Chili Oil Wontons is an easy and delicious dish consisting of cooked wonton dumplings enrobed in aromatic and spicy chili oil. A quick appetizer or anytime snack!
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What are wontons?
They are typically served in hot broth or soup (with or without thin egg noodles), or deep-fried.
Are wontons the same as Chinese dumplings?
Wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling, made with a thin, delicate square dough wrapper, also known as wonton skin.
The wonton skin dough wrapper consists of flour, egg, water, salt and lye water, which gives it its signature chewy texture. Cornstarch is usually dusted in between each wrapper to prevent it from sticking.
Chinese dumplings 餃子 (jiao zi) are made with a circular, round dough wrapper that is slightly thicker.
When wontons are boiled, the skin becomes very smooth and silky, with wrinkles.
What type of filling is used in wontons?
Ground pork and shrimp is the most common wonton filling, however there are many variations using other proteins and vegetables.
Why you'll love this recipe
This recipe for Chili Oil Wontons is:
Super easy to make: boil the wonton dumplings, and drizzle with your favorite chili oil -- it's that easy!
Delicious: it's a simple recipe that spice lovers will love!
Versatile: make the wontons and add them to a soup, or add the chili oil to dumplings.
Enjoyable anytime: eat it as a snack, appetizer, or pair with scallion oil noodles for a light meal.
Ingredients you'll need
- homemade wontons: or you can use frozen store-bought wontons; or you can use Chinese dumplings
- chili oil: you can use homemade or store-bought; use one that you enjoy; I like to use one with Sichuan peppercorns, one of the predominant ingredients in mala spice
- green onions: chopped
- cilantro: chopped
- sesame seeds
You can find these ingredients at your local supermarket or Asian grocery stores.
How to make
Bring a pot of water up to a boil.
Add wontons to the water and cook until they float to the surface, about 4-5 minutes (if cooking from fresh), or 6-8 minutes (if cooking from frozen).
Remove wontons with a slotted spoon into a bowl.
Drizzle chili oil over the the cooked wontons while warm.
Add chopped green onions and cilantro, and sesame seeds if desired.
Mix well and serve immediately.
How to serve
Serve the chili oil wontons while still hot.
Serve the chili wontons in noodle soup for a spicy version of wonton noodle soup.
How to store & reheat
You can store cooked Chili Oil Wontons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat chili oil-covered wontons in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, until warmed through.
Expert tips & substitutions
You can change it up and use Chinese pork dumplings to make chili oil dumplings instead.
Feel free to double or triple the recipe to make more servings.
If you can't tolerate too much spice or heat, use less chili oil. Temper the heat with a little sesame oil in its place.
For more tangy flavor, add a touch of Chinese black vinegar (chinkiang vinegar).
Add garlic chips if you like a little additional crunch.
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Chili Oil Wontons
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Flavored chili oil variation:
- 2 tablespoon chili oil or to taste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or to taste
- 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar or rice vinegar
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- ½ tsp granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- sesame seeds
- Bring a pot of water up to a boil.
- Add wontons to the water and cook until they float to the surface, about 4-5 minutes (if cooking from fresh), or 6-8 minutes (if cooking from frozen).
- Remove wontons with a slotted spoon into a bowl.
- Drizzle chili oil over the the cooked wontons while warm.
- Add chopped green onions and cilantro, if desired.
- Mix well and serve immediately.
Flavored chili oil variation:
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and drizzle over the cooked wonton dumplings.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.