Jiaozi (Chinese Potstickers) recipe are low carb, Paleo, Gluten-free, and Whole30 from I Heart Umami.
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Jiaozi Chinese Potstickers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Delicious Jiaozi (Potstickers or Pan-Fried Dumplings) are low carb, Paleo, Gluten-free, Whole30. These Chinese dumplings are easy to makem, freeze well!, and healthy delicious!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chinese dumplings, Jiaozi, low carb dumplings, Paleo potstickers, Pan fried dumplings, Potstickers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 186kcal
Author ChihYu


Low carb potstickers:

  • 20 oz. daikon radish or turnip at least 3-inch in diameter
  • 3 bulbs scallions chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2/3 lbs ground chicken or turkey, pork, lamb
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt plus more for sprinkling
  • tsp ground white pepper
  • 1-2 tsp arrowroot starch omit for keto
  • Avocado oil

Dumpling dipping sauce:


  • Dice the tip ends of the radish or turnip. Peel the skin with a vegetable peeler.
    How to use daikon radish I Heart Umami
  • Use a mandolin slicer, slice the daikon or turnip as thin as possible, about 1/16th-inch thickness.
    Thinly sliced daikon or turnip to make low carb dumpling wrappers
  • Place the discs one-by-one over a large sheet pan (you might need two) and lightly sprinkle with coarse sea salt on both sides. Let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, make the dumpling fillings. In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients from scallions to arrowroot starch. Stir the filling in one direction until it becomes a sticky paste, about 1-2 minutes. Cover and store in the fridge.
  • Pat dry the daikon with clean paper towels. Try to keep them in perfect moisture balance - not too dry and not too wet. There shouldn’t be visible water droplet on the surface. You can also cover them with a slightly damp paper towel while you work on the dumplings one-by-one.
  • Add a small amount of dumpling fillings to the center and use the back of a small teaspoon to smooth the filling. Apply a small amount of pressure to press the filling onto the radish slices. This will help them stick together better.
  • Gently fold it in half to create a half-moon shape and press the center edge to seal with your thumb and index fingers.
    How to wrap low carb potstickers
  • In a well-heated non-stick or cast iron skillet, add 1tbsp oil. Pan fry the dumplings for about 2 minutes over medium heat. You might need to fry them in separate batch so as to not overcrowd the skillet. Please do not flip the dumplings.
  • Add ½ tbsp water. Cover with a lid. Lower the heat to medium-low and steam the dumplings for about 2-2.5 minutes. The fillings should be cooked through.
    Add water to steam keto potstickers
  • Uncover. Cook for an additional 30 seconds. Off heat, carefully remove them one-by-one with a small spatula. Place the seared side up over a large serving plate.
  • Some of the fillings might separate from the dumpling wrappers as you remove them from the skillet. Simply place them back. They will stick together once cooler. Serve with dumpling dipping sauce on the side. Serve immediately.


To freeze - store the uncooked dumplings in the freezer over a sheet pan. Once they become solid (overnight is the best), you can store them in freezer friendly bags or containers.
To cook from frozen
  • Whenever you crave dumplings, simply pan-fry them directly from the freezer. Please do not defrost them in advance because the daikon or turnip will turn soft and watery. When you pan fry the frozen dumplings in separate batches, please do not leave the extras on the kitchen counter. Put them in the freezer to keep them from defrosting. They turn watery quite quickly in room temperature. :)
  • Use ¼ tbsp water to steam (as opposed to ½ tbsp when cook from fresh).
  • Add an additional 1 minute to the cook time and enjoy!
The nutritional label is calculated as 1 serving out of 3 servings total without the dipping sauce. The total number of potstickers you'll have will depend on the size of your dumpling wrappers. In my case, I had about 30 dumplings. Some are less than 3-inch in diameter wrapper size and some are larger. 
if omit arrowroot starch in the dumpling fillings, the estimated net carb will be about 5 net carb per 1 serving out of 3 servings total. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 955mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg