You'll love these mouthwatering crispy fried beef wontons! They're packed with a tasty blend of ground beef, fragrant herbs, and seasoning wrapped in crispy wonton wrappers. Plus, they're a breeze to make!
- What are Beef Wontons
- Why You'll Love Beef Wontons
- Ingredients for Making Beef Wonton Recipe
- How to Make Ground Beef Wontons
- How to Wrap a Wonton
- Cooking Tips for the Perfect Beef Wontons
- Beef Wontons Serving Tips
- Variations & Substitutes
- Vegetarian Wontons Version
- Helpful Kitchen Tools for This Recipe
- Other Thai Recipes You May Like
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Beef Wontons (Crispy Fried)
- More Thai Appetizers
What are Beef Wontons
Beef Wontons are a popular dish in Asian cuisine, especially Chinese and Thai cooking. They consist of a filling made from ground beef, seasoned with a blend of spices and herbs, enclosed in a thin dough wrapper, and then cooked by boiling, frying, or steaming.
Why You'll Love Beef Wontons
- Wontons are a great appetizer and perfect starters before the main meal.
- These homemade wontons are excellent finger foods for game days, BBQs, and family gatherings.
- Beef Wontons are versatile and can be enjoyed as appetizers, with dipping sauce, or added to soups and stews for a hearty meal.
- The combination of seasoned ground beef, aromatic herbs, and seasonings creates flavor in every bite.
- Beef Wontons are easy to make using simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques.
- Make wrapping these wontons a fun family event, creating fond childhood memories, especially around the Lunar New Year.
Ingredients for Making Beef Wonton Recipe
What's great about this recipe is that you can easily find most ingredients at your local grocery store. Plus, this recipe is quite forgiving if you need to make any substitutions.
You'll find the precise measurements and nutrient information at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
- Ground Beef. This is the protein base for the filling, adding richness and flavor. Use beef that has a little bit of higher fat content. Lean beef tends to be too dry.
- Wonton Wrappers. Use the square-shaped wonton skins that are 3.5x3.5 inches. They are Thin sheets of dough made of wheat flour, water, and eggs.
- Green Onions (spring onions). Add a fresh, aromatic flavor to the filling.
- Light Soy Sauce. Provides a savory umami flavor and a hint of saltiness. Thai light soy sauce can be found at Asian grocery stores.
- Oyster sauce. The queen of umami sauce. Don't skip it. I used a gluten-free version found at my Asian store. Look for the Healthy Boy brand.
- Ginger. Provides a warm and spicy flavor to the filling.
- Salt and white pepper. Black pepper will work fine as a substitute, but white pepper has more fragrant flavors.
- Sugar. It helps round out the saltiness a bit.
- Fresh cilantro stems. This is where the aromatic flavors come from!
- Garlic. Adds aromatic flavor to the filling.
- Tapioca flour. It helps bind all the ingredients together.
- Egg. Adds a layer of creaminess and also moistens the filling.
How to Make Ground Beef Wontons
1. Make the aromatic paste. Combine garlic, white pepper, and cilantro in a small mortar and pestle. Pound into a rough paste.
2. Prepare the Filling. In a large bowl, combine the main ingredients for the filling. These are ground beef, chopped green onions, light soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
3. Assemble the Wontons. Please see the section below with step by step photos on how to fold wontons.
4. Cook the Wontons. Heat oil on high or medium-high heat. Wait until the oil is hot, then carefully drop in the wrapped wontons. Don't overcrowd the pan. Fry them for less than a few minutes or until golden brown.
5. Let cool slightly. Remove them to a paper towel-lined plate and work on the next batch until the remaining wontons are cooked.
Serve and Enjoy. Once cooked, serve the beef wontons hot with your favorite dipping sauce, or add them to soups and stews for added flavor and texture.
How to Wrap a Wonton
1. Prepare your work surface. Have your wonton skins, filling, a spoon, and a small bowl of water nearby. Place a tablespoon of wonton filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper.
3. Put a dab of water on each side of each wrapper. Fold the corners together to create a triangle. Press all air pockets out. If you like this shape, you can be done here or keep going for a boat shape.
4. Fold the top edges of the wontons to overlap each other to create a small opening. Add a bit of water to help hold the corners together.
5. Place the wrapped wontons in a single layer where they are not stacking on each other, or the wrappers will stick together. That's it!
Cooking Tips for the Perfect Beef Wontons
- If you don't have a mortar and pestle, chop the paste ingredients into fine pieces.
- Play around with different shapes of the wontons. Make a boat shape, a triangle, a purse, and flowers; options are endless on the internet!
- The wonton wrappers are sealed tightly to prevent the filling from leaking during cooking.
- Experiment with different dipping sauces to find your favorite flavor combination.
Beef Wontons Serving Tips
- Add cooked beef wontons to soups or noodle dishes for a satisfying meal like this delicious Thai wonton soup.
- They are excellent in Ba Mee Moo Dang.
- Serve beef wontons as an appetizer with a dipping sauce.
- Serve your wontons with sweet chili sauce or soy sauce-based dipping sauce.
- Store your uncooked beef wontons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days to keep your uncooked beef wontons fresh. For longer storage, freeze them.
- When you're ready to cook your frozen wontons, let them thaw at room temperature for 2 hours. Then, fry them in hot oil, as mentioned in the steps above.
For cooked wontons. Try to eat them all. Leftovers are not recommended. (; Enjoy!
Variations & Substitutes
- Substitute ground chicken or pork for the ground beef for a different flavor profile. Or use a mix of meat to add more flavors.
- Add additional vegetables, such as shredded carrots or cabbage, to the filling for extra texture and flavor.
Vegetarian Wontons Version
These are excellent ingredients for a vegetarian version or if you want to play around using different ingredients.
Mix and match to create custom vegetable mixtures. Use water chestnuts, napa cabbage, Shredded carrots, and Mushrooms.
Try using Sichuan peppercorns for the extra tingling spicy flavor. Add sesame oil for a nutty taste.
Helpful Kitchen Tools for This Recipe
- Large Mixing Bowl. For combining the beef filling ingredients.
- Slotted Spoon. For scooping out cooked wontons from hot oil.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Wontons traditionally contain ground pork or shrimp as the main meat filling.
Yes, you can. Place wrap wontons on a steamer and steam for 6-8 minutes.
You certainly can. Spay wrapped wontons with a light coat of cooking oil and air fry at 350 for 4-5 minutes. Air fryer wontons won't be as crispy or tasty, but it's a great healthy option.
Wontons can be made with either beef, pork, shrimp, or a combination of meats, depending on personal preference and regional variations.
You can. They will be called cream cheese wontons instead of beef wontons. It's another delicious version of the wontons, too!
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