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Vegan Tofu Gyoza

These vegan gyoza are crispy, chewy, juicy -- everything you want in gyoza. Filled with simple ingredients but so delicious, healthy, and satisfying!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegan
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 1 block frozen tofu*, thawed
  • 3 stalks of garlic/Chinese chives chopped
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms chopped
  • 1 cup cabbage chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 30 gyoza skins**, or as many as needed

Instructions

  • Make sure your tofu is completely thawed. To do this, you can take the tofu out of the freezer a night or two before and thaw in the fridge. Or, if you don't have that much time, take out of the packaging and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave in 30 second intervals until thawed.
  • Heat a pan on the stove and briefly cook the mushrooms and cabbage until shrunken (this is to get rid of excess water that comes out of the veggies when cooked).
  • Crumble tofu into a big mixing bowl and add in the cooked veggies, chives, soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil. Mix until well combined.
  • Lay out the gyoza skins on a clean surface and place a dollop of filling in the center, making sure there is still room to fold up the skins. 
  • Lightly dip your index finger in water and wet the edges of the gyoza skins. This will help the skin stick together when you fold them up. Fold and crimp your gyoza skins so that no filling is falling out. Repeat until you use up all the filling. 
  • Lightly oil a pan and heat it over medium heat. Add gyoza to the pan, making sure they don’t touch each other. Fry the bottom of the gyoza for 1-2 minutes until crispy, then add about 1/4 cup water to the pan and cover with a lid. Steam for 3 minutes or until most water evaporates. Uncover and let the rest of the water evaporate. Remove from pan and repeat process with remaining gyoza. Serve warm with soy sauce or ponzu and rice. 

Notes

*I prefer frozen tofu as it soaks up the flavors a lot better. Fresh tofu can work, but I recommend pressing it or microwaving for a minute or so to get rid of some of the water.
**Some gyoza skins contain egg, so make sure you check the packaging if you want this dish to be completely vegan. If you can't find egg-free gyoza skins, try wonton skins (which is what I used in the photos) as these usually do not contain egg.