This recipe for wonton soup uses a quick frozen wontons hack. Made in just 30 minutes, it’s teeming with juicy dumplings, bok choy, shiitakes & green onions.
If you love ordering a huge bowl of wonton soup when you hit your favorite Chinese restaurant, this recipe is for you. Using a frozen, store bought wontons trick, it comes together in just 30 minutes and is made all in one pot. Effortless and so tasty!
What is Wonton Soup?
Wonton Soup is probably already one of your go-to dishes when you order Chinese take out. If it’s not, get ready to fall in love. This soup is typically made with a light chicken-based broth and chock full of juicy dumplings and tender bok choy. For this recipe, we add some mushrooms because for more depth of flavor.
Frozen Wontons: I love using Trader Joe’s Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons. If you don’t have one in your area, pick any dumpling from the grocery store or specialty Asian market.
The Components of this Wonton Soup Recipe
Every wonton soup is a little different, but each will likely have the following central, ingredients:
- Greens – Green onion and bok choy are crucial musts that elevate any wonton soup worth eating. You could also add in spinach, cilantro, broccoli or any other greens you like.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic adds a welcome taste and fragrance to your wonton soup.
- Mushrooms – While not every wonton soup calls for mushrooms, I believe they add a wonderful depth and earthiness. Shiitakes are my go-to, but feel free to use any fungi you like.
- Broth – Chicken is preferred, but feel free to use veggie or even beef broth.
- Wontons – You can use store bought wontons if you’re in a pinch for time. If you’re feeling ambitions make our gyoza recipe or pelmeni from scratch and substitute them for wontons.
- Seasoning – Highly recommend adding a bit of low-sodium soy sauce and pure sesame oil to the broth. It adds so much flavor!
Preparing Wonton Soup with Frozen Dumplings
In just five simps steps, you’ll have a ready-to-eat, restaurant quality soup in just 30 minutes total time.
- Make the Broth: Combine water with chicken broth and pressed garlic. Bring to a boil.
- Toss in the Frozen Wontons: Next. add in wontons.
- Add in the Veggies: Slice the bok choy into smaller pieces and toss it in the soup pot. Next, add in the mushrooms.
- Simmer the Soup: Turn the heat up to medium high heat and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add in the Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil: Season the soup with soy sauce and sesame oil. Ladle up a bowl and enjoy!
3 Tips for the Tastiest Wonton Soup
A couple of handy tips will help you make the best, steaming bowl of wonton soup.
- Use low-sodium broth. Since you’ll add in soy sauce at the very end, you’ll want to use low-sodium chicken broth to ensure the soup doesn’t come out too salty.
- Wash the bok choy well. Bok choy is prone to having dirt stuck in between the leaves. Wash it thoroughly under cold water to make sure there’s no grime.
- Don’t overcook the wontons. Avoid overcooking the wontons, as they will turn super mushy. Once they float to the top, they’re ready to go!
The awesome part about wonton soup is that the flavor just gets better and better as the broth marinates in itself. Store your soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. To reheat, place your soup in saucepan over medium-heat and stir every now and again until warmed through.
Is wonton soup healthy?
Wonton soup is quite healthy. While the wonton wrappers do contain carbs, it’s pretty minimal and the soup is quite light with all the veggies.
What is usually inside a wonton?
There are so many different kinds of wonton fillings. Typical stuffings include ground pork, shrimp, vegetables, scallions, ginger, rice noodles, and so much more.
What’s the difference between wontons and dumplings?
There is no difference between wontons and dumplings – they are the same thing! Dumplings is just an overarching word that references all bite-sized morsels.
Can wonton soup be reheated?
Yes, wonton soup can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove top in a sauce pan. To do so, cook it over medium heat until warmed through.
Can wonton soup be frozen?
It’s not a good idea to put wonton soup in the freezer. The dumplings don’t thaw well and will turn to mush upon reheating. It’s best to eat this soup within a couple of days!
Other Soup Recipes
- Dumpling Soup – Herby, savory dumpling soup
- Minestrone Soup – Olive Garden copycat recipe
- Cabbage Soup – Slavic comfort food
- Beef and Barley Soup – Bone-in beef soup
- 32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 20 wontons
- 8 oz shiitake mushrooms
- 4 baby bok choy
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 stalks green onion
- Combine the water and chicken broth with fresh pressed garlic. Bring it to a boil.
- Add in the frozen wontons.
- Toss in the bok choy.
- Add in sliced shiitake mushrooms. Turn the heat to medium-high and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes or until the wontons float to the top.
- Add in the soy sauce and sesame oil. Remove from heat.
- Garnish with green onions and serve right away. Enjoy!
