Appetizers and Sharables
Origin: Asian Fusion
Method: Stovetop or fryerJump to Recipe
The recipe for these fried wontons has been one of our families most requested recipes over the years. They are incredibly simple and have always been a hit at gatherings and parties. The filling freezes well, so we almost always have some filling on hand when the urge for these salty treats hits. They are perfect as an appetizer for whatever Asian meal you are preparing or as part of a dim sum style dinner. We have no shame and will also freely admit, that sometimes we just eat these alone as a meal.
Making the wonton filling
The recipe is simple, consisting of only a few ingredients, and nothing that is exotic or difficult to find.
The filling can be made in minutes. Simply finely chop the water chestnuts, green onion and ginger and place in a medium sized bowl.
Mix well to evenly distribute the ingredients, then stir in the salt and soy sauce.
Next, mix in the sausage. Work the mixture with your hands or a large spoon to be certain that everything is evenly mixed. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, but for the best flavor, cover and refrigerate overnight. We told you the filling was super easy!
Forming the wontons
We like to form a small assembly line to quickly wrap the wontons. You will want to have a parchment paper lined pan to place the finished wonton on. A bowl of water is also helpful to wet the wrappers and help them seal better.
Fill the middle of the wonton wrappers with about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling.
Fold the wontons into an envelope shape. To do this, you take one corner and fold it up to the opposite corner, making a triangle, lightly wetting the point with water to seal it. Next, take a corner that is on the fold, and fold it half to three quarters of the way across, into the middle but still along the fold, lightly wetting the point so it sticks. Repeat this with the other corner that is on the fold. Place wrapped won tons on parchment paper until you are ready to fry them.
Cooking the wontons
Heat your oil to about 350 degrees. You will want enough oil to cover the wontons. Fry the wontons in a pan, wok or deep fryer until they are golden brown and the meat is cooked through (about 5 minutes). Cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding, and to avoid the oil dropping in temperature too much. You will want to flip the wontons halfway through the cooking time.
Remove the wontons to a paper towel lined plate and let them sit for a few minutes (they will be very hot). We typically just eat them by themselves but they are also great with Thai sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, or, if you like spicy, with sriracha. There may be leftover filling, so freeze it for the next time!
If you have extra wonton wrappers then check out our recipe for Buffalo Chicken Wontons.
For more Asian inspired recipes check out our Korean Corn Dogs, Thai Red Chicken Curry, and Grilled Tiger Cry Beef.
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Fried Asian Wontons
- Wok, skillet, or deep fryer
- 1 Pound Jimmy Dean Ground Pork Sausage
- 4 oz Water Chestnuts finely chopped
- 2 tea Fresh Ginger finely chopped
- ½ cup Green Onions diced
- 1 tea Salt
- 4 tea Soy Sauce
Wrapper and Oil
- 1 package Wonton Wrappers
- Vegetable or Canola Oil for frying
- Mix all the filling ingredients. For the best flavor, cover and refrigerate overnight (but at least three hours).
- Fill the wonton wrappers with about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling in the middle and fold into an envelope shape. To do this, you take one corner and fold it up to the opposite corner, making a triangle, lightly wetting the point with water to seal it. Next take a corner that is on the fold, and fold it half to three quarters of the way across, into the middle but still along the fold, lightly wetting the point so it sticks. Repeat this with the other corner that is on the fold. Place wrapped wontons on parchment paper until you are ready to fry them.
- Fry the wontons in a pan, wok or deep fryer (oil temperature about 350 degrees) until the wontons are golden brown and the meat is cooked through (about 5 minutes). Flip them halfway through the time. Remove from the oil and allow them to cool slightly on a paper towel lined platter or plate.
- Enjoy them hot and on their own or with Thai sweet chili sauce or soy sauce. There may be leftover filling, so freeze it for the next time!
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Made these as part of an appetizer party with friends. I served them with some Thai Chili Sauce and they were a huge hit. I will definitely make these again.
Thanks for sharing! Plenty more appetizer recipes coming soon too.