Prawn Dumplings with Soy and Mirin Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These prawn dumplings make for a fab Asian starter. The miring dipping sauce is ideal for dim sum and gyoza. Ready under 30 minutes!



Prawn Dim Sum

  • 250g (8oz) raw prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fish sauce
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 5cm (2 inch) lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 30g (1 oz) coriander, washed and chopped
  • 5ml (1 tsp) mirin
  • 16 ready-made dim sum wrappers

Soy & Mirin Dipping Sauce

  • 50ml (3½fl oz) rice wine vinegar
  • 50ml (3½fl oz) mirin
  • 50ml (3½fl oz) kecap manis
  • 50ml (3½fl oz) light soy sauce
  • 25g (1oz) caster sugar
  • 10ml (2 tsp) sesame oil
  • 2.5cm (1 inch) ginger, peeled and grated


Prawn Dim Sum

  1. For the prawn dim sum, place the prawns into a small food processor and blend to a purée. Transfer to a bowl, add all the other ingredients, except the dim sum wrappers, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Place the wrappers onto a clean work surface and place a small spoonful of prawn mixture in the centre of each wrapper. Fold the wrappers over the prawn mixture to create a semi-circle. Press the edges of the wrapper together with damp fingers to seal the wrapper parcels and crimp the edges.
  3. Place the parcels into a bamboo steamer over a pan of simmering water and cover. Steam for 4-5 minutes, or until the prawn mixture is completely cooked through. Remove from the steamer and serve immediately.
  4. To serve, place the dim sum onto a serving plate with both bowls of the soy and mirin dip alongside.

Soy & Mirin Dipping Sauce

  1. Whisk all ingredients together.


  • Dim sum wrappers are readily available at Asian supermarkets.
  • If you can’t get hold of mirin and kecap manis, omit them and double up on the vinegar and soy sauce. All elements have their place in the balance and flavour of the sauce, so do make the effort of obtaining these ingredients if you want to enjoy exceptional flavours.
  • Category: Starter
  • Method: Steam
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 323
  • Sugar: 21.9 g
  • Sodium: 1654 mg
  • Fat: 8.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 20.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 159 mg

Keywords: prawn dumplings, mirin dipping sauce, asian starter recipes, gyoza mirin sauce