This gyoza soup recipe can be your go to recipe when you’re running late and need to get in lots of veggies and flavour without putting any time or effort in.
This recipe is like a simplified Japanese dumpling soup, as we’re using ready made frozen dumplings that we cook within a simply seasoned broth, using minimal cupboard staple ingredients.
It only takes 10 minutes! You’ve gotta try it.
Gyoza is a type of Japanese dumpling. They are usually filled with a type of meat : i.e. chicken/pork, seafood : i.e. prawn or vegetables (cabbage, mushroom) etc. It’s often referred to as the Japanese version of Chinese pot-sticker dumplings.
They can be cooked through steaming, boiling or pan frying, if you want a crispy dumpling. In this recipe they are cooked primarily through boiling.
I chose the ‘vegetable fusion gyoza’ by Itsu for this soup. They’re packed with vegetables, tofu and soya mince.
For any brothy soup, I love adding pak choi as one of the vegetable additions. In this gyoza soup, we roughly chop the pak choi instead of having long pieces to make it really easy to eat.
The spring onion is half used as an aromatic to flavour the broth and half used as a garnish to add crunch texture to top.
I love spiralized courgette here as it mimics a dumpling noodle soup vibe, whilst still keeping it super light. Perfect for a lunch-time recipe.
Just a simple stock cube and boiling water works perfectly as the base of our broth.
For a salty umami punch.
These are the quick aromatics to our dumpling soup. The ginger adds a bright zingy flavour alongside the garlic which creates a lovely flavour profile.
Starting this recipe off with chili oil gives a mild kick of spice that pairs with all of the flavours really well. If you prefer no spice, swap with a neutral oil like rapeseed oil.
Start by finely chopping the spring onion and separate the lighter and dark slices on a chopping board.
Then spiralize the courgette.
Add the chilli oil into a medium sized saucepan on a low heat. Add ½ of the thinly sliced spring onion (the whiter end) into the pan and season with salt. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Next, add the garlic and ginger to fry for a minute before throwing in the dumplings.
Then add the stock and soy sauce.
And add all the pak choi and spiralized courgette. Stir to combine and pop a lid on top. Simmer for around 7 minutes.
Serve with a sprinkle of spring onion and chilli flakes. Enjoy!
I definitely consider gyozas to be healthy, especially vegetable packed gyozas. The ones we use in this recipe are ready made dumplings that are frozen and packed with a mixture of veg, tofu and quorn. This means they’re loaded with a variety of micronutrients and also two sources of vegetarian protein.
Gyozas that are fried in a lot of oil are obviously higher in calories, however we are submerging them in broth and boiling them within the soup.
To increase the calories/portion size
Add ramen/rice noodles to the broth to add some more carbohydrates to the soup.
To increase protein
Add thinly sliced chicken/ pork to poach within the broth.
Vegetarian – add blocks of tofu to cook within the broth, or add crispy tofu if you prefer. Here’s my popular crispy soy tofu recipe that would work perfectly with this gyoza soup.
Other vegetables you could add
Can I boil frozen dumplings/ gyoza in broth?
Yes! It’s actually better to cook them within the broth as the seasoning and aromatics infuse into the dumplings, making the dish far more flavourful.
How to cook frozen gyoza
We’re pouring the frozen gyoza straight into the broth. It’ll temporarily cool the water but will return back to a boil after a minute.
Are gyozas gluten free?
The gyozas used in this recipe have a wrapping made from wheat flour, so they are sadly not gluten free. I’ve had a quick research though and have seen a few gluten free gyozas sold by some brands so check with your local supermarket.
Can I reheat/freeze this recipe?
This recipe is best made and eaten immediately. It only takes 10 minutes to whip up 1 serving so you hopefully won’t have a reason to reheat or freeze it anyway.