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Paleo Har Gow Dumplings

Paleo Har Gow Dumplings with gluten-free har gow dumpling wrappers and dipping sauce! They are gluten, grain, and wheat-free and make the best Chinese crystal dumplings for your sunday brunch!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Gluten-free har gow, Paleo Har Gow Dumplings, Paleo Har gow recipes, Paleo shrimp dumplings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Dumpling wrapping 45 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 Dumplings
Calories 24kcal
Author ChihYu


Har gow shrimp and chive dumpling fillings:

My Signature Paleo Dumpling Dipping sauce:


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.



You can skip the shrimp and use ½ lb ground chicken thigh or pork instead.
You can lightly grease the parchment paper or the plate before placing the dumplings into the steamer. This will help the dumplings less likely to stick.
For the extra dumpling filling, you can freeze the filling and thaw a night before using. Or form meatballs (1.5 oz per meatball) and bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes for low carb har gow dumpling meatballs.
I highly recommend that you make the dumpling fillings first, store it in the fridge overnight, then make the dumpling wrappers and form the dumplings the next day to save time.
The nutrition label is calculated without the wrappers. You can find the wrapper label here


Serving: 1dumpling | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 66mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg