By Lydia Stephens

Steamed dumplings are a healthy and satisfying appetizer or side dish. Whether you make them from scratch or buy them frozen from the market, they're usually steamed in a bamboo steamer. If you don't have one, a rice cooker with a steaming basket works great.

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Steam fresh or frozen dumplings in your rice cooker.

Step 1

Add water to the bowl of the rice cooker, and place the bowl in the chamber of the rice cooker.

Step 2

Apply a light coat of sesame oil to the surface of the steaming basket to prevent the dumplings from sticking when you're ready to serve them.

Step 3

Arrange the dumplings in a single layer in the steaming basket and place the basket in the bowl of the rice cooker.

Step 4

Place the lid on the rice cooker and turn it on. Let the dumplings steam for 10 to 20 minutes. Frozen dumplings take a bit longer to heat through completely.

Step 5

Carefully open the rice cooker and let the steamed dumplings rest for 5 minutes to allow the excess moisture on the surface of the dumplings to evaporate.

Step 6

Remove the steaming basket from the rice cooker and transfer the steamed dumplings to a serving tray.

Step 7

Serve the steamed dumplings with equal parts sesame oil and soy sauce for dipping.