These wontons are packed with a seasoned ground pork mixture and fried until crispy and golden brown. You’ll love this easy and delicious appetizer!

Fried Wontons with dipping sauce.

Are you looking for something lighter? Try this wonton soup for a refreshing broth and loads of veggies.

What Are Wontons?

Wontons are Chinese dumplings made with a thin wrapper and a meat or vegetable filling. They usually have a bonnet-like shape, unlike egg rolls which are shaped more like tubes. Wontons are either boiled and served in soup or deep-fried and served as an appetizer. These delicacies vary from region to region in China, but they’re always guaranteed to be mouthwatering.

How To Make Fried Wontons

This recipe for fried wontons is unbelievably simple, with only 30 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of cook time. Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a ton of fun and flavor!

  • Make the filling: Mix the filling ingredients together until well combined.
  • Fill the wrappers: Place a wonton wrapper on a cutting board and add one teaspoon of the filling to the center. Trace two adjacent edges of the wrapper with a bit of water.
  • Seal the wrappers: Seal the edges of the wrappers by folding up one half of the wonton wrapper to form a triangle shape, pull the ends together. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers.
  • Fry the wontons: Heat a large pot with oil to 375°F and fry the wontons in batches. Once fried, drain the extra oil by placing them on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all the wontons are fried.
  • Serve the wontons: Serve the wontons hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Hot tip: Not a fan of pork? Use ground chicken or turkey instead!

Tips For the Crispiest Fried Wontons

Do you want to enjoy restaurant-style wontons from the comfort of your own home? Follow these tips to ensure your wontons turn out perfectly crispy outside and juicy inside.

  • Keep the wrappers covered. To prevent the wrappers from drying out, shape one wonton at a time and cover the remaining wrappers in the package with a damp paper towel.
  • Seal the wontons tightly. Savor every bite of the delicious filling by sealing the wonton wrappers carefully. Keep a small bowl of water by your workstation to wet the edges of the wrapper — this is what helps the edges stick and stay together.
  • Choose your desired shape. Shape the wontons into simple triangles by folding one edge over and pinching the sides together. Take it up a notch by folding two corners down and overlapping them into a bonnet shape, or wrap the corners around the wonton to resemble an envelope.
  • Use a thermometer to check the oil’s temperature. A digital thermometer like this one is a must-have for deep-frying. Make sure the oil stays around 375°F to cook the filling and crisp up the wrapper perfectly.
  • Avoid overcrowding the pot. Fry 6-8 wontons at a time (depending on the size of the pot) to allow for even cooking. If you add too many wontons at once, the oil temperature drops too low, resulting in greasy wontons.
  • Drain the excess oil. Are you wondering why your wontons are soggy? Excess oil may be the culprit. After frying, drain the wontons on paper towels or a wire rack to guarantee a crispy exterior.
Fried Wontons on a serving tray with sauce.

Freezing & Defrosting Guide

Wontons are an incredible dish to prepare in bulk and freeze. After filling and shaping, place the assembled uncooked wontons on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and freeze for up to three months.

Defrost the wontons by lining them on a baking sheet to avoid sticking. Place them in the fridge overnight, then all that’s left to do is fry and enjoy!

Ways To Serve

Serve these crispy fried wontons hot with your favorite dipping sauce, like this gyoza dipping sauce or sweet chili sauce. Are you still hungry? Dive into a plate of chicken stir fry, or lighten it up with a ramen noodle salad and beef lettuce wraps. Add more veggies to the table with air fryer broccoli, pickled mushrooms, or an Asian cucumber salad.

Storage & Reheating

Nothing beats freshly fried wontons, but these packages of tastiness make great leftovers. With these guidelines, you’ll be delighting in homemade wontons again soon!

  • Storing: Store leftover fried wontons for up to two days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Reheating: Crisp up leftover fried wontons on the stovetop in an oiled pan. Fry over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until sizzling. Or, reheat them in the air fryer at 350°F for 5-10 minutes. For an even quicker method, use the microwave — but keep in mind that the wontons won’t be as crispy.

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.