermarket although the leaves are wee small. Thanks for your suggestions!

        • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

          Glad to hear they still carry them. You can either let them grow bigger, or just mix the sprouts into the meat mixture.

          • shiela

            ok, consider it done :)

  • phu

    I haven’t seen shiso in Minnesota, but the leaf idea is really cool, so I figured I’d just make a pork meatball mixture (without breadcrumbs but with cabbage) and use basil leaves. It was a HUGE hit; I served Alfredo as a dipping sauce.

    While using up the end of the mix and wrappers, I got lazy and folded them like tortellini, then just boiled them. Turned out great that way, too.

    Thanks for taking the time to keep this blog, it’s brilliant!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Great idea! Sounds delicious. I like these boiled too, they’re great in soups.

      • phu

        I hadn’t boiled gyoza in a long time; I did it for a while in college and everyone else hated it, they said the wrapper texture was “slimy.” I do like them pan-fried, but boiling is so much easier, and I do like the texture quite a lot.

        Right now I’m also lucky enough to have parmesan direct from Italy thanks to a friend who spends a month or two a year there with his wife’s family. That stuff definitely added nicely to the meat mixture.

  • Shawn Mcclain

    I love making gyoza but when I lived in Japan they made gyoza with super crispy bottoms like the photo below. How do they do this.? Can you help

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      When you use freshly made wrappers, they usually have a ton of potato starch coating them to keep them from sticking. When you add the water to steam the gyoza, the starch dissolves in the water and then thickens the water into a gravy. Eventually as the water evaporates, this gravy turns into a thick crust. While my technique above produces really crispy bottoms (even if your wrappers aren’t coated in a lot of starch), if you want this stuck-toghether shell you should be able to achieve it by dusting your wrapped gyoza in some potato starch before frying them, and then pouring the water directly over them to wash some of the starch into the water. Or you could try to mix some starch into the water before you add it, but I’m not sure what the ratio should be.

  • JP@Filipino Food Recipes

    I had my electronics technical training in Choshi, Chibaken few years ago and gyoza is one of the dishes I like most while living there for 1 year and six months. I’m now in Philippines and just today I crave for gyoza and landed in to your recipe. All the ingredients and wrapper are available here in Philippines except for the shiso leaf. I’ll do the cooking by tomorrow, I will follow your recipe without the leaf and believe it will still taste very good. Thanks for the recipe.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Yep, it’s still the standard gyoza without the shiso leaf. Hope you enjoy!

  • simply salve

    Hi Marc! here in saudi arabia, we dont have any available gyoza wrappers, can I use wonton wrappers instead? I also have here the vietnamese spring roll wrapper can i use it instead? I really missed eating these. Thanks

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Simply Salve, if you are in Riyadh, I’m pretty sure I’ve bought round gyoza wrappers at Tamimi before. As for wonton wrappers they will work just fine, but you’ll need to get a little creative about wrapping as they are square instead of round. I wouldn’t recommend spring roll wrappers because they will have a different texture.

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