Easy Dumpling Soup

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Easy Dumpling Soup is one of my absolute favorite things to throw together if I want a quick-and-simple homemade lunch or an effortless dinner that’s still wholesome, comforting, and budget-friendly. I’ve designed this recipe to be as versatile as possible, dressing up mostly store-bought ingredients, in order to scratch that “itch” for whatever takeout favorite I’m craving when ordering out isn’t on the menu.

A large white bowl filled with dumpling soup and surrounded by a small bowl of white sesame seeds, an open jar of chili crisp and an orange decorative towel.

What is dumpling soup?

Our version of dumpling soup is a quick, semi-homemade soup inspired by dumpling soups found in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisines. The soup features a savory clear broth, delicate meat-filled dumplings, fresh greens, and an array of condiments to sprinkle on top. Here’s what you need for this Easy Dumpling Soup:

  • Frozen dumplings — You can find Asian-style dumplings in the freezer section, usually filled with pork, vegetables, shrimp, or a combination of those ingredients.
  • Broth — We fortified our vegetable broth with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil!
  • A handful of fresh greens — like sliced green onions, fresh spinach, or baby bok choy
  • Condiments — Use anything your heart desires! Try chili crisp, sesame seeds, black vinegar, cilantro, and more!

Is this an authentic recipe?

No, this is not an authentic dumpling soup, but we highly encourage you to read more about the wide variety and rich culture surrounding dumplings. Also, check out these recipes for authentic Chinese potstickers and Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), Korean mandu, and Japanese gyoza.

What kind of dumplings to buy

Most grocery stores offer a variety of frozen dumplings options of different sizes, shapes, and fillings (usually pork, vegetable, shrimp, or a combination of those flavors)—and any type of frozen dumpling will work for this recipe. If you’re operating on an extra-tight budget, visiting an Asian grocery store is a great place to find a wider selection, larger quantities, and even lower prices.

How to know the dumplings are fully cooked:

Frozen dumplings are usually on the smaller side, so they cook quickly when added to boiling broth. However, since our suggested cook time is only based on the handful of brands we’ve tried (and there are so many others!), I highly recommend consulting the package directions on your dumplings to ensure you are cooking them long enough—as well as checking the suggested serving size to make sure you are preparing enough for two people.

Are the leftovers ANY good?

I would not recommend saving these leftovers. As it sits, the dumplings will keep soaking up the broth until they bloat and then fall apart. Instead, just make the amount you think you will eat, which is why I’ve developed the recipe for two servings rather than four. Since it comes together so quickly, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you decided to make it twice in one night! 

A close up view of dumpling soup in a white bowl topped with white sesame seeds and chili crisp.

Take your Dumpling Soup to the next level

Some great flavor and topping additions for this soup are: 

  • Cubed tofu, cooked chicken, or another prepared protein
  • Mushrooms, or other fresh or frozen vegetables
  • Half of a hard-boiled egg
  • Fish sauce
  • Kimchi
  • Cilantro
  • Mirin 
  • Rice Vinegar or Lime Juice
  • Miso paste
  • A prepared sauce like Sichuan chili crisp, chili garlic sauce, sriracha, teriyaki sauce, or a prepared “dumpling sauce”
  • Sesame seeds, crushed nori, or a store-bought Furikake blend

My go-to Topping combinations

Plan to add any extra condiments and toppings directly to each serving bowl, so each person can mix and match them to suit their tastes. My go-to topping combinations are (per bowl): 

  • 1 Tbsp kimchi + handful of torn cilantro 
  • ¼ tsp Szechuan chili oil + hardboiled egg 
  • Sliced mushrooms + nori + sesame seeds
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Easy Dumpling Soup

4.95 from 20 votes
Easy Dumpling Soup is the perfect quick dinner because it’s endlessly versatile, insanely budget-friendly, and can be made in 15 minutes.
A close up view of dumpling soup in a white bowl topped with white sesame seeds and chili crisp.
Servings 2 bowls
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes


  • 2 cups vegetable broth* ($0.24)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce ($0.06)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.06)
  • 1/4 tsp fish sauce, optional ($0.02)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated ($0.11)
  • 10 frozen dumplings** ($2.00)
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach*** ($0.15)

Garnishes, optional


  • Combine the vegetable broth, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and the white parts of a sliced green onion in a medium-sized pot. (If using, also add the fish sauce, pre-cooked proteins or tofu, and any fresh or frozen vegetables that need time to soften.)
  • Bring the broth up to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, add the dumplings.
  • Cover the pot and allow the soup to come back up to a boil. Boil the dumplings for about 2 minutes or until they are cooked through. (Consult package directions.)
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the green parts of the sliced green onion and a handful of spinach.
  • Split the soup into 2 serving bowls and top with any desired condiments.

