Tempeh & Shiitake Gyozas (Japanese dumplings)

Gyozas are small Asian dumplings, originating in China called ‘jiaozi’. These crispy  little snacks are the Japanese version, gyozas are traditionally cooked using 2 methods – pan frying then steaming. They are placed into a hot frying pan for a  minute or 2 to give one side a crispy texture, then a little water (or light vegetable stock) is added to the pan which is then covered, and the liquid will quickly steam the rest of the dumpling.  This will produce a delightful mixture of textures, with part begin soft and light and part being a little crispy.

Serve with a dipping sauce  – a Vietnamese sauce or chili sauce give great flavours and make them impossible to stop eating.

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Gyoza Ingredients

250g Shiitake mushrooms – sliced
250g Tempeh – crumbled
1 Carrot – peeled, finely grated
100g Peanuts – toasted and lightly crushed
2 tsp Sesame seeds – lightly toasted
Splash Rice wine vinegar
Handful Parsley – chopped
400g Quinoa – cooked
2 Garlic bulbs – crushed
2 inches Ginger – shredded
3 Spring onions – cut into ½ cm slices
½ Cup Hoisin Sauce
Sprinkle of paprika powde
30 Gyoza wrappers


Roast the tempeh & mushrooms in a splash of oil in hot oven (180c) for 8 mins, then cover with hoisin, mix well, dust with paprika powder, s+p and return to oven for another 6-8 mins. Remove from oven and leave to one side to cool.

Add all the wet ingredients together and season, place teaspoon full at center of gyoza wrapper, moisten edges with a little water or plant milk, and seal.

Shallow fry in hot oil on one side until its a light golden brown colour, then add a few tbsp of water and cover with lid, cook for another 2-3 minutes until the water has mostly evaporated and cooked the rest of the gyozas.

4 pieces per serving, along with chili sauce or Vietnamese dipping sauce.


Gyozas are super tasty and devilishly moreish, be sure to make lots extra as they will soon disappear!. Store a extra batch in the freezer so you'll have some ready for any occasion