Dumplings are an incredibly versatile dish. You’ll find nearly every country has its take on dumplings. From wontons to ravioli, we love all types of dumplings.
Making vegan dumplings is surprisingly easy. You can substitute a wide range of vegetables, beans, and proteins for the meat inside the dumplings. Most dumping wrappers are already vegan and need only a few ingredients.
Today, we’ll take you on a trip around the world and look our the best, easy vegan recipes for you to enjoy.
1. Vegan Gyoza Potstickers by Bianca Zapatka
Japanese Gyoza is one of the most common dumpling types served worldwide. This vegan version of the recipe offers vegans a taste of this amazing dish.
This recipe teaches you how to make your dumpling wrappers from flour, salt, and hot water. For the filling, the recipe suggests cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, leeks, onions, and garlic. Of course, you can pick and choose your favorite veggies if you prefer. You can also add plant-based protein to make this dish a meal.
Don’t worry if you’re having a hard time rolling the gyoza. With practice, you’ll quickly become an expert and your potstickers will look like they came fresh from your local Japanese restaurant.
2. Crispy Vegan Air-Fryer Wontons by Healthy Girl Kitchen
I’ve always loved fried wontons but hated how unhealthy they were. This recipe from Healthy Girl Kitchen remedies this problem. The wontons are vegan and you cook them in an air-fryer instead of deep-frying them.
The filling for these wontons includes carrots, cabbage, chopped onions, and tofu. You’ll also use a mix of garlic, ginger, and soy sauce to flavor the dumplings.
Instead of prepping your dough, this recipe suggests using grocery store wonton wrappers. Most major grocery stores sell vegan wonton wraps.
Once you fill and wrap your wontons, it’s time to cook them. You cook these for about 5 minutes in your air-fryer. You won’t believe how crispy and full of flavor these wontons are once ready.
3. Vegan & Gluten-Free Dim Sum Dumplings by Vegan Vocals
One of the biggest problems with dumplings is they are often full of gluten. Not so with this vegan and gluten-free dim sum from Vegan Vocals. These chefs crafted the perfect gluten-free dumpling that is chewy and soft. The filling has tons of flavor as well.
While creating and wrapping the dumplings takes experience, after a few attempts you’ll be wrapping dim sum like a pro. This recipe provides detailed instructions on how to correctly wrap and prepare the dim sum.
This Chinese dish is traditionally served steamed or fried. This recipe suggests steaming the dumplings and serving them with a homemade sweet chili sauce.
4. Vegan Samosas by Oh My Veggies
Samosas are a traditiaonl Indian dish. Filled with veggies flavor, you can choose to fry or bake these dumplings.
Samosas are great as an appetizer with dips or served alongside main dishes like chutney.
This recipe features a potato filling filled with exotic spices and flavors. Along with potatoes you also need green peas, olive oil, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, garam masala, paprika, and cumin. While there are plenty of ingredients, it’s easy to put these dumplings together.
Samosas use a filo pastry to wrap the filling into the dumpling. Once cooked, the pastry should be golden brown, flaky, and crispy on the outside.
5. Vegan New York Style Knishes by One Green Planet
This dish from One Green Planet perfectly recreates a traditional NYC knish that you find in local Jewish bakeries or street vendors around the city.
The recipe has few ingredients but is full of flavor. You’ll need Yukon gold potatoes, onions, vegan butter, and seasonings for the filling. The dough is a mixture of water, flour, baking powder, white vinegar, and canola oil.
The dough takes about one hour to prepare. While waiting, you can prep your filling ingredients by boiling the potatoes and mashing the ingredients together. Next, you’ll create a roll from the dough and filling, and bake the knishes.
6. Vegan Pierogi Recipe by Zardy Plants
Pierogis are a traditional Polish dumpling. This recipe from Zardy Plants is one of my favorite renditions of pierogies. It uses classic fillings like potato and leek and a vegan pierogi dough that is filling and hearty.
Crafting vegan pierogi dough can be difficult but this recipe pulls it off without any butter, eggs, sour cream, or cream cheese. Instead, you’ll replace these ingredients with coconut cream, vegan butter or sour cream, and an egg replacement. You can use flax eggs if you prefer but they tend to make denser dumplings.
If you don’t like potatoes, you can always use mushrooms, spinach, artichoke, sauerkraut, or cabbage for the fillings.
Topped with caramelized onions, this recipe will wow your family.
7. Classic Vegan Ravioli Recipe by Wow, It’s Veggie?
Ravioli is an incredibly popular dumpling dish that originates in Italy. This vegan take on the dish features homemade pasta dough and a hearty filling that you and your family will love.
