Fried Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with a Sweet and Sour Sauce

Fried Food Friday. You like it?


Not that I feel this should be like, a thing. I’m just mighty fond of alliteration and good times, holmes.

PLERS, I fry food like once every 24 millennia, so we have to celebrate! You know, celebrate good times. Come on.


A) One of these days I’ll stop all capsing your faces off.

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B) Rrrrrrrrrrright.

C) This is actually Aaron’s recipe! Remember the lil’ dinner party we had a couple of weekends ago? Well just like a dang wizard, he abacadabrad these sickeningly perfect, crispy bites of the promised land right out of thin air and we pretty much annihilated them just like the end of the Hunger Games.

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So when he went back to work the following Monday and left me alone at home in a dark room with the recipe scribbled on a torn sheet of paper, I held it close to my lips, ran the sheet through my hair, got some oil very very hot, whispered the steps out loud and . . .

Whoaaaaaa, this is getting awkward.

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Fried Food Friday!


I’m so in.


And I should have made a million more.

Fried Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with a Sweet and Sour Sauce:

What it took for roughly 20 dumplings:

for the dumplings:

* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and finely chopped
* 1 sweet Italian sausage link, casing removed and whizzed in the food processor
* 2 scallions, finely chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced ginger root
* 20 wonton wrappers
* about 3 cups canola oil

for the sauce:

* 4 Tbs. water
* 4 Tbs. sugar
* 1 Tbs. vinegar
* 1 Tbs. sambal oelek
* 1 small pinch salt

Heat the olive oil in a wok. I used Jaden’s. Best wok ever. Anyway, heat that oil over a medium-high. Add the shrimp, pork, scallions, garlic and ginger; sauté for a good 5 minutes until it’s all slightly browned and glorious. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper.

Arrange the wontons in a single layer. Have a little bowl of water next to your work surface. Stick your finger in the water and brush the outer edges of the wrappers. Then dollop about a Tbs. of the shrimp/pork mixture in the middle of each wrapper. Fold the wrapper over, making a rectangle. Then take the outer corners and fold them together. Dab a little water between the corners to make ’em stick. There ya go.

Now, back in the wok, get that oil hot. Like, crazy hot. A good way to tell when it’s ready is to stick a wooden chop stick in the oil, and if it sizzles on the stick, you’re set. YOU ARE SET. Sorry.

So, a few at a time, dip the dumplings into the hot oil, continually turning so that they evenly fry. This will take maybe a minute. Once golden brown transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with the rest of the dumplings, y’all.

In the meantime, bring the sauce ingredients to a medium heat. Continue to simmer lightly until it’s reduced and a little thick and yummy and dipalicious.

Serve dumplings with the sweet and sour dipping sauce!





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24 Responses to Fried Shrimp and Pork Dumplings with a Sweet and Sour Sauce

  1. Meagan Wied January 25, 2013 at 9:03 am #
    These look so good Bev! I've never tried dumplings and I just bet these will be my first ones.
  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food January 25, 2013 at 9:13 am #
    Why do you tempt me with your porky goodness? Evil!
  3. Heather @ Heather's Dish January 25, 2013 at 9:29 am #
    All I'm sayin' is that my pant size just went up a couple numbers. Just sayin'.
  4. Heather January 25, 2013 at 9:45 am #
    I nominate making FFF a tradition!
  5. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 25, 2013 at 10:14 am #
    I'm digging these, totally!
  6. Jane January 25, 2013 at 10:23 am #
    These look amazing!! I'm always wary of frying at home, but I've never considered doing it in a wok -not too much oil- love that!
  7. Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 25, 2013 at 10:49 am #
    I heart Fried Food Friday!!!
  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 25, 2013 at 10:57 am #
    I want to eat 5,000 of these and be fat forever.
  9. a farmer in the dell January 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm #
    I'm down with fried food friday.
  10. Jess @ OnSugarMountain January 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm #
    First off - don't ever stop all capsing. I look forward to reading your caps-full posts each day <3 And your quirky funny way of spelling words. Like PLERS. :D Also - fried food friday needs to now be a thing. More deliciously fried foods like these for sure.
  11. claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm #
    want to eat ALL THE THINGS!!!
  12. Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm #
    Looooooove these. They are so simple ingredient-wise and I'm sure so delish too!!
  13. Amanda January 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm #
    Fried Food Friday? Love it. You are my hero. :)
  14. Julia {The Roasted Root} January 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm #
    I wouldn't mind designating Fridays to be fried food fridays! Friday, fun day!
  15. Cassie | Bake Your Day January 26, 2013 at 8:31 am #
    I'm SO in for fried food Friday. Love 'em.
  16. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs January 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm #
    I'm down with Fried Food Friday. Loves it. These look crazy delish. Pass me a whole plate stat.
  17. Tracey@Cooking with Love January 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm #
    Oh my gosh, I need to make these! Perfect pop in my mouth snack!
  18. Ruthy @ omeletta January 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm #
    whaaaat!? Like my favorite thing evers. All hail Fried Food Fridays.
  19. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm #
    Tasty little bites, must try them soon.
  20. Marina {} January 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm #
    I just had dinner and these are making me soooo hungry.
  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 27, 2013 at 12:52 am #
    Fried Food Friday. It should totally be a thing.
  22. Ross | TheFaceBaby January 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm #
    ...and thennnnnnnnnnnnnnn? NO AND THEN!!
  23. Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet January 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm #
    Oh hell yes. This looks awesome. Love the combination of flavors, and let's be honest, what isn't better fried? This looks seriously addictive. YUM!


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