I made this recipe and it’s the first time trying wonton soup. I made pork pelmeni dumplings but didn’t have the bok choy. I tell you what, delicious!! It was soo flavorful and just delicious! Thank you for the recipe 😊
Hi Jennifer, I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a success! Thank you for sharing your feedback! Enjoy!
What is a serving size?
Hi Kayla, this recipe makes 8 servings. Our calculator doesn't come up with an exact serving size number. I hope this helps. Enjoy!
So delicious! Will definitely make this again! I was looking for soup with bok choy in it and your recipe came up. So quick and easy to make. Just what we wanted on a cold winter day. Thank you!!
Hi Linda, I am so thrilled that you loved this recipe and that it was a success! Thank you for your feedback. Enjoy!
Love the 'low sodium' options.. I've eaten WonTon soup that will shrink your tongue with the 2500mg of salt in there.. Messes with my stomach .. Thanks .. will try this ..
Hi Edward, I hope you love it. It's such a good one. 🙂
It's a pretty decent recipe. But I gotta admit , frozen wonton do not need no more than 5 mins to cook (trader Joe brand). Otherwise, I would have overcooked. Also, you only need a teaspoon of sesame oil unless it's a lite sesame oil. Overall, it's a good base recipe.
Hi Nashid, I appreciate your input! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.
Beautiful and tasty recipe as it was easy to make. I added in a box of mushroom broth versa water to enhance the mushrooms flavor, and a cup of shredded carrots. I used Braggs Coconut Amino liquid as a substitute for soy sauce.
Hi Malinda, I am delighted to hear that you loved this recipe! The added mushrooms and carrots sound so tasty! Thank you for sharing your feedback. Enjoy!
Hello I plan on making this recipe. Did you put a lid on your pot when simmering? Or, you left the pot open?
Hey Kimberly- I leave the pot open when simmering. Enjoy!
Can you freeze the leftovers
I wouldn't recommend it, Crystal! The wontons will turn mushy. This soup is best enjoyed fresh!
Do you have a recipe for making wonton? Or, are there ready made frozen wonton in the store?
Hi Allison- these are frozen, store bought wontons and this is what makes the soup come together so fast! I love the wonton options that Trader Joes has, but any brand of wonton will do!
Impossible to find won tons where i lit would be nice to have a recipe for homemade won tons.
Walmart carries wonton
Hi Sheran- The wontons I use in this recipe are specifically from Trader Joes, they have a few yummy options there! Otherwise most stores would carry them in the frozen section. Thanks for your feedback!
They also have them at Costco
32 oz broth and 2 cups water makes 8 servings? Doesn’t sound right.
You can definitely cut it down to four servings if you're serving it as an entree. Hope this helps!
Really light and satisfying. I will definitely make again. Only changes I made was I used portobello mushrooms and added freshly grated ginger and a little fish sauce.
Yay! That's great to hear, Laurie. I love those additions! I bet the fish sauce added such a nice depth of flavor. Happy New Year!
I made this soup the other day and LOVED it! I did not want to pay the high price for shiitake mushrooms so I used large criminal mushrooms instead and I added U15 shrimp. DELICIOUS!
Hi Roberta - Thank you for the kind words! So happy that you loved it. You can totally swap out the mushrooms and I don't blame you - shiitake can cost an arm and a leg! The shrimp addition is something I'll have to try...
Per the instructions it seems like all three bok choy, wontons, and mushrooms are to be added at the same time. My wontons rose to the top after 4 minutes of "simmering" on medium/high heat so the "15 minutes or until they rise" is misleading.Trader Joe's package says to add them in the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
Next time I would add the wontons after the bok choy and mushrooms had some time to simmer alone. My wontons ended up being really mushy.
Too much soy sauce/sesame oil as well. It completely overpowered and didn't have the gentle flavor that PF Chang's wonton soup has. Just my personal preference though.
I needed to add salt at the end so would opt for regularly salted chicken stock, especially if adding less soy sauce.
Hey Yuliya, thank you for all your feedback. I am sure it will help many people. If wontons are fully frozen they typically would take longer than a few minutes but if they do float to the top, you should go to the next step (which we did mention in the recipe). Soy sauce and sesame oil would be a preference thing because I personally add more to my bowl. Sorry, it didn't turn out the way you expected.
One of my favorite soups when I’m craving something light but delicous, thank you Natalya!
You're welcome! I hope you love this recipe!
The Trader Joe wontons are the BOMB! So good. My kids love them! And putting them in this delicious soup was genius! I mean, homemade wontons are good...but TJ's are super delicious, too! Soup tastes fantastic!
Ya those wontons make for the easiest dinner when you are in a rush. I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe.
What a great way to use wontons. Today is such a cold and dreary day that this would be perfect for dinner. Thanks!
Yes this soup is so comforting, perfect for fall and winter!
This soup was a huge hit with my family! Everyone had two bowls because it's delicious!
I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It really makes for the best family dinner.