Wontons in Chili Oil

Wontons in Chili Oil

I love all types of wontons.  Usually, I have them in soup, but one of my favorite ways to eat them is with a spicy chili oil drizzled on top.  These make for a great appetizer.  They can also be served as an entree when made with a side of noodle and vegetables.  These wontons are made with pork and shrimp and when topped with a spicy chili oil, it is a whole new ballgame. You can try the spicy chili oil included in this recipe or make it simple by drizzling one of your favorite chili oils.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: appetizer, chili oil, chinese food, wontons
Servings: 4 people
Author: 510foodie



  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb shrimp (chopped)
  • 2 finely sliced green onions
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 package medium wonton wrappers

Chili Oil

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt


Hot Chili Oil (Optional if you want to use store bought)

  • On low heat, using a wooden spoon, stir together the chopped garlic, ginger, chili flakes, sesame seeds, and salt in a pan for a few minutes.
  • Pour the canola oil into the mixture and stir.
  • Let the oil heat for about fifteen minutes while stirring occasionally, allowing the oil to become infused with the herbs and spices.
  • Remove from heat to be used when needed.

Wonton mixture

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, shrimp, and green onions together thoroughly.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, and the cornstarch.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, and white pepper to the liquid and combine well.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.

Wrapping wontons

  • Place a heaping teaspoon of wonton mixture into the center of a wonton wrapper.
  • Dab some water onto the inside border of the wrapper
  • Fold one corner of the wrapper to the opposite side, forming a triangle
  • Dab the left corner of the wonton and bring the right corner on top of the wet side to form a nurse's cap.

Cooking the wontons

  • Fill 2 quarts of water in a pot and boil on high.
  • Add a tsp of salt to the pot.
  • Once the water gets to boiling point, drop your wontons into the pot. If you are cooking all your wontons, you might want to cook them in batches.
  • Allow the pot to return to a boil and then turn down to medium heat. Allow the wontons to continue to cook. They will float to the top when they are close to being ready. To ensure they are cooked thoroughly, cook for an additional 3 minutes after they float.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the wontons from the pot. You can reboil the same water and repeat the process to cook another batch.
  • Place 6 to 8 wontons onto a bowl and drizzle as much hot chili oil as you can handle on top.