Dumpling Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
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Dumpling Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce (shortcut) Recipe

Frozen dumplings make these dumpling lettuce wraps with peanut sauce a snap. This is a flavourful, super versatile appetizer or light main.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, make ahead
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings (change as needed): 4 lettuce wraps
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 10 small frozen or fresh dumplings or pot stickers (or 6-8 larger ones)
  • oil (if pan frying dumplings)
  • 4 lettuce (Boston Bibb, butter, iceberg) or savoy cabbage leaves
  • GARNISHES: e.g. 1/4 cup toasted crushed cashews or peanuts; 1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, shredded carrots and/or minced green onions; lemon/lime slices

Peanut Sauce

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • lemon or lime juice to taste (1-2 tsp)
  • sriracha hot sauce to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • PREPARE LETTUCE AND GARNISHES. To toast nuts, shake in dry pan over medium heat until light brown and toasted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to cutting board and roughly chop.
  • COOK FROZEN DUMPLINGS: Cook dumplings (or potstickers) according to package directions. You can boil (4-5 minutes) or pan fry (about 10 minutes). Set aside. 
  • MAKE PEANUT SAUCE: Whisk together all ingredients for peanut sauce until creamy smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings and level of heat (if using hot sauce). This can be made ahead.
  • ASSEMBLE AND SERVE: Cut dumplings in half or thirds (or keep whole if preferred). Place equivalent of 4-5 halves small dumplings in each lettuce leaf. Drizzle on peanut sauce. Sprinkle with garnishes (carrots, green onion, nuts, and/or cilantro). Serve on cutting board, platter or individual plates. Pass lime/lemon slices to squeeze on top if desired.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead: Dumplings can be made ahead and kept covered in the fridge for several hours, adding a few drops of oil to prevent sticking to each other. Warm them in the microwave on High for a minute or so before assembling. Peanut sauce and garnishes can also be prepared ahead.