Don’t worry, the dough recipe does not use eggs. Instead, all you need to make ravioli dough is hot water, salt, oil, and flour. If you follow the recipe, your dough will be ready in under 30 minutes.
You’ll find a mix of spinach, cashews, lemon juice, salt, garlic, onion powder, and cornstarch in the filling recipe for these ravioli. Mushrooms are also a great addition to the filling.
Once prepped, it’s time to fold all the dumplings and boil them. These cook quickly and you should avoid overcooking them. After 3 minutes in boiling water, your ravioli should be perfect.
8. Black Bean Tofu Rainbow Dumplings by Full Of Plants
This recipe is colorful and tastes amazing. The dumplings are naturally colored and packed with a variety of vegan ingredients. You also get a yummy sesame dipping sauce recipe to dip these dumplings into.
The recipe uses all-natural ingredients to color the dumpling wrappers. You can pick and choose from yellow, red, purple, orange, and more by adding a variety of ingredients to the dough mixture.
You’ll need onions, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, black beans, and tofu for the main ingredients. Flavors come from soy sauce, maple syrup, turmeric, sriracha, garlic, and sesame oil.
9. Vegan Siu Mai Dumplings by Great British Chefs
No dumpling list would be complete without a recipe for siu mai. You steam this Chinese dumpling and it works great with a wide range of sauces and other dishes.
The recipe calls for premade wrappers so you’ll save time during food prep. The filling combines a mix of silken tofu, spring onion, carrots, and cabbage. In addition, you’ll need a variety of Asian spices and sauces to round out the flavor profile of this dish.
Once prepped, these siu mai dumplings are best steamed fresh – you can also freeze the dumplings and store them for later.
10. Vegan Jiao Zi Dumplings by Woon Heng
This is a recipe for traditional jiaozi dumplings. These dumplings are ideal for steaming and boiling as opposed to frying.
Inside the dumpling filling, you’ll find a mix of ginger, carrots, firm tofu, edamame beans, and green cabbages. Spices and sauces include soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and mushroom seasoning.
Many of the recipes on this list call for hot water while preparing the dough – this recipe instead suggests room temperature water. Room temperature water creates a chewier dough. This is ideal for steamed or boiled dumplings.
11. Vegan Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumplings by Best Of Vegan
One of my personal favorites is soup dumplings that burst with flavor with each bite. They are a little trickier to prep than other dumplings, but the hard work is worth it.
A Xia Long Bao soup dumpling is a dumpling filled with soup. There’s also a filling made of tofu, shiitake mushrooms, green onions, and cabbage.
When wrapping, you’ll leave the top of the dumpling open to pour the soup in. Once poured you seal the dumpling closed – after preparation, steam the dumplings for 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
12. Vegan Mandu Korean Dumplings by Zucker & Jagdwurst
Mandu is a tiny dumpling from Korea. This vegan version features tofu and kimchi in place of eggs and minced meat.
Aside from the tofu and kimchi, you’ll also need to add sesame oil, soy sauce, and tomato paste to your shopping list. Once prepped, these dumplings fry in less than 4 minutes. If you prefer to steam them, it takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes before they’re ready.
Mandu is best served with soy sauce, white & black sesame seeds, and scallions for garnish.
13. Vegan Tibetan Momos Vegan Dumplings by Green Bowl 2 Soul
Momos are a popular dumpling dish in Tibet, India, and Nepal. While similar to Chinese dim sum, momos have their flavor profile.
The filling for this momos recipe includes cabbage, carrot, and capsicum. Other alternative ingredients you can use include mushrooms, tofu, beans, or any other vegetable you enjoy.
They are best served with momos chutney. This dush is a combination of tomatoes, garlic, and red chilies. Be warned, momos chutney can be very spicey.
14. Vegan Wild Mushroom Tortellini by Euphoric Vegan
Tortellini is a hybrid pasta and dumpling from Italy. This recipe combines wild mushrooms, vegan cream cheese, and vegan parmesan. The vegan cheeses give the tortellini its authentic Italian flavors and texture.
If you’re worried your dumplings won’t look good, don’t worry. This recipe goes into detail on how to fold the dumplings. You’ll be a pro at folding tortellini after your first batch.
Once prepped, you cook the tortellini for around 3 minutes in boiling water. Euphoric Vegan suggests serving with extra virgin olive oil, vegan parmesan, lemon juice, pine nuts, and black pepper.
They’ll also go great with any vegan sauce from marinara to alfredo.
15. Vegan Zongzi Dumplings by Okonomi Kitchen
Zongi is a Chinese sticky rice dumpling. They are traditionally boiled and served in bamboo leaves.