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* We use Better Than Bouillon mixed to make all of our broths. If substituted with a low-sodium broth, the final dish may need more salt. 
** You can use any flavor (pork, vegetable, chicken, etc.), but I prefer ones with pork and vegetables.
*** or baby bok choy


Serving: 1bowl of soupCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSodium: 1809mgFiber: 3g
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A single dumpling parcel on a black spoon raised above a large white bowl filled with dumpling soup topped with white sesame seeds and red chili crisp and an orange decorative towel.

How to Make easy dumpling soup – Step by Step Photos

A measuring cup of soup is poured into a small saucepan containing soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and the white parts of a green onion.

In a medium-sized pot, combine 2 cups of vegetable broth, 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil, and the white parts of a thinly sliced green onion (set the green parts aside for garnish), and cook over medium-high heat. You should also add the fish sauce now, if using — as well as any other extra ingredients that require some cooking time, like leftover cooked proteins from the fridge, tofu, mushrooms, or any other fresh or frozen vegetables that need time to soften.

Frozen dumplings in a white bowl being poured into a pot of boiling broth.

Bring the broth up to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, add 10 frozen dumplings. Cover and allow the soup to come back up to a boil. Boil the dumplings for about 2 minutes or until they are cooked through. (Check out the suggested cooking time on your dumpling packaging to insure this will be enough time to cook them all the way through — at the same time, also check the nutrition label to make sure you add the correct amount for two servings.)

A pile of fresh spinach sitting on top of a pot full of warm dumpling soup.

Turn off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of fresh spinach and the reserved green onion slices.

A medium-sized pot of finished dumpling soup.

Split the soup into two serving bowls and top each bowl with your desired garnishes. We chose to sprinkle ours with a few sesame seeds and a heaping spoonful of Sichuan Chili Crisp!

A close up view of dumpling soup in a white bowl topped with white sesame seeds and chili crisp.


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  1. This is 100% going in my “I’m too tired to cook and don’t have the ingredients in my house” rotation. I ALWAYS have soy sauce, sesame oil, some kind of broth or bullion, and green onions in my house. I usually have spinach, but even if I didn’t I think I could use mushrooms, kale, or whatever veggies I did have on hand. So from today forward, I will always keep a cheap bag of frozen dumplings in my freezer.

  2. We thought this recipe was delightful. I used chicken broth, because that’s what I had on hand. I marinated a block of drained tofu in equal parts soy sauce, maple syrup, and balsalmic vinegar + corn starch, cooked that separately and added into the broth. I also added spinach and cooked mushrooms to the dumpling broth. We topped with hard boiled eggs and chili crisp. This is going into our regular meal rotation.

  3. Wasn’t expecting much, but wow! Delicious! I used better than bouillon vegetable since I didn’t have regular broth and added dish sauce plus frozen spinach. It was so good!

  4. This is super fast and easy, and so flexible–sometimes I add tofu if I have it on hand, or mushrooms, or whatever–this time I didn’t have fresh spinach so I added frozen. Fish sauce yes, and I sprinkled in a little McCormick Asian seasoning mix for extra flavor. I make sure to keep a bag of frozen dumplings in the freezer so I can make this regularly.

  5. Super tasty! I added a few chopped mushrooms and used pork pot stickers from Trader Joe’s. Delish!

  6. Bean sprouts are a wonderful addition to this! I added a good bit, basically like a noodle substitute.

    I also added cubed tofu, sliced mushrooms, a whole bag of spinach (with all the recipe ingredients increased to 6 servings), and a few tbsp of rice vinegar.

    The canned version of bean sprouts and sliced mushrooms also works really well!

  7. So, I was planning to make this, but found out at the last moment that the sesame oil had been left out of my grocery order. Being the enlightened substitutionist I am, I decided on a whim to replace it with a bit of peanut butter, hoping that would provide the requisite nutty flavor. And guess what? Turns out, it works LIKE A CHARM. The peanut butter dissolves into the broth very nicely and the result is a broth that is a bit thicker than one would usually make for this soup, but still very savory. So, yeah. If anyone finds themself without sesame oil when trying to make this, check the pantry for a jar of peanut butter.