Shumai(Siu Mai) Chinese Steamed dumplings in Microwave

Easy, fun to make, juicy steamed dumplings (from the original Japanese recipe book which was made specifically for the Microwave Donabe)
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Shumai(Siu Mai) Chinese Steamed dumplings in Microwave

Shumai is a traditional Chinese dumplings dish. (different from Gyoza dumplings) Shumai is a popular dish in Japan and some other Asian countries. In this recipe, you will be cutting the shumai/wonton wrappers into thin stripes, and sprinkle them on the meatballs instead of wrapping/stuffing them. For this Shumai, you don't need a traditional bamboo steamer, you can cook Shumai in the microwave!! 

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Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 5 mins Rest Time 2 mins Total Time 17 mins 2 Servings: 2

★ The amount of ingredients and heating time are measured for 1 ~ 2 people.


★ cooking times may vary depending on your microwave's wattage, brand and size.


  1. Finely chop the onion and sprinkle with potato starch.

  2. Add seasonings, sesame oil, grated ginger, and ground meat, and knead them well. 

  3. Cut the shumai wrappers into 3mm wide strips. ***1

  4. Divide the meat mixture (1 & 2) into 6~8 bite-sized meatballs. 

  5. Coat the meat balls with the shumai wrapper strips.

  6. Place the washed lettuce leaves on the bottom of the Donabe. *** 2

  7. Quickly dip the meatballs in water one by one, then set them on top of the lettuce leaves in the Donabe. ***3

  8. Cover with the lid and cook at 50% power (or 500W) for 5 min. *** 4

    ***1...You can use Gyoza or Wonton wrappers too. ***2...This will prevent the Shumai from sticking to the bottom of the Donabe. ***3...You do not need to soak the meatballs in water. Just a quick dip in running water is enough. (just to give the meatballs a little moisture) ***4...Depending on the size of the meatballs, you might need to let the Donabe sit with the lid on for 1~2 min after cooking.
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June Voss

CEO and creator of Japanese Goods USA

Hi, I'm June Voss, CEO of the company, a wife to an amazing husband whom I met while working at Walt Disney World and a mother of 2 wonderful children ( and 2 dogs, 11 goats and 3 rescued feral cats). I was born and raised in Japan. I would love to share delicious Japanese foods, culture and everything I love about the beautiful country.  I am not a professional chef, I just love cooking! I have translated and added some of the recipes I like, but once you've cooked a few of these dishes, you'll soon be able to cook almost anything in your Microwave Donabe. I hope you enjoy it and can't wait to hear & see your own Donabe creations! 

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