Paleo Har Gow Dumplings
Paleo Har Gow Dumplings – shrimp & chive dim sum – with gluten-free har gow dumpling wrappers and dipping sauce! These Paleo dumplings are gluten, grain, and wheat-free. They make the best Chinese crystal dumplings for your Sunday brunch!
Hey friends! OMG I’m so excited to share today’s new recipe – Paleo Har Gow Dumplings (also known as crystal dumplings) ! Har gow is a cantonese pronunciation. In mandarin, it’s 蝦餃 [Xiā jiǎo]. Har gow dumplings are famous for their translucent dumpling skins. Because the wrappers are so thin, you can see through the dumplings with gorgeous colors inside crystal clear. How pretty!
Har Gow Fillings
To add extra flavor and color to my har gow dumplings, I use shiitake, bamboo shoots, and Chinese chives (or scallions). Once you steam the dumplings you can see through them with speckles with green and light pink color. So beautiful.
Most often, har gow is made with shrimp – sometimes with a whole shrimp and most times with minced shrimp paste. In today’s recipe, I combin shrimp with chive and ground chicken (or pork). For people who can’t have shellfish, skip the shrimp and it’ll be just as delicious!
How to make Paleo Har Gow Dumplings
- Start by making the dumpling fillings first. Highly recommend that you do this a day in advance and store it in the fridge.
- Follow my Paleo gluten-free har gow dumpling wrapper recipe to make the wrappers.
- You’ll want to use the wrappers right away so wrap them with the fillings that you made a day before.
- For here you have 2 choices: steam and eat them right away – who wouldn’t want that? Or store them for later.
- Store the uncooked dumplings in the freezer. When you are ready, steam from frozen. There’s no need to defrost.
It’s so much faster if you have extra frozen har gow dumplings handy. If you follow the recipe you should have 24 Paleo Har Gow dumplings. Definitely enough for extras!
First time making Har Gow? Read this.
Har gow dumpling wrappers are finicky. I’ll admit. The wrappers are soft, pliable, and thin. Pay attention to the moisture level and temperature as you wrap the dumplings. You want to keep the wrappers and dumplings moist but not too wet or too dry or they will tear.
Please read through the Paleo Har Gow Dumpling Wrappers recipe before you begin. 🙂
So my friends! Har Gow is one of my favorite hong kong style dim sum dumplings and I’m so glad I’m finally able to share a gluten, grain, and wheat-free version with you! The best way to make these dumplings are with your family and friends! Think the factory assembly line – 2 people make the wrappers and 2 people assemble the dumplings right away. It’ll speed up the process so you can enjoy the dim sum dumplings faster, too!
Watch the YouTube tutorial I prepared for you before you begin. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more healthy cooking tips and meal prep videos.
For a low carb keto shumai dumpling version – check out my Paleo Dim Sum-Shumai OR read the notes in the recipe card to make har gow dumpling meatballs.
Also check out my Daikon-made Jiaozi Potstickers and Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings, and dip them in my chili garlic sauce!
Paleo Har Gow Dumplings
Har gow shrimp and chive dumpling fillings:
- 1.2 oz. rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped (alt. 5 oz. fresh shiitake)
- ¼ lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (see notes)
- ¼ lb. ground chicken thigh or ground pork
- ⅓ cup finely chopped Chinese chives or 3-4 bulbs scallions, finely chopped
- 2.5 oz. shallots, finely chopped
- ½ cup bamboo shoots, minced (optional)
- 1 large egg white, lightly whisk (alt. 1 tbsp olive oil)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1-2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- ¼ tsp white pepper
- 2 tsp arrowroot starch
- 24 wrappers Paleo Har Gow Dumpling
My Signature Paleo Dumpling Dipping sauce:
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil or chili oil
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar, optional
- tsp ½ hot red chili pepper sauce, optional
Har Gow Dumpling fillings:
- Rehydrate shiitake overnight. Finely chop mushrooms, scallions, shallots, and bamboo shoots, if using.
