What to Serve with Potstickers: 13 Sides to Dazzle Your Dinner Guests
Potstickers are delicious on their own as an appetizer, but they’re also a fantastic addition to some of the dishes you already know and love.
Even though they may not be part of the traditional preparation of a dish, they can be a great addition providing new flavors and welcoming new textures.
Cooking is all about experimentation; that’s what makes it fun.
Enjoy potstickers with a rich, creamy, noodle soup that’s packed with flavor from shrimp paste, coconut, and curry.
In chicken-based soups, swap the chicken for a few potstickers, or add them in for a new twist: See our side dish ideas for chicken and dumplings.
Everyone’s favorite Thai noodle dish would be a welcome base for potstickers.
You can find Pad Thai spice packets already prepared, so this should be an easy one.
Head to the Asian grocery store to pick up your spices and Pad Thai noodles. There’s no western substitute for them.
The noodles for pad Thai go straight into the stir-fry, they’re not boiled first. They cook surprisingly quickly, in just a few minutes.
What to Eat With Potstickers: Prepare for Your Mouth to Water
Struggling with ideas for what goes with potstickers?
Add them to a soup!
These delicious dumplings are so tasty on their own, but when you add them to soup, everybody wins!
Here are some classic soups that would make room for a dumpling or two.
1. Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong is a delicious, spicy, sour soup with shrimp, and it’s the national soup of Thailand.
It’s popular worldwide since it’s so yummy.
You can buy prepared Tom Yum paste and use that as a soup base. It’s amazingly flavorful and spicy, and if you have a cold, it will clear you right up.
Potstickers are not part of the traditional preparation of this soup, but the flavors would work well together, and they’d be a welcome addition.
Try it this recipe from a spicy perspective, and you won’t be disappointed.
2. Chicken Soup
Adding potstickers to your chicken soup will take it from good to great.
Chicken soup can be a little bland on its own, so instead of adding noodles, add potstickers and kick it up a notch.
3. Thai Coconut Soup
Tom Kha Gai is a Thai coconut soup with chicken. No one would kick potstickers out of the pool in this soup!
This flavorful soup is mild and light despite the coconut milk base. See if you can get a packet of prepared spices for this soup, since some ingredients like galangal or kaffir lime leaves may be hard to find.
Here’s a delicious recipe you need in your book from Eating Thai Food.
4. Miso Soup With Asian Greens
I love Miso soup served with just a few cubes of tofu and some seaweed. It’s the soup starter course in most Japanese restaurants.
Wouldn’t it be good to use this lovely miso base for a heartier soup with potstickers and Asian greens?
Why not give it a try?
Add them to salads and get your greens.
Take a look at this from Minimalist Baker and get cooking!
5. Chinese Chicken Salad
I’ll never forget my first Chinese Chicken Salad served at the (now defunct) California Cafe. The taste blew me away!
Crunchy cabbage is the perfect base for this delightful salad, and the addition of potsticker bites makes it even better.
The punchy sesame dressing is perfect with the greens and divine with the dumplings.
6. Spicy Vinegar Slaw
Get your greens! There’s nothing like a crunchy slaw full of healthy veg. I just don’t like the traditional mayo-based coleslaw, give me the vinegar any day!
A good vinegary dressing on the potstickers would be amazing. Since you’re clipping the potstickers in half, they’re much easier to eat on top of the greens.
This recipe from Cayenne Diane has vinegar dressing and some extra spice that you’re sure to love.
7. Bibim Mandu
Bibim Mandu is a Korean potsticker salad. Discovery! So exciting!
Fresh lettuce, thinly sliced cabbage, julienned cucumber, and carrot, along with chili, honey, sesame dressing, what could be better?
Bibim Mandu, where have you been all my life?
Check out the deliciousness here at My Korean Kitchen.
8. Blanched Broccoli and Bok Choy Dressed in a Sesame Vinaigrette.
Are you looking to cut carbs and increase your veg without sacrificing flavor?
You’ve come to the right place!
You can do just broccoli or broccoli and bok choy, but you need to cook them in the right way. Here’s how:
Peel the broccoli stems from the bottom up to remove the tough skin. Cut the stems into bite-size chunks, separate and reserve the florets.
Cut the bok choy stems into bite-size chunks and reserve the leaves. Separate them into two piles.
Boil a pot of water and add a cube of chicken bullion.
When it’s reached a boil, add the broccoli stems. Cook them until they turn bright green then remove them with a slotted spoon.
Add the bok choy stems. Test them for doneness after a minute.
Remove with a slotted spoon.
Add the broccoli florets, blanch until they turn bright green, then remove.
Run under cold water.
Last, add bok choy greens and cook until wilted. Drain into a colander, since we’re done with the water.
9. Amazing Potsticker and Veggie Dipping Buffet.
So how about this?
A gorgeous display of potstickers, vegetables, and dipping sauces that will wow your guests! Unlimited combinations! Amazing flavors!
Everyone is happy!
Here’s the vision:
Get a round table devoted to this dish; a platter won’t be big enough!
Cut potstickers in half with scissors, so there’s no double-dipping, and people get to try more sauces.
Arrange at least three sections of potstickers so guests can reach them — three sections for vegetables, and three sections for dipping sauces.
Have skewers for dipping and cocktail napkins nearby. Guests can spear the veg of their choice and a potsticker in any dipping sauce they like.
