These Instant Pot Potstickers are made in the form of round Instant Pot Bao Buns, an Asian steamed dim sum of sorts. You will see any of those terms used to describe various sorts of Instant Pot steamed dumplings. I tend to stick mainly with the pot sticker term, whether I make them round like Bao Buns or in the more traditional potsticker shape. But if you want to get particularly technical with it, these fall under the Bao term. I used all terms here to help people find what they might be looking for.
Technically Potstickers are often also fried, but you will see people use the term for steamed as well. In my area many Asian restaurants call them potstickers regardless of the technical differences. Regardless, whatever term you use, these are steamed buns. Update: Regardless of my previous statements, I seem to be getting some flack on Facebook about calling these anything but Bao Buns. So if you wish to be entirety accurate, at least according to those who expressed concern, and I am going to assume that they are correct (and that meshes with my knowledge), then refer to these as Bao Buns.
Instant Pot Potstickers (aka Bao Buns or Dim Sum)
These potstickers are easy to make in the Instant Pot. The recipe uses the Instant Pot for both the filling and for steaming the dumplings. Depending on how large you make them, this recipe makes anywhere from 6-10 dumplings.
You might be able to get 12 by rolling the dough out very thin. But I like mine bigger and fatter!
The dough is a simple mix of flour, salt, yeast, sugar, and water. It does need to rise for about 45 minutes, plus another 15 after filling. So allow time for that.
The filling is a mix of soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, water, and cornstarch.
Pork and onion is sauted in the Instant Pot and then the sauce mix added. From there the Potstickers (Bao Buns) are filled.
Roll the dough out on a flour coated surface and use a 4 or 5 inch cookie cutter to but out the buns. You can also trace around a ramekin or small bowl with a knife to do this.
Place the filling in the center of the cut out dough and then gather it all up in the middle. This makes a round Bao Bun or Dim Sum style Pot Sticker.
For the more traditional oval shape PotSticker, fold the sides over and pinch at the seam.
The buns are allowed to rise again for 15 minutes and then are steamed in the Instant Pot.
Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of Instant Pot, put the trivet inside and then put the potstickers in steamer basket or on a plate. Place that with the bun on the trivet. Don’t crowd the buns!
Steam for three minutes using the pressure cooker’s stem setting, quick release the pressure, and enjoy!
Serving Instant Pot Potstickers
Serve with a spicy soy dipping sauce or sauce of your choice. Here is fellow food blogger’s post with four different Asian Style Dipping Sauces.
Instant Pot Potstickers make a nice appetizer for Asian or Chinese dinners, such as these dishes:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3/4 cup room temperature water
- 2 cups ground pork
- ¼ cup minced onion
- Filling Sauce:
- 1 tbsp. light soy
- 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 cup very warm water (110-120 degrees)
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- In a small bowl combiner soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, corn starch, and water.
- Stir to combine.
- In the Instant Pot add the pork and onion.
- Saute until the pork is nearly browned and add the sauce
- Saute for 5 minutes, then remove and set aside.
- Clean the Instant Pot liner and dry.
- In a medium bowl add mix the water, yeast, and sugar.
- Slowly add flour to the mixture until it forms a ball.
- Knead the dough mixture for 5 minutes. Add the salt and continue to knead until the dough is smooth.
- Covered the dough and let it rise until double in size, about 45 minutes.
- Roll the dough out on a flour coated surface and, using a 4 or 5 inch circle cookie cutter or a ramekin, cut the buns out.
- Place the filling at the center of each circle of dough and then gather the sides to enclose the bun. Pinch to seal.
- Cover with a clean cloth and let the buns rise for 15 minutes.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of Instant Pot and place a metal trivet in the bottom of the pot..
- Place the buns in a steamer basket, on a plate, or in a pan and place onto pf the trivet.
- Close the lid and steam for three minutes, followed by a quick release.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g
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