Shrimp Wantons

Shrimp wantons, stacked high for your eating pleasures.
Shrimp wantons, stacked high for your eating pleasures. | Source

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Every time you add finger food to a main meal, you made it more fun. Just ask any kid. Or growup. Appetizers add another dimension to the otherwise predictable meal. You cannot quite place a finger on it but appetizers not only whet your appetite, it adds excitement and the “wow” factor, especially if you make them yourself. Your kids will love you. Your husband will be gushing compliments (or quietly proud) and if you’ve guests...they may think you’re quite the culinary fairy.

I’ve to confess I don’t always find time to provide an appetizer with my meal. But there are times when I feel an urge to make little savory treats to upgrade my meal. For instance, my daughter gets an A for Math and I feel like celebrating. It may sound frivolous but it's reason and incentive enough. Since time is often a factor, I’ve to make appetizers that are not too tedious, yet delicious. I always have packs of wanton wrappers in my freezer since these wraps have great versatility. I can turn them into savory treats or sweet deserts. Dream up a filling and viola, they are transformed into sophisticated morsels of delectable treats.

Recently, I experimented with wrapping whole shrimps with fresh herbs and I’ve say, they were surprisingly good and easy. Traditionally, the stuffing consists of minced or finely chopped ingredients to fit into the little wanton squares and that requires some time to prep. I decided to use whole shrimps (that way, I can skimp on chopping more than necessary) and then, I cheated some more—I use a variety of fresh herbs to kick up the flavor. Fresh herbs also mean you can skimp on sodium. As you can see, sometimes, less is more.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6 servings, 4 pieces to a serving
Mix herbs, salt, pepper with jumbo shrimps. Add cornstarch to hold ingredients together. Source: anglnw
Mix herbs, salt, pepper with jumbo shrimps. Add cornstarch to hold ingredients together. Source: anglnw | Source

Ingredients

  • 24 large shrimps, fresh or frozen
  • 24 wanton wrappers
  • 2 stalks green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 springs cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
  • A pinch of Kosher salt
  • A pinch of sugar, (optional)
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
Place shrimp in the middle of wanton wrapper.
Place shrimp in the middle of wanton wrapper. | Source
Bring each corner to the middle and fasten with glue.
Bring each corner to the middle and fasten with glue. | Source

Instructions

  1. Finely chop green onion, parsley and cilantro.
  2. Wash and pat dry shrimps and put them in a large bowl
  3. Add chopped herbs and season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add 1 tsp of cornstarch to gel all the ingredients together. Mix well.
  5. Mix 1 tsp of cornstarch with some water in a bowl to use as glue.
  6. Place one shrimp in the middle of the wanton wrapper
  7. Bring one corner of the wanton wrapper over the shrimp.
  8. Bring an adjacent corner over the first corner. Glue with cornstarch mix with water.
  9. Bring another corner in, add glue before turning in the last corner.
  10. You’ll end up with a square-shaped wanton, with the shrimp sitting snuggly inside. In the same way, wrap the rest of the shrimps.
Pan-fry them in about half an inch of oil until golden brown.
Pan-fry them in about half an inch of oil until golden brown. | Source
You can add chili oil or chili paste to make it spicy
You can add chili oil or chili paste to make it spicy | Source

Pan-fry Shrimp Wantons

Usually, they’re deep fried but I prefer to pan-fry them. I usually use about half an inch of oil to coat pan. That way I use less oil and by that reckoning, less waste and less fat calories.

  • Fry each side for about 3 minutes or until wanton is golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towel and enjoy with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

You can eat the shrimp wantons as they are—crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. To further augment the eating experience, dipping sauces are highly recommended. If you’re short on time, bottled sauce will do. I love sweet and tangy Thai chili sauce—it goes superbly with these crispy treats. Or ketchup with a dash of Tabasco sauce or horseradish.

If you’re ambitious, I’ve a vinegar soy sauce for you:

  • 1 tbs of soya sauce
  • 1 tsp of rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs of water
  • Minced ginger (optional)
  • A dash of sesame oil or chili oil if you like it spicy.
  • Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl.


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4.9 stars from 7 ratings of Shrimp Wantons
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 wantons per serving
Calories 270
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 25 g50%
Cholesterol 170 mg57%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Are there any health benefits to eating Shrimp?

Shrimp may not carry as much health buzz as fish and is often maligned for its high cholesterol level but let’s look at it closely. The high cholesterol claim is debatable as some studies indicate that the cholesterol found in shrimp actually raise the good cholesterol (HDL), which is health-friendly but then, other studies indicate otherwise. Truth is nothing eaten to excess is a good thing. With that in mind, shrimp offers a number of health benefits, enough to not scrimp away:

  • It is low in fat and calories, making it a viable meat source.
  • Excellent source of amino acid tryptophan (famously blamed for inducing sleep after the Thanksgiving turkey meal), a vital mineral in maintaining sleep pattern and stabilizing mood.
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids. According to Mayo clinic, research has linked omega-3 fatty acids to reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases. It also lowers triglycerides and keeps plagues from depositing in blood vessels.
  • About 4 ounces of shrimp contain 28 percent of vitamin B12, helpful in protecting blood vessels from damage and reducing risks of strokes.
  • Selenium, a trace mineral that packs a punch—it enhances immunity, regulates thyroid function and according to National Institute of Health, it also protect against cellular damage from free radicals

Nutritional Profile of Wanton Wrapper:

One 3 and a half inch square wrapper has 23 calories and 0.1g of total fat. Some brands have no fat calories. It also has 46 mg of sodium and 4.6g of carbohydrates.

