Filled with shrimp and lots of healthy vegetables, these dumplings are easy to make, juicy and flavorful!
Happy New Year! I’m kicking off the New Year with these delicious shrimp dumplings, saeu mandu (새우 만두). Filled with shrimp and lots of healthy vegetables, these dumplings are easy to make, juicy and flavorful! For homemade dumpling wrappers, see my How to Make Dumpling Wrappers if you like to try.
You can always use store-bought dumpling wrappers for convenience. They come in refrigerated or frozen, and are available at Korean/Asian markets or even at your local grocery stores. When I make dumplings, I make a lot of them to freeze, so I often use store-bought ones to save time.
However, it’s really not that hard to make wrappers at home. Homemade wrappers taste much better. They are also more resilient and durable to work with. You can also make colorful dough. See my How to Make Dumpling Wrappers for the greed dough I used here.
In addition to shrimp, I also used green cabbage, mushrooms and onion. You can swap out some shrimp with minced pork if you want. Also, garlic chives or scallions are all great additions to the filling. Feel free to use any vegetables you want or to adjust the amounts of vegetables.
You can coarsely chop the shrimp or as finely as you want. For a smooth texture of the filling, however, I finely chop the vegetables. It’s, of course, fine to use a food processor if available, using the pulse function.
How to fold dumplings
The easiest folding technique is a half-moon shape, which you can do by simply folding the wrap in half over the filling and sealing it by tightly pinching the edges together. Once you get the hang of filling the dough and crimping, add some pleats before pinching the edges together.
Wet the edges if using store-bought wrappers so they can be glued together. This is not necessary for homemade wrappers.
More dumpling recipes
How to make dumpling wrappers
Hobak (zucchini) mandu– vegan
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Shrimp dumplings (saeu mandu)Appetizer
- 32 dumpling wrappers (store-bought or
homemade) See note 1
For the filling:
- 12 ounces (340 grams) raw shrimp Peeled and deveined
- 10 ounces (280 grams) green cabbage
- 4 ounces (110 grams) fresh mushroom caps, stems removed (shiitake, button, crimini, etc.)
- 1/2 small onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger or juiced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- salt to taste about 1/4 teaspoon
- pinch pepper
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon water
- pinch of black pepper and/or gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes)
For the filling:
- Coarsely chop the shrimp or pulse several times in a food processor. Finely chop the cabbage. Mix with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess water. (If using a food processor, add salt with the cabbage before pulsing.) Finely chop the onion and mushrooms. Combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well by hand.
- Place a tablespoon of the filling on a wrapper. You don't need to wet the edges of the homemade wrapper. Seal tightly (pushing the air out with your fingers) into a half-moon shape. (You can add pleats if desired.) Dust the bottom of the dumpling with flour to keep it from sticking as the skin absorbs the moisture from the filling. Repeat this process until all the filling/wrappers are used.
- Steaming: steam the dumplings for about 10 minutes in a steamer (longer if frozen). Make sure to line the steamer with a wet cheesecloth or paper towel to prevent the mandu from sticking.
- Boiling: bring a pot of water to a boil. Add mandu (stirring gently so they don't stick to the bottom of the pot), a few at a time, and cook until all of them come up to the surface. Continue to cook for another minute or two.
- Pan frying, heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the dumplings, making sure they aren't touching each other. Fry for 1 - 2 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, and cover immediately with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium low, and steam for 4 to 5 minutes. If the dumplings are frozen, cook a little longer.
- Homemade dumpling wrappers
- Tips for freezing: Freeze the dumplings on a tray with no pieces touching for about an hour, and then store them in a freezer bag. Otherwise, the skins will get soggy from the moisture in the filling and stick together in the freezing process.
This shrimp dumpling recipe was originally posted in February 2013. I’ve updated it here with more information, new photos, a recipe card, and improvements to the recipe.
Thank you for your recipes…my granddaughter is half Korean..I’ve never cooked Korean food before…I was talking to my son and he told me that Kaelin, had made Mandu potstickers…so that’s how I ended up on your sight…I will be trying a few different recipes…wish me luck… 🙂 I already make Chinese pot stickers so it shouldn’t be to hard to Korean potstickers…thank you again…
Thank you, and hope you find Korean cooking approachable through my recipes.
Medina C. Velasquez says
Thank you very much, i will try to make
Marina Sostack Larsen says
made dumpling wrappers for the first time today, to test my new bamboo steamer I got for my birthday, and I’m so thrilled that they turned out delicious. I can always count on your recipes! Thank you so much!
Love all your recipes!
But for making homemade wrappers, do you use boiling water, warm water or cold water?
Okay I will add more on this on the post, but the answer is depending on how you plan to cook dumplings. In general, hot water dough has more water content and less gluten so good for steaming or pan-frying in which the dumplings won’t absorb much water as they cook. Hot water dumpling skin remains tender after being cooked. Cold water dough, on the other hand, tends to absorb less water and develops more gluten, therefore, is more resilient, which makes it better for boiling. The cold water dough tends to be stretchy and elastic, which makes it a little harder to work with and roll out. If you plan to cook different ways, you can go in between and use warm water.
Fantastic recipe! I️ have made it several times with different seasonings. Always a hit with my family. Thanks
A veggie-filled version of these dumplings was my best COVID quarantine cooking success, and I’ve made them many times over the past 9 months. I grew up eating steamed mandu from Honolulu street carts, and am hugely grateful for your spot-on wrapper recipe! (I usually fill with a mix of zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, green onions, and ginger. Delicious!)
monica rampo says
I have tried your saewu mandu..but I used chicken instead shrimp, so its name should be dak mandu, right? Thank you for sharing, it is the first time I made dumpling, your post really helpful. Posted already on my blog and link back to korean bapsang.
I have tried your putbaechu doenjang muchim before, maybe you remember me, I leaved comment too, thanks again.
I know where I will go if I will make Korean food..he he he…bookmarked korean bapsang.
Thank you so much for trying my recipes! Your dumplings look great! And that was your first time making them? Wow good job!
I have never tried Korean shrimp dumplings before! Looking forward to making these as they sound amazing. Miss Food Fairy makes all her own dumplings too – I just love dumplings! Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration
Hyosun Ro says
My pleasure! Thanks for coming by!
Ellena Guan says
Gosh! These mandu are soooo beautiful, thanks for the recipe. Bookmarked and I am going to try in during CNY 🙂
Hyosun Ro says
Thank you, Ellena! Enjoy!
Yelena Strokin says
Love the dough, very simple, I am going to try to make these. Thank you for a recipe!
Hyosun Ro says
Thanks! Let me know how it turns out for you.
Sandra @Sandras Easy Cooking says
What a wonderful instructions. Beautifully made mandu- I can eat so many in one sitting, and they are so delicious. I love, love your recipe. By the way tempting pictures!
These look so fabulous, I am going to have figure a way to make them gluten free! Thanks for the inspiration
Gomo cHowDivine says
These look so delicious! We used to make homemade mandu every year for New Year’s day. These are definitely making me miss them. I will have to make them again soon! 🙂
Jeannie Tay says
Love these with all shrimps, we usually do it with a mixture of meat and shrimp…pinning it:D
Katherine Martinelli says
These look absolutely perfect!!! I haven’t made my own wrappers in ages and you’ve got me all kinds of inspired. Love the shrimp filling. Mmmmm 🙂
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Perfect shape mandu! I love that you made wrapper from scratch. I need to do it one of these days. I know it’s a lot tastier than store bought. Now I got craving for mandu!
Pola M says
Love these dumplings! Have to try make some