Over 16 Asian Side Dish Recipes That Are Perfect For Potstickers

Potstickers have been all the rage on social media recently. With a variety of fillings all encased in a crispy, soft shell which is fried and then steamed. 

Given their name as the bottom of the dumplings, fry them in a pan with the bottom sticking to the pot until golden brown and crispy. They are a delicious meal all on their own.

Over 16 Asian Side Dish Recipes That Are Perfect For Potstickers

Or you can take things up a level and serve them with a side dish. 

Below are over 15 Asian side dishes that go perfectly with potstickers and a whole range of other dishes. From salads to rice, we have a delicious selection of recipes for you to try and fall in love with!

1. Crunchy Asian Slaw

While this article is for potsticker side dishes, this crunchy Asian slaw is one of the most versatile dishes. 

You can place it with anything from tacos to burger or even add it to your daily buddha bowl. There is nothing you can’t add this Asian slaw to. 

Combine olive oil, sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chili paste, and a bunch of shredded veggies for a delicious, crunchy side of Asian slaw. 

The more veggies you use the more flavor and texture you are going to get!

2. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fried rice is a delicious dish that is frequently served in a hollowed-out pineapple. If you’re making it at home, you may certainly do the same.

It has pineapple chunks, soy sauce, and a fantastic chili and garlic spice for a side dish that goes extremely well with many kinds of Asian cuisines.

This side dish goes perfectly with potstickers. The nice tang from the pineapple adds some color to your dumpling. 

3. Chinese Broccoli In Oyster Sauce

Chinese Broccoli or Gai Ian, can be found is the majority of Asian grocery stores and is extremely easy to work with. 

Thanks to the marinade or oyster sauce, this broccoli packs a punch of explosive flavors. It is slightly salty and you can add a pinch of garlic for some extra flavor. 

Can’t get your hands on Chinese Broccoli? Tenderstem Broccoli will work perfectly fine. You only need to boil your broccoli for 1-2 minutes. You want to keep it fresh while allowing it to soften as you eat. 

4. Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that can be found in the home of every Korean family all over the world.

The fermented cabbage is becoming popular within the western world and can even be seen on tacos and pizzas!

Simply chop up your cabbage and veggies, and to an airtight container with the other ingredients and let it sit for at least a few days to allow those flavors to really combine together. 

Have a small spoonful of kimchi with every potsticker and wait for the explosion of flavors. 

5. Kongnamul Muchim (Korean Soybean Sprout Side Dish)

This soybean side dish is the perfect way to get some extra veggies into your diet. 

Typically, this meal is lightly spiced so that you can enjoy the soybean sprouts’ authentic nutty flavor.

For an extra spicy kick, gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes) and a small amount of soy sauce are frequently added. The latter is more widely used in South Korea.

Add to your spread when making dinner for something truly amazing. 

6. Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Have an evening completely dedicated to Asian cuisine with these Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls. 

Using the same ingredients as your potstickers or different ingredients, you can create a completely different dish. 

Serve with a Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce for a quick, delicious side dish or appetizer.

7. Edamame With Soy And Sesame Sauce

These edamame pods satisfy your craving for something salty, nutty, and full in addition to being healthy. They have only three ingredients and take five minutes to prepare.

Adding soy sauce and sesame sauce to your dish is a great way to add some saltiness without having to add actual salt.  This super quick side dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal, Asian or not. 

They also make a great snack during the day!

8. Suan Cai (Chinese Pickled Mustard Greens)

Don’t let the look of this dish fool you. These pickled greens are full of flavor and are utterly delicious. A traditional Chinese sauerkraut is made from fermented or pickled mustard greens.

Making excellent homemade suan cai is simple and straightforward with this recipe for pickled mustard greens.

It has the same mouthwatering tartness that makes sauerkraut such a strong-flavored side dish, so it works well to balance out the other flavors that you’ll probably be serving with your pot stickers.

9. Century Eggs

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast! These Century Eggs are a specialty within Chinese cuisine. 

After following the steps of this recipe you will be left with creamy, jelly-like eggs that have a wonderful pattern. 

They are most commonly made with duck eggs to provide a fresher, saltier flavor; however, regular chicken eggs can be used. 

The unique texture and flavor are definitely worth trying. Especially when paired with your delicious potstickers. 

10. Pai Huang Gua (Chinese Cucumber Salad)

Generally served as an appetizer, Pai Huang Gua is light and refreshing. 

