This instant pot frozen dumplings recipe is a quick and easy way to cook delicious dumplings! With just a few simple steps and less than 15 minutes of cook time, you can have perfectly cooked dumplings that are ready to serve. It’s the perfect solution for when you want to enjoy delicious dumplings without the hassle of boiling water or steaming.
Steaming frozen dumplings in an electric pressure cooker has to be the quickest and easiest way to cook dumplings. Totally hands-off, this is exactly the type of low-effort cooking that I love.
This Instant Pot recipe can be used for any type of frozen dumplings including frozen potstickers, gyozas, and wontons, store-bought or homemade dumplings.
How to Steam Frozen Dumplings in the Instant Pot
The best way to steam frozen dumplings in an Instant Pot is to use a steamer basket.
It is a good idea to use a cooking spray on the steamer basket before adding the dumplings, as the dumpling dough can become quite sticky after pressure cooking, and a quick spray of oil will help to prevent this.
Add water to the pressure cooker bowl (use at least 1 cup), and then place the steamer basket in.
Pressure cook the dumplings for 3 minutes, and then use the quick release method to open the Instant Pot. This step is important, as using the natural release method will lead to the dumplings becoming over cooked.
If you like crispy fried dumplings, you can also saute them for a couple of minutes each side once they have finished steaming.
You can either use a skillet, or you will need to clean and dry the Instant Pot Bowl (careful it will be hot) and use saute mode.
Heat a tablespoon of oil or butter, when it is hot add the dumplings and fry each side for 2-3 minutes.
Scroll down for the recipe card for these pressure cooker dumplings.
How to cook dumplings in an Instant Pot without a steamer basket
You can steam dumplings in a pressure cooker without a steamer basket, but you will need to use the trivet to hold them up out of the water.
Always being one to experiment with a recipe, I decided to see if you can steam dumplings in a pressure cooker without the use of a steamer basket. If the dumplings are large enough to fit on the trivet without falling through the gaps then you should be able to steam them successfully.
Add the water to the Instant Pot first, then add the trivet, then place each frozen dumpling carefully on the trivet. Note: Don’t use cooking spray on the trivet before adding the dumplings!
You will need to be careful placing them in the Instant Pot to make sure they don’t fall into the water. I found that they tended to stick to the trivet once steamed, so they were pretty safe from falling into the water (this is why you don’t use a cooking spray on the trivet).
If the dumplings you want to steam are smaller than the ones I used, or you are worried they might fall into the water, you can use a small sheet of baking paper on top of the trivet to place the dumplings on.
Easy Dumpling Dipping Sauce
I have the easiest dumpling dipping sauce that I like to use, it takes literally 30 seconds to make.
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- a sprinkle of dried chili flakes (optional, add to your desired spiciness)
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Done.
Instant Pot Frozen Dumplings
- 8 oz pack of frozen dumplings
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup water
- Spray the steamer basket with cooking spray (to help prevent sticking)
- Place frozen dumplings in steamer basket.
- Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot bowl, and place steamer basket in the bowl.
- Close the lid ensuring that the pressure valve is set to steaming.
- Set to pressure cook on high for 3 minutes.
- When the time is up, carefully turn the valve to venting to manually release the pressure.
- Carefully remove the steamer basket from the Instant Pot. Enjoy!