How to Cook Dim Sims in Air Fryer

Do you love dim sims but don’t want to use the traditional deep-fryer? In this blog post, we will tell you how to make dim sims in air fryer!

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Dim Sim. Credit: canva

What Is a Dim Sim?

Dim sims are dumpling-like snacks originating from China. The first batch was offered in Australia’s goldmines to miners as a way to supplement their diet with protein.

A type of traditional Chinese fried-wrapped food originating from Australia, Dim Sim was made popular by William Chen Wing Young, the father of well-known Australian chef Liz Chong.

It is a culinary name with origins in Toisanese, the dialect that was most commonly spoken in central Melbourne.

Dim sim dates back to 1928 and the modern recipe was most likely first developed in Melbourne’s Chinatown by entrepreneur William Wing Young for his food processing company, Wing Lee.

The large version of the dish is known as a “South Melbourne dim sum” because it originated in South Melbourne Market.

The dishes have become very popular in Australia as a snack, and “sometimes are referred to as ‘Dimmie’s”.

Dim Sim Vs Dim Sum

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DIm Sum in bamboo steamer. Credit: canva

What is the difference between a dim sim and a dim sum?

Dim Sum refers to a range of small, bite-sized portions that are often served at Yum Cha restaurants. Dim Sum items are usually steamed and can be served on the plate or in the bamboo steamer.

Dim Sim is a Chinese-influenced snack that is often shaped like Siu Mai and consists of meat and vegetable filling wrapped in pastry.

Although they look similar, in fact, they have different ingredients and tastes. Dim sims are usually steamed (or most often fried), and with fillings such as pork and cabbage.

Dim Sim Ingredients

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Dim Sims and Soy Sauce. Credit: canva

What are dim sims made of?

The dim sim consists of minced meat, cabbage, and seasoning with a wrapper not dissimilar to that of a traditional shumai.

Dim sims are typically rectangular or sometimes a larger circular shape. They can be served deep-fried or steamed and often times dressed in soy sauce.

One alternative way to cook dim sims is to barbecue them, by cutting the meal in half and placing them on a hot barbecue.

Dim sim can be served as a vegetarian-style dish with cabbage, carrot, vermicelli, and mushrooms as the filling.

What are South Melbourne Dim Sims made of?

Cheng’s recipe for dim sims, popular for their size, has barely changed since 1949. They are made of cabbage, beef, pork, lamb and spices are encased in a thick wrapper to create these now-famous dumplings.

Dim Sim Original Recipe by Elizabeth Chong


  • 1 packet wonton wrappers (yellow or white)
  • 500g minced pork
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage (lightly blanched and squeezed out)
  • ½ cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 3 spring onion stalks (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup water chestnuts (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 2 tsps light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper


  1. Begin by mixing all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place one tablespoon of filling in the center of each wonton wrapper and shape into a pot-like shape.
  3. Add more filling to your ‘petal’ until the top is filled.
  4. Steam the dim sims over boiling water for 20 minutes, and serve with soy sauce.

How to Cook Dim Sims in Air Fryer

How to Cook Dim Sims in Air Fryer

The benefits of using an air fryer instead of deep frying

You might have seen in the news that deep frying is bad for you and should be avoided.

If you are seeking other options to cook your dim sims, then we suggest trying out the air fryer!. The benefits of using an Air Fryer instead of a conventional deep-fryer include:

Less oil – Oil or fats are not needed to cook your dim sims using an air fryer.

Less mess – Unlike deep frying, there is very little splatter from the fat in an Air Fryer so you won’t have that big of a clean-up job when cooking!

Crispier bites with less oil. The lack of hot oils means that food cooked in an air fryer is less oily, which makes for a crispier bite.

No more smell – Air fryers produce little to no cooking odors.

Easy Dim Sim Recipe with Air Fryer


  • 750 g (1.7 lb) frozen dim sims
  • 1 tsp oil


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (390°F).
  2. Add the dim sims into the air fryer basket.
  3. Pat the dim sims dry with a paper towel and then coat them sparingly with oil.
  4. Cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes. Rotate halfway through cooking.
  5. Serve with soy sauce.


What temperature do you fry Dim Sims?

To make Dim Sims in an air fryer, thaw the Dim Sums and fry for 5 minutes at 170°C or 8 minutes if frozen before steaming at 170°C. To make Dim Sims in a deep fryer, follow the instructions for deep frying.

How long do you cook Dim Sims?

To steam, the Dim Sims, place them in a steamer containing boiling water and heat for 15 minutes or if they are frozen, 20 minutes.

Microwave frozen Dim Sims in a microwave-safe container with one teaspoon of water per Dim Sim.

Can you bake dim sims?

Dim Sims can be baked in an oven by preheating the oven to 200°C followed by placing them on an ungreased baking tray while still frozen with a minimum baking time of 10 minutes and up to 20 minutes.

Are dim sims healthy?

Dim sum dishes are often high in fat and sodium, which are contributors to the high risk of heart disease.

Can you steam dim sims in the microwave?

Place the frozen dim sum on the rack. Pour ½ cup boiling water over the top of dim sums. Place lid with red vent open to seal tightly in the microwave for 10 minutes at full power

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