Easy Dumpling Soup

$2.98 RECIPE / $1.49 SERVING
by Marion - Budget Bytes
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Easy Dumpling Soup is one of my absolute favorite things to throw together if I want a quick-and-simple homemade lunch or an effortless dinner that’s still wholesome, comforting, and budget-friendly. I’ve designed this recipe to be as versatile as possible, dressing up mostly store-bought ingredients, in order to scratch that “itch” for whatever takeout favorite I’m craving when ordering out isn’t on the menu.

A large white bowl filled with dumpling soup and surrounded by a small bowl of white sesame seeds, an open jar of chili crisp and an orange decorative towel.

What is dumpling soup?

Our version of dumpling soup is a quick, semi-homemade soup inspired by dumpling soups found in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisines. The soup features a savory clear broth, delicate meat-filled dumplings, fresh greens, and an array of condiments to sprinkle on top. Here’s what you need for this Easy Dumpling Soup:

  • Frozen dumplings — You can find Asian-style dumplings in the freezer section, usually filled with pork, vegetables, shrimp, or a combination of those ingredients.
  • Broth — We fortified our vegetable broth with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil!
  • A handful of fresh greens — like sliced green onions, fresh spinach, or baby bok choy
  • Condiments — Use anything your heart desires! Try chili crisp, sesame seeds, black vinegar, cilantro, and more!

Is this an authentic recipe?

No, this is not an authentic dumpling soup, but we highly encourage you to read more about the wide variety and rich culture surrounding dumplings. Also, check out these recipes for authentic Chinese potstickers and Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), Korean mandu, and Japanese gyoza.

What kind of dumplings to buy

Most grocery stores offer a variety of frozen dumplings options of different sizes, shapes, and fillings (usually pork, vegetable, shrimp, or a combination of those flavors)—and any type of frozen dumpling will work for this recipe. If you’re operating on an extra-tight budget, visiting an Asian grocery store is a great place to find a wider selection, larger quantities, and even lower prices.

How to know the dumplings are fully cooked:

Frozen dumplings are usually on the smaller side, so they cook quickly when added to boiling broth. However, since our suggested cook time is only based on the handful of brands we’ve tried (and there are so many others!), I highly recommend consulting the package directions on your dumplings to ensure you are cooking them long enough—as well as checking the suggested serving size to make sure you are preparing enough for two people.

Are the leftovers ANY good?

I would not recommend saving these leftovers. As it sits, the dumplings will keep soaking up the broth until they bloat and then fall apart. Instead, just make the amount you think you will eat, which is why I’ve developed the recipe for two servings rather than four. Since it comes together so quickly, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you decided to make it twice in one night! 

A close up view of dumpling soup in a white bowl topped with white sesame seeds and chili crisp.

Take your Dumpling Soup to the next level

Some great flavor and topping additions for this soup are: 

  • Cubed tofu, cooked chicken, or another prepared protein
  • Mushrooms, or other fresh or frozen vegetables
  • Half of a hard-boiled egg
  • Fish sauce
  • Kimchi
  • Cilantro
  • Mirin 
  • Rice Vinegar or Lime Juice
  • Miso paste
  • A prepared sauce like Sichuan chili crisp, chili garlic sauce, sriracha, teriyaki sauce, or a prepared “dumpling sauce”
  • Sesame seeds, crushed nori, or a store-bought Furikake blend

My go-to Topping combinations

Plan to add any extra condiments and toppings directly to each serving bowl, so each person can mix and match them to suit their tastes. My go-to topping combinations are (per bowl): 

  • 1 Tbsp kimchi + handful of torn cilantro 
  • ¼ tsp Szechuan chili oil + hardboiled egg 
  • Sliced mushrooms + nori + sesame seeds
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Easy Dumpling Soup

5 from 5 votes
Easy Dumpling Soup is the perfect quick dinner because it’s endlessly versatile, insanely budget-friendly, and can be made in 15 minutes.
A close up view of dumpling soup in a white bowl topped with white sesame seeds and chili crisp.
Servings 2 bowls
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 frozen dumplings* ($2.00)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth** ($0.24)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce ($0.06)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.06)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated ($0.11)
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach*** ($0.15)

Garnishes, optional

Instructions 

  • Combine the vegetable broth, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and the white parts of a sliced green onion in a medium-sized pot. (If using, also add the fish sauce, pre-cooked proteins or tofu, and any fresh or frozen vegetables that need time to soften.)
  • Bring the broth up to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, add the dumplings.
  • Cover the pot and allow the soup to come back up to a boil. Boil the dumplings for about 2 minutes or until they are cooked through. (Consult package directions.)
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the green parts of the sliced green onion and a handful of spinach.
  • Split the soup into 2 serving bowls and top with any desired condiments.

