Watch My Video: How to Make and Wrap Wontons
Small Bite with Big Flavor
Wonton is a type of Chinese dumpling. They come in small parcels and are available in many forms: steamed, deep-fried or in wonton soup.
What is inside of a wonton? The inside contains a savory meat or seafood filling and a special yellow color and rectangle wrapper wraps the filling inside a wonton. The yellow color comes from egg yolk as wonton wrappers do contain eggs.
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Wontons Vs Dumplings
Many people are wondering what is the difference between a wonton and a dumpling? Simply put, wontons are dumplings. They are under the big umbrella of Chinese dumplings and they are a subset of dumplings.
What Is Fried Wonton?
Fried wontons are deep-fried to golden brown and popular in the Chinese restaurants here in the United States.
They are an appetizer and come with a pinkish-red Chinese sweet and sour dipping sauce. Everyone loves them because they are so crispy, delicious and the sweet and sour sauce makes them even more appetizing. Once you start eating, you just can’t stop!
My wontons recipe is very easy take less than 30 minutes to make at home. First of all, you make the filling. My recipe calls for a shrimp with ground pork filling. I added some water chestnuts for an extra crunch and texture.
You can also use chicken or turkey as the filling. You may add in some shrimp, scallop or crab if you like.
Next, you need to learn the basic technique of how to wrap Chinese dumplings by watching the video above. To deep-fry, make sure you use a neutral cooking oil such as vegetable oil. After deep-frying, make sure you drain the excess oil with paper towels.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 311 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served as an appetizer. For a wholesome Chinese meal at home, I recommend the following recipes.
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Fried Wontons Recipe
- 1/2 lb. ground pork, chicken or turkey
- 1/4 lb. shrimp, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce or fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 1 pack store-bought wonton wrappers
- water (for sealing)
- vegetable oil (for deep frying)
- In a bowl, mix the ground pork, shrimp, soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper together. Stir to combine well to form a sticky filling.
- To wrap the wontons, lay a piece of the wonton wrapper on your palm and add 1/2 tablespoon of the filling in the middle of the wrapper. (Use 1 teaspoon filling if you are a beginner.) Dip your index finger into the sealing water and trace it on the outer edges of the wonton wrapper.
- You can wrap the wontons three ways. To make a triangle, just fold it up to form a triangle. Pinch the edges to seal tight. To make them into the pretty shape (far left in the above picture), just pull the two corners of the triangle down so one overlaps the other, pinch and seal with water.
- To make them into Hong Kong style wonton (far right in the above picture), please watch my video at the top of this post.
- Heat up some oil for deep-frying. Once the oil is fully heated, deep fry the wontons until golden brown. Drain the excess oil with paper towels. Serve hot with Chinese sweet and sour sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
You got mad skillz Bee! I’m constantly amazed.
Not only your golden wantons are beautiful…even your plating is gorgeous…
Yum. Fried wantons are delicious. I made loads early this year.
The video is an excellent idea. When i posted a recipe on mine, i was worried that my description wouldn’t be clear to some people. Especially those who’ve never made them before.
The visual presentation definitely hits the spot.
Yum! Yum! One of my fave…the whole group, you know, the deep fried wantan, spring roll, pie tee…
wow!another of my favourite recipe:) thanks for sharing the recipe:)
YouTube is currently down so my video clip section is blank…do check back again and hopefully YouTube will be up and running soon!
Aileen – LOL. You should make your own so you can stop salivating.
Tongue of Fury – thanks for your kind words and welcome to Rasa Malaysia. I checked out your site and it’s cool!
Passionate Eater – That’s the fun of cooking; you make something so beautiful and then you eat them…very satisfying.
You are right Rasa Malaysia, they are “oh-so-beautiful!” Mmm.. The golden brown crust looks stunning and I can only imagine how the crunchiness of the water chestnuts makes the wontons taste delectable!
that’s very nice…
lovely blog you have here, really like the design.
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OMG, they look so delicious I am salivating like a mad cow.