How To Reheat Potstickers

Reheat Potstickers

Potstickers, also known as Asian dumplings, are served in a variety of different ways. They can be served as part of a meal or used as an appetizer. Most people boil or steam potstickers but they can also be pan-fried one side for a crisp bottom. This is the known traditional method when it comes to preparing potstickers. The only challenge when it comes to reheating potstickers is maintaining the crispy side that many people prefer. Below are some of the methods that you can apply when reheating your popstickers.

The Stovetop Method

Panfrying Method

One of the best ways to warm up potstickers is on the stovetop. There is a 2 step approach when it comes to reheating potstickers using the panfrying method. Simply follow these steps when reheating your potstickers using the panfrying method.

  1. It is best to to pre-heat your potstickers in the microwave before pan-frying them,
  1. Arrange your potstickers on a microwave-safe dish, so that they are not touching,
  2. Microwave them for 30 seconds at a time.
  3. Each time, rearrange and turn them for an even reheat, preferably at 160 degrees internally,
  4. Microwave the potstickers in these short bursts until they reach the desired temperature, or until they are ready for panfrying,
  5. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan over medium-high heat,
  6. Put your potstickers in the heated oil and heat them for 30-60 seconds. This will maintain the crisp part of the shell and make your potstickers almost  look like the first time you made them.
  7. Serve when ready,

This panfrying method is the best reheating method when it comes to potstickers on the stovetop.

The Boiling Method

Another stovetop method when it comes to warming up potstickers is the boiling method. This method is the easiest method. Simply follow these steps in order to reheat your potstickers.

  1. When reheating potstickers using the boiling method you must first fill a large pot two thirds full of water.
  2. Put a lid on and heat on a high heat setting until the water begins to boil,
  3. Carefully put in as many frozen potstickers as will form a single layer.
  4. Bring back the pot to boil and let your potstickers cook until they rise to the surface.
  5. The potstickers will be ready and cooked once they start floating,
  6. Cook your potstickes for another 30 seconds or one minute if you like
  7. Gently fish them out using a strainer and drain them,
  8. Server when ready,

Another effective stovetop method when it comes to reheating potstickers is the steaming method. The steaming method is also quicker because instead of boiling a pan two thirds full of water, you simply need to boil a few cups worth. Also, from a texture point of view, steaming makes the skins more firm and elastic. The firmer texture is better than the softer texture. You may need a bamboo steamer to fit into your wok or pan. If you love potstickers the bamboo steamer is a worthwhile investment. If you are not using them for steaming, you can them for stack-storing potatoes and alliums.

The Oven Method

The oven method is also effective when it comes to reheating potstickers. Follow these steps to reheat your potstickers using an oven.

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread your potstickers out on a baking tray.
  3. Line the sheet with foil or parchment paper to prevent your potstickers from sticking,
  4. Reheat in the oven for 10-12 minutes, rotating them at the halfway mark,
  5. Serve when ready,

The Microwave Method

The microwave method is a quick and efficient way to reheat your potstickers. If you are in a hurry consider making use of the microwave to warm up your potstickers. Simply follow these steps.

  1. Arrange on a microwave-safe dish, so that they do not touch,
  2. Microwave your potstickers for 30 seconds at a time and rotate and rearrange your potstickers on a plate.
  3. Microwave them again in short bursts until they reach the desired temperature,
  4. Serve when ready,

Tips For Reheating Potstickers

  • When reheating potstickers make sure that they thaw properly before warming them up using any of these methods. Warming them up immediately after taking them out of the freezer is not a good idea even though you might be planning to poach them and drizzle with chili oil and soy sauce.
  • When you take the potstickers out of the freezer, it’s best to let them sit for 10 or 15 minutes to part thaw or thaw completely whilst you prepare the dipping sauce or set the steamer up. This is because partial thawing will help to make sure they cook evenly.
  • If little ice crystals cling to the wrappers, wipe them off when you take the potstickers out of the bag.
  • It is best to lay your potstickers out on parchment paper and dust them with some flour. This way you can prevent them from sticking together in the pan.
  • If you spot any splits in the wrappers, let them defrost a little until the wrappers get soft and potentially mushy. Gently smoothen any cracks with your finger. If you fail to reseal the potsticker, discard it and get a replacement.

Best Way To store Potstickers

When it comes to storing potstickers freezing them is your best option. The key is to freeze them individually and package them in a way that keeps freezer burn at bay.

  • Place your fresh potstickers on a baking sheet with a rim, and then line them with parchment paper, or alternatively put them on a large plate that has been pre-dusted with some cornstarch or flour.
  • Position the tray of potstickers, uncovered, in the freezer, and give them about half an hour or so to completely freeze.
  • Once frozen, put the potstickers into a zip-lock freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as you can before zipping closed. Your potstickers can be stored in your freezer this way for up  to two months.

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