You can make your own but I usually buy them from the store and keep it in the freezer until I'm ready to use. Give it about an hour of thaw time.

What are Wanton Wrappers?


Wanton, wantan, wutun or wonton—they are all name variations of paper-thin wrappers made from flour, water, salt and egg. The thicker and steady cousin is used for making dumplings. The Chinese first invented these, judging by the name—wanton is known as “hundun” in the northern Chinese usage, meaning,” irregularly shaped pasta,” or in a more poetic form as “yuntun,” meaning “swallowing clouds.” That is not too far-fetched in terms of visual illustration as stuffed wantons can sometimes look like crimped clouds or pillows.

You can take these wrappers and stuff any fillings you fancy. Usual suspects include minced pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, chopped cabbage, ginger, green onion, onion, water chestnuts, and chives. Change the fillings into something sweet (sweet bean paste, fruit preserves, chopped nuts) and they become desserts. To seal the edges together, so all the deliciousness doesn’t ooze out during cooking, you can simply use water to wet surfaces before pressing the edges together or you can use a combination of cornstarch and water (pulls great gluing power). Because wanton wrapper is malleable, you can also play with creating interesting shapes. So, go beyond triangles, rectangles and squares.

How Many Ways Can You Use Wanton Wrappers?

The cooking genius of mankind saw to it that wanton wrappers are put to good use…not a one-trick ingredient, that’s for sure. Different cultures have also put their spin on them and so if ravioli looks suspiciously like dumplings and dumplings looks suspiciously like Jewish Kreplach, well… it’s all good. Here are some examples of how wanton wrappers can be used:

  • Steamed them and they became dumplings or jiaozi. Since they look like gold ingots, jiaozi is very auspicious and are often eaten during Chinese New Year in the hopes of getting rich. If only getting rich is just a matter of eating a bowl of dumplings—I’ll be very rich by now.
  • Deep fry them and they make fried wantons, the kind that it’s commonly served in Asian restaurants. The filling varies from ground meat to cream cheese to vegetables.
  • If you fry them on one side and then add water to steam the upper side, they became gyoza, the Japanese spin. Quite like 2-in-1—very ingenious.
  • Lightly pan-fry them and they become potstickers.
  • Stuff them until the burst out of the edges and they became “siew mai” (aka Shaomai/Shumai—depending on dialect used)—a favorite appetizer in Asia. Steal them of the push carts that come around in dim sum restaurants for a small price or make them yourself. Or buy them from frozen food section of Asian markets. Even Costco carries them.
  • Scrunch them up until they resemble shriveled prunes and toss them into soups for a light treat. It is simply called wanton soup.
  • They can also be turned into shells, quite like taco shells to hold any number of delicious fillings. Just brush both sides of wanton wrapper with oil and bake in muffin cups at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. These dainty receptacles are ready to hold anything your palate desires.
  • Cut them into strips and baked until crunchy. Makes good salad toppings or use as chips.

As you can see, the wanton wrapper is quite a multi-tasker. They may come in a package but you can't "box" them in when it comes to culiary creations. Below are some examples of what I've done with them:

Turn wanton wrapper into dainty baskets.

I filled mine with fresh corn, celery, sweet onion, topped with shrimp
I filled mine with fresh corn, celery, sweet onion, topped with shrimp | Source

Potsticker

When you marry crunch with tenderness, you get the best of both worlds
When you marry crunch with tenderness, you get the best of both worlds | Source

Wanton Soup

Boil some clear broth to a boil. Add vegetables and wantons. Once it boils, the very light meal is ready.
Boil some clear broth to a boil. Add vegetables and wantons. Once it boils, the very light meal is ready. | Source

Watch my shrimp wanton video.

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Comments 39 comments

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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

this is a wonderful hub! I am a shrimp fanatic and on behalf my fellow fanatics, I thank you for this recipe


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

What an impressive Hub, complete with an outstanding video and plenty of information. This is a different way of folding wrappers that I could try. I would also like all of these dishes as part of my dinner. Tonight!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love Oriental food and these photos really do it! Great job. I hope to try these. Gotta bookmark. Sharing!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Oh my, I now need to go get some of these myself. I learned much from reading your recipe and hub, such as why they are called wantons. Thanks for sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I wish found this before I went to the grocery store today! Oh well, back to the store tomorrow. I love shrimp! This is going to be a wonderful addition to my recipes. I plan on trying these this week. Voted up and yummy! Maybe that is up and useful. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I would like to share this on my recipe blog, would you mind? I always credit you and link back to this hub. Please, let me know. I think this would be a wonderful addition! Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Skeety, shrimp fanatic--yes, I'm glad you find this hub useful. My husband is a shrimp fanatic too. Thanks for your kind comments.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Haha, Arlene, me too. I would eat them any day, especially the wanton soup. Thanks again for your kind comments and I always love it when you stopped by.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

rebecca, good to see you here. Thanks for your kind comments and enjoy making them.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

teaches, thanks for stopping by to comment. I'm glad you find it useful.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

sgbrown, thanks for your kind comments. Totally appreciate that. Yes, and yes, please share on your recipe blog. Thank you so much for your support and you have a nice day too.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

These look really good. I love wantons and wanton soup. I will keep this recipe in my list. Voted Up ...