So much fun!
10. Potstickers Over Rice, but Better!
You can always add potstickers to interesting rice dishes. There’s no reason to settle for ordinary rice!
Here are four flavor combinations we think will go well with potstickers, and you can also add cauliflower rice as an alternative to any of these.
Cauliflower rice is grated cauliflower that resembles rice in size and shape. It’s a great low carb alternative to rice and will be a perfect match with these flavors!
Herb/Lemon rice -- uses lemon zest and juice to add brightness, basil, and oregano add complementary flavors.
Coconut rice -- Basmati rice pairs with coconut milk and coconut sugar to make this Asian inspired rice that would go well with potstickers.
Cilantro Lime rice -- Chopped Cilantro, coconut oil, and lime zest and juice give this rice a lovely brightness that would be a winner with potstickers.
Turmeric Yellow rice -- Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, and we could all use more of it in our diet. This perfect pairing also has onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger.
Here’s an interesting rice option for you to check out from Sweet Peas and Saffron.
11. Go for an Easy Stir-fry
Adding potstickers to stir-fry is easy and fast, just chop the veggies of your choice and get to stirring!
Add the longer cooking veg first, since things like carrots will take longer to cook than delicate greens.
I always add my onions first, and mushrooms can also take a longer cooking time. Other than those two, add denser vegetables like broccoli stalks and carrots first.
Wait until the last minute to add broccoli florets, tender greens, or anything that you think might overcook.
There are some veggies that I just love, red and yellow peppers top the list, so use what you like best and experiment.
Recipes are only a guide!
12. Rev up the Protein With Tofu
Are you looking for a delicious option for your vegan friends that will stick to their ribs? Vegetarian potstickers with tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and Napa cabbage will fill the bill.
This is a heartier dish with protein from tofu and lots of healthy veg along with the potstickers. Your guests won’t go away hungry when you serve this!
Add these to your next get-together from and you’ll be in for a treat.
13. Add to Delicious Noodles
Before I visited Thailand, I’d never had the northern Thai dish Khao soi.
I still remember:
To say it was a life-changer would not be an understatement; it was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had.
They’re delicious, and you can make them at the same time as the main meal.
Bring them out post-dinner and observe your friends and family gobble them up.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and you can’t go wrong. You can serve them with some ice cream or sorbet on the side for an extra piece of deliciousness!
This video will show you how to make the filling to end your dinner party in style.
What to Serve With Potstickers: A Little Extra Pleasure
So you have the sides, but now you need to know those little extras to go along with it.
Check this out:
No meal is complete without wine and dessert to follow. So, what works best with potstickers?
Wine with Potstickers
Red is the color of luck and money in China where potstickers originated, but what kind of wine is best suited to this oriental classic?
The answer is not local:
Pinot Noir works perfectly with potstickers as it’s red raspberry, cherry, and strawberry flavors work wonderfully with them.
The salt of the potstickers is offset in a magical pairing alongside this wine. You weren’t expecting anything French at this table, were you?
If you prefer a white, then there are other options that work with this versatile dish. Tangent Viognier is the ideal accompaniment.
It’s citrusy flavor and dryness mean it takes nothing away from the dumplings, but its refreshing taste will cleanse your palate.
We recommend you try some wine while you dine on this Chinese treat!
What about Dessert?
Ok, so dessert with this dish can give you a chance to experiment. I made some of these and decided to serve them after the potstickers as an experiment, and guess what?
The guests loved them!
So what could be better than more potstickers? I’m not talking about the traditional pork, but this.
Apple Pie Potstickers!
Everyone loves Chinese food and Asian food in general.
It’s the flavors!
We love ginger, garlic, scallions, shallots, lemongrass, Thai basil, Cilantro (ok, I know lots of people who don’t like Cilantro, but that’s another story).
The point is:
You’re getting so many rich and exciting flavors with every bite.
Ingredients like miso and soy sauce, pungent fish sauce, shrimp paste, coconut, sesame seeds and sesame oil, rice vinegar, and rice wine are full of flavor.
You can use these Asian flavors in all kinds of ways to make deliciously exciting combinations.
It’s all about experimentation and trying new things!
We’re going to give you ideas on what to make with potstickers.
You’ve got your main ingredient, that’s easy, but what goes with potstickers?
We’ll give you serving ideas and some new dishes, or old favorites combined in new ways. Are you wondering what to eat with potstickers?
Stay with me, I’ve got you covered with what to serve with potstickers, times thirteen!
What to Eat with Potstickers: The Verdict
You never know if your crazy culinary idea is going to be an enormous success or an epic failure until you try it out.
Just look at postickers’ distant cousin, perogies as one example of tasty experimentation!
That’s why we’ve tried to give you new ideas for what to make with potstickers.
Give it a go!
You no longer have to wonder what goes with potstickers, we’ve given you lots of options with delicious Asian flavors, and loaded you up with the veggies.
Take a trip to your local Asian grocery store and buy a variety of sauces and kinds of vinegar.
Even if you’re not sure what you’re bringing home, you can taste and experiment when you get back to the house!
Go with a friend who enjoys cooking, and you can try the sauces together.
This is a fantastic way to brainstorm side dishes for a great food, and in this case what to eat with potstickers! Happy experimenting!