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Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup

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Have you ever tried Chinese Dumpling Soup during soup season? If not, you are missing out! This Asian dumpling soup is both comforting and delicious, with tender dumplings floating in a savory broth.

This Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup recipe is the best! With just 10 minutes of cooking time, you’ll love the ease of this Asian dumpling soup. If you love dumplings then this will become one of your favorite soup recipes. Grab a soup bowl (or two) and enjoy every bite and sip!

instant pot chinese dumpling soup

With the flavor of this soup being so amazing, it’s hard to believe that this recipe is so fast and simple to make. I think that after you whip up this Chinese soup with dumplings once, it’s going to be on your radar and meal plan for a very long time.

Are Soup Dumplings Chinese?

Soup dumplings, also known as Xiao Long Bao are a Chinese cuisine staple. These small dumplings are filled with a combination of ground pork or other meat, and a soup broth inside the dough wrapper.

Traditionally Chinese soup dumplings are made in small bamboo steamers and often served with Chinese black vinegar as a dipping sauce. However, they are also often served floating in a Chinese soup broth, like in this Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Chinese Dumpling Soup

You’ll slurp the bowl to get the last drop of this easy dumpling soup. It’s flavorful and someone hearty and light at the same time!

  • This Chinese dumpling soup recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make!
  • You can make enough soup to feed a crowd.
  • This dumpling soup is loaded with flavor and is the perfect way to warm your belly fast

Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup Ingredients

This list of ingredients is needed to make your Asian dumpling soup. Gather them up and get started!

  • Chicken Stock or Vegetable Broth – 10 Cups
  • Soy Sauce  – 2 Tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce.
  • Baby Bok Choy – 1 Head
  • Green Onions – 5 Stalks
  • Frozen Dumplings – 20 Frozen Dumplings
  • Udon Noodles – 10 Oz or 2 Bundles
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • White Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Ground Ginger – 1 tsp – You could also use fresh ginger.
ingredients to make asian dumpling soup

Can I Use Frozen Dumplings In Chinese Soup?

Yes! Using frozen dumplings for Chinese dumpling soup is quite common and even preferred by some, as it cuts down on time you would need to make homemade dumplings.

How To Make Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup

Follow these steps to make this an easy dumpling soup in your Instant Pot.

STEP 1: Add Broth and Spices and Sauce.

Place your chicken stock or broth, spices, and soy sauce into the Instant Pot.

STEP 2: Pressure Cook Your Chinese Broth

Close your Instant Pot Lid and set the pressure cook button for 0 minutes. Once the pot beeps perform a quick release of the pressure.

STEP 2: Chop The Spring Onions

While cooking your soup, chop the green onions and clean the bok choy. To clean the baby bok choy, remove the bottom 1 inch of the stalk.f

STEP 3: Rinse The Bok Choy

Separate and rinse the leaves. 

STEP 4: Add The Dumplings

Add the bok choy, onions and noodles to the soup pot. Use a slotted spoon to carefully add the frozen dumplings into the large pot.

adding the bok choy to the instant pot

STEP 5: Serve Your Potsticker Soup

Let the hot pot thaw the dumplings for 10 minutes. Serve your tasty soup and enjoy the wonderful Asian flavors .

a bowl of Asian dumpling soup

Why Is There A Zero Minute Cook Time?

Setting the Instant Pot to zero minutes of cook time is a quick way to bring the pot up to pressure and heat up the broth.

This Potsticker soup recipe uses frozen dumplings and does not require any additional cooking time, as they will thaw in the hot broth when served. It’s one of those easy recipes you will love.

What Is The Difference Between Dumplings And Bao?

The biggest difference between Asian dumplings and Bao is that Bao is steamed while dumplings are usually fried or boiled in a liquid.

Bao is also often filled with meat, while Chinese dumplings also known as potstickers can be filled with a variety of fillings including meats and vegetables. Additionally, Bao has a softer texture than Chinese dumplings.

Difference Between Wontons And Dumplings?

