Crispy Dumpling Skirt

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This recipe for Crispy Dumpling Skirt will be sure to impress your friends and family – they’re easy to achieve at home with a little technique and perfect with a homemade dumpling dipping sauce!

Crispy Dumpling Skirt Close Up

Watch the Crispy Dumpling Skirt Recipe Video Below!

If you’ve ever been to a Chinese restaurant that serves pan-fried dumplings, you’ve probably seen the Crispy Dumpling Skirts that look web-like, also known as “wings” surrounding the dumplings. They’re crispy and add an amazing contrasting texture with the soft, steamed dumpling.

Note: this method was using freshly wrapped dumplings. If you are using frozen dumplings, you can still achieve the Crispy Dumpling Skirt! Please read the recipe notes for adjustments.

Ingredients for Crispy Dumpling Skirt

The ingredient list is extremely short to make an authentic crispy dumpling skirt at home! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Neutral oil – My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! Avoid using olive oil due to the stronger flavor profile.
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Corn starch – If you don’t have corn starch readily available, I would recommend using potato starch rice flour.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Water
Crispy Dumpling Skirt Raw Ingredients in bowls

Combine the Dumpling Skirt Mixture

To make your dumpling skirt mixture, get a medium sized measuring cup and add 3/4 cup of filtered water. Next, combine the flour, corn starch, neutral oil, and salt and mix well until combined.

This solution will be what is used to steam and pan-fry the dumplings! The oil will crisp up the dumpling skirt and small web-like lattice will form that becomes extremely crisp! Once you get it down, you’ll never want to make dumplings another way again!

Cooking the Dumplings

To cook the dumplings, start by adding 1 tbsp of neutral oil to an appropriately sized pan based on how many dumplings you are making. You don’t want a pan too large or else it will require too much of the mixture to steam. Heat the oil over medium high heat and lay your dumplings in a circular pattern in the pan.

Brown the bottom for 2-3 minutes to give the dumplings some color. Give the dumpling skirt mixture a quick mix prior to pouring in the pan (the starch will sink to the bottom), then pour enough of the mixture to about 1/4 of the way up the dumplings. If you’re cooking frozen dumplings, add a little extra mixture (about 1/3 of the way up the dumplings) to account for the slightly longer cooking time. Watch the video recipe for more in depth instructions!

Crispy Dumpling Skirt on a plate


A non-stick pan is best for this recipe over medium to medium high heat. You want the oil to eventually crisp up the bottom of your dumplings, and a medium high heat should achieve this. Don’t put the heat too high, otherwise you’ll burn the bottoms of your dumplings.

If you want to practice making these crispy dumpling skirts, try them with some of my most popular dumpling recipes!

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5 from 20 votes

Crispy Dumpling Skirt

Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Crispy Dumpling Skirt Close Up
This crispy dumpling skirt recipe will give your dumplings the impressive crispy lattice skirt that is famous in so many restaurants!



  • In a bowl, mix together neutral oil, water, flour, corn starch, and salt.
  • Pan fry your dumplings as you normally would in 1 tbsp of oil for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat (check out my dumpling recipe here). Once they are golden brown, add about 1 cup of the mixture (enough to come up to 1/4 way up the dumpling) to the pan and cover. If cooking frozen dumplings, add more of the mixture to come up to 1/3 of the dumpling.
  • Steam for 5-6 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the residual oil is left and remove the lid. The skirt will form and become golden brown. Watch this carefully to ensure it does not burn and remove!
  • Serve your dumplings with your favorite dumpling sauce and enjoy!


Calories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.03gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 294mgPotassium: 3mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.01gCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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