You’ll need extra preparation time for this recipe. You need to soak the bamboo leaves, glutinous rice, and dried shiitake mushrooms for at least 24 hours before preparation. The next day you also need to soak the peanuts and mung beans in water for a few hours.
Once ready, wrapping and cooking the dumplings is a breeze. The recipe provides plenty of photos that show how to wrap and tie the leaves. You’ll then steam the dumplings for 2.5 hours.
While this recipe has plenty of preparation, the payoff is worth it.
16. Homemade Vegan Gnocchi Recipe by The Curious Chickpea
Gnocchi is a pillowy potato dumpling. You can boil, fry, or toast this gnocchi in a skillet and serve it with a wide range of sauces.
This vegan gnocchi recipe is one of the easiest we found in our research. The recipe has only four ingredients, and gnocchi is easy to wrap compared to most other dumplings.
One of the steps in this recipe is to bake the potatoes before making the gnocchi. Baking the potatoes brings out more flavor in the dish compared to steaming the potatoes.
17. Vegan Tang Yuan Dumplings by Chez Jorge
Tang Yuan is a Taiwanese dessert served during Winter Solstice or Lunar New Year. The key ingredient in the dish is black sesame. While other versions use nuts in the mix, the traditional Taiwanese version will not have any nuts in the filling.
A quick and easy recipe, you’ll only need five ingredients to make this dessert. Tang Yuan consists of glutinous rice flour, warm water, black sesame seeds, sugar, and vegan butter.
After toasting the sesame seeds and prepping the dough, you’ll make a long log of any yuan. Once cut into evenly-sized portions, you boil the dumplings until they float to the surface. The dish is best served with hot soup.
18. Vegan Har Gow Crystal Dumpling by Good Life With Gan
Har Gow is a traditional Cantonese dumpling served with dim sum. The filling includes shrimp, but this recipe offers you a vegan alternative.
One of the unique characteristics of har gow is its crystal-like clear wrapper. It uses wheat starch and potato starch to create this dumpling wrapper.
Instead of shrimp, you’ll use cubed tempeh, carrots, and Shimei mushrooms for the filling. Once your dough and filling are ready, you’ll wrap each dumpling and steam them for 8 to 10 minutes.
Serve the har gow with your favorite dim sum sauces or plain.
19. Sticky Rice Mushroom Shumai by The Woks Of Life
While these look amazing, they’re easy to make. This shumai recipe features sticky rice, mushrooms, and peas for its filling and teaches you how to make your wrappers.
The dough for the wrappers is easy to make as well. You need flour, salt, and boiling water to make the wrappers. While prepping the wrappers, you can cook the sticky rice and prep the other fillings.
Once wrapped, this shumai is best served steamed. Don’t forget to add your favorite dipping sauces to improve the flavor profile of these dumplings.
20. Vegan Smoked Tofu Dumpling by Ching-He Huang
This recipe is a full meal: Marinate the tofu in a vegan stir-fry sauce to add flavor. The dumplings are served in a rich and hearty soup broth.
Instead of making your wraps, you can make these dumplings with store-bought wraps. For the filling, you’ll use a mix of marinated smoked tofu, firm tofu, and broccoli stems.
The soup consists of vegetable stock, oyster mushrooms, french beans, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Packed with flavor, this soup is a great dinner or lunch option.
21. German Vegan Potato Dumplings by Ela Vegan
With only 4 ingredients, these German vegan potato dumplings are one of the easiest to make dishes on this list. Served with rich vegan gravy, potato dumplings are a great alternative to mashed or baked potatoes as a side dish.
All-purpose potatoes are best for this recipe. Yukon gold potatoes are ideal while russet potatoes require more starch added to the filling. For the starch, the recipe calls for potato starch, but you can also use tapioca starch or corn starch instead.
Since this is a German dish, the dumplings taste great with gravy, red cabbage, and sauerkraut – they also make a great side dish to vegan meatloaf or other homestyle dishes.
22. Vegan Malai Kofta Dumplings by Rainbow Plant Life
Malai Kofta is a tradiaitonal Indian comfort food. It is a mix of crispy dumplings and creamy curry. This vegan version is quick and easy to make and is soy-free. They also include a detailed video to follow if you’re having trouble with the recipe.
Some of the key ingredients to this vegan version of malai kofta include high-protein tofu, Yukon gold potatoes, ground cashews, and cornstarch. The recipes are also packed with whole spices, aromatics, and ground spices; each bite of this dish is full of flavor.
The gravy is also filled with spices and flavors. You’ll need to add coconut oil, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and more to your shopping list to make the perfect sauce.
23. Bánh Bột Lọc Tran Chay Vegan Dumplings by The Viet Vegan
Bánh Bột Lọc Tran is a traditional Vietnamese dumpling. It has a chewy clear wrapper that you fill with a variety of ingredients.
