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    Spicy Dumplings

    Got a bag of some frozen dumplings or wontons? I’ve got a great way to eat them. It’s my way of eating them every single time, Spicy Dumplings (yes… I eat them all the time). This recipe is for those who love a good kick of heat, offering a deliciously spicy twist on a classic Asian favorite!

    Here, the comfort of dumplings meets the fiery kick of chili oil. Simple, humble frozen dumplings turn into a gourmet experience, all with the magic of homemade spicy chili oil balanced by the savory and tangy notes of soy sauce and vinegar. Its easy, quick and simple… Read on!!

    Looking for a deliciously spicy twist on frozen dumplings? Try these Spicy Dumplings with homemade chili oil for a fiery kick of flavor!

    Who doesn’t like some dumplings and wontons? Juicy and warm with mild flavors. We love them in all shapes and forms. Our Dumpling Soup and Wonton Soup are great ways to turn them into light yet fun dinner meals. But most of the time, I just like to gobble them with something zesty and fiery to dip them in! My quick and instant chili oil based Dumpling Sauce.

    We have a great recipe for homemade Chili Oil. If that’s handy you can use it in this recipe along with other ingredients like scallions, garlic, soy and vinegar. It’s a breeze to make that sizzling chili oil based sauce in just a few minutes.

    We Love These Spicy Dumplings For

    • They’re Super Easy to Make: We make this dish with frozen dumplings, so no need to make them yourself.
    • Flavor Twist: The homemade chili oil adds a vibrant, spicy twist to the otherwise simple dumplings. The combination of garlic, scallions, sesame seeds, and red chili flakes makes a aromatic and spicy flavor that is just so good.
    • Customizable Heat Level: The recipe allows for adjustment of the chili flakes, making it suitable for different spice preferences.
    • Versatile Serving Options: These dumplings can be a main dish, a side, or an appetizer.
    • Visual Appeal: The vibrant red oil and the green of the scallions make the dish as pretty as it is tasty.
    Asian dumplings in bowl smothered with a chili oil based sauce.

    Ingredient Notes

    Frozen Dumplings or Wontons: These are the main component of the dish. You can choose any variety based on your preference.

    Scallions: Used both in the chili oil and as a garnish.

    Garlic: Finely chopped, it infuses the oil with a deep, aromatic flavor.

    Sesame Seeds: Used both in the oil and as a garnish.

    Red Chili Flakes: The primary source of heat. You can adjust the amount based on how spicy you want the dish. Korean gochugaru is a great choice for a unique, smoky flavor.

    Oil: This is used to create the chili oil. A neutral oil is best to let the flavors of the other ingredients shine.

    Soy Sauce: Adds a savory, umami depth to the chili oil.

    Rice Vinegar or White Vinegar: Brings a touch of acidity to balance the flavors.

    Select ingredients for this recipe on a white background.

    Spicy Dumplings / Spicy Wontons

    1. Prepare the Chili Oil Mixture: Place chopped scallions, garlic, sesame seeds, and red chili flakes in a heatproof bowl. Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium heat until it’s hot. Carefully pour the hot oil over the scallion, garlic, and spice mixture in the bowl. It should sizzle upon contact. Stir in the soy sauce and vinegar into this mixture. Mix well and set aside.

    Above described chili oil mixture in a white bowl.

    2. Cook the Dumplings: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the frozen dumplings or wontons and cook according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain them in a colander. Optionally, reserve about 1 cup of the boiling water if you prefer a soupier version or are using more dumplings.

    Boiled Asian dumplings in a colander.

    3. Combine and Serve: Gently add the cooked dumplings or wontons to the chili oil mixture. Toss them carefully to ensure they are evenly coated. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

    Serve immediately while hot and enjoy!

    Final product, ready to be enjoyed.

    Alpana’s Tips

    • Dumpling Selection: Choose high-quality frozen dumplings or wontons for the best results. The flavor and texture of the dumplings can vary by brand.
    • Oil Temperature: Make sure the oil is hot enough before pouring it over the scallion and spice mixture. The heat helps release the flavors from the garlic, scallions, and chili.
    • Spice Adjustments: If you’re sensitive to spice, start with less chili flakes and gradually add more to suit your taste. If you love heat, feel free to be generous with the chili flakes.
    • Garnish: Don’t skip the garnish! Extra sesame seeds and scallions not only make the dish look more appealing but also add a nice textural contrast.
    • Leftovers and Reheating: If you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator and reheat them gently in the microwave. The chili oil may solidify in the fridge, but it will return to its liquid state upon reheating.

    Possible Variations

    1. Different Types of Dumplings: Experiment with various types of dumplings, like pork, chicken, vegetable, or shrimp, to change up the flavors.
    2. Vary the Spice: Use different types of chili flakes, such as Sichuan chili flakes for a numbing spice, or Thai chili flakes.
    3. Vegetable Boost: Add finely shredded vegetables like carrots, cabbage, or bok choy to the dumplings while boiling for extra nutrition and texture.
    4. Sauce Variations: Mix in oyster sauce or hoisin sauce with the soy sauce for different flavors. A dash of sesame oil is also nice.
    5. Make it Soupier: Transform the dish into a soup by adding some of the reserved dumpling boiling water or a light broth to the bowl before serving.
    Bowlful of chili oil bathed dumplings.

    Try my homemade spicy chili oil dumplings. This recipe transforms simple frozen dumplings or wontons into an exciting and flavorful dish.

    Perfect for spice lovers and those seeking to add an extra zing to their meal, a big bowl of these red hot dumplings is just what you need!!!

    Spicy Dumplings, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    Bowlful of spicy dumplings atop the Gypsy Plate.

    More Great Asian Sides and Appetizers:
    Pork Fried Rice
    Asian Cucumber Salad
    Hibachi Vegetables
    Spicy Noodles
    Egg Roll Soup
    Mayak Eggs

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    Spicy Dumplings

    Yield: 2-3 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Looking for a deliciously spicy twist on frozen dumplings? Try these Spicy Dumplings with homemade chili oil for a fiery kick of flavor!


    • 10-12 frozen dumplings or wontons
    • 2 scallions, chopped + more for garnish
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 tsp sesame seeds + more for garnish
    • 1.5 Tbsp red chili flakes (we used Korean gochugaru)
    • 4 Tbsp oil
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp rice vinegar or white vinegar


    1. Place chopped scallions, garlic, sesame seeds, and red chili flakes in heatproof wide bowl.
    2. Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat until hot. Pour it over scallion, garlic and spice mixture in the bowl and let it sizzle.
    3. Stir in soy sauce and rice vinegar and mix well.
    4. Bring water to the boil in large pot and boil frozen dumplings according to package instructions. Drain in colander. (You can reserve 1 cup of water if you want a soupier version of the recipe or are using more dumplings)
    5. Gently add cooked dumplings or wontons to the above chili oil mixture. Mix well and garnish with more sesame seeds and chopped green parts of scallions. Serve immediately.


    1. Use more red chili flakes for spicier version or less for milder.
    2. Dumplings are delicious when fresh, but you can keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. For reheating, using the microwave is the best way to keep them warm and fresh.
    3. This chili oil sauce is good for 10-12 dumplings. You can add some of the reserved water or double the amounts for more dumplings.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 3 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 505Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 7mgSodium 1713mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 11g

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

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    Welcome to GypsyPlate! I'm Alpana, former wordwide tour manager and professional caterer, now full time blogger. I love exploring cuisines from around the world, and my recipes have been featured on sites such as MSN, Parade, Brit + Co, CNET and AOL. You can explore my entire collection of sortable recipes in my Recipe Index or learn more about me here.

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