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Wonton Soup: the easy recipe for a delicious, healthy Chinese soup

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist
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Ingredients
for the wontons
wonton wrappers
50 to 60
lean ground pork
7 oz
shrimp, peeled and roughly chopped
7 oz
ginger, finely grated
1 tbsp
Light soy sauce
1 tbsp
Shaoxing wine
2 tbsp
salt
1/2 tsp
toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp
for the broth
Chicken broth
3 cups
garlic cloves, smashed
2
piece of ginger, sliced
1 cm
Light soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp
Sugar
2 tsp
Shaoxing wine
1 1/2 tbsp
Sesame oil
1/4 to 1/2 tsp
to serve
spring onions, finely chopped
bok choy, quartered
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When the weather starts to turn, and it gets cold outside, nothing hits the spot like a homemade bowl of soup. Wonton soup is an easy Chinese soup recipe that's healthy, satisfying, and incredibly comforting. It's made with pork and shrimp-filled dumplings that are served in a flavorful chicken broth.

Making the wontons at home is easier than it looks, and from start to finish, it only takes about half an hour or so to make wonton soup – especially once you master wrapping the wontons! For a light, healthy soup that is packed with flavor, be sure to give this delicious easy wonton soup a try!

How to Make Wontons 

Making homemade wontons is surprisingly easy. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them well. Lay the wonton wrappers out on a flat surface then place about 2 teaspoons of the filling in the center of each wrapper. Lightly wet the edges of the wontons then fold them in half to seal. Wet one corner of the wonton, then squeeze the corners together.

As you finish shaping the wontons, place them in a sealed container to prevent them from drying out. You can make your wontons in advance and freeze them for up to 2 months.

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How to Make Broth for Wonton Soup

Wonton soup is made with a clear chicken broth seasoned with various spices and other ingredients. To make wonton soup broth, bring chicken broth, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, Shaoxing cooking wine, and sesame oil to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the broth for 10 minutes. Take out the garlic and ginger, and that's it! Your broth is ready to have wontons added to it.

Tips for Easy Wonton Soup

If you're in a rush, you can buy frozen wontons in your local supermarket, however, homemade will always taste better.

Boil the wontons separately in boiling water, then add them to the broth.

If you don't have Shaoxing cooking wine, you can use mirin, cooking sake, or sherry as a substitute.

Make sure to press the air out when you're folding over the wontons.

Use fresh meat or prawns to make your wontons – this will give you the option to freeze them later. Never refreeze defrosted meat or fish.

Serve your wonton soup with a side of spring rolls, scallion pancakes, steamed vegetables, chicken and vegetables, ribs, or other classic Chinese dishes.

Wonton Soup Variations

For an ultra-hearty soup, you can add noodles to your wonton soup. Cook them according to the instructions on the packet, then place them in the serving bowl with the wontons and vegetables and ladle the broth over them.

Try making the wontons with shrimp only, pork only, or use beef or chicken instead.

Add Chinese broccoli or pak choy to your wonton soup for an even more healthy, flavorful dish. Mushrooms also taste wonderful in this soup.

How to Store Wonton Soup

Place wonton soup in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. Frozen wonton soup will last up to 4 months.

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Instructions

Combine the ingredients for the wonton filling in a large bowl.

Arrange the wonton wrappers on a flat surface. Add 2 teaspoons of filling to each wrapper, then wet the edges and fold the wrapper in half. Wet one corner of the wonton, and press the corners together to seal. Place in a lidded container until all the wontons are finished.

Pour all the ingredients for the broth into a pot over high heat. Add in green onions, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the garlic and ginger. Blanch the boy choy in the broth, then place in the serving bowl.

Cook the wontons in boiling salted water for 4 minutes, or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon. Pour the broth over the wontons, garnish with spring onions, and serve.

Notes

Using low sodium soy sauce makes this recipe even healthier.

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