How to Fold Wontons

Apr 26 2016

In order to fold a wonton you need to have your filling ready and a supply of water nearby to use to moisten the edges of the wonton. Since my children enjoy helping me fill wontons there are two methods of folding wontons that we use in our home. One is easy enough for my youngest children to do on their own. The other is more advanced and can be a challenge for my older children. Both methods of folding wontons will result in a product that resembles a nurse’s cap.

Easy method for folding wontons:

1. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of a wonton wrapper.
2. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with your fingertips that you have dipped in water.
3. Fold the wonton in half diagonally to make a triangle.
4. Press along the edges to seal the filling inside the wonton and to remove any air bubbles.
5. With the flat edge of the wonton facing you, moisten the bottom edge of the wonton.
6. Fold the two points inwards so that they overlap.

Advanced method for folding wontons:

1. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of the wonton wrapper.
2. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with your fingertips that you have dipped in water.
3. Fold the wonton in half lengthwise to make a rectangle.
4. Press along the edges to seal the filling inside the wonton and to remove any air bubbles.
5. Make sure that the filling remains in the center of the wonton.
6. Fold the wonton wrapper over one more time making a narrower rectangle.
7. With the long edge of the wonton facing you, fold the ends upwards and moisten the edges.
8. Overlap the two ends and press together to seal.

Wontons can be cooked in a variety of ways with a variety of fillings. They can be steamed, fried, and poached. My favorite uses for wontons are for Crab Rangoon.

Crab Rangoon

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese
12 ounces fresh crabmeat
1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts
3 minced scallions
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Wonton wrappers
Cooking oil

Directions:

1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients except the wonton wrappers and cooking oil.
2. Choose your preferred method of folding wontons and fill and fold the wrappers.
3. In a large, heavy pot heat 2 inches of cooking oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Cook 6 to 8 Crab Rangoons at a time. It should take about three minutes for these to cook and they should be turned at least twice while cooking to ensure that they cook evenly.
5. Using a slotted spoon remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
6. Repeat until all are cooked.

Enjoy!

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