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh, those look interesting! You did a wonderful job of laying out all the steps, and a video as well; a very well done video, too I might add.

This is getting bookmarked and voted up across and shared!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Beautiful hub! This looks so good! I will share!


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Vote up, useful and shared!

Cool! So coool! I'd like to make my own shrimp wanton and wanton shrimp too. Yay! I can also use pork for this recipe, right? :)


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God is dead 4 years ago

This looks really good. I love wantons and wanton soup


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Excellent hub! Looks so easy and so tasty. Congrats on a hub that has been so well written, with lots of detail and photos. voting up and will share!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Wow, your shrimp wontons look so yummy I wanna eat dozens of them! Also, thanks for your wonton wrapper tips and lovely video :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

What a beautiful hub and professional video! You've sold me on wanton wrappers. I'll get some this week and use them more efficiently. Thank you for a great, well-presented recipe.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This recipe looks absolutely delicious and even though it is 9:15 AM I could eat o9ne right now. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks.


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Treasuresofheaven 4 years ago from Michigan

I want to grab the shrimp wanton right off the page it looks so delicious. You did a fabulous job with this hub and excellent video. I will be trying to recipe very soon. Thanks for a great hub. Vote Up, Useful and Awesome!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, moonlake, you're so sweet.

DzyMsLizzy, thanks for your kind words. Thanks for sharing and I totally appreciate your comments.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Angela, good to see you again. Thanks for sharing.

beingwell, thanks for reading and sharing. Yes, you can totally use pork. The beauty of wantons is you can stuff practically anything you wish. I've even tried pieces of curried salmon.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, God, I love them too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Suzie, thanks for positive comments. Glad you like it and have a great day.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Anglnwu! I read that you come from a family of restaurant owners. Well, if you open one yourself, I am coming! Your shrimp wanton recipe looks delicious! The instructions and videos are fabulous!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Om, appreciate your kind comments. Always lovely to see you.

vespawoolf, you're such a good cook. I can't wait to see what you do with wanton wrappers. Thanks for your vote of confidence--always put a smile on my face.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a great hub, anginwu! It's an enjoyable and informative read with a clearly written recipe including great photos. Your video was delightful and helpful. Good job, and thanks!


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

I love getting wantons when I go to a restaurant to eat, it never crossed my mind I could make them myself - will be bookmarking this and trying out your recipe, your photos make them look delicious :)


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Pamela, anytime is wanton time. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Treasures, I feel like doing that sometimes, when I see delicious foods on the screen. Thanks for generous kind comments and for rating it up.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Dexter, Dexter, I can tell you're good with trivia. You even noted that fact. Too bad, I've seen how much work goes into restaurant business, so not going down that route but anytime, you're in town, feel free--will be happy to make you some. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Rtalloni, glad you like the hub. Coming from you makes me happy. Enjoy your day.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Redberry, thanks for reading and commenting. They're not too difficult to make. Enjoy your wanton-making adventure.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hin anginwu, I love finding new recipes on hubpages and this is another new one for me! It looks delicious and I am looking forward to trying it.

I so enjoyed reading this and great photos too!

voting up


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Hmm... I love the wonton with whole shrimp and herbs. Had something similar when I go for excellent dimsum place. Simply delicious !

And I like the list of ideas on how to use the wonton skin. Very useful tips indeed, since I often bought a big packet of them. Voted up!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Movie Master, glad this is helpful. Thanks for your kind words and I always apprecite when you drop by to comment.

Ingenira, glad to see you here. Wanton wrappers are just so versatile. Thanks for reading and voting it up.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...wow...wow. I love shrimp and I really enjoy your recipe. It sound delicious and yummy. You make me hungry just looking at the pictures. Thanks for writing. I also share this hub with my mom. Voted up. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Prasetio, so good to see you here. Thanks for your positive comments and vote up. Enjoy your weekend too.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Yummy-these look delicious and not difficult to make at all. Thanks for sharing. I'll be looking for those 'frozen' wonton wrappers on my next grocery trip. It'll be a nice variation to plain, ole 'shrimp cocktail' ! Rated up and yummy...oops, they haven't included that one yet. Rated up and awesome! Rated 5 stars.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Yes, Denise, good idea on using this like shrimp cocktail. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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cheetah786 4 years ago

yummy.. i will try this recipe in the coming weekend


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

cheetah, nice to hear that. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for your comments.

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