Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fried Shrimp Wontons

Fried Shrimp Wontons

Back when I was living at my "old place" I was looking to clean my fridge and freezer in the weeks before I was moving. One of the last recipes I made were these wontons. For some reason, I always get the inkling to make wontons when I am super starving. That is so not a good idea. In fact, I can't even tell you exactly how many wontons I made because I was eating them as I went along. Although they take some time to fill, they are totally easy to make because you can use pre-made wonton wrappers (unlike the potstickers I made a while back). Unsurprisingly, these wontons came from the same source as the potstickers. Not only does Jen have amazing photography, but the step by step pictures always lure me in. Once again, I am hoping to start including more step by step photos in my posts, but that will certainly take some time. Anyway, these wontons are so delicious and restaurant quality. Maybe even better because you know exactly what is going in them. Believe it or not, all these ingredients were things I already had on hand so it didn't require a last minute trip to one of the two stores I used to live next two (man, I miss those stores already!). These would definitely be fun to make with a group of people so the next time you are having a party, put these wontons on the menu!

Fried Shrimp Wontons

Make sure you squeeze out all of the air when pressing the wontons together, otherwise you will end up with large air pockets.

Fried Shrimp Wontons

Fried Shrimp Wontons
(Lightly Adapted from Use Real Butter)

Makes 20-25 wontons

For the wontons:
8 ounces shrimp, peeled, deveined, coarsely chopped
2 green onions, washed, trimmed, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 cup water chestnuts, small dice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1-2 dashes red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
20-25 wonton wrappers
Water for sealing wrappers
Canola oil for deep-frying

For the dipping sauce:
1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
Pinch sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2-3 drops chili oil

Mix the shrimp, green onions, ginger, and water chestnuts in a bowl. Season with salt, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix well.

Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of a wonton wrapper and wet the edges on one half of the wonton with the water. Fold the wrapper in half on the diagonal and press the edges together, pushing out any air pockets in the wonton. Dab one of the bottom corners with more water and fold the wings in front of the wonton so that they cross at the corners. Press together.

When all wontons are folded, heat oil in a deep medium saucepan to 350 degrees. Fry 5-6 wontons at a time until they are golden brown. Remove and set on a plate lined with paper towels. To make dipping sauce, combine all ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve hot wontons with dipping sauce.

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Lisa said...

Jen's recipe IS amazing, but to deep fry those beautiful wontons takes them up another level..or shall I say artery? lol All kidding aside, my mouth is watering, and would give anything for a plate of those right now. They're absolute perfection!

Erica said...

Another amazing home version of takeout! I love wontons- whole foods has some excellent ones...I've never given a try to making them myself!

vanillasugarblog said...

you always make me so hungry...these and that sauce are killing me now. I just came back from the gym and am I starving.

Reeni said...

These have to be one of my favorite things in the world! Yours look positively perfect!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

This is so amazing. They look like the perfect appetizer. :)

Sara said...

I love wontons, I just don't have the patience to make them. Kind of like making cookies for me, so time consuming. Those look great though, I will keep these bookmarked for the time when I get the urge to make something like this.

daxphillips said...

Love the fried wontons! These are also really good with ground pork, or crabmeat and cream cheese. Pictures are really nice. Good work.

Faith said...

These look gorgeous and so yummy!

Diana said...

These would not be safe around my mouth. I think I might have to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Not too shabby for a clear out the freezer recipe!

Simones Kitchen said...

Ever since I made the potstickers for the daring cooks, I've been meaning to try a fried version and yours look totally delicious!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

A BIG YUM to these tasty treats. Actually, these sound like it would be great for one or two. Thank you Esi.abitul

Thistlemoon said...

These really do look perfect, Esi! I think your photo is pretty amazing!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, these look amazing and completely addicting! Yum!

Maria said...

Wow those look good!