This dumpling skin recipe is not only easy to make, it also only requires 3 ingredients! They are soft, and elastic. You will be able to use this recipe for multiple variations From dumplings to Bao Zi (包子), and more! These homemade dumplings are definitely more flavorful, healthier and better than store bought one!
Boiled dumpling are laid out on plate along with garlic sauce and chopsticks
Enjoy dumplings with garlic asian sauce

I am so excited to share how to make dumpling skin from scratch. This dumpling making seires has been long time coming. My parents and I want to make sure the step by step instructions are clear so you can make them at home too.

But as always, please feel free to comment below if you have any questions!

What is Dumpling Skin

In simplest terms, dumpling skin is basically a thin and round sheet of dough that is used to make…you guessed it!


It is extremely easy to make, with only 3 ingredients, and a few kitchen tools!

You could always by store bought, but I have worked to create this post to show you how easy it actually is!

Ingredients Needed for Dumpling Skin

Can you believe the dumpling skin only requires you to have 3 ingredients. Not to mention, I bet you already have them in your kitchen.

All Purpose Flour– This flour is what works best to make these dumplings. You could also opt to use a bread flour, but that will likely result in a fluffier dumpling.

Salt– This is added to help make the dumpling skin a little bit chewier and to help it be more durable in the cooking process. I typically use sea salt.

Water– You will need to use water to help form the dough mixture while creating the dumpling skin.

Step by Step Instructions to Make Dumpling Skin

Tips on Making Dumpling Dough

  • Use high-quality flour. The type of flour you use will affect the texture of the dumpling skin. A high-protein flour will create a chewier dumpling skin, while a low-protein flour will create a softer dumpling skin.
  • Use cold water. Cold water helps to keep the gluten in the flour from developing, which will result in a tender dumpling skin.
  • Knead the dough thoroughly. Kneading the dough helps to develop the gluten, which will give the dumpling skin its strength and elasticity.
  • The longer you let the dough sit for, the softer it will get. My parents usually let is sit for ~1-2 hours. You may do this based on your preference and available time- but if you let it sit too long, the dough will be too soft to hold its dumpling form.
  • Roll out the dough thinly. The thinner the dumpling skin, the more delicate and flavorful the dumplings will be.
  • Be careful not to overcook the dumplings. Overcooked dumplings will be tough and chewy.

And now to the fun part. Scroll down to the recipe and start making these delicious Dumpling Skins!

And when you are done, leave me a comment below!


The dough is being rolling it with a rolling pin into a round thin sheet

Get the recipe:How To Make Chinese Dumpling Skin From Scratch {3 Ingredients}

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  • 500 g All Purpose Flour
  • 3 g Salt
  • 270 ml Water


  • Begin by slowly pouring the water into the flour and salt mixture in a large bowl. Stir with a fork or chopsticks until "cotton flakes" form.
  • Next, you will knead the dough until the excess flour is incorporated into the dough mixture.
  • Cover and let the dough "rest" for about 10-15 minutes. Then you will knead until the dough is smooth.
  • Once the dough has formed- you may transfer it to your working surface that you have lightly dusted with some flour.

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.