How to Cook Sardine Potstickers

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Learn how to make sardine potstickers
Learn how to make sardine potstickers | Source

Dumplings With Sardines

Potstickers are a type of Asian dumpling that is pan-fried and then steamed. Different combination of vegetables and meats can be used as the filling. In this recipe, I created an interesting filling with sardines in tomato sauce.

Sardine potsticker ingredients
Sardine potsticker ingredients | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves two


For the dumpling mixture:

  • 1 calamansi
  • 1 can sardines, in tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushroom, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 14 dumpling wrappers
  • 1/2 small egg, beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking oil

For sealing the dumpling:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


For Preparation:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 5 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pan
  • tongs
  • turner


  1. Squeeze calamansi over sardines. Mash and mix the sardines.
  2. Add all of the remaining dumpling mixture ingredients and mix well.
  3. Lay a dumpling wrapper in your hand.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dumpling mixture onto the wrapper.
  5. Seal dumplings by applying water on all sides of the wrapper.
  6. Repeat process for the remaining mixture and wrappers.
  7. Once done, prepare a pan with oil. Pan-fry the flat side of the potstickers until golden brown.
  8. Add water and cover the pan. Cook until all water evaporates or until the dumplings are cooked.
  9. Serve with your favorite dip.

Sardine Potstickers Video Tutorial

Tips and Techniques

  • Use any other citrus fruit to lessen the fishy taste of the sardines.
  • Serve dumplings with your favorite sauce.
  • Cook a small amount of the potsticker mixture before wrapping to make any necessary adjustments to its taste.

Sardine dumplings
Sardine dumplings | Source

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      5 months ago from Manila

      Hello Nyesha,

      It was actually my first time to make the sardines potstickers. Though sardines can be a little bit mushy, adding other vegetables balanced the texture of the dish.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      5 months ago from USA

      Hi Travel Chef,

      I enjoy potstickers & I've never considered making them with sardines. This is an interesting recipe. Thank you for sharing this idea!

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      10 months ago from Manila

      Hi Louise,

      It isn't a traditional pot sticker but it tasted really good.

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      Louise Powles 

      10 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've never heard of this before, but it sounds really tasty. Thankyou for the recipe. =)


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