Top 9 Chinese Recipes with Wonton Wrappers

Make Surprisingly Versatile Pockets of Food

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If you're not sure how to cook with wonton wrappers, these recipes will enlighten you. After filling and folding the wrappers, you can add them to soups, deep-fry them, or even bake them.

This list includes a number of recipes that contain wonton wrappers as an ingredient—from crab rangoon appetizer to crispy fried wontons. There's also baked chicken wontons and classic Cantonese wonton soup. Plus, review a simple recipe that shows you how to make your own wonton wrappers at home so you don't have to buy them from the grocery store.

  • 01 of 07

    Wonton Soup

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    In the Chinese dialect of Cantonese, the name "wonton" means swallowing a cloud. That is because in soups, the wonton, a small dumpling, looks like it is floating just as clouds do in the sky. But that's where the similarity ends. Wonton dumplings are much more filling than water vapor. They are known for having a savory taste and are usually made of minced pork. Don't let their small size deceive you into thinking they are not a hearty food. 

  • 02 of 07

    Crab Rangoon

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    Try this homemade version of crab rangoon, the classic crabmeat and cream cheese appetizer invented by chefs at Trader Vics. Also called a crab puff, this appetizer is served in Thai cuisine as well.

    Since it's deep fried and made with cheese, it's certainly not the healthiest way to enjoy a wonton, but you can't deny this decadent treat if you're looking for some comfort food. Serve up this dish if you want to be a hit at parties. The best part is the dipping sauce can go many different ways. You can serve these with duck sauce, a tangy sweet and sour sauce, a mustard sauce, or a spicy chili sauce.
     

  • 03 of 07

    Fried Wonton

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    Chinese vegetables add flavor to this easy recipe for wonton wrappers filled with ground pork and seasonings, which are then deep-fried. The best thing with fried wontons is that you can put practically anything inside the wrapper—traditional Asian flavors or even Hispanic or Italian flavors or ingredients for an eclectic twist.

  • 04 of 07

    Healthy Asian Baked Chicken Wonton Recipe

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    If you're on a diet or making lifestyle changes because of health concerns, then it is likely that fried wontons are not for you. So, try baked wontons instead.

    Baking the food instead of deep-frying it not only reduces the fat and calories but also seals in the flavors of this healthy appetizer made with reduced-fat peanut butter, curry paste, and lime juice. 

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  • 05 of 07

    Siu Mai (Shumai) Dumplings

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    Siu Mai dumplings are filled with shrimp (or other meats) and steamed. Like baked wontons, they are a more healthful alternative to the fried variety of wontons. To make this dish, you can use gyoza wrappers or regular wonton wrappers that have been cut into circles.

  • 06 of 07

    Vegetarian Potstickers

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    Although pot stickers are traditionally made with a hot water dough, wonton wrappers cut into circles make a handy substitute. If you're trying to eat more vegetables but don't like the taste of most greens, this is a great way to get the benefits of veggies in a delicious package.

  • 07 of 07

    Homemade Wonton Wrapper

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    Try this easy recipe to make wonton wrappers at home. By making this appetizer in your own kitchen, you can cut down on the sodium and preservatives found in the mass-produced varieties.