Curried Beef Dumplings Recipe (2024)

by Jaden | Appetizers/Bites, Beef, Chinese New Year, Recipes | 25 comments

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Curried Beef Dumplings Recipe (2)This recipe for Curried Beef Dumplings is from Carla Hall’s brand new book, Cooking with Love. Carla is a co-host on ABC’s The Chew and a “Fan Favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s sort of a cross between steamed sui mai (dim sum dumpling) and pan-fried potstickers. It’s the best of both worlds! The beautiful fluted, flowery shape of the dumpling wrapper gives you a peek of the beef and curry filling. But they are pan fried so you get the nice crisp, browned bottom.

The curry spice used in these dumplings is mild (but feel free to use a spicer version). Yellow curry powder is made up of an array of spices: coriander, cumin, turmeric, chiles, mustard seeds, etc. You canmake your ownor buy either mild or spiceat the Spice House.

Yellow curry powder is mostly associated with Indian cooking here in America, but did you know that it’s used throughout Asia? Curry is simply a term for spice blend. The actual ingredients in yellow curry powder may vary a bit, but the powder is a main ingredient in Singapore Rice Noodle Stir Fry (a recipe in my new book!), Chinese curry stews and noodle soups.

Mom used make baked puff triangles filled with ground beef and spiced with yellow curry powder (I think she usedS&B Curry Powder), so these dumplings remind me of her. At the store, look for “Yellow Curry Powder” or “Madras Curry Powder”.

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Curried Beef Dumplings

You can use either wonton wrappers (square, thinner) or gyoza dumpling wrappers (round, a little thicker). You can find these frozen at the Asian market (preferred over the refrigerated kind found in regular supermarkets near the tofu section - which are too "doughy" for my taste)

Dumpling wrappers (and dumplings) dry out very easily. Make sure you cover the unused wrappers and any folded dumplings with a barely damp towel or plastic wrap until you are ready to cook.

We loved these dumplings as little appetizers. There's no need for a dipping sauce (the dumplings are so flavorful with the warming curry powder!) but if you like one, try using Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce, it provides a nice sweet and fruity contrast.

Carla's tip: Set up an assembly line! Or better yet, get your kids or friends to help you out. There's little difference between making 25 or 125, so why not make more and freeze for later? To cook frozen dumplings, no need to defrost. Just add 'em to the pan and let them cook for additional 5 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Cooking with Love by Carla Hall

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Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Servings 40 dumplings


  • 3/4 pound lean (90%) ground beef sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
  • cooking oil, for pan frying
  • 40 round wonton wrappers or round dumpling wrappers (about 3-1/2-inch diameter)


  • In a large bowl, combine: ground beef, ginger, garlic, curry powder, soy sauce cornstarch, salt, sesame oil, just ONE of the eggs, bell pepper and green onion. Mix thoroughly.

  • In a small bowl, combine the final egg and 1 tablespoon water and whisk to make the egg wash.

  • Place one wonton wrapper in your hand or flat on the table. Lightly brush a thin layer of the egg wash around the edges of the wrapper. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the beef mixture into the center of the wrapper. Pull the sides of the wrapper up and push together slightly to stick to the meat mixture. The bottom of the dumpling should be flat so it can stand up in the pan.

  • Repeat until all the wrappers and filling are used up, making sure to cover any finished dumplings and the unused wrappers with plastic wrap or a barely damp towel to keep them from drying out.

  • Dumplings can be cooked immediately or frozen for up to 1 month. If freezing, make sure they are not touching when they are first frozen, then once they're frozen, they can be gathered together and stored in a freezer bag.

  • To cook, in a large nonstick sauté pan or skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil over medium heat. Add dumplings to the pan, making sure they are not too crowded. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.

  • Once the bottoms are browned, it's ready to finish cooking them by steaming. Hold the sauté pan lid (like a shield) to protect you from splatters. Carefully pour in 3-4 tablespoons of water into the pan and immediately cover. Turn heat down to medium-low and let the dumplings steam until they are cooked through and the water has mostly evaporated. This should take about 2 minutes.

  • Transfer the cooked dumplings to a plate and tent with a piece of foil to keep them warm. Repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve immediately.

