20 Asian Appetizers

  • 01 of 20

    Crab Rangoon

    Crab Rangoon with Dipping sauce
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    One of the best-known Asian-inspired appetizers -- wonton wrappers filled with crabmeat and cream cheese and deep-fried. Crab rangoon is a favorite and an excellent appetizer to serve at a party or just before dinner.

  • 02 of 20

    Easy Baked Crab Rangoon

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    Here's an alternative Crab rangoon recipe. If you don't have the material to deep fry, try this baked version! It's healthier, simpler, and just as tasty. Serve with cream cheese dip on the side and perhaps some soy sauce.

  • 03 of 20

    Chili Spiced "Angry" Edamame

    The Spruce

    Looking for a savory snack a little bit off the beaten path? Try this chili spiced "angry" edamame recipe. They're so tasty and snackable but healthy that you'll never go back to potato chips.

  • 04 of 20

    Spring Rolls

    Chinese egg roll wrapper recipes
    Victoria Firmston

    Barbecued pork, Chinese dried mushrooms, and sweet red bell pepper add an interesting variety of textures and flavors to this spring roll recipe, an old standby perfect for any get together.

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  • 05 of 20

    Baked Hoisin Sauce Chicken Wings

    Teriyaki Chicken Wings
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    Wild about wings? This recipe consists of baked chicken wings that are coated in a hoisin sauce and honey marinade. Finger-licking delicious, just serve with your choice of rice or vegetable on the side.

  • 06 of 20

    Spareribs With Hoisin Sauce

    Chinese salt and pepper ribs
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    The night before, combine the spareribs with the marinade and refrigerate. When it comes time to cook, all you need to do is place the ribs in the oven. The spareribs can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen (reheat before serving). This recipe includes a nutritional breakdown.

  • 07 of 20

    Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnut Appetizer

    Chopsticks with water chestnut
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    This easy-to-make party dish tastes best with fresh water chestnuts. The secret to this simple appetizer lies in soaking the water chestnuts in soy sauce and rolling them in brown sugar before baking.

  • 08 of 20

    Asian Lettuce Wraps

    Chinese lettuce chicken wraps
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    These delicious chicken lettuce wraps are made with tasty oyester sauce. They make a great appetizer, and leftovers can be served for lunch the next day.

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  • 09 of 20

    Egg Rolls

    Scallion Cream Cheese Egg Rolls
    Leah Maroney

    Egg rolls are the perfect party food. This recipe includes instructions for folding the wrapper. (If you prefer the thinner spring roll wrapper, check out the recipe for Spring Rolls).

  • 10 of 20

    Potstickers

    How to make classic Chinese dumplings Jiaozi
    Liv Wan

    Dumplings are the perfect party food, and potstickers are one of the easiest types of Chinese dumplings to make. The recipe includes a soy and sesame dipping sauce. Feel free to substitute wonton wrappers for the dumpling dough.

  • 11 of 20

    Five-Spice Nuts

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    Jennifer Meier

    Peanuts are a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture. In this recipe, peanuts are coated in a sweet-spicy mixture with corn syrup and five-spice powder.

  • 12 of 20

    Paper-Wrapped Chicken Cooked Two Ways

    Chinese Paper-Wrapped Chicken
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    A popular banquet appetizer, paper wrapped chicken consists of marinated chicken that is wrapped in paper and cooked. Guests get to unwrap the food themselves in this fun dish. The recipe includes instructions for either deep-frying or baking the wrapped chicken pieces.

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  • 13 of 20

    Chicken Wings With Oyster Sauce

    Teriyaki Wings, Slow Cooker
    Diana Rattray

    Here's another easy wings recipe, this time with a classic oyster sauce dressing. For this one, feel free to substitute dry sherry or rice vinegar for the rice wine.

  • 14 of 20

    Chicken Egg Rolls

    Platter of egg rolls with dipping sauce
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    These egg rolls are made with chicken mixed with red bell peppers, mushrooms, celery, onion, mung bean sprouts and seasonings. A great recipe that doesn't require any ingredients too difficult to find.

  • 15 of 20

    Cantonese Spring Rolls With Pork and Shrimp

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    For a delectable fried spring roll with the best of Cantonese flavors, try these spring rolls made with shredded pork, shrimp, black mushrooms, and garlic chives.

  • 16 of 20

    Vegetarian Potstickers

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    Fear not, vegetarians, so many of the recipes on this list are easily adaptable to a meat free diet. With tofu, bok choy, bamboo shoots, and other delicious fillings, this recipe for vegetarian potstickers will impress regardless of the dietary needs of your guests.

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  • 17 of 20

    Honey Walnut Prawns

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    A favorite in Hong Kong, honey walnut prawns are an underrated but highly delicious party appetizer. This deep fried shrimp dish is the perfect combo of sweet and savory flavors and makes for excellent finger food.

  • 18 of 20

    Chinese Dry Garlic Spare Ribs

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    This Chinese-Canadian take on American spare ribs will have you with sticky fingers and a full stomach. Boiled in water then simmered in brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and mustard sauce, you won't want to skip out on these dry garlic spare ribs.

  • 19 of 20

    Thai Vegetarian or Pescetarian Spring Rolls

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    For a recipe a little healthier than what you'd get in most restaurants, try these delicious spring rolls two different ways to suit whatever your guest's dietary needs may be.

  • 20 of 20

    Grilled Five Spice Chinese Chicken Wings

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    For a smoky chicken wing marinaded with five spice, ginger, and garlic, try these delicious grilled Chinese chicken wings. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.