You’re a fan of Asian takeout, but you’re trying to only eat quality ingredients, right? Skip the pricy restaurant takeout and make these budget-friendly Fried Pork Wontons at home. These Chinese Dumplings are great as an appetizer or to compliment your stir fry.
I am hands-down a craving girl! You know the feeling; you get an intense desire for a certain food that just will not go away until you satisfy that caving. Well that is me all day long. Luckily these Pan-Fried Pork Wontons are easy to make when the urge for a savory snack hits. The filling in this recipe is pretty classic – ground pork, cabbage, scallions, soy sauce, etc. – but you can make them with literally any kind of protein and vegetables you have on hand.
This secret shortcut for Chinese Dumplings saves time!
The biggest difference is I use meat that has already been cooked. This makes this appetizer a great way to repurpose leftovers! I recommend you finely grind the filling together in your food processor for the best texture. If chopping by hand, just be sure to mince everything really tiny so it fits in the dough wrappers.
Are any of us really looking to complicate dinner more than it needs to be? Of course not, which is why I use store-bought wonton wrappers to make these delicious Chinese dumplings. There is a difference between wontons, potstickers, and gyoza – but at the end of the day, they are all varieties of Asian-cuisine dumplings. These Pan-Fried Pork Wontons are MY TAKE, which is totally Americanized and taste absolutely amazing!
Can I let you in on another budget-friendly secret?
Another shortcut I use to make this recipe super easy and economical is store-bought coleslaw mix from the produce department! You get shredded cabbage and carrots without the hassle of grating them yourself. A total time-saver when those cravings hit. If you want to flex your culinary muscles though, my Homemade Teriyaki Glaze makes a winning dipping sauce!
- 2 cups cooked ground pork
- 1 cup coleslaw mix
- 1/2 cup grated carrots
- 2 scallions, green and white parts roughly chopped + more for garnish if desired
- 1 tsp freshly-minced garlic
- 1 tsp freshly-grated ginger
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1-2 tbsp water
- 1 12-oz package wonton wraps
- Extra virgin olive oil for frying
- Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- Add cooked pork, coleslaw, carrots, scallions, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce to a food processor.
- Pulse to finely chop. Add 1-2 tablespoons water until mix forms a course paste.
- Place 1 teaspoon filling in the middle of a wonton wrap. Use your finger to brush water around edges of wrap. Fold wrap over filling, forming a triangle. Press to seal edges. Bring outer two points together, press to seal. Set aside on a baking tray.
- Repeat with remaining filling and wonton wraps.
- Heat a large covered skillet over medium high heat.
- Lightly oil skillet. Working in batches fry wontons until desired crispiness, 1-3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water to skillet, cover and steam for 2 minutes.
- Repeat with remaining wontons.
- Garnish with sliced scallions and sesame seeds if desired. Serve warm.
Home Chef Tip: Wontons can also be baked. Place evenly on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly spray parchment and wontons with cooking spray. Bake 15-18 minutes until crispy.
We hope you enjoy these Pan-Fried Pork Wontons from SoFabFood Home Chef, Loriann from Thyme for Cocktails. If you love this simple budget-friendly appetizer or side, be sure to visit our Appetizer Section for more like it. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!