Easy Poor Man Dumplings

Easy Poor Man Dumplings

This quick and easy recipe for dumplings is a household favorite and is great as a snack or a side dish. Made with only a few ingredients, it is also extremely budget friendly, but full of flavor. Make Easy Poor Man Dumplings and treat your family to a real frugal dish.

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head of green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • black pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet. Cook the onion, garlic, and cabbage in the butter over medium-high heat until the cabbage is translucent. Season with the salt and pepper, mix well.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Mix the flour, oregano and water together into a dough. Drop the dough by small spoonfuls into the boiling water and cook until firm; drain. Add the dumplings to the cabbage mixture. Season with more salt and pepper to serve.


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Dumplings works so well with meat and fruit.I never thought to use them to cook a veggie dish. Are cabbage and onions the only vegetables you have tried this recipe with, or have you used celery or broccoli or some other veggie in this recipe? I would love to know how it turned out.

Dumplings can be made with just flour, water and a bit of salt. Refer to a chicken and dumplings recipe. They are not Bisquick dumplings, but more like pasta.

The basic idea of this recipe is good, but someone should have edited it before publishing it. List the salt and pepper, tell me how much water is in the small pan. Stuff like that. Flour and water make only one thing: Paste. I see no dumplings here at all. For a quick fix, I use Bisquick dumplings--just add milk, flavor it up with salt, pepper, oregano, onion powder, parsley and stir in a couple TBs of melted butter. Drop that dough by the spoonful onto the cabbage mix. Cover and cook on simmer for 20 minutes. Now that is dinner!

I think people would rather snivel and whine rather than try something new. READ the recipe people!!!!!!

I just can't imagine cabbage and onions being in my dumplings.

That recipe is the city boy recipe.... The redneck southern boy his recipe makes you want to lick the pot.....

Bob H. says What? No baking powder in the dumpling dough! Sounds like dough gobs to me. Also a pinch of salt would be great! A "Poor Man" could certainly afford a teaspoon of baking powder! ;-)

My family loves this dish. I also add some chopped carrots and a diced potato and a pound of hamburger for a really hearty meal. Yombo!!!

I have been looking for a dumpling recipe without baking powder for a long time. Have had them before but never made them and I thought they were very good. I will definately try this. Thanks.

I like your site however, many of your recipes either leave out an ingredient or forget the measurement. I can not understand no salt in this dish. Of course you cook the cabbage in salted water and unless you are using Bisquick or something similar, you do need baking powder.as Bob H said. Com'on folks, get it together.

Woa here! The recipe says "add the salt and pepper"! What salt? There should have been salt added to the boiling cabbage and the dumpling dough. Without baking powder the dumplings must be like lead lumps.


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