A generous amount of garlic is added to the crisp cucumber, which is then drizzled with a tasty concoction of soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar before being dressed with a few drops of sesame oil. 

The sauce is thin but has a distinct sour flavor with a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the pungent garlic fragrance.

Remember to use English Cucumbers for that crispy texture. 

11. Som Tum (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

If you are looking to add some color to your potsticker dish then this Som Tum recipe is the way to go. 

What makes it so special? Its sweet and sour dressing is sure to have you coming back for more. 

Can’t get your hands on papaya? Swap it for some green mango. This is another unripened fruit which will offer that balance of sweet and sour. 

Serve as a side dish for everyone to enjoy or as an appetizer to keep things light. 

12. Veggie Stir Fry

Keep your dishes super simple with this easy Veggie Stir Fry. Simply grab your veggies, chop them up and place them in a walk with a selection of sauces and seasonings. 

This is the perfect way to use up any vegetable hiding in the bottom of your refrigerator and to get some added flavor to your potstickers. 

Add a source of protein or leave it as is for the perfect side dish!

13. Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup is yet another typical Chinese soup. The dish’s star, as you would have guessed, is the egg. Cloves, star anise, ginger, sesame oil, and other Asian spices are added to it to enhance the flavor.

These are especially divine during the colder months. You can have it as breakfast, lunch, and dinner as a good source of protein and other nutrients. 

Enjoy dipping your potstickers into your Egg Drop Soup to really bring all of the flavors together. 

14. Fried Sesame Balls

We all love fried garlic dough balls? Fried Sesame Balls are similar only with a slightly different flavor. 

Sesame balls are a typical Chinese and Vietnamese food. They are prepared with sticky rice and loaded with a sweet filling, like mung bean paste, just like mochi.

Sesame seeds are subsequently added, and it is deep-fried.

Cheap, simple, and delicious. What more could you ask for?

You can easily make a large batch of Fried Sesame Balls to last you throughout the week as a quick snack or side dish to any meal. You can also air fry them for a healthier alternative. 

15. Hot And Sour Soup

If Hot and Sour Soup is your favorite appetizer at any Chinese restaurant then your mind is about to be blown!

Actually, making the classic hot and sour soup is very simple. Making it at home also has the benefit of being relatively simple to alter to your preferences.

Do you like it very hot? More chili garlic sauce should be added. prefer it extra tart? More rice wine vinegar should be added. Do you like vegetarian food? Make use of tofu.

Do you prefer the meat version? Simply include some pork.

Make this side dish completely your own and pass the recipe down through generations!

16. Spicy Chinese Sichuan Green Beans

Take your green beans to another level with this Spicy Chinese Sichuan Green Beans recipe. 

These green beans have a different texture than most steamed green beans since they are sautéed first before the other ingredients are added, giving them the soft, shrunken texture that you love but don’t usually obtain when you steam or boil vegetables for a few minutes to get them crisp-tender.

Coat your dry fried green beans in soy sauce, chili garlic paste or sriracha and rice vinegar. You have a rather healthy, delicious dish that is so full of flavor, your guests may think they are out of a restaurant!

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Makes Dumplings Different From Potstickers?

Potstickers are made with a thin wrapper, commonly referred to as a dumpling skin, unlike dumplings. This is due to the fact that they are steam-fried to obtain a crispy, golden outside and a juicy, mouthwatering filling.

Are Potstickers Healthy?

Although wonderful, are potstickers healthy? Being mostly composed of carbohydrates and fats, potstickers can be challenging to incorporate into a nutritious and well-balanced diet.

Potstickers typically contain pork, however the amount of protein is insufficient and does not provide enough to match a good macronutrient ratio.

Final Thoughts 

Mastering the art of creating delicious, expertly cooked potstickers can be difficult. Then you have to find incredible sides to go with them? The expectations are endless!

We keep things simple with over 15 side dishes that go perfectly with potstickers. 

From homemade kimchi to comforting soups, your sides will take your dish from one success to another. 

Simply choose a recipe from the list above and get to cooking. The more flavor the better and these recipes are full of them. 

You’ll want to have all of these sides with every dish. They are that delicious!

Over 16 Asian Side Dish Recipes That Are Perfect For Potstickers

Over 16 Asian Side Dish Recipes That Are Perfect For Potstickers

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