To make the clear dumpling wrapper you need tapioca four/starch, boiling water, and oil. The ingredient list is unique and consists of made from onions, vegan ground meat substitute, dried wood ear fungus slices, and jicama.
Once prepped, the dumplings are quickly boiled until they begin to float. Once removed, you need to quickly place them in an ice-water bath. The dumplings are best served with shallots and vegan nuoc mam cham.
24. Vegan Vareniki Dumplings by Veggie Anh
Vareniki are dumplings from Ukraine. They are commonly filled with mashed potatoes and mushrooms and wrapped in an easy-to-make dough.
One of the easier recipes on this list, you can have these dumplings ready in less than an hour. While the dough is resting, you can chop and combine your fillings. After rolling the dumplings, you need to boil them until they float.
Once cooked, you can serve these dumplings as a side with fried onions and vegan sour cream.
25. Vegan Uszka Polish Christmas Dumplings by Polonist
Uszka is a Polish dumpling that is often serviced on Christmas Eve. Wild mushrooms or sauerkraut are common fillings. The dumplings are served with a clear red borscht soup.
The mushrooms in this recipe are the key to its uniqueness. If you’re not an expert mushroom forager, it’s best to order dried or frozen wild mushrooms for the dumpling filling.
The dough has a similar flavor and texture to pierogies and is simple to make. After you prepared the dumplings, you will boil them in water for approximately one minute.
Don’t forget to serve these dumplings with borscht.
26. Vegan Kreplach by From Estee’s Kitchen
Kreplach is an Eastern European favorite. This recipe makes it easy to recreate this traditional dish at home. Instead of preparing the dough, you can use vegan gyoza wrappers to prep the kreplach.
The filling of these dumplings is easy to make as well. You’ll only need sweet or regular potatoes, onions, and olive oil for the dumpling filling.
Once your dumplings are ready, they are best served with olive oil and sauteed onions.
27. Vegan Not-Chicken And Dumplings by Bohemian Vegan Kitchen
Chicken and dumplings are an all-time favorite American dish. This version omits the chicken but retains the flavors and heartiness of the dish.
This recipe guides you through the dumpling process to ensure you end up with fluffy and flavorful dumplings.
The soup is the key to this recipe. The rich and creamy broth has carrots, potatoes, corn, peas, and onions. If you’ve been looking for comfort food, this is the best option on our dumpling list.
Do you have allergies or a certain diet? The recipe offers plenty of alternative ingredients that can match your specific dietary concerns.
28. Mom’s Special Vegan Dumplings by Choochoo-Ca-Chew
You can serve this vegan dumpling recipe as a side or main dish. It features a mix of veggies that are filling and tasty
The recipe uses the five elements of Chinese cooking. For the elements, the recipe uses cabbage as white, spinach for green, mushrooms as black, carrot for red, and tofu for yellow.
You’ll also find a recipe for homemade dumpling wrappers in this article. If you don’t have time to make your wrappers, store-bought vegan wrappers work as well.
29. Vegan Crab Rangoon by Eat Figs Not Pigs
Crab Rangoon is an appetizer I miss since going vegan. Luckily, I found this recipe that has all the flavor of a crab rangoon but in a vegan dish. Each bite of this dumpling is crunchy and creamy.
The recipe uses a mix of hearts of palm, vegan cream cheese, old bay seasoning, vegan Worcestershire, and vegan fish sauce to simulate the creamy crab filling. You’ll also need garlic, chives, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to season the dumplings.
Once your filling is ready, simply wrap them in vegan-friendly wrappers. Crab Rangoon are easy to wrap and you should have the process mastered after the first few dumplings. After they’re wrapped, you deep fry or pan fry the dumpling until they are golden brown.
30. Apple & Cinnamon Dumplings by The Vegan Pantry
We couldn’t leave an American classic off the list. This is one of my favorite desserts to make and this recipe makes it even easier to enjoy.
The recipe mixes tart granny smith apples with a sweet lemon sugar syrup. Finally, you’ll coat the dish with crunchy hot sugar and cinnamon. You’ll savor every bite, and these dumplings will excite your tastebuds.
It’s also an easy-to-make recipe. The directions are easy to follow, and you might already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Easy Vegan Dumpling Recipes, Final Thoughts
Whether a side dish or served alongside your favorite vegan soup, dumplings are a delicious addition to any meal
What type of dumpling is your favorite? Did we leave it off our list? We’d love to hear about your favorite vegan dumpling recipes. Whether it’s a new shumai recipe or a pierogi recipe, shoot us a comment and let us know about it.