If you’ve ever frequented a Chinese restaurant, chances are you’ve had some potstickers. These delicious dumplings are a staple in Chinese-American cuisine, and for good reason.
If you’ve decided that you’re going to take on the challenge of making these dough-wrapped pieces of meat for yourself, you might be wondering what to serve as a side dish with them.
That’s where we’ve got your back. To make your life easier, we’ve come up with a list of seventeen inspiring side dishes to make your potstickers all the more delicious and amazing!
17 Side Dishes to Serve With Potstickers
Get your belly ready for our list; we’re sure you’ll find something here that will make your jaw drop in anticipation!
1. Vegetable Stir Fry
Stir fry is another popular element of Chinese-American cuisine; if keeping your dish regionally focused is important to you, this side dish is right up your alley!
You can make a vegetable stir fry in lots of different ways, but the traditional way is to use onions, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, and snap peas. This combination will bring lots of amazing flavors into your meal.
2. Fried Green Beans
If you’re the kind of person who thinks that regular green beans on their own are pretty boring, you’re definitely not alone. Frying them up will give them a new, crunchy texture that will work nicely along with the softer texture of potstickers.
If you want to further spice up this side dish, we recommend dipping these fried green beans in the Szechuan sauce that normally is used with potstickers.
3. Char Siu Roasted Eggplant
Char siu is a traditional Asian method of roasting food, usually pork. It gives it a unique flavor that you won’t get from other methods of roasting.
While not usually used for eggplant, there’s no reason you can’t. Since you’ve already got meat in your potstickers, we recommend throwing in a different type of food by including eggplant. This will keep your meal diverse.
4. Steamed Broccoli
If you want a simple side dish, just steam up some broccoli and you’ll be good to go! This is probably one of the healthiest side dish options we’ve got on our list, so it’s a bonus for anyone looking for a nutritious option.
If plain broccoli isn’t up your alley, then you can dip the broccoli in the Szechuan sauce that you made with your potstickers to spice things up!
5. White Rice
Since rice takes on other flavors pretty easily, it’s going to be very easy to customize white rice to your liking. Pour some Szechuan sauce over it, or flavor it with other Chinese-inspired flavors to your liking.
As an added bonus, white rice is super simple to make, easy to come by, and cheap to purchase! There are lots of reasons to use this side dish!
6. Cabbage and Cilantro Salad
Another great option for nutrition-minded people is this suggestion, cabbage, and cilantro salad. Salad is a highly versatile side dish; because of this, there’s always a type of salad for every type of meal.
Cabbage is commonly used in other Chinese dishes, so that makes it a perfect fit for this salad. For a dressing, try some lime and ginger.
If steamed broccoli isn’t your thing, try some asparagus. Asparagus has a strong taste to it; since potstickers and Szechuan sauce together will create a very strong taste, asparagus will stand out nice and strong beside it.
This is a really great option for anyone who wants to keep their meal healthy while not compromising at all on flavor. If you want some extra flavor, add some parmesan cheese.
8. Korean Radishes
Radishes aren’t the most popular vegetable out there, but we know there are definitely enough people out there who like them! This side dish is for you.
While we recognize that potstickers are a Chinese dish, there’s nothing stopping you from combining different elements of Asian cuisine! This take on radishes uses sesame seeds and green onion.
9. Roasted Radishes
If you’re a radish purist and don’t particularly like our above suggestion, we still believe roasted radishes can work fine with potstickers! This is a really cheap option since many people can grow radishes themselves or find them for pretty cheap in the store.
Like some of the other suggestions on this list, radishes are quite healthy. Play around with different takes on them to find a flavor combination that works best for your potsticker dish!
10. Fried Rice
If you’ve ever had Chinese-American cuisine, there’s no way you’ve never tried fried rice. It comes in many varieties and is always a staple in any Chinese-American meal.
There’s no reason for you to not consider using fried rice as a side dish in your potsticker meal. It’s just that much of a staple. Since you’re already using meat in your potstickers, try shrimp or vegetable fried rice.
11. Spring Rolls
Crunchy and fresh, spring rolls will offer a great and distinct option to serve alongside softer, more savory potstickers. Since your potstickers already have meat in them, having a side dish with vegetables in it is perfect.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from putting meat in your spring rolls. Just putting vegetables in them is more traditional, however.
12. Hot and Sour Soup
This is probably one of the most traditional dishes we’re suggesting on this list- so if keeping things really Chinese-based is important to you, this one’s for you.
Hot and sour soup is a thin broth soup with lots of spicy and sour flavors. Sour flavors in a soup might sound odd to you, but we promise it really works. This is especially true alongside the savory flavors of potstickers.
If your budget is running a bit tight this month, there’s nothing wrong with some good old instant ramen as a side dish! Ramen is way better than people give it credit for.
Noodle soups are common in Chinese-American cuisine, so it’s not at all far-fetched to assume that they could be served alongside potstickers. You’ll appreciate a warm, hearty soup as part of your meal!
14. Shredded Cabbage
Keeping things really simple can be the solution to the issue of finding a great side dish. If nothing else on this list appeals to you, just serve your potstickers on a bed of shredded cabbage.
Getting a mouthful of cabbage and potsticker together will introduce an amazing combo of crunch and soft texture into your mouth. You’ll never want to go back!
15. Lo Mein
Are you a pasta person? If so, this dish is here just for you. Lo mein is a dish of egg noodles, and it’s another super common part of Chinese-American cuisine.
There are plenty of ways to prepare lo mein, so do your research, experiment, and find out the best lo mein for your perfect potsticker meal!
16. Egg Drop Soup
Along with the hot and sour soup, this classic egg-based soup is another popular element of Chinese-American cuisine. You’ll often see it served as an appetizer, but it works as a side dish, too!
If you’re looking for a soup that’s pretty simple to make but still amazing in terms of flavor, then this soup is certainly for you! It’ll be out to impress the second it’s paired with your potstickers.
17. Fried Sesame Balls
While these are sometimes served as a dessert food, we believe they’re savory enough to easily pass as a side dish for your potstickers!
If you’re looking for something more indulgent to serve with your potstickers, then fried sesame balls are perfect for you. These balls are stuffed with a delicious bean paste that will add amazing elements to your already-awesome meal!
We applaud you for venturing out and making your own potstickers! We hope you’ve found some inspiration from this list. Remember to keep in mind that vegetables are an ideal ingredient to incorporate into your side dish, and that potstickers are savory! Happy cooking!