Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup

This delicious instant pot Chinese Dumpling Soup has a flavorful and healthy bone broth base that everyone will enjoy.

Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup in a white bowl

Instant pot Chinese dumpling soup is not only flavor-full, but it gets extra credit for nutrition too!*

This wonderful recipe is courtesy of our Chinese friend, Yulin (James). He is always trying new Asian dishes and generously sharing his love for cooking with us!

At first taste, I was surprised. Though unassuming, this dish has such a unique and distinctive taste; it is so yummy!

We gobbled it up. I have since made it myself and could not believe how easy it was.

For another super simple and satisfying recipe, try Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes.

What’s the difference between Dumpling Soup, Wonton Soup, and Potsticker Soup?

There is really no difference, just personal preference.

You can make your own dumplings, potstickers, or wontons. In fact, I have an amazing authentic Chinese dumplings recipe here.

But, it is much easier and faster to buy them frozen to speed up the process. Woot Woot!

There are so many frozen dumpling varieties available, and the ones I’ve tried are really quite good. Frozen dumplings make this easy Asian soup recipe so much easier.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is made when animal bones and vegetables are simmered in water for hours, on the stove, in a crockpot, or in an instant pot.

The meaty bones and connective tissues leave behind a rich, savory liquid that is chock full of goodness, including collagen and minerals; like calcium, zinc, magnesium, and amino acids.*

This nutritious stock can be used in soups (like this one!), sauces, and gravies. It is also popular to drink on its own for the high amount of protein and nutrients.

This dish does a bit of double duty. Yes, the recipe is both a yummy dumpling soup, but it is a bone broth too!

Benefits of Bone Broth*

Bone broth is not new at all. It goes back generations but has reemerged over the last several years because of the numerous health benefits.

People use it to maintain good health, prevent illness, and strengthen their bones. According to Nutritional Weight & Wellness in St Paul, Minnesota, other benefits include:

Joint pain relief
Improved gut health
Healthier hair and nails
Reduced wrinkles
Stronger teeth
Faster wound and injury healing
Increased energy
Enhanced immune system
Help reverse visible signs of aging

Where to get bones for Dumpling Soup?

You can find the bones you will need for this recipe at your grocery store, an Asian market, or check with a meat vendor at your local farmer’s market.
Ingredients for Soup

Here is all you’ll need for dumpling (or wonton, or potsticker ) soup.

Beef bones from a free-range animal
Fresh ginger
Daikon radish

Chinese vinegar
Dried red chilis or Crushed red pepper flakes 
Light soy sauce also called regular soy sauce
Dark soy sauce
Fresh or Frozen dumplings

Substitute for Daikon Radish

The daikon radish is a root vegetable popular in many Asian countries, such as Japan, China, Vietnam, and India. It looks similar to parsnip but is thicker and whiter in color.

You are most likely to find a daikon radish in an Asian grocery store. It may be hard to find in a typical supermarket. So you may be asking, what is the best substitute for daikon radish?

The white turnip is a pretty good substitute for daikon radish. Both are cruciferous vegetables that are crispy in texture with a mild flavor. Turnips do have a more subtle taste. It is not the perfect replacement, but it is close!

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Instant Pot Chinese Dumpling Soup in a white bowl

Instant Pot Dumpling Soup


This delicious dumpling soup is a fast and flavorful meal. It gets extra credit for nutrition via it’s healthy bone broth base.*



Instant Pot

22.5 lbs. of beef bones from a free range animal (I used beef neck bones)

5 slices of ginger

1 daikon radish, thin skin removed, coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon Chinese vinegar

2 dry red chilis or 1/21 tsp crushed red pepper


Finishing Sauce for 2 bowls

2 teaspoons soy sauce

4 teaspoons dark soy sauce

1 bunch cilantro



FROZEN You can buy delicious premade frozen dumplings or wontons at most Asian or mainstream grocery stores. Cook the dumplings according to the package directions so that they are ready at the same time the broth is. Put dumplings into soup or serve on the side.

FROM SCRATCH Make a dumpling recipe with your filling of choice. Here’s our favorite pork dumpling recipe.

Soup Broth

In the bowl of an instant pot, combine neck bone, ginger slices, vinegar, daikon radish, dried Sichuan peppers, red chili, and ancho chili. Fill water to the max line on the instant pot. Follow instant pot directions to start your unit. Mine suggests 70-90 minutes of cooking.

Finishing Sauce

Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

When bone broth is done, fill soup bowls. Then add the AMAZING finishing sauce. Add approximately 1-3 teaspoons per bowl to suit your taste. Stir until incorporated. Add more bone broth if you need to dilute back down a tad. Next, spoon dumplings into each bowl or serve on the side. Sprinkle with a generous amount of cilantro on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Substitution. You can substitute a white turnip for the daikon radish. Both are cruciferous vegetables that are crispy in texture with a mild flavor. Turnips do have a more subtle taste. It is not the perfect replacement, but it is close!

  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Pressure Cooking
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.

Helpful Tools for Instant Pot Soup

Below is the basic equipment you need for beef bone soup. You probably already have most of what you need in your kitchen!

Instant Pot

Soup Ladle
OXO Good Grips Ladle

Carving Knife

Multi-Purpose Chef Knife 

Colorful Cutting Boards

Gray Cutting Boards

And finally, here is the delicious recipe!

More Chinese Recipes

Authentic Chinese Recipes
Easy Dipping Sauce
Lo Mein Noodles
Chicken and Potato Stew
Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce
Easy Sauteed Shrimp
What to Serve with Dumplings

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.


Nutrition References

Nutritional Weight and Wellness
The Benefits of Bone Broth

*Be sure to consult a registered and licensed dietitian, licensed nutritionist, or certified nutrition specialist if you have questions about ingredients and how they fit into your personal nutrition plan.

Any statements regarding dietary information are to be used at your discretion and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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