Chicken and Cabbage Dim Sum

Chicken and Cabbage Dim Sum Recipe

We are obsessed with this low carb take on dim sum using cabbage instead of wheat-based wrappers. Serve these with a side of rice (or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb) to round out the meal.
15 min
15 min
30 min

Serves 2-3


  • 1 pound dark meat ground chicken
  • 1 bunch scallions, minced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Old Salt Merchants Szechuan Salt
  • 1 head of green or savoy cabbage
  • ¼ cup gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chili oil (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the filling. Mix well, then refrigerate while you prep the cabbage leaves.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare a bowl with ice water.
  3. Using a sturdy pair of tongs, place the entire cabbage head into the boiling water. After about 45-60 seconds, carefully pull the cabbage out, removing 2 or 3 layers of leaves that have softened, and shock them in the ice bath.
  4. Repeat this process until you have 10 blanched leaves. Dry each blanched leaf well before starting to assemble the rolls.
  5. Place one cabbage leaf on your work surface with the core closest to you. Add about 3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture at the base of the cabbage leaf and fold it up and away from you, gently tucking the sides in over your first fold, and rolling until they form a nice little package.
  6. Start boiling a pot of water with a wire or bamboo steamer basket or bamboo steamer basket and line the bottom with any extra blanched cabbage leaves.
  7. Set the dumplings in the steamer basket seam side down and steam with a lid on for about 15 minutes—just until the filling looks cooked and is slightly firm.
  8. While they cook, prepare the dipping sauce by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve right out of the steamer with sauce on the side.

Tips / Notes

  • Adapted from

Chicken and Cabbage Dim Sum Reviews