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Notes

*You can use any flavor (pork, vegetable, chicken, etc.), but I prefer ones with pork and vegetables.
**We use Better Than Bouillon mixed to make all of our broths. If substituted with a low-sodium broth, the final dish may need more salt. 
***or baby bok choy

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl of soupCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSodium: 1809mgFiber: 3g
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A single dumpling parcel on a black spoon raised above a large white bowl filled with dumpling soup topped with white sesame seeds and red chili crisp and an orange decorative towel.

How to Make easy dumpling soup – Step by Step Photos

A measuring cup of soup is poured into a small saucepan containing soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and the white parts of a green onion.

In a medium-sized pot, combine 2 cups of vegetable broth, 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil, and the white parts of a thinly sliced green onion (set the green parts aside for garnish), and cook over medium-high heat. You should also add the fish sauce now, if using — as well as any other extra ingredients that require some cooking time, like leftover cooked proteins from the fridge, tofu, mushrooms, or any other fresh or frozen vegetables that need time to soften.

Frozen dumplings in a white bowl being poured into a pot of boiling broth.

Bring the broth up to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, add 10 frozen dumplings. Cover and allow the soup to come back up to a boil. Boil the dumplings for about 2 minutes or until they are cooked through. (Check out the suggested cooking time on your dumpling packaging to insure this will be enough time to cook them all the way through — at the same time, also check the nutrition label to make sure you add the correct amount for two servings.)

A pile of fresh spinach sitting on top of a pot full of warm dumpling soup.

Turn off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of fresh spinach and the reserved green onion slices.

A medium-sized pot of finished dumpling soup.

Split the soup into two serving bowls and top each bowl with your desired garnishes. We chose to sprinkle ours with a few sesame seeds and a heaping spoonful of Sichuan Chili Crisp!

A close up view of dumpling soup in a white bowl topped with white sesame seeds and chili crisp.

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  1. This was excellent. I had been dreaming about this recipe since I first read it. Made it tonight and can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long!

  2. Made this today for lunch using frozen potstickers that I seared first, added a chopped up fresh sauteed onion, frozen spinach, chicken broth, chili crisp and coconut aminos. Came out great and was super filling! Thanks for a great and quick meal idea.

  3. This dumpling soup recipe is a hearty, comforting soup that’s perfect for cold winter days! The soup has a savory flavor and a creamy texture. Loved your recipe!!

    – Jack from Skilletguy.com

  4. Asian ingredients are kind of limited in my part of the country. I sometimes see frozen pot stickers but I’ve never bought them. Would they work in this? Also I’m single so I usually buy frozen vegetables or buy fresh and freeze them. If I used frozen vegetables, how would I adjust the recipe? Thanks!

    1. Frozen potstickers work. I usually make a ton of them, a fun project with DIL and sometimes a grandson or two, and, after a brief family pig-out, we freeze the rest. Beth’s Pork and Ginger Potstickers here on site are terrific, and she uses ordinary wonton wrappers without going through the fiddly pleating steps–which isn’t hard, just, well, fiddly. There are plenty of YouTube videos to show you how to pleat them. The hard part is finding the round dumpling wrappers, but when I go to a large urban area, I locate an Asian market where all sorts of wonderful things are really cheap. Whole Foods and Wegmans have them, but none of my sort of rural local supermarkets. Ground pork is relatively cheap–I picked up a package at Aldi for $4.39, but you can sub ground chicken or turkey–or leave out the meat and make yours vegetarian.

      I don’t know where Marion found frozen dumplings at that price. It’s way lower than any in my local supermarkets and a tad higher than the ones I make at home. Anyway, the soup is lovely. I chopped and used a big bunch of radish greens–if you buy radishes at your supermarket, don’t toss the greens which are peppery and delicious!

      1. Glad you like the recipe! It’s great to hear that frozen dumplings are an ingredient you already have in your dinner rotation. (and make yourself!) So yummy & economical! I am also green with ENVY over your idea to use radish greens! (I bet thinly sliced radishes would also be an EXCELLENT topping). One of my absolute favorites! I will have to give it a try later!

        And to answer your question about the dumplings used in the recipe cost calculation — I got them at Kroger! Here’s a link to the kind I like best: https://www.kroger.com/p/wei-chuan-vegetable-pork-dumplings/0007286972301
        The package contains approx. 6 servings (30 total, 5 dumplings per serving), and the recipe calls for 2 servings (10 dumplings total). $5.99 / 6 servings = ~$1/serving.

        ~Marion :)

        1. Thanks for that info–I’ll be sure to grab some next time I get near a Kroger. I love radishes, and using the greens was not something I learned as a child, but from my vegetarian daughter. They are really good–in salads, and as cooked greens. I’m so sad to think of the many years I just tossed them into the garbage or compost without even knowing what a treat they are. I think shaved radishes would be good in this soup, too. I use them in my tortilla soup all the time. Unfortunately lunch is over, but …

    2. I would first check to make sure the potstickers aren’t the kind already pan-fried before they were frozen. Those would not be good in soup or boiled.