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Smash Dumplings

These Smash Dumplings are made in the style of the Korean Mandu, with all of the flavors that you want with traditional pot stickers or dumplings but none of the work folding and pleating a whole pile of wrappers. Just mix the filling together, spread over the wrappers, and slap them down on a griddle or a hot fry pan. Flip, fold, and let crisp on both sides before you dig in and dip in my favorite Pot Sticker Sauce!

Smash Dumplings

Smash Dumplings are a unique take on the classic dumpling, featuring a combination of finely chopped napa cabbage, Korean glass noodles, and savory ground pork, seasoned with mirin, sweet soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.

The cooking method sets them apart: instead of the traditional steaming or boiling, these dumplings are smashed and pan-fried, resulting in a crispy outer shell with a tender, flavorful filling. This dish is perfect for those looking for a new way to enjoy dumplings, offering a satisfying crunch and a burst of flavor in every bite.

We’ve ALL heard about Smash Burgers by now. The internet is still obsessed with them, and I get it. They are my favorite kind of burger. Then we moved onto Smash Burger Tacos, essentially a Big Mac in smash form, cooked inside a tortilla. Crazy and amazing. We’re smashing everything we can these days, but of all the things I’ve smashed, these Smash Mandu might just be my favorite.

I love doing homemade pot stickers, fried dumplings, and all of the fun variations of gyoza.

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Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Simple To Make: These are the easiest (and fastest) homemade dumplings you’ll ever make!
  • Everyone Loves Them: Dumplings are an all-time-fave for a lot of appetizer fans. Watch these disappear!
  • Customizable: Play around with the filling mixture to use what you have on hand, or adjust according to your preferences.

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Smash Dumplings shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Napa Cabbage
  • Korean Glass Noodles
  • Sesame Oil
  • Ground Pork
  • Mirin
  • Korean Sweet Soy Sauce
  • Minced Garlic
  • Minced Ginger
  • Green Onions
  • Round Gyoza or Mandu Wrappers

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How to make Smash Dumplings

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Prep
    Boil the glass noodles as per package directions, then rinse in cold water. Blanch the shredded cabbage in the same boiling water, rinse, and drain well.
  • Chop & Mix
    Chop the noodles and cabbage into sections, and mix with the ground pork, mirin, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and green onions.
  • Spread & Cook
    Heat a griddle or skillet and place a tablespoon of the filling on a wrapper, then onto the cooking surface, meat-side-down.
  • Flip
    After 1-2 minutes, lightly oil the top, flip the dumpling, and fold in half. Cook until both sides are golden brown and crispy.
  • Enjoy
    Serve hot with your preferred dipping sauce.

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Smash Mandu FAQ

Can I make Smash Dumplings ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the filling and wrap the dumplings in advance. Keep them refrigerated until ready to cook.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a pan or in the air fryer to maintain crispiness.

Can I use other types of wrappers?

While round gyoza or mandu wrappers are recommended for their texture, you can experiment with other types if desired.

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Smash Mandu Dumplings

Smash Mandu Dumplings

Skip the folding and sealing that usually comes with making homemade dumplings and try our simple, fast, smash mandu!
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Course: Blackstone Griddle Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Or Whatever You Do



  • Put a pot of water on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the glass noodles and cook according to package directions. Remove with tongs, place into a bowl, and rinse in cold water. Keep the boiling water going.
  • In the boiling water, quickly blanch the shredded cabbage. Remove from the water, rinse in cold water, and drain well.
  • Cut the glass noodles and cabbage into 1-2 inch sections with scissors. Soak up any excess water with a clean kitchen towel or lint-free paper towel.
  • Mix together the ground pork, mirin, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and green onion. Now gently mix in the cabbage and glass noodles.
  • Preheat a griddle or a large skillet on the stove over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Spread about a tablespoon of the filling mixture over a wrapper. Place the wrapper meat-side-down onto your cooking surface.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Lightly spray wrapper side that is facing up with avocado oil spray, or brush lightly with oil.
  • Flip the dumpling over and carefully fold in half. Cook each side of the folding dumpling until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove and serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.


Serving: 1gCalories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 22gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 145mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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