Vegan Dumplings: The 7 Best Frozen Options for the Perfect Weeknight Dinner
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When the chips are down and batteries low, a dumpling dinner can cushion the blow. Open your freezers and the microwave door, and ready yourself for plant-based goodness galore. Here are the best frozen vegan dumplings to save you from midweek depression.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good dumpling. I mean, how can you hate it? It’s seasoned filling wrapped in dough that can be steamed, boiled, fried or baked, with a dope dip that just leaves you wanting more.
Dumpling dinners and lunches (or breakfasts, let’s be real) have been my saviour countless times when the last thing I had time for was cooking, but I needed feeding and a break from instant ramen. It used to be all-veggie frozen gyozas that I’d pan-fry and make a 50-50 soy and rice vinegar sauce with, but now, there are countless options for people looking for a vegan dumpling fix.
So, to save your weekdays and nights as well, here are the best frozen vegan dumplings you can buy. (This is by no means an exhaustive list!)
OmniPork Plant-Based Potstickers
Hong Kong’s famous vegan export OmniFoods (a sub-brand of Green Monday) released a dumping offering as part of a wider product launch in the US last year, featuring its soy protein pork.
The frozen plant-based potstickers contain a mix of the OmniPork and vegetables like cabbage and wood ear mushrooms, plus a host of seasonings and aromatics. Each serving of four pieces contains 5g of protein and 2g of fibre (one 200g pack contains 10 pieces).
The frozen OmniPork gyozas can either be pan-fried or deep-fried for three to four minutes, air-fried for five to six minutes, and steamed for six to seven minutes, or until fully cooked. They can also be heated up in the microwave for 1.5 to two minutes – though you won’t get that delightful crunch.
You can find Omni’s plant-based potstickers at various retailers and online stores across the US, including Walmart, Whole Foods and Instacart from $5.98.
Too Good to Be Foods Dumplings
The consumer-facing brand of Triton Algae Innovations, Too Good to Be was launched earlier this year, featuring the former’s Hardtii green algae superfood ingredient. The ingredient can be used to give plant-based meat and seafood products a more realistic look and flavour.
While Triton Algae began innovating with a tuna analogue, its first product is a plant-based frozen dumpling filled with vegan pork (using Hardtii) and cabbage. The wrapper is infused with the green algae as well, offering a striking visual appearance. The pork and cabbage are supplemented with alliums, seasonings and spices.
The dumplings can be steamed for eight to 10 minutes, or pan-fried until golden brown. Each three-dumpling serving contains 7g of protein and 2g of fibre.
You can find Too Good to Be’s frozen algae dumplings at online store GTFO It’s Vegan for $8.99 per 10oz pack.
Sobo Foods Dumplings
North Carolina’s Sobo Foods, which launched out of stealth earlier this year, was launched by Eric Wu (co-founder of Gainful) and Adam Yee (formerly a scientist at Motif FoodWorks), raising $1M in funding for its mission to provide better-for-you Asian comfort food to consumers.
Sobo has only recently its first product, a line of frozen vegan dumplings in three flavours. The Japanese-inspired curry potato has chickpeas, carrots, peas and pea fibre, the Chinese-influenced pork and chive features soy protein, cabbage, mushrooms, aromatics, seasonings and methylcellulose, and the Korean-inspired kimchi and mushroom contains tofu, gochujang, sweet potato starch, alliums and pea fibre.
These are available in 288g packs of 12 dumplings each, with protein content ranging from 12-19g and fibre from 4-7g for each 144g serving.
Unlimeat Pork Mandu
South Korean alt-meat brand Unlimeat has been making waves this year, establishing a flagship partnership with California’s Just Egg to offer vegan kimbaps in its home market, a week after introducing upcycled plant-based tuna to its lineup.
Unlimeat launched in the US last year via online channels, and offers two beef-filled Mandu (Korean dumpling) flavours: original and hot chilli. Both contain a base of its soy and pea mince, with cabbage, alliums, tofu, starches, oil and emulsifier, and seasonings, with the latter comprising some extra chillies.
Each 85g serving contains 7g of protein and 2g of fibre, while every pack weighs 400g. Unlimeat’s dumplings can be pan-fried for seven minutes or air-fried for 10.
Dina’s Dumpling Frozen Offerings
A food truck and catering service in Pasadena, Dina’s Dumpling makes a lot of, well, dumplings – they’re not all vegan, but it does have a wonderful vegan, all-vegetable option that you can buy frozen too.
The green, spinach-infused dumpling wrappers are filled with tofu, purple cabbage, green cabbage, celery, and wood ear and shiitake mushrooms.
This is a more gourmet option, and it’s reflected in the price tag. But it’s a wonderful way to have restaurant-style dumplings at home, and fulfil your veggie cravings.
You can find Dina’s Dumpling’s frozen offerings at its Pasadena location starting at $30 for 20 pieces.
Moo Shu Dumplings
Another veggie-celebrating dumping maker, Canada’s Moo Shu is actually an ice-cream parlour, but spotlights Asian creations and offers a range of frozen vegan dumplings.
The Ottawa-based business makes three varieties: five-spice and pickled shiitake, cabbage and shiitake, and curried sweet potato and black lentil. Each contains a filling of its homemade tofu and seitan-based meats, and is packed with aromatics and seasonings.
These gourmet dumplings come with a sheet that comes with detailed instructions on cooking with a pan-frying method (which takes about 10-13 minutes), alongside multiple dipping sauce options.
You can buy Moo Shu’s frozen vegan dumplings via its online store or in person for $30.
Bibigo Organic Potstickers
The Organic Vegetable Potstickers are filled with brown rice, cabbage, tofu, textured soy flour, edamame, carrots, alliums and a bunch of seasonings, alongside soybean oil (which also features in the wrapper).
Bibigo’s frozen plant-based dumplings come in three sizes: 16oz, 32oz and 48oz, and each four-piece, 82g serving contains 6g of protein and 1g of fibre.
You can find Bibigo’s vegetable potstickers at Kroger, Costco and Instacart, starting at $7.