Monday, August 4, 2014

Making wontons

Wontons have become one of the new obsessions at our house.  Several times a month we make them.  My daughters love to help fill and fold them. It makes for some fun times and great conversation as we cook together.  I love spending time with the kids in the kitchen.

To make wontons you will need

1 package of store bought wonton wrappers
about 1/3cup filling per dozen wontons
oil for frying
Sauce for dipping

You can fill wontons with just about anything you desire.
Here are some of our favorite fillings

Crab Rangoon   makes about 36 wontons

4 ounces of softened cream cheese
1 clove finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 cup flaked crab meat 

Mix softened cream cheese with spices. Then fold in the crab (can use fresh crab, imitation crab, or canned crab meat)

Pork wonton filling   makes about 50 wontons

1/2 pound ground pork
2/3 cup finely chopped celery
2/3 cup grated carrots
2/3 cup grated onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Heat the sesame oil in a small skillet over medium high heat.  Add the pork and vegetables. Cook for about 2 minutes until the vegetables wilt and the pork is nearly cooked.  Add the garlic, pepper, and soy sauce. Cook the mix for about a minute more.  Remove from the heat and cool until it can be handled easily. 

To make the wontons,

Place about a teaspoon of filling into the middle of a wonton wrapper

Wet the edges of the wonton wrapper with a clean paintbrush or your finger dipped in water
Fold the wrapper in half (corner to corner) to create a triangle shape and press to seal the filling inside.

Some people leave them just like this and cook them but we take it one step further,

Take the top corners and bring them together and press them with a dab of water to create a tortellini type shape. 

Once they are filled you can pan fry, deep fry, or bake them in the oven for a crispy treat. 

We usually pan fry them. 

To  pan fry the wontons:  Heat oil about 3/4 of an inch deep over high heat for about 2 minutes, then carefully place the filled wontons in the hot oil cooking about 2 minutes per side.  If they are browning too fast, adjust the heat down a bit.  Drain on paper towels.  Can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven

To deep fry wontons:  Heat the pot of oil to 365 degrees and cook the wontons about 4 minutes (If the oil is deep they will float when done)

To bake the wontons:  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, Place the wontons on the baking sheet and brush with oil (or spray heavily with a spray oil)   Bake in a 375 degree oven for 6-8 minutes.

Serve wontons with your favorite dipping sauce. 

photo taken from taste of home website

Be on the lookout as we will be posting some of our favorite choices for dipping sauces in an upcoming post.  





  1. These look delicious, and I can't wait to make some myself! Thanks for linking up with the Hearts for Home Blog Hop last week. I am featuring your post as one of my favorite posts this week:

  2. I had forgotten all about wontons - thank you for reminding me of this delicious treat! Your recipes sound very tasty - I like both the crab and the pork variety. It's wonderful spending time with your kids in the kitchen - it's such a great way to make memories. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)