The main difference between Chinese wontons and Chinese dumplings is the shape and filling. Wonton soup dumplings are typically small, square-shaped wrappers filled with ground meat or shrimp mixture while Chinese soup dumplings can come in various shapes and have a variety of fillings including both meat and vegetables.

This recipe is sometimes called potsticker soup and can be called wonton soup depending on the type of Chinese dumplings used.

Can I Use Another Type Of Noodle In This Chinese Soup?

Yes, feel free to switch up the type of noodles used in this Chinese soup recipe. Rice noodles or lo mein noodles would also make for delicious additions to the chicken broth.

Can I Add Pan-Fried Dumplings To The Soup?

Yes, pan-fried Chinese dumplings can also be added to this Chinese soup recipe. Simply pan-fry the dumplings in sesame oil and then add them to the broth before serving.

Can I Make This Potsicker Soup Vegetarian?

To make this Chinese dumpling soup vegetarian-friendly, simply swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and use vegetable-based frozen dumplings.

Tips For Making Instant Pot Chinese Soup

If you’re looking for vegetarian dumpling soup, simply swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and use vegetarian dumplings.

If you’re not a fan of bok choy, feel free to swap it out with another green vegetable like spinach or Chinese broccoli.

To add more protein to this Chinese dumpling soup, consider adding cooked chicken or shrimp.

Why Do They Call Them Potstickers?

The name mini potstickers “stuck” because in the early days, the dumplings were forgotten about in a wok by a chef and they stuck to the pot.

What Does Asian Dumpling Soup Taste Like?

This simple soup recipe is light and delicious. The flavor has a lightly salted flavor with a hint of whatever flavor of broth that you’re using.

Chinese dumpling soup is a great winter warmer and a favorite soup of many. It’s one I used to have on winter nights while at University. I enjoyed it and love that I can make homemade dumpling soup in the comfort of my own home.

Can I Add Veggies To Potsticker Soup?

Yes! Feel free to add additional vegetables to this Chinese soup recipe. Some great options include snap peas, mushrooms, carrots, baby bok choy, baby spinach, green onions or scallions. Simply use the same soup base and add any additional vegetables that you desire.

Can Chinese Dumpling Soup Be Frozen?

Yes, this Chinese dumpling soup can be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container before serving. When reheating, be sure not to overcook the dumplings as they may become soggy. It’s best to defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can Chinese Dumpling Soup Be Made In A Slow Cooker?

Yes, Chinese dumpling soup can be made in a slow cooker. Simply add all ingredients except for frozen dumplings to the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

Add frozen potstickers during the last 10 minutes of cooking and serve immediately.

How To Eat Soup Dumplings?

Wondering how to eat soup dumplings? The proper way to eat Chinese soup dumplings is to pick them up with chopsticks and gently bite a small hole in the top of the dumpling to release some of the soup before eating the entire dumpling.

Alternatively, you can use a spoon to scoop out some of the soup before eating the dumpling. Enjoy!

What To Eat With Chinese Dumpling Soup

Wondering what to eat with Asian dumpling soup? Here are some suggestions for side dishes to serve alongside your Chinese dumpling soup recipe.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup

bowl of Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup

This Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup is light and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • • 10 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • • 1 head of baby bok choy
  • • 5 stalks of green onions
  • • 20 frozen dumplings
  • • 10 oz of udon noodles
  • • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • • 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger


  • Place broth, spices, and soy sauce in the instant pot. Cook on high pressure for 0 minutes. Quick release pressure.
  • While cooking, chop the green onions and clean the bok choy. To clean the bok choy, remove the bottom 1 inch of the stalk.
  • Separate and rinse the leaves. 
  • Add the bok choy, onions, noodles, and dumplings.
  • Let the hot pot thaw the dumplings for 10 minutes. Serve. 

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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  1. Hi. How long for the pressure in the IP?
    I think you mentioned 10 minutes, but in the recipe instructions it is 0

    1. It takes 10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure but the actual cook time is 0 minutes as the soup will be ready once the soup has pressured and naturally released hence 0 minutes pressure time.

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