- In a bowl combine shrimp with ½ tsp salt and 1 ¼ cup water. Stir well and set it aside for 5-10 minutes. This will remove the slimy texture and keep it crunchy. Dump the water and rinse the shrimp a few times then finely mince them.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients from mushrooms to arrowroot starch. Stir the mixture in 1 direction for about 2 minutes until the mixture becomes a bit sticky.
- Wrap the bowl with a cling wrap and store in the fridge for up to 1 day in advance.
Form the dumplings:
- Take 1 Paleo har gow dumpling wrapper. Add about 2 tsp dumpling filling in the middle. Bring the edges of the wrapper together toward the center, press the edges together to seal (there will be three sealed edges), pinch the dough to seal the edges well. Place the dumpling over a flat non-stick surface and cover it with a cling wrap so it won’t dry out.
- Repeat the same process until you finish all the wrappers.
Steam the dumplings:
- Place the dumplings over a bamboo steamer lined with parchment. Leave a little space between each dumpling so it won’t stick. You can also use a heat-proof plate if you don’t have a bamboo steamer.
- Place the steamer over a wire rack. Cover with a lid and steam over medium heat for 7-8 minutes. The water should be more than simmering but not quite boiling.
- Allow the dumplings to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the steamer/plate. When they are fresh out of hot steamer the skin tends to be extra sticky. Serve with my Paleo dumpling dipping sauce.
We made it and were amazed and how delicious! Thank you! Next time, we think we need to pour the water even slower- we thought the batter was too thick after 10 tbsp so we added 2 more and we probably didn’t need to. Also didn’t use as much starch as we probably needed to roll out the papers and had lots of sticking problems at first! But tasted so great and my GF boyfriend was very happy. Such a treat!
That’s wonderful. Thanks, Caryn!
I tried this recipe but failed. No idea why. The dough spreads out and was dry at the same time. I could not achieve the elasticity you mentioned even after adding mote oil and sweet potato starch. Any thoughts on what I did wrong?
Hi Ann, I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s hard to say without seeing it. The har gow dough is tricky to get it right – it needs to have the perfect moisture level so the dough doesn’t turn too dry or too wet. I think the type of flour makes a difference, too. What type of sweet potato starch did you use? I found success with sweet potato starch bought in Asian grocery store (picture above in the post) or potato starch from bob’s redmill. The sweet potato starch in Asian grocery stores are very very fine almost powder-ish. The western sweet potato flour is too coarse for this recipe and not enough starch to hold the dough together.
Would these work for soup dumplings?
Hi Jason, I haven’t tried it with soup dumplings. This is not the regular dumpling dough though. This is har gow dough and it turns translucent once you steam it.
Wow, these are so special. Dumplings are the best! I’m excited for this recipe so I can learn how to make them myself. Thank you!
These ARE indeed beautiful! They would make a delightful addition to brunch or a tasty appetizer.
I think I will make and freeze as they will then be ready to go when I want to serve them.
Thanks for a very creative GF recipe!!
So very welcome, Carol. Thank you!
mmm! I love dumplings and these are so perfect and beautiful!
Thank you, Anne!
I’ve missed dim sum every since going Paleo so I’m so excited you’re creating recipes like this. These look perfect!
Har Gow is our family’s favorite dim sum dumplings and my daughter no longer can have it because of celiac. Thank you so much, ChihYu for making these Paleo gluten and grain-free! My family can enjoy these dumplings again!! ❤️❤️
OH Chih-Yu this is SO special! Those wrappers are so legit! Thank you for this fun way to expose my kids to this cuisine!!
These are so delicious! The dipping sauce is the best part.
These are gorgeous! What beautiful dumplings. Can’t wait to try.
I absolutely love dumplings, and I’m so excited that these are paleo! Seriously looks amazing and I can’t wait to make them.
These dumplings were soooo good! Love the step-by-step images you include, very helpful!
Thanks so much, Joni!
I’ve never heard of this dish before. All the ingredients sound delicious, though. And you make it look so easy. 😉
Yes please! I love dumplings and am so impressed you made paleo dumplings! I can’t wait to try these …..
These are absolutely amazing! Dumplings are one of the things I miss the most since going gluten free, so I can’t wait to try these out!
Oh how I love thee!! I have pned for a dumpling I could eat…and these totally hit the spot!! SOOOOO delish!