Last week, before winter flattened me with lower back pain, I was still having foodie adventures in my kitchen. I was inspired to make Sunny Anderson’s recipe for Easy Shrimp Potstickers on a cold day in early March.
You are going to need a food processor to make the filling. The list of ingredients seemed a little too simple for my tastebuds but I wanted to stay true to the recipe so I left it as-is. The food processor makes easy work of bringing the shrimp filling together. Love that!
I did not have the round wrappers Sunny had on her episode so I used wonton wrappers instead. I put about a tablespoon of the filling in the middle. Then I lined the edges with an egg wash and brought the corners together.
I added the potstickers to the pan of hot oil and let them brown on the bottom. A crucial step, do not miss out on the browning!
While they were caramelizing on the stovetop I made the dipping sauce. I did not have ponzu (what the heck is ponzu?) so I did what Sunny suggested on her show, I used soy sauce instead and added the garlic, ginger, Sriracha and sugar.
After the potstickers browned I added ice cubes to the pan which immediately started to steam so I covered the pan and let cook for longer than three minutes. I was not worried about overcooking but I did want to make sure those dumplings were not raw!
The best part is always the dipping and getting all that sauce!
The next best thing? The stunning browned bottoms of the dumplings that makes potstickers so very special.
Sadly, these dumplings ended up being quite boring! A little too simple for my taste. The filling was under seasoned and the dipping sauce too salty. I wish they balanced each other out but they did not. I was surprised to see there was no ginger or oyster sauce in the filling. Garlic, scallions and soy sauce were just not enough which is such a shame, all that work for an OK dumpling is not good enough for me.
I give this recipe three out of five wooden spoons. Normally you can count on Sunny Anderson to deliver big and bold flavours but not this time. What a shame!