Fried Vegetarian Dumplings

These dumplings are bright, colorful, and completely addicting.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 scallions (white and green parts), roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1⁄2 cup diced silken tofu
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • 1 package (12 oz.) dumpling wrappers
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1⁄4 cup peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds


  • Place the bell pepper, scallions, and garlic in a mini-food processor. Pulse until finely diced. Place the mixture in a medium bowl along with the tofu, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Stir well.
  • Spread out dumpling wrappers on a work surface. Place 1 scant tablespoon of filling in the center of a wrapper. Fold wrapper over itself. Wet the edge of the wrapper with water, and fold in an accordion shape. Place filled dumplings under a damp paper towel while filling the others.
  • Heat peanut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles in the oil, work in batches to fry the dumplings. Fry the dumplings on one side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and fry for an additional minute. Drain on paper towels.
  • Whisk together remaining soy sauce, sesame oil, crushed red pepper, and sesame seeds. Serve dumplings with dipping sauce.