An easy-to-follow video tutorial on how to fold wontons. Six different methods and extra tips are included.
Similar to dumplings, which can be shaped in various ways, wontons can also be folded into different designs. Today, I’m excited to share six methods that will help you create beautifully shaped wontons.
You can use either homemade wrappers or shop-bought ones and stuff them with your choice of filling. All six shapes work well for a variety of wonton dishes, whether it be wonton soup, chili oil wontons, or fried wontons.
Note: I also have a tutorial on Folding Dumplings in Ten Ways.
No matter how you fold your wontons, it’s important to follow a few general rules for a fail-proof experience.
✅ Cover Well. Wonton wrappers have a fairly low water content compared to dumpling wrappers. So they tend to dry out quickly if left uncovered for a lengthy period. To avoid that, do not open the package until the moment you begin assembling the wontons. Also, cover them with plastic wrap when not in use.
✅ Use water. For the same low water content reason, it can be quite hard to pinch and stick the wrapper, especially when using shop-bought ones. So you’d need to wet the area of the wrapper you plan to seal with a little water.
✅ Be gentle. Wonton wrappers have less elasticity than dumpling wrappers, so they have a higher tendency to tear if not dealt with gently. Do not stuff too much filling if you’re new to the job.
✅ Seal securely. It can happen that some of the filling leaks out while cooking. This isn’t a big concern if the filling is meat-based and the wontons are boiled in water, as the filling will tighten into a ball in heat. However, vegetable or tofu-based filling stays loose so it could come out if not sealed in tightly. Also, the wontons need to be securely sealed if being deep-fried as the moisture in the filling will cause oil splashing if it leaks out.
- Fold the wrapper over the filling to form a rectangle. Press the edge to seal all around.
- Bring the two corners on the middle line of the wrapper together. Lay one corner over the other and press to stick them.
- Fold the wrapper into a triangle. Seal the filling inside.
- Bring two sharp corners of the triangle towards the middle, then place one corner on top of the other. Press to stick them.
- Fold the wrapper to seal in the filling in the way that two opposite corners are facing up without overlapping.
- Bring two corners on the middle line of the wrapper towards the center. Stick them together.
- From the bottom, fold and wrap the filling into a cylinder.
- Bring two ends of the cylinder towards the middle. Stick them on top of one another.
- Form a hole with the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand. Then place the wrapper over with the filling in the middle.
- Push down with a spoon so that the wrapper dips into the hole.
- Gather and squeeze the edge of the wrapper so it seals up.
- From one corner of the wrapper, roll it up to cover the filling, leaving the opposite corner visible.
- Bring two other corners together and pinch to seal.
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Six Ways To Fold Wontons
- Wonton wrappers
- Filling of your choice - see note for recipes
- Please refer to the video tutorial below.
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