This post may contain affiliate links, please see the privacy policy for details.

It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t love potstickers, as the combination of slightly gummy and slightly crispy dumpling wrappers and the delicious filling mixture is truly magical. Add to that a wonderful Asian-inspired sauce, and you have all the makings of a fantastic Valentine’s Day appetizer or for Chinese New Year celebrations. They’re heart shaped, too, but you could make potstickers in any shape you want (you’ll want to have these more than once a year). Add this heart-shaped pork potstickers recipe to your party menu!

Valentine's potstickers arranged artfully on a plate with chopsticks.

Heart shaped potstickers are a great idea for Valentine’s Day. They’re easy to prepare and, served with a yummy dipping sauce, a surefire way to anyone’s heart! 

Explore other delicious recipes to complement your potstickers! For a party menu, whip up some Dirty Martini Dip or Brie Cranberry Bites. For a birthday bash, consider making this Funfetti Birthday Cheesecake.

Heart-shaped dumplings on a wooden cutting board.

Why You’ll Love These

Tasty:  Potstickers are really delicious and that applies to the texture as well as the filling. The part soft part crisp dumpling wrappers, ground meat and pork filling and dipping sauce complement each other beautifully.
Great for Valentine’s Day or Chinese New Year: These are just potstickers – they’re heart shaped potstickers! This means not only are they going to be delicious but they’re going to look Insta-worthy cute as well. So get those Valentine captions ready too.
Customizable: Feel free to use any kind of ground meat (or even a ground meat alternative), any veggies and whichever seasonings you want to personalize them.

Valentine's dumplings in a bowl with chopsticks.

Pork Dumplings Recipe Key Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Ground pork or chicken: Use your favorite ground meat for these. Bear in mind extra-lean beef and anything naturally lean like chicken can dry out more easily that fattier cuts.
Purple cabbage: This adds a splash of color to the recipe and looks pretty in the photos but you can use green or white cabbage if you prefer.
Egg: To add flavor and also hold the filling in the potstickers together.
Wonton wrappers: You can’t have pot stickers without the wrappers! You need to get small square ones, available from any Asian food market.
Soy sauce: A typical ingredient used to both flavor the dumplings and also in the dipping sauce. Use regular or gluten-free.
Butter: For cooking the pot stickers. You can use vegetable oil instead when making pan fried dumplings but the butter does give a nice flavor.
Rice wine vinegar: For a sharp flavor that contrasts with the salty soy sauce and rich-flavored sesame oil. Add a pinch of sugar to the dipping sauce too if you prefer more sweetness.

The heart-shaped potstickers and dumplings for Asian fried rice are laid out on a table.

How to Make Valentine Potstickers

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the dipping sauce:  Whisk all the dipping sauce ingredients together and set to one side.
Make the potsticker filling: Mix the pot stickers filling ingredients together.
Prepare the wonton wrappers: Cut them into heart shapes using a heart shape cookie cutter.
Assemble the potstickers: Wet your finger with water and run it around the edge of the heart shaped wonton wrapper, add a little filling and then add another heart shaped wonton wrapper on top and press the edges together to enclose the filling. Repeat until they’re all done.
Pan fry the pot stickers: Melt butter and oil in a skillet and add the dumplings and a little water, and then cover the pan and cook for a few minutes. Flip them over and brown the other side.
The finishing touches: When the potstickers are golden brown on both sides, serve them with sliced cabbage, green onions and sesame seeds, as well as the dipping sauce you made earlier.

A cutting board with heart-shaped dumplings for a delicious pork potstickers recipe.
Valentine's dumplings in the shape of hearts on a cutting board.

Substitutions and Variations

Switch the protein: Any kind of ground meat would work or you could even use seafood or a vegetarian protein.
Swap the veggies: Anything goes really, so if you want to add carrot, beansprouts, mushrooms, water chestnuts, or anything else, make sure they’re finely chopped first. Fresh ginger is good in homemade dumplings.
Gluten free option: If you want a gluten free version, make sure you use gluten free soy sauce (not the regular kind that often has wheat) and use gluten free wonton wrappers.

Heart-shaped dumplings, also known as Valentine's dumplings, delicately arranged on a cutting board.

Serving Suggestions

Potstickers are great for a Valentine’s Day meal, either as an appetizer or as part of the main dish. Here are some nice pairing options:

Appetizers: One of these Panda Express copycat recipes will set the theme and tone for a delicious evening.
Side dishes: Fried rice pairs well with this potstickers recipe or perhaps homemade ramen soup.
Dessert: S’mores brownie bite truffles are a romantic dessert option, or you could whip up pretty stained glass effect Valentine cookies.
Drinks: Any one of these romantic Valentine cocktails would be perfect.

Heart-shaped pork potstickers in a white bowl with chopsticks.

How to Store Potstickers

Store:  Keep any leftover potstickers in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3 days. You can also keep the dipping sauce, but in its own container.
Freeze:  You can freeze the assembled potstickers before cooking for up to 3 months, then proceed with the recipe. You don’t have to thaw them out first because they cook fast over a medium high heat.
Reheat:  Either pan fry them in a little oil for a minute or until hot, or heat them back up in the microwave.

Heart-shaped dumplings on a wooden cutting board, perfect for a romantic meal or special occasion.

Top Tips

Don’t overfill them: Don’t put too much filling in there and make sure you squeeze out any excess air, so the potstickers don’t split or fall apart during cooking.
Cook in batches: Potstickers don’t just stick to the pot. They can also stick to each other, so don’t crowd the pot! Cook them in batches if you need to.
Made too much filling? Save it. You can mix it into fried rice or noodles to make another meal.

Heart-shaped dumpling held with a chopstick dipped in sauce.
Valentine's dumplings with chopsticks.

Heart Shaped Potstickers FAQs

Why are they called potstickers?

These fried dumplings are a popular snack in China. According to legend, they were invented during the Song Dynasty. A chef was making dumplings but they stuck to the pan and became crispy. Everyone enjoyed them and now these savory bites are beloved street food in Northern China and popular around Chinese New Year.

How do you stop the potstickers from drying out before you’ve assembled them all?

Unless you’re a Chinese chef with years of Chinese dumplings experience and can make these at warp speed, you’ll need to cover the ones you’ve made which you work on the rest. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet, then lay the dumplings on top as they’re made and cover with a damp clean towel. This will stop the uncooked dumplings from drying out.

Why do you add water to the pan before putting the lid on?

The heat of the pan turns the water into steam which helps cook the dumplings evenly.

Valentine's dumplings arranged on a wooden cutting board.
Heart-shaped dumplings, also known as pork potstickers or Valentine's potstickers, delicately arranged on a cutting board.

Heart Shaped Pork Potstickers Recipe

5 from 43 votes

Heart Shaped Potstickers Recipe

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Heart shaped potstickers are a great idea for Valentine's Day or Chinese New Year. They're easy to prepare and, served with a yummy dipping sauce, a surefire way to anyone's heart! 
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 25

Ingredients 

Pot Stickers:

  • 1 Pound ground pork, or chicken
  • ½ Cup purple cabbage, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly – white part only
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon rice wine vinegar, seasoned
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ Teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon butter
  • ½ Teaspoon sesame oil
  • 50 wonton wrappers
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • water, as needed

Dipping Sauce:

  • ¼ Cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly – green part only
  • ½ Teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ Teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ Teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions 

  • To make the dipping sauce; combine all ingredients for the sauce, mix well and set aside for later.
  • To make the filling; combine the chicken, cabbage, white portions of the sliced green onions, egg, soy sauce, seasoned rice wine vinegar, garlic powder, ginger powder, sesame oil, salt, and white pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut each of the wonton wrappers into a heart shape. Place a damp paper towel over the top of the wonton wrappers to keep them hydrated while you are working.
  • Take one of the wonton hearts and set it in front of you. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water and trace the edge of the wonton heart to moisten it. Then fill the middle with about a tablespoon of filling. You may need more or less depending on the size of wonton wrappers and hearts you are making.
  • Take a second wonton heart and lay it on top of the first, gently press the edges together to seal. Once you are sure it has been sealed, set aside onto a piece of wax or parchment paper, and place a damp paper towel over the top. Make sure to keep the finished pot stickers in a single layer before you cook them, as they will stick to each other.
  • Once all of the potstickers have been made, add a tablespoon of oil and ½ tablespoon of butter into a large skillet that has a lid. Melt over medium low heat.
  • As soon as the butter has melted and the butter oil mixture has coated the bottom of the pan, carefully lay the pot stickers along the bottom of the pan.
  • It is important not to overcrowd so you may need to do these in batches. Add a tablespoon of water to the pan, then cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and turn the burner heat up to medium high. Flip the potstickers once the bottoms have begun to brown, and continue to cook until the other side has browned.
  • Remove from the pan when both sides are nicely browned, serve on a bed of sliced red cabbage garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, and serve with the dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Like this recipe? Rate and comment below!

This pork potstickers recipe boasts classic Chinese flavors such as ground pork or chicken, rice vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and shredded cabbage. Rather than cook the filled dumpling wrappers in a half moon shape they are cut into hearts with a cookie cutter to make them perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Other Recipes to Try

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

You Might Also Like

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating