Easy Fried Wontons (With Shrimp or Tofu)

Fried wonton with shrimp and tofu

The Spruce Eats / Ulyana Verbytska 

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 Wontons (4 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
642 Calories
63g Fat
12g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Wontons (4 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 642
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63g 80%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 13g
Calcium 361mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These fried wontons are the perfect party food. Make some and watch them disappear - fast! They're easy and fun to put together and can also be made vegetarian/vegan so everyone can enjoy them. Choose between a shrimp or tofu-onion filling; either one is ready to use in just minutes. Serve with either sweet chili sauce (available in supermarkets), or traditional sweet and sour sauce. If you're expecting company, these fried wontons can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator, then just fried up when guests arrive. Either way, your party is sure to be a hit this crunchy-good finger food around. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 package tofu (medium-firm or firm, or 1 cup cooked baby shrimp
  • 2 spring onions (also known as green onions)
  • 1 tablespoon ​hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 package wonton wrappers (available in the deli section of most supermarkets)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying, such as peanut, sunflower, canola, etc.)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

If Using Tofu

  1. Drain tofu and slice into very small cubes to equal 1 cup.

    Chopped tofu
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  2. Place in a bowl and add the green onion, hoisin, and sugar. Gently stir to combine.​

    Tofu and hoison sauce
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If Using Shrimp

  1. Thaw and drain if using frozen shrimp.

    Shrimp
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  2. Place in a bowl and add the green onion, hoisin, and sugar, stirring to combine.

    Add shrimp and tofu
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Make and Fry the Wontons

  1. Using a cutting board or another clean surface, lay out 6 wonton wrappers at a time. You will also need 1/2 cup water and a pastry brush if you have one (otherwise you can use your fingers). Wet the outside borders of each wrapper.

    Wonton wrappers
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  2. Place a little filling (about 3/4 teaspoons) in the center of each wrapper.

    Filling into wrappers
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  3. Fold wrapper in half to create a triangle with the filling inside its base. Press sides together.

    Fold wrapper
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  4. You can fry them up like this or continue folding by bringing the two outside corners of the triangle together, overlapping them a little and securing with a little water. They should be able to stand up, like artfully folded serviettes.

    Fold upward
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  5. Place oil in a small to medium frying pan (oil should be at least 3/4- to 1-inch deep). Turn heat to high and don't leave the stove. Wait until you see squiggly lines forming on the bottom of the pan.

    Oil in pan
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  6. Shortly after this, test the readiness of the oil by dipping the corner of a wrapper into the oil. If it begins to fry, oil is hot enough; if not, wait a minute longer.

    Test oil
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  7. Place wontons in the hot oil and fry, turning until all sides are light golden brown.

    Place wonton in oil
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  8. Remove from heat and set on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel to drain. Continue until all the wontons are fried.

    Wontons
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  9. Serve with your choice of homemade Thai sweet chili sauce, store-bought Thai chili sauce, or sweet and sour sauce.

    Fried wonton with shrimp and tofu
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  10. Enjoy!

Tip

  • If you're expecting a crowd, you can double the filling recipe and still have plenty of wrappers.

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