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Spicy Shrimp Dumplings – Recipe!

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I love spicy food, especially with the perfect amount of heat.  Dumplings tend to be on the mild side, so I thought, why not make my own recipe adding a tad of spice to heighten the delicious flavors of homemade potstickers?

The dipping sauce is another key factor in a good dumpling recipe.  I combine the same ingredients that I used in the dumplings with the addition of a teaspoon of agave nectar for sweetness.  This tangy soy-based sauce, adds additional seasoning to the dumplings, which makes them scrumptious. These Spicy Shrimp Dumplings are perfect as an appetizer or main dish and go nicely with a glass of Pinot Noir or Riesling.


1/2 pound fresh jumbo shrimp

3 ounce water chestnuts

6 tablespoons soy sauce, divided

2 teaspoons chili oil, divided

2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, divided

1 teaspoon agave nectar

1/2 Serrano chili, minced

1 scallion, sliced

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2 lime

18 round dumpling wrappers, refrigerated section of grocery store

vegetable oil

(Makes 18 Dumplings)

To Prepare:

1.  Remove the tails and devein the shrimp.  Chop the shrimp into 1/4 inch pieces.


2.  In a food processor, add half the shrimp, water chestnuts, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon chili oil, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, white part of the scallion and Serrano chili.  Pulse the mixture about 12 times, until smooth.  Remove from the food processor and place in a bowl.  Add the chopped cilantro, juice of 1/2 lime and the other half of the chopped shrimp.  Stir to combine.



3.  Using a brush or your finger, lightly wet with water the perimeter of dumpling wrapper and dollop a heaping teaspoon of the shrimp mixture into the center.  Repeat until all the wrappers are filled.



4.  In a large saute pan, add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and place over medium high heat.  Add half the dumplings and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.  Flip the dumplings over and add 1/3 cup of water to the pan, cover with lid.  Steam the dumplings for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and continue to cook another minute.



5.  Repeat the cooking process with the remaining dumplings.  To make the sauce, add 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of chili oil, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon agave nectar and the green part of the scallion to a bowl.  Stir to combine.


6.  Place all the dumplings on a serving platter and serve with the sauce.  Enjoy!


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