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Easy Vegan Dumpling Filling (for Bowls or Wrappers!)

This easy gluten-free Vegan Dumpling Bowl features vegan dumpling filling made with tofu, and crunchy vegetables, and flavored with plenty of ginger, garlic, and sesame. Use this filling for bowls or vegan dumplings– you can’t go wrong!  
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: main dishes
Cuisine: asian
Servings: 4 -5 servings
Author: Remy Park


  • 14 oz high protein tofu or super firm tofu
  • 1/3 large cabbage shredded
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 5 oz shiitake mushrooms finely minced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic grated
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger grated
  • 3 tbsp gluten free soy sauce tamari or liquid aminos
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional
  • extra green onion for garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • chili oil to serve


  • Grab a large bowl to prepare your dumpling filling in. Start by crushing tofu with your hands, into crumble-y pieces (to resemble a ground). Add to the bowl.
  • Add cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, green onions, garlic, ginger, gluten free soy sauce and sesame oil and using your hands, mix until well combined.
  • You can store this mix in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container or freeze for 2-3 weeks. This mixture is good to use to make regular dumplings, fill wontons, spring rolls etc.
  • If enjoying immediately, heat a large skillet on medium high heat with a touch of neutral oil. Sauté your dumpling filling until nice and golden brown. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste and serve with fresh rice!


Secrets to Success

Make-Ahead Dumpling Filling

  • This is a great recipe for meal prep if you're planning ahead. You can store the uncooked dumpling filling in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Or even freeze it for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • When you're ready to dig in, simply toss everything into a hot skillet with your seasonings and saute until the veggies are crisp-tender.

Can I Make Regular Dumplings?

  • Certainly! This recipe is a great veggie-packed, dumpling filling. All you need are some dumpling wrappers to make delicious vegan potstickers at home. There are quite a few vegan dumpling dough recipes for homemade wrappers online, or you can find them in-store. 

Serving Tips

My favorite thing is to serve my vegan dumpling filling over a base of fluffy white rice. Here are some other great ways to enjoy the dumpling flavors of this bowl: