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Can You Freeze Pot Stickers?

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Savory meats, diced vegetables, and seasonings packed into thin, doughy wrappers…pot stickers, also known as dumplings, are a delicious and versatile Chinese dish! And they’re perfect for making large batches, which can leave you wondering, “Can I freeze pot stickers?”

Can You Freeze Pot Stickers?

Yes, you can freeze pot stickers, both cooked (2 months) and uncooked (3 months). However, there are some important steps to follow to ensure they freeze well and maintain their flavor and texture.(**Full Instructions Below – Uncooked, Cooked, Thawing, Etc**)

Do Pot Stickers Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Pot Stickers? Not Recommended

How to Freeze Pot Stickers

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Follow these simple steps to properly and safely freeze Uncooked and Cooked pot stickers:

Uncooked

  1. Prepare, but Don’t Cook: Assemble the pot stickers as you normally would, filling the wrappers, folding them over, and then sealing them.
  2. Arrange on a Baking Sheet: Place the assembled pot stickers in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Flash-Freeze: Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze your pot stickers until they are firm, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Label Bags or Containers: Label your freezer-safe bags (or containers) with the contents and date.
  5. Transfer to Container: Once the pot stickers are firm, transfer them to your labeled container (freezer-safe bags or rigid container).
  6. Remove Air and Seal: Squeeze out as much air as possible from the bags before sealing them tightly and then placing them in the freezer. They’ll last approximately 3 months.

Cooked (Leftovers)

  1. Cool Completely: Allow your cooked pot stickers to cool to room temperature.
  2. Arrange on a Baking Sheet: Place the cooled pot stickers in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Freeze Until Firm: Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the pot stickers until they are firm, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Label Bags or Containers: Label your freezer-safe bags (or containers) with the contents and date.
  5. Transfer to Container: Once the pot stickers are firm, transfer them to freezer-safe bags. Label the bags with the date and contents.
  6. Remove Air and Seal: Squeeze out as much air as possible from the bags before sealing them tightly and then placing them in the freezer. They’ll last approximately 2 months.

Freezer-Friendly Recipes by Freeze It!

Try out one of these delicious recipes that are perfect for freezing:

3 Tips for Freezing Pot Stickers

Here are our Top 3 Tips, which we strongly recommend following, to give you the best results when freezing your pot stickers:

Flash Freeze
Whether they’re cooked or uncooked, flash-freezing your pot stickers on a baking sheet before transferring them to freezer bags helps prevent them from sticking together when you next need them.

Do Not Overfill
Don’t overfill your pot stickers (wrappers) when you’re making them. If they’re too full and you somehow manage to actually get them folded & sealed, they tend to burst open when thawing or cooking later….and create a mess.

No Air & Don’t Overpack
Removing excess air from the freezer bags is a good way to ensure your pot stickers will remain fresh, and prevent freezer burn. Also, avoid overpacking your freezer-safe container.

How Long Can You Freeze Pot Stickers?

You can freeze uncooked and cooked pot stickers for up to 2 months when already cooked (leftovers) and up to 3 months when uncooked to maintain the best quality. After this time, they still be safe to eat but may suffer from freezer burn and a loss of flavor or texture.

How Do You Defrost Pot Stickers?

Uncooked

  • Refrigerator Method: Transfer the frozen pot stickers to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight.
  • Room Temperature Method: If you’re short on time, you can let the pot stickers thaw at room temperature for a few hours.
  • Straight in the Pan Method: If you’re really in a rush, you can technically cook pot stickers straight from frozen (no thawing). But be careful of small, frozen water drops during the cooking process since hot oil and water don’t mix well. Also, you’ll need to increase the steam time to 7-8 minutes to ensure they’re cooked all the way through. You can get a full breakdown of cooking temperatures here.

Cooked (Leftovers)

  • Refrigerator Method: Transfer the frozen pot stickers to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight.
  • Steam Method: To reheat, steam the thawed pot stickers for about 6-8 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Microwave Instructions: If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave thawed pot stickers on a microwave-safe plate for about 1-2 minutes or until heated throughout.

But…..How Do I Recrisp Them?

Previously cooked pot stickers (once thawed) can be re-crisped by placing them in a pan with heated oil for about 2-3 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy again.

Can You Refreeze Pot Stickers?

Yes, but it’s not recommended. You can thaw and refreeze pot stickers only if they’ve been kept at or below refrigerator temperatures during thawing. It’s also worth noting, with each repeated thaw and freeze, the texture of your pot stickers will become more and more damaged.

WARNING

There is an increased risk of foodborne pathogens if you refreeze partially thawed raw or blanched vegetables & meats.

Best practice is to only thaw as much as you’ll eat.

Do Pot Stickers Freeze Well?

Yes, pot stickers freeze well, especially when they are properly stored and handled. Freezing can help preserve their flavor and texture, making them a convenient option for make-ahead meals or snacks.

FAQs

Can I Freeze Homemade Pot Sticker Wrappers?

Yes, you can freeze homemade pot sticker wrappers. Place them in a single layer (<—this is important!) on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and store them for up to 2-3 months.

Can I Freeze Pot Stickers with Sauce?

It’s best to freeze pot stickers without sauce, as the sauce can become watery when thawed, and it degrades the texture significantly. You can always make fresh sauce when you reheat unsauced pot stickers.

Can I Freeze Pot Stickers in a Plastic Container?

Yes, you can freeze pot stickers in a plastic container. Just make sure the container is freezer-safe and airtight to prevent freezer burn.

How Do You Prevent Frozen Pot Stickers from Sticking Together?

Flash-freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag or container where they can stay for up to 3 months.

How Do You Prevent Freezer Burn on Frozen Pot Stickers?

To prevent freezer burn, make sure to remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag or container before sealing it. You can also wrap the pot stickers individually in plastic wrap before freezing….but that’s quite time consuming.

How Do You Prevent Pot Stickers From Getting Soggy When Thawing?

You can’t. But you can re-crisp them by pan-frying or baking them.

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