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  1. Demelza on 3/12/14 at 6:34 pm

    Jaden – Another fabulous recipe! I made these tonight and they were awesome (although I think I’d skip the salt next time.) I omitted the eggs (allergic) and used your usual cornstarch slurry, both to seal and to moisten the filling. Just gorgeous. Thank you. I am really enjoying exploring your beautiful website.


  2. M. Brown on 12/18/13 at 1:28 pm

    If you freeze them, do they need to be defrosted before cooking or can you just pan fry them as is?


  3. missfoodfairy on 8/30/13 at 6:58 pm

    These dumplings sound yummy! I just love all dumplings – can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the inspiration


  4. Denyse Marcil on 8/26/13 at 10:54 pm

    I just found it!


  5. Denyse Marcil on 8/26/13 at 10:49 pm

    I just purchased your second book, kindle edition. You stated there was a recipe for Singapore rice noodles, I can’t seem to locate it. Any information would be greatly appreciated!


  6. Yashna on 8/2/13 at 11:13 pm

    I made these and they were delicious but the bottom of the dumplings stuck to the pan and got burnt, do you know what I did wrong? Is it too little oil?


    • SteamyKitchen on 8/3/13 at 6:09 pm

      Did you use a nonstick pan? I almost always use a nonstick so that they don’t stick


  7. Kelly Fox on 7/10/13 at 11:15 pm

    Yum, they look amazing. Will definitely add these to my list of ‘things to cook’!


  8. Ken @ TravelGlobe on 4/19/13 at 6:32 am

    I love dumplings. Thanks for your post. After reading this, I’ll make one right now. lol


  9. Dot Williams on 4/2/13 at 10:43 am

    I presume the red pepper and onion are added to the filling, but they are not listed on directions. Just wanted to make sure they were not just garnish.
    thanks, they look delish!


    • SteamyKitchen on 4/3/13 at 9:47 am

      correct. It’s not in her original recipe, but I’ve added it to my version. I’ll update the recipe – Thanks!


  10. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon on 3/31/13 at 3:03 pm

    We whipped these up as a starter for our Easter brunch, and they were loved by everyone from 1 to 67 year old…so yummy! Thanks for helping to make our celebration so tasty!


  11. Helana Brigman on 3/18/13 at 12:16 am

    These dumplings are beautiful, and they look so tasty. I like how these dumplings are a mix between dim sum dumpling and fried potsickers. I enjoy both dim sum and potstickers! Can’t wait to try this recipe out.


  12. Lori Phillips on 3/11/13 at 3:14 pm

    LOVE the video, gives me the courage to try these myself, tonight! Thank you!


  13. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen on 3/11/13 at 3:04 pm

    What a great new idea for dumplings! I love the combination of flavors, the use of beef instead of pork this time, and the fact that you can pan fry these! My family will enjoy this dish. I enjoy Carla Hall on “The Chew” – thanks for featuring one of her recipes. She’s so real! Thanks for sharing the easy recipe, Jaden!


  14. Chris on 3/9/13 at 6:26 pm

    I have GOT to post a something inspired from your new book. I thought “I don’t remember seeing those in her book” when I first saw this post before I realized it was Carla’s.


  15. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride on 3/7/13 at 11:47 am

    Probably not a good idea to read this post right before lunch. These look so good and now I’m starving!


  16. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter on 3/6/13 at 8:44 pm

    Yum, these look delicious! I love the combination of siu mai & curry together. Thank you for sharing the recipe Jaden, can’t wait to make this for my family soon:)


  17. Tasha @ Homemade on 3/6/13 at 4:23 pm

    This looks so amazing. I will try it this weekend, I have some wonton wrappers can I use those or will I need to go out and buy dumpling wrapper? Thank you.


  18. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes on 3/6/13 at 11:56 am

    Oh my gosh are these dumplings gorgeous! The filling is just calling my name and I can’t even believe how relatively simple they seem to be to prepare. I can’t wait to give these lovelies a try!


  19. Kiran @ on 3/5/13 at 7:27 pm

    These dumplings (su mai) looks way too pretty to eat. But I’d still eat a dozen!


  20. Spiceologist Pete on 3/5/13 at 3:24 pm

    I never new dumplings were so easy to make… Before, they looked so elegant and time consuming. Jaden, you make it look so simple!

    I’m sharing this on my site, THANKS 😀


  21. Cookin Canuck on 3/5/13 at 3:13 pm

    I am digging everything about these dumplings and could easily eat a dozen in one sitting.



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