We have rounded up 25 of the best and most popular Chinese dim sum recipes including potstickers and dumplings, steamed buns and spring rolls, and everything in between. So if you are wondering how to make dim sum at home this year, whether for a Chinese New Year dim sum party (even if it's virtual this year) or just because you are craving a delicious appetizer, you are in the right place.
What is Dim Sum?
Dim Sum is a traditional Chinese meal enjoyed over brunch that consists of a variety of small dishes in bite-sized portions served with hot tea. Dim sum is often eaten family-style, which means that the small dishes are passed around and shared at the table so everyone gets to try a little bit of everything. The most popular items on a dim sum menu include dumplings and steamed buns.
Best Dim Sum Dishes
Crispy bottom Shanghai pan-fried pork buns are crunchy on the bottom and fluffy and airy inside with a juicy and flavourful pork and spring onions filling. They are one of the most popular dim sum recipes in Shanghai.
Beef Potstickers (Dumplings)
Homemade Chinese beef potstickers (dumplings) are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy inside packed with a delicious beef filling.
Better than takeout pan-fried pork and shrimp wontons are so crispy outside and tender and juicy inside with a savoury pork, shrimp and vegetable filling.
Better than takeout, light and crispy fried vegetarian spring rolls are packed with a tender mushroom and cabbage vegetarian filling in a crunchy skin.
Homemade Shanghai style vegetarian steamed buns is spongy with a juicy, flavourful bok choy and mushroom filling inside bursting with Asian flavours.
Wrinkly crispy pork and sardine dumplings (potstickers) with vinegar dipping sauce, are filled with pork, canned sardines, green onions and Asian seasoning.
Crispy bottom pan-fried fried vegetable buns (no yeast) are crunchy outside yet tender inside with a mushroom, carrot and vermicelli vegetarian filling.
Learn how to make homemade chicken and cilantro wontons to celebrate Chinese new year with this easy to follow recipe and instructions on how to fold wontons.
Don't let your sourdough starter go to waste, use your discard to make this easy one bowl recipe for crispy, light and fluffy, savoury chive pancakes.
Easy spicy chili oil wontons, a signature Sichuan dish ready in just 10 minutes, hits every sense of your palate -- sour, spicy, sweet and nutty.
Better than takeout, shrimp egg rolls are a delicious, flavourful and easy appetizer to make. They can be deep fried, baked or air fried.
Fragrant chives with fluffy scrambled eggs, and a dash of flavour come together to create the perfect appetizer -- egg and chive vegetarian dumplings.
Zongzi Chinese tamales (粽子) or sticky rice dumplings are stuffed with sticky rice, pork belly, and shiitake mushrooms, wrapped inside reed or bamboo leaves.
Mini meat pies with soy sauce are flakey puff pastries stuffed with delicious and juicy meat inside marinated with Asian flavours.
Easy-to-make Chinese beef dumplings with celery can be made in advance for a stress-free meal. Enjoy these steamed, boiled or pan-fried!
Easy to make chicken and shrimp dumplings can be steamed, boiled or fried and served with a side of soy sauce for dipping.
Cranberry pumpkin steamed buns (baozi) are light, spongy, and fluffy Chinese buns packed with colourful cranberries and pumpkin puree for the best flavour.
You will be amazed by how crispy these baked Asian chicken wings turn out! We add sriracha for heat, honey for sweetness, and ginger to balance the flavours.
Vegetarian lumpia recipe are delicious, crispy spring rolls packed with a flavourful savoury filling. They can be fried, baked or air fried.
Mini egg tarts with a flaky buttery crust and silky smooth rich egg custard filling are a delicious Hong Kong pastry served as dessert with dim sum.
- How to store: Dim sum is best served fresh. Store any leftover dim sum in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a steamer or air fryer (depending on the recipe).
- How to freeze: Most of these recipes are freezer-friendly (either before cooking or after according to recipe instructions) and can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. For instance, you can make a big batch of dumplings and wontons, store in the freezer, and cook directly from frozen when ready to use.
More Chinese Recipes
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- 10-Minute Vegetarian Fried Rice
- Shanghai Style Fried Noodles
- Tigers Prawns in Garlic Ginger Soy Sauce
- Stir-Fried Rice Cakes with Shrimp
- Baked Sesame Chicken
- Hand-Pulled Noodles
- Air Fryer Black Cod with Black Bean Sauce
- Spicy Dan Dan Noodles
- Scallion Oil Noodles
- Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles
- 10-Minute Seafood Fried Rice
Did You Make Any of These Popular Chinese Dim Sum Recipes?
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