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Easy Dumpling Soup

June 10, 2024

Frozen potstickers make this fragrant, warming, easy Asian dumpling soup recipe a total breeze.


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Got 10 Minutes? Make This Cozy Potsticker Soup.

Cooking frozen potstickers is super easy—can you boil water? Then you can boil broth! And if you can boil broth, you can make this soup. Our easy dumpling soup recipe basically takes the simple work of boiling dumplings and magically turns it into soup-making. We add big, bold flavors to the broth that the frozen potstickers simmer in—think soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic—and when the potstickers are cooked, the soup is done. Magic.

dumpling soup in a large a black pot

A Veggie-Laden Asian Dumpling Soup

This magically quick recipe isn’t just fast, though. It’s pretty darn healthy, too! In fact, this potsticker soup can quite easily be made into a vegan or vegetarian dumpling soup! Just use veggie stock and a meatless frozen dumpling, and you’ve got yourself a hearty vegetarian soup.

All you’ll need is:

  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger, garlic and scallions.
  • Soy sauce or tamari.
  • Stock, chicken or veggie. (or, you can always use Better Than Bouillon—definitely one of our top five pantry staples.)
  • Frozen potstickers
  • Carrots and fresh spinach—these two are our faves, but you can always play around with other veggies you’d like to add!
ingredients for easy dumpling soup in small bowls

What Are Potstickers?

“Potsticker” is a blanket term that most of us in the U.S. use to refer to Chinese dumplings, usually filled with some kind of minced, seasoned pork. “Gyoza” is a Japanese word for dumplings that are super similar to the “potsticker” variety of pan-fried Chinese dumplings that most of us are used to eating in restaurants. While the world of Asian dumplings is a vast one, all you really need to know for making this dumpling soup is that just about any frozen dumplings you love will work! At Trader Joe’s, frozen dumplings are actually labeled “Gyoza Potstickers”—apparently they decided it was safest to just go ahead and use both terms. And we’re down with that! No need to get too hung up on monikers—just eat up!

julienned carrots, green onions, garlic and ginger in a pot with broth
mini pot stickers in a pot with broth, carrots and green onions for dumpling soup
pot of homemade dumpling soup topped with fresh baby spinach
large pot of homemade dumpling soup topped with green onions and black sesame seeds

How to Make Dumpling Soup:

This potsticker soup is easily the best meal you can make in ten minutes. It’s so fast and easy, it barely feels like it qualifies as a recipe. Here’s how to cook potsticker soup:

  1. Sauté garlic and ginger in a little sesame oil.
  2. Create your soup base! Add stock, soy sauce, green onions and carrots.
  3. Dumpling time! Gently add the frozen dumplings and let the soup boil for a few minutes.
  4. Kill the heat and stir in the spinach. When the spinach is wilty, the soup is ready!
bowl of easy dumpling soup with chop sticks and a striped linen

Tools You’ll Need:

black pot filled with potsticker soup topped with green onions and black sesame seeds

4 Fast Soup Recipes to Keep You Cozy All Season Long

From Thailand to China and beyond, we often turn to Asian flavors to perk up our favorite soup recipes. Here are four Asian-inspired soup recipes that we have on repeat this season:

Is It Wonton Soup? Dumpling Soup? Potsticker Soup? What the Heck Is It?

Honestly, you could call this simple soup any of the above. Whatever else you call it, we hope you call it delicious. If you try this recipe, let us know how you liked it! Snap a photo of your dumpling soup and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper.Happy eating!

bowl of easy dumpling soup
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Easy Dumpling Soup

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 277


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp minced, fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, julienned (or 1 cup if using pre cut)
  • 1.5 lb bag frozen dumplings ( potstickers or mini potstickers)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, packed
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds, optional


  1. Heat sesame oil in a soup pot set over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken stock, soy sauce, green onions and carrots to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the dumpling (potstickers) to the pot and bring back up to a boil. Cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in spinach. Season with salt to taste. Serve topped with sesame seeds and fresh green onions.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories277
  • Protein14 g
  • Carbohydrates42 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol37 mg
  • sodium873 mg
  • Total Sugars6 g

Easy Dumpling Soup

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Nancy

    Can this be made in a slow cooker?

    We do not have slow cooker instructions at this time.

  • Bonnie

    what about using bok choy in soup?

    You can add it if you'd like!

  • Charlotte

    I am looking at the nutrition info ans wondering if you used unsalted broth, reduced sodium broth, or regular broth for this recipe (and others, too). Trying to reduce sodium intake at our house. :) thanks!

    We used regular broth. You can definitely use reduced sodium broth. You can also skip the 1/2 teaspoon of salt to reduce sodium if you are ok with the flavor. Hope you enjoy Charlotte!

  • María

    Can I use a Dutch oven for this recipe? Thanks!


  • Willow

    Can’t wait to make this! Got your fave go to potstickers and if so where do you buy them?

    We've used all kinds!

  • Kara

    Delicious! I subbed kale for the spinach because we prefer cooked kale over spinach. Our girls loved it!

    Thanks Kara, so glad you loved it!

  • Melinda

    This is such a delicious recipe, especially for how easy it is. I followed the recipe but added some edamame which was a great addition in my opinion. This soup is very flavorful and I love that it’s packed full of healthful foods.

    Thanks, so glad you loved it!

  • Nova

    I tried my hand at making dumplings and loved them. I had extra in the freezer and was looking for other ways to eat them. I had grabbed some bok Choy today so decided to make this. I cut the recipe in half cause it was just me.
    I had about a cup of “thick and rich” beef and onion broth, made up the other 2 cups with water and veggie better than bouillon.
    I put the white parts of the bok Choy in when I put the carrots in. I put the greens in when it was done.
    I cooked a bit longer because my dumplings were frozen and raw inside. I wasn’t sure if store bought ones were.
    This was amazing. Definitely will make again. So simple and quick but so tasty.

    Thanks, so glad you loved it!

  • Chris

    This is now my go-to soup! So easy, tasty and adaptable! No spinach, try broccoli and peas or throw in some mushrooms. Just made a pot while suffering from a head cold and will be happily nourished all weekend long!

    Thanks Chris, so glad you love it. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Pam

    So yummy and easy. I added small cubes of medium firm tofu to mine for added protein. No need to press the liquid out.

    Thanks Pam, we are so happy you loved it!