Wontons filled with juicy pork are topped with a flavorful peanut sauce and spicy chili oil to create a comforting and delicious meal.
While the concept of boiled pork wontons served in a combination of creamy, nutty peanut sauce with a drizzle of chili oil is nothing new, these wontons are based on my absolute favorite hot and spicy ones from the Shanghainese restaurant Deluxe Green Bo in Manhattan’s Chinatown. They are filled with juicy seasoned pork and green onions. Not only do they taste amazing but they are easy to make! They are the perfect cure for a rainy or chilly day.
I love making wontons a group activity – folding goes by way faster when you have help!
Ground pork – Ground pork typically comes from minced pork shoulder meat and is incredibly versatile.
Wonton wrappers – Using store bought wonton wrappers cuts down on additional prep time in this recipe. (I like to keep a few packages in the freezer for last minute wontons.) Let them thaw at room temperature for 1 hour before using.
Peanut butter – Smooth peanut butter gives the peanut sauce the best texture.
Sesame oil – Sesame oil is made from pressing raw sesame seeds and adds a toasty, nutty flavor to the peanut sauce. I recommend using toasted or dark sesame oil for the peanut sauce.
Chili oil – Look for sesame oil infused with chili flakes. If you don’t have this type of chili oil you can use my instructions below to make your own, or you can strain the top chili oil from a jar of chili crunch.
How to Make Pork Wontons with Peanut Sauce and Chili Oil
Step 1: Whisk peanut sauce.
In a mixing bowl whisk together the peanut butter, chili oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and honey.
Step 2: Thin with water.
Whisk in ¼ cup (62.5g) of hot water to thin the sauce. Cover and chill until ready to serve. The peanut sauce can be made up to a week in advance.
Step 3: Mix pork filling.
In a large mixing bowl, add the pork, green onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar. Use your hands to gently combine the mixture.
Step 4: Fill wontons.
Working one wrapper at a time, place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center, brush the edges with the egg, and fold the wrapper in half, forming a triangle.
Step 5: Fold wontons.
Next, overlap the opposite corners, brushing with egg to seal together. Repeat with the remaining wrappers until all of the pork mixture has been used.
Step 6: Cook wontons.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Working in batches, add the wontons and cook, until firm and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and divide among serving bowls.
Step 7: Toss wontons in sauce.
Gently toss the wontons with the chili oil so they are coated. Top with a spoonful of the peanut sauce and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Tips and Tricks for This Recipe
How to Make Your Own Chili Oil
Store bought chili oil works great for serving with the dumplings or you can make your own at home. Add ⅓ cup (73g) of sesame oil and 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes to a small saucepan over medium-low heat, and simmer, stirring frequently, until the oil becomes fragrant, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain the oil into a small bowl, discarding the red pepper flakes. This can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and stored refrigerated in an airtight container.
Swaps and Substitutions
You may use chunky peanut butter to make the peanut sauce, however, I prefer the texture of the smooth variety.
You can add shrimp to your pork wonton mixture like the filling in this recipe here.
The ground pork can be swapped for another lean ground meat like chicken in this recipe.
How to Freeze Pork Wontons
Ideally I recommend freezing any leftover wontons before boiling them. Simply freeze on a baking sheet for at least 1 hour, then transfer to a resealable plastic bag until ready to use, for up to 3 months.
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