The Top 9 Chinese Recipes With Wonton Wrappers

The food is surprisingly versatile

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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 the wrappers.

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

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    Wonton soup
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    In the Chinese language of Cantonese, the name "wonton" means swallowing a cloud. That's because in soups, the wonton, a small dumpling, looks like it is floating just as clouds do in the sky. Wontons, however, are much more filling than water vapor.

    They are known for their savory taste and usually made of minced pork. Don't let their small size deceive you into thinking they're not a hearty food. 

    If you're congested but feeling weak due to a cold or the flu, try wonton...MORE soup to relieve your stuffiness and fill you up with the nutrients needed to restore your health.

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    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 it is a decadent treat if you're looking for some comfort food or a dish that will be a hit at parties.

     

  • 03 of 08
    Gung Haggis Fat Choy Taste Test - Won Tons
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    Chinese vegetables add flavor to this easy recipe for wonton wrappers filled with ground pork and seasonings, then deep-fried.

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    This version of fried wonton is seasoned with oyster sauce and has a pork and shrimp filling. It is a better option than the recipe above if you don’t live near a Chinese or Asian market and can't get all of the specialty ingredients needed.

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  • 05 of 08

    If you're on a diet or making lifestyle changes because of health concerns, fried wontons likely aren't for you. You can enjoy baked wontons, however.

    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. Enjoy!

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    These plump dumplings are filled with shrimp 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 cut into circles.

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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.

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    Finally, 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.