How to Deep-Fry Frozen Potstickers

by Zora Hughes

Potstickers, those tasty, hand-made Chinese dumplings, generally feature pork, beef, chicken or cooked vegetables enclosed inside bite-sized pockets of dough. Pick up the snack or appetizer in the frozen food section of most grocery stores and cook them up at home. Although typically steamed or pan-friend, you can deep-fry frozen potstickers to a crispy, golden brown perfection.

Add cooking oil to a deep pot with high sides. Add enough oil that will allow the potstickers to be fully submerged in it. Or use a deep fryer if you have one.

Heat the oil on the stove to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using a pot, stick a candy thermometer in the oil to make sure it gets to the correct temperature.

Use a metal slotted spoon to carefully lower the frozen potstickers into the hot oil. Allow them to cook for three to five minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy. Don't overcrowd the pot; cook the potstickers in batches if necessary.

Remove the potstickers from the hot oil with the slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool before serving.

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Items you will need

  • High-heat cooking oil, such as peanut, canola or safflower
  • Large pot
  • Metal slotted spoon
  • Paper towels


  • Take extra care when dealing with a large amount of hot oil to avoid splatters and burns. Lower the heat if the oil is splattering and smoking too much.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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