This Wonton Soup is easy. Why? Because you use store bought frozen wontons instead of wrapping the wontons from scratch (yep, that’s quite a process), making it perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
A 15 minute soup with classic Chinese flavors, Wonton Soup is meant to be simmered quick and easy on some chilly winter night, or whenever those Chinese cravings hit hard.
No need to go to the nearest Chinese joint or order take out. All you need is a bag of frozen wontons, and you can make this easy wonton soup in minutes.
This bowl is full of tender, pillowy, plump wontons floating along with bok choy and mushrooms in warm broth. It’s seasoned perfectly with classic Chinese flavors, thanks to the famous combo of ginger + garlic + soy+ sesame oil. Magic.
And please don’t forget to drizzle some Chili Oil on top to take this simple soup to the next level.
You Will Love this Wonton Soup, Because:
- It’s loaded with your favorite Chinese flavors and your favorite yummy floating wontons.
- It’s a perfect use of wontons on hand.
- It’s 15 minutes quick, a super easy soup of the day.
- It not only taste good, but is a healthy soup option loaded with comforting, warm flavors.
What is Wonton Soup?
Wontons are Chinese dumplings filled with meats like ground pork, chicken or beef, or seafood like shrimp and crab. They’re the Asian equivalent of ravioli or tortellini, filled with delicious morsels of spiced meat, and cooked either steamed or fried.
They are typically served with delicious dressings and sauces, or in flavorful broths. Wontons are extremely popular as snacks, appetizers or even as a meal. You can make them at home from scratch using wonton wrappers, or can get them pre-made, frozen in grocery stores.
Dumpling soups are very popular in Asian cuisines, and one of the most sought after soups in many Chinese restaurants.
It’s made from a seasoned broth with boiled wontons, which are often accompanied by a few veggies like bok choy, or some other Asian greens.
Though it’s a delicately seasoned broth based soup, depending upon the cuisine and location, you see it garnished it more with added flavors. Some popular add-ons are sauces and dressings like chili oil, chili crisp, Szechuan sauce or sambal oelek.
Wonton Soup Ingredients
- Frozen Wontons