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Video:Shrimp Wontons

with Rachel Edelman

Whether you boil or fry them, shrimp wontons hit the spot every time. Learn how to whip up this delicious dish at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Shrimp Wontons

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make your own shrimp wontons.

Shrimp Wonton Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • cornstarch (for dusting baking sheet)
  • 1 8-ounce package wonton wrappers, (use 2/3 package; thaw if frozen)
Unwrap the wontons and keep them covered with a moist cloth so they don't dry out.

Shrimp Wonton Dipping Sauce Ingredients

You will also need:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • water

Prepare the Shrimp Filling

Pour the shrimp into a food processor, and pulse shrimp until they're finely chopped.

Then transfer the cut shrimp into a large bowl, and mix in the egg white, cilantro, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Peel some ginger, and grate about 1/2 teaspoon into the mixture. Mix everything together.

Fill the Wontons

Lightly dust a baking sheet with cornstarch. Take one wonton from the plate, and put it on the baking sheet.

Fill wontons one at a time. Place 1 teaspoon of shrimp filling on one side of wonton wrapper. Moisten the edges with water.

Fold the Shrimp Wontons

Fold the wrapper diagonally over filling to form a triangle. Firmly press to seal the sides.

You can make a different shape for the wonton. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the wrapper. Pick up all the sides, and squeeze it to seal. You can even twist it a little, so it looks like a money bag or a purse.

Boil the Shrimp Wontons

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the wontons, about six at a time. The wontons are done when they rise to the surface. This may only take three minutes.

Remove them with a slotted spoon or a strainer. Place on a tray in a single layer, cover and keep warm. Cook remaining wontons.

Prepare the Shrimp Wonton Sauce

In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, sugar, and chili flakes.

Fry the Shrimp Wontons

Instead of boiling, you can deep-fry the wontons. Heat oil in a pan to about 360 degrees. Add the wontons in small batches.

Fry them, turn them occasionally, and after about two minutes on each side, they'll be golden brown.

Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve the wontons warm or at room temperature with the dipping sauce.

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