Whether you’re looking for a delicious, crispy appetizer or a scrumptious meal, wonton recipes are just about as good as it gets. Cooked in various ways and filled with your choice of veggies or meat, wontons are easy to make at home whether you’re cooking for one or a big group!
What are Wontons?
Wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling made with a wonton wrapper and stuffed with fillings such as shrimp, pork, vegetables or crab. They’re available in many forms, including steamed, deep-fried, baked or boiled and in soup. Fried wontons make for a crispy, delicious appetizer, while steamed wontons make for a great meal, as does wonton soup!
4 Wonton Making Essentials
1. Wonton Wrappers
Wonton wrappers are the number one essential for making wontons. While you can make them yourself with a homemade recipe, they’re also available to purchase at your local Asian grocery store. If store-bought, make sure your wrappers are thawed at room temperature. This way they’ll be pliable and won’t break apart when you fold them.
2. Baking Sheet
Often when you make wontons, you make a big batch of them. Since they keep for a couple months in the freezer, you can eat some now and save the rest for later. When you’re assembling the wontons, you’ll need somewhere to put them. Place filled wontons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
3. Deep Fryer
If you’re planning to make deep fried wontons on a regular basis, investing in a deep fryer is a great idea. Although you can use oil and a pot, a deep fryer will give you the perfectly crispy wontons you’re looking for.
4. Metal Cooling Rack
Once the wontons are fried, remove them from the deep fryer or pot and place them on a metal cooling rack. Once they’ve cooled, it’s time to enjoy with your favourite wonton dipping sauce.
How to Make Wontons
Start by making your filling. Combine everything in your filling mixture by hand for five minutes or in a food processor for one minute. Prepare a small bowl with water and gently separate the wonton wrappers. Then, take a wonton wrapper and add one teaspoon of filling. Use your fingers to trace the edges of the wrapper with water to help the two sides seal together. Press down the filling and pack it tightly. Then you can fold into your personal favourite folding style. Check out this post on the different ways you can fold wontons by The Woks of Life. After you’ve folded your wontons, you can either steam, boil, deep fry or bake your wontons, as well as use them for wonton soup!
4 Ways to Cook Wontons
1. Deep Fry
Using a deep fryer is an easy way to fry wontons, but if you don’t have a deep fryer, you can also use oil and a pot. Use a small pot and fill it with two to three inches of oil, ensuring the oil doesn’t overflow when you add the wontons. Heat the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fry in small batches, turning occasionally. Another option is using a small spider strainer to keep the wontons submerged when frying. This will give you the most uniform look without having to turn them.
To steam, bring a pot of water to a boil, place a bamboo steamer on top of the pot and place the wontons inside. Cover and steam for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on your filling. Steam small batches at a time, removing the ones that are cooked to make room for the next batch.
Boil a pot of water and once it comes to a rolling boil, add the wontons in batches. Make sure not to crowd the pot, adding only a few wontons at a time. They will cook very quickly, so keep an eye on them. Cook them for one to two minutes or until they float. Remove the wontons and place them in a deep plate or bowl. You can also use this method for wonton soup. Bring the soup broth and seasonings to a boil, add the wontons and gently simmer in the broth until cooked. This should only take a couple of minutes.
To bake your wontons, set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for five to seven minutes on a baking sheet until golden brown.
10 Pork Wonton Recipes
1. Homemade Pork Wontons | Two Sleevers
2. Boiled Pork Wontons with Sesame Sauce | Bon Appetit
3. Easy Pork Wonton Soup | Red House Spice
4. Spinach and Pork Wontons | Food & Wine
5. Grandma’s Crispy Pork Wontons | All Recipes
6. Pan-Fried Pork and Shrimp Wontons | Ahead of Thyme
7. Pork Wonton Soup with Vegetables | All Recipes
8. Homemade Spicy Pork Wontons | The FeedFeed
9. Crispy Ginger Pork Wontons | Taste of Home
10. Easy Pork and Shrimp Wontons | Christie at Home
10 Shrimp Wonton Recipes
1. Chinese Shrimp Wonton Soup | China Sichuan Food
2. Steamed Shrimp Wontons | Rasa Malaysia
3. Fried Shrimp Wontons with Mushrooms | In Search of Yummy-ness
4. Shrimp Wontons in a Spicy Sichuan Sauce | Steamy Kitchen
5. Cantonese Style Shrimp Wontons | Yi Reservation
6. Fried Shrimp and Pork Wontons | All Ways Delicious
7. Shrimp and Vegetable Wontons | Life’s Ambrosia
8. Scrumptious Shrimp Wontons | Just a Pinch
9. Shrimp and Chinese Chive Wonton Soup | Eating Well
10. Boiled Prawn Wontons with Chilli Dressing | Jamie Oliver
10 Chicken Wonton Recipes
1. Mom’s Chicken Wontons | The Woks of Life
2. Chicken and Shrimp Wonton Soup with Lemongrass Broth | Food & Wine
3. Chicken Wonton Soup | Damn Delicious
4. Fried Chicken Wontons | Rasa Malaysia
5. Chicken and Cilantro Wontons | Ahead of Thyme
6. Healthy Baked Chicken Wontons | The Spruce Eats
7. Crispy Chicken Wontons | Taste of Home
8. Chicken Wonton Soup | Omnivore’s Cookbook
9. Spicy Chicken Wontons | Just a Taste
10. Boiled Chicken Wontons with Chilli Sauce | Tasting Table
10 Crab Wonton Recipes
1. Crab and Prawn Wontons | Jamie Oliver
2. Crab Wontons | Life’s Ambrosia
3. Crab Wonton Soup | What to Cook Today
4. Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons | Spend with Pennies
5. Crab Wontons with Brie | Eating Well
6. Chrissy Teigen’s Crab, Cream Cheese and Scallion Wontons | House and Home
7. Shrimp and Crab Wontons | Viking River Cruises
8. Air Fryer Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons | The Leaf
9. Lobster and Crab Wonton Filling | Group Recipes
10. Fried Crab Wontons | Food Network
10 Vegan Wonton Recipes
1. Vegan Wontons in Chilli Broth | The Foodie Takes Flight
2. Homemade Vegan Wontons | The Curious Chickpea
3. Sichuan Spicy Wontons in Chilli Sauce | Bianca Zapatka
4. Vegan Wonton Soup | It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
5. Crispy Vegan Air-Fryer Wontons | Healthy Girl Kitchen
6. Crispy Curry Vegetable Wontons | The Foodie Takes Flight
7. Vegan Shiitake Wonton Soup | Connoisseurus Veg
8. Vegan Fried Hot Tofu Wonton Soup | Green Bowl 2 Soul
9. Homemade Vegan Wonton Soup | Oh My Veggies
10. Vegan Chilli Wontons | Zucker & Zagdwurst
Whichever way you cook them, wontons offer a scrumptious bite that are easy to make at home!
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