SAHD Cooking – Trader Joe’s Gyoza

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of the SAHD Cooking show. Today, we’ll cheat and cook Trader Joe’s gyoza. These are our son’s #1 favorite food. This is our emergency food when I don’t feel like cooking from scratch. It’s so easy to cook, but you need a good skillet. I’ll also show you how to make the gyoza dipping sauce.  Check out the video at the end of the post!

Trader Joe's gyoza

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


  • A package of Trader Joe’s pork gyoza. This is one of the best frozen items from Trader Joe’s. Top 3, for sure.

Gyoza sauce


  • a skillet – I love my Lodge carbon steel skillet. It is so much better than a nonstick pan and I can use a metal spatula on it. Also, I can stick this in the oven to finish off a steak. It’s a great skillet.

*I add these links to Amazon so you can see what the ingredients look like. These items should be much cheaper at your local grocery stores. These are affiliate links and we may receive a referral fee if you buy something from Amazon.


  1. Turn the stove on and warm up the skillet.
  2. Add a little oil. Arrange the gyoza in the skillet, flat side down.
  3. Add 3-4 tablespoons of water.
  4. Let it cook until the water evaporated. This takes about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Make the sauce while you’re waiting. 1 part soy sauce, 1 part vinegar, and a little sugar.
  6. Crisp the bottom for about a minute.
  7. Turn off the heat and move the gyoza to a plate.


  • Serve with rice and salad on the side.
  • I also made kimchi soup for the adults. You can see the recipe here.
  • Enjoy!

Video at YouTube

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Kitchen tools recommendation

  • Skillets – I love our small Matfer Bourget black steel pan. We use it to cook eggs. It is so much better than any nonstick pan. These carbon steel skillets will last forever, unlike the nonstick pans. We also have a bigger Lodge carbon steel pan. It isn’t as nice as the Matfer Bourget, but it is more affordable. You can’t go wrong with either. Although, if I had to do it over, I’d splurge and go with Matfer Bourget. It’s just nicer and I use the pan very often. It’s worth paying more.
  • Knives – My favorite kitchen knife is our 5? Calphalon Santoku knife. I use it for almost everything. If I need a little more power, then I use our 6? Calphalon chef knife. That one is Mrs. RB40’s favorite. You really only need 2 knives in the kitchen.
  • Rice cooker – I cook rice very often so a good rice cooker is a necessity. I know many people rave about the Zojirushi rice cooker, but I don’t like the nonstick inner pot. Those nonstick surface never last. So I went with the TATUNG rice cooker instead. The inner pot is stainless steel and it should last forever. It makes great rice. They also have a smaller/cheaper 3 cup version. I think we got our cooker when it was on sale. The price seems high at Amazon. You should check the price on
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Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, the job became too stressful and Joe retired from his engineering career to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. Today, he blogs about financial independence, early retirement, investing, and living a frugal lifestyle.

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