Naked Shrimp Dumplings in Dashi Recipe

Naked Shrimp Dumplings in Dashi Recipe

Naked Shrimp Dumplings in Dashi Recipe

We’re making dumplings without wrappers, which is why I’m calling these naked. I thought the slightly provocative name would work well as an appetizer for your Valentine’s Day menu–if you stay home and cook something from scratch, you increase your chances of getting lots of compliments.

You can enjoy the dashi with so many things like eggs, fried tofu, or ramen noodles, just to name a few. Garnish with sliced green onions, thinly sliced red chiles, and toasted sesame seeds.

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Additional Time: 1 hrs 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 10 minutes

Ingredients for making Naked Shrimp Dumplings in Dashi

Dashi Broth:

  • 6 (3 inch) pieces kombu (dried kelp)
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 4 cups lightly packed shaved bonito flakes (katsuobushi)

For the Naked Dumplings:

  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces Burrata cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated ginger root
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin

Directions for making Naked Shrimp Dumplings in Dashi

  1. Place kombu into a pan and pour in cold water. Let soak for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Place the pan of kombu over medium-high heat and wait, stirring once, until water almost starts to simmer and you see bubbles just start to rise to the surface.
  3. Immediately turn off heat and remove kombu from the broth into a bowl. Allow broth to cool down to about 150 degrees F (66 degrees C).
  4. Stir bonito flakes into the hot kombu broth and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a container.
  5. Place shrimp, Burrata cheese, salt, paprika, cayenne, ginger, and sesame oil into the bowl of a food processor.
  6. Pulse on and off until a smooth paste forms, scraping the bowl with a spatula as needed. Transfer to a bowl, wrap in plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, to overnight.
  7. Transfer 2 cups of dashi back into the pan; add soy sauce and mirin. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Taste and adjust with more soy and/or mirin as needed.
  8. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the chilled dumpling mixture into a football shape using two large spoons. Repeat with remaining dumpling mixture and carefully transfer 6 to 12 at a time into the simmering broth.
  9. Cook until dumplings turn over in the water, about 2 minutes per batch. Ladle about 1/2 cup dashi into warm serving bowls; remove dumplings with a strainer into the bowls (3 per serving).
  10. Chef’s Notes:
  11. You can substitute the Burrata with a combo of 6 ounces fresh mozzarella plus 1/4 cup heavy cream.
  12. Use 1 teaspoon fine salt instead of the kosher salt if desired.
  13. You can add rice vinegar, ginger, or miso to your broth if you like.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 249
  • Total Fat 12g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 98mg
  • Sodium 1165mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Total Sugars 1g
  • Protein 20g
  • Vitamin C 1mg
  • Calcium 36mg
  • Iron 1mg
  • Potassium 114mg

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