Zucchini Pork Dumplings

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These low-carb zucchini pork dumplings, use zucchini in place of dough. They are so dang good, you won’t miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!

These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!Zucchini Pork Dumplings

You can make them as an appetizer or have them for dinner with some brown rice or spicy garlic edamame on the side. I love using zucchini in place of pasta or noodles, as you may have seen in zucchini lasagna and zucchini rollatini, so I knew I would love this!

This creative recipe is from friend Ali’s new cookbook, Inspiralized and Beyond (affil link). It’s loaded with paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipes for vegetarians and meat-eaters. Her book is filled with tons of great recipes like this, it’s a must to add to your collection.

These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!

These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!

Zucchini Pork Dumplings Tips and Variations:

  • You will need a mandoline to slice the zucchini, this is the one I have (affil link).
  • Use zucchini that are 1½ inches in diameter so that the zucchini strips are large enough for wrapping the pork filling but small enough to remain dumpling-sized.
  • Each zucchini should yield enough noodles to make 4 dumplings.
  • You can swap the pork for ground chicken.

These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!

These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!
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Zucchini Pork Dumplings

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6
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240 Cals 16 Protein 12 Carbs 14.5 Fats
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner
CUISINE: American, Asian
These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won't miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces napa cabbage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, using a zester
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions, white and green parts, plus ¼ cup finely minced, green parts only, for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, plus more for serving (or coconut aminos for gf, whole30, paleo)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 5 to 6 medium zucchini, about 1½ inches in diameter
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a food processor, add the cabbage and pulse until finely minced. Set aside on a large, thin kitchen towel in the sink.
  • Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Wrap the cabbage up in the towel and wring out excess moisture over the sink (should eliminate about ⅓ cup of moisture). Set the cabbage aside.
  • Meanwhile, wipe out the food processor and add in the pork, ginger, green onions, pepper, soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil and pulse to mix the ingredients well, being careful not to over-pulse. (You don’t want the mixture to become paste-like.)
  • Transfer to a large bowl and add the cabbage. Mix together with your hands to combine thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Using a mandoline, slice the zucchini into 1/16-inch-thick strips. Set 1 strip down and then set another one down on top of it to create a cross shape. Repeat with 2 more zucchini strips on an angle to create an 8-cornered star shape.
  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling onto the center of the zucchini star. Bring the ends of the zucchini together, laying them over the filling.
  • Flip the dumpling over so the seam side is down.
  • Arrange on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining zucchini strips and dumpling filling, lining them up on the baking sheets as you go.
  • You should create 18 to 20 total dumplings.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until dumplings are firm and edges start to brown and crisp up.
  • Transfer the zucchini dumplings to serving platters, and sprinkle with green onions and red pepper flakes.
  • Serve with soy sauce.

Notes

From the Inspiralized and Beyond Cookbook.

Nutrition

Serving: 5dumplings, Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 14.5g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 616.5mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5.5g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 6
Points +: 6
Keywords: asian pork dumplings, gluten free dumplings, low carb dumplings, pork dumplings, Zucchini Pork Dumplings

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71 comments

  1. We made these tonight using ground chicken breast as that was what we had on hand. While they were good and made a cute presentation, I think the flavor would be better using ground pork or at least using ground chicken thigh meat.

    I think an earlier suggestion of doing them with an Italian ‘profile’ and serving with marinara sauce would be a great alternative.

  2. This is a great low carb meal! You have the best recipes out there! Thanks  

  3. Excited to try these since my celiac husband really misses dumplings. Thoughts on temp/timing to do these in the airfryer?? 

    PS: LOVE all your recipes!! You’re the best.

  4. I making these for a baby shower…they look super tasty and also like little tighty-whities 🙂

  5. Mine are in the oven right now! Can’t wait to taste them. Had some trouble wrapping them… after reading comments I believe my zucchinis were not long enough and also a little too thick. Nextime gonna get longer zucchini and try either the veggie peeler or may grill a bit to soften… I’ll get back to ya after I taste them.

  6. Could you make these in an air fryer ?

  7. Absolutely delicious!  

  8. These were amazing!  I am midway through Whole30 and this was a delicious change of flavor pace. And my 10 year old loved them as well. 

  9. Just made these! LOVE THEM. Had plenty of zucchini left over to add to another recipe tomorrow! Awesome and healthy date night dinner with the hubs!

  10. Do you think these would hold up as leftovers to warm up in the microwave?

  11. Would this still work if you didn’t use a food processor and just hand mixed the ingredients? Thank you.

  12. Arhhhh!!!!! Preheat the oven on 400 degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit????? Which one are you using

  13. The flavor was very good but I found these hard to construct and keep together. Perhaps I will try what another reader did above and bake the zucchini first to make them more pliable.

  14. Made these tonight & they were delicious. I have a mandoline but was not excited about getting it out & cleaning it so I used my peeler. It worked like a dream! I halved the zucchini lengthwise & ran the peeler across the middle. Thanks! 

  15. I love these! Great flavors and oh so healthy. My only edit for next time will be to dry out the zucchini before use – slice, then maybe sprinkle w salt, let stand for a few minutes, and pat dry. Basically do the same thing w zucchini as the recipe calls for the cabbage. My dumplings turned it way too moist and watery bc of the zucchini. Something that can be fixed and perfected for the next go around ?

  16. Made this and it was a huge hit with the family. Delicious! I cooked the squash for about 5 minutes in the oven so they were flexible to make the dumplings. I had no trouble with slicing the zucchini with a mandolin. For sure I will make this again. Loved it. Thanks so much!

  17. Making these tonight. Did you prep the baking pan with anything like oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking?

  18. Just made these and they were OFF THE CHARTS AMAZING. I added a quail egg for some extra protein (and tobc I had a whole cartoon and didnt know what to do with them! ) Served   brown rice with peas as side dish. It was smiles all around the dinner table!!!!!  

  19. This was delicious, BUT I had THE hardest time getting the zucchini to slice on the mandolin.  I have an Oxo.  I ended up slicing by hand and only used two slices of zucchini on each dumpling.  Still they were awesome and they looked pretty good too.

  20. I can’t wait to make these! I am also going to try to shred the zucchini with yellow squash and daikon to make my “dumpling”! I’ll let you know how it comes out!

  21. I wonder if I added too much cabbage to mine? Hard to judge 12 ounces. I thought they were a little bland and I added extra soy to the mix. 

  22. I made this over the weekend, and subbed out the pork for ground turkey. I also only used two pieces of zucchini per dumpling, making a cross shape because I cut my zucchini a little thicker. These were delicious!!! Highly recommend

  23. These are so CUTE! And I love cute food. 🙂 What a creative idea.

  24. The filling in these is great, but I had a terrible time with the zucchini strips and ended up making meatballs instead. I kept getting half strips and pieces with my OXO mandoline. I tried cutting the zucchini in half lengthwise to give me a flat surface to work with but it wasn’t much better. After reading the above comment my zukes probably weren’t long enough. Any tips on cutting the strips?

  25. Made these tonight and they are delicious.  My only suggestion is to pay attention to the length of the zucchini. Mine ended up being a little short to hold 2 tbsp of the pork mixture.  I used less filling so I could comfortably fold over the zucchini and still be able to flip it over without it all coming apart. Enjoy!

  26. Any ideas on vegetarian filling? Mushrooms, garlic cabbage, carrot? Thoughts?

  27. I make a delicious vegan macadamia but cheese. I’m going to try that inside!! 

  28. I don’t have the mandolin and really don’t want to buy one 🙁 Something else taking up space in my tiny kitchen lol! Is there anything else I can use to achieve the same result??? Your recipes are so good Gina – I introduced my mom to so many of them, the 2 ingredient dough is her go-to now! My dad passed away last year so she is cooking for one. She also loves your creamy zucchini soup!

    • You can try a potato peeler?

    • No. You need a mandolin for a recipe like this. At least a very, very sharp knife that will slice thin and uniform slices for you. You can find cheap and small mandolin slicers at stores like Homegoods. I bought my first one for about $15 and it fits in my silverware drawer, over top of the big soup spoons. I really didn’t think it would get much use, but it does and we love it.

      • If you have an old style box grater, or a multi grater with a slicing cutter it will work. Also there are vegetable peelers that are used for decorative garnishes that will give you the right thickness.

    • A good vegetable peeler is only $10 or so and would work better than a potato peeler imho. Place a skewer through the center lengthwise to hold it steady as the peeler is really sharp. Below is a link to the one I use.
      https://smile.amazon.com/Precision-Kitchenware-Stainless-Julienne-Vegetable/dp/B00FF75XG4/ref=sr_1_13?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1525895762&sr=1-13&keywords=vegetable+peeler

      • Actually mine is similar but doesn’t Julienne. I use it to shave parm, peel winter squash and make ribbons.

    • It’s so worth buying an inexpensive mandolin because there are so many other zucchini recipes you can make and will need a mandolin.  Such as zucchini lasagna, zucchini ravioli, zucchini roll ups.  Also you can use it for potatoes, carrots and so many other vegetables.

    • I don’t have one either. I used a vegetable peeler. It worked out just fine for me.

  29. Any suggestions if I don’t have a mandoline to get this zucchini slices?

  30. I wonder how I could affix the zucchini such that these could be used in a soup as a wonton. Any ideas anyone?

  31. LOVE all of your zucchini recipes, keep them coming. Cant wait to make these this weekend. I know I’ll love them. Thank you!!

  32. Thank you for sharing, lady!!

  33. Is the one tablespoon of rice wine supposed to be rice wine “vinegar”and if so, is it regular type or seasoned?

  34. Wow! I am going to make these this weekend! I am hoping the ribbon setting on my spiralizer will do the same trick as the mandoline. The possibilities with this recipe are exciting too. Think lean ground turkey with Italian seasoning and then using a marinara sauce for dipping! Thanks!

  35. OMG! I adore this idea!!!! so creative!

    now you know what I’m thinking? If it would work in an air-fryer to cook it… could be pretty nice too

    I think I’ll give it a go this weekend and let you know

  36. YAY!!!! Thank you Gina and Ali!

  37. Yummmm. I’m dumpling obsessed. Think you could use ground turkey or ground shrimp to reduce points?

  38. Do you think I can substitute ground chicken for the ground pork. I don’t eat pork. Love your recipes. 

  39. Looks wonderful!
    Do you think these could be frozen? Or would the zucchini become mush after thawing? 

  40. Do you know what the points would be if you replaced the pork with ground chicken?