Gyoza is perhaps the best part of a Japanese meal. If you want to impress guests at your next dinner party make some of these delicious dumplings to serve as a lovely appetiser. They can be a little fiddly to make so you may want to consider making them ahead of time.
Can You Freeze Gyoza?
Yes, you can freeze gyoza for up to 1 month. This makes them perfect for planning a special occasion. You should only freeze them uncooked so that they retain their shape and texture while being frozen.
Do Gyozas Freeze Well? Sometimes
Can You Refreeze Gyoza? No
How to Freeze Gyoza
Before you start, you need to make sure you have everything you need. You need all the equipment and ingredients to make your gyoza, and then on top of this, you need a baking tray, some non-stick parchment paper, a large freezer bag and a sharpie!
You should only freeze the gyoza before you cook it. If you attempt to freeze cooked gyoza, then it can go soft, and it will affect the taste. You might find they don’t even look like gyoza anymore.
For the same reason, you should not try and freeze any leftover gyoza you have bought from a restaurant or any leftovers of your own homemade gyoza. You will just have to eat them instead!
So, let’s get started and find out how to freeze gyoza.
- Make Gyoza
Find your favourite recipe and your favourite fillings. Follow the recipe to make the gyoza right up until the point where you would bake them.
- Spread onto a Baking Tray
Instead of steaming or cooking them, you should put some non-stick parchment paper onto a large, flat baking tray. Place the gyoza on this so that none of the dumplings are not touching each other.
- Flash Freeze
Pop this into the freezer for an hour or two. You will need to keep the baking tray flat and make sure nothing is placed on top of the gyoza until they are frozen solid.
- Bag Up
Once the gyoza are frozen, you can take the baking tray out of the freezer. Transfer the gyoza from the baking tray into a large freezer bag.
Squeeze out as much air as you can from the bag. It is important to keep the bag as airtight as possible to keep the gyoza tasting lovely and fresh.
Label the bag with the contents and the date and pop it into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Gyoza
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing gyoza to have the best results:
Also Freeze Potstickers
Sometimes gyoza are also referred to as potstickers. The main difference is in how they are cooked. Gyoza is usually pan-fried, whereas potstickers are steamed. However, whichever you are making, you can freeze them both using the same method.
Make and Freeze Dipping Sauce
If you really want to get ahead with your dinner planning, then you could also make and freeze your dipping sauce ahead of time. Make your recipe, allow it to cool and pop it into freezer-safe containers and pop them into the freezer with the gyoza.
Whilst most gyoza fillings should be absolutely fine to freeze, if you are using ingredients that are a little unusual or non-traditional, then check that these can be frozen before making and freezing the gyoza.
How Long Can You Freeze Gyoza?
As a general rule of thumb, you can freeze uncooked gyoza for up to a month. Some recipes state you can freeze them a little longer than this, but we would recommend for the best quality that you make your gyoza within a month of when you plan to eat them.
They will be safe to eat for as long as your recipe states they can be frozen, but you may find the taste changes slightly if they are kept in the freezer for too long.
You Can Freeze Gyoza for up to 1 Month
How Do You Defrost Gyoza?
The best thing about freezing gyoza is that you shouldn’t need to thaw them out at all! You can grab them out of the freezer and pop them straight into your pan to cook.
You may need to adjust the cooking times to allow for them to defrost before they fully cook, but this shouldn’t make too much difference.
If you prefer to steam gyoza instead, then you should also be able to do this from frozen too!
Can You Refreeze Gyoza?
No, you shouldn’t refreeze your gyoza. Unfortunately, we do not recommend that you freeze any cooked gyoza. This is because they are quite a delicate food, and they fall apart and change in texture too easily.
If you have thawed out your gyoza, the chances are you have also cooked them, so you shouldn’t try and put them back into the freezer.
Do Gyoza Freeze Well?
Uncooked gyoza do freeze well! As long as they are kept airtight and frozen before they are cooked, then they will retain their shape, texture and quality.
By the time you have cooked them no one will be able to tell the difference between freshly made gyoza and the gyoza you have prepared in advance.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing gyoza or gyoza in general, then these may help:
Gyoza wrappers can be frozen if you haven’t had the time to make a filling. Place them into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month.
You can freeze dumpling dough by rolling it into a ball, wrapping it in cling film and then freezing it in a thick freezer bag. You’ll need to defrost it thoroughly before shaping and we would advise against refreezing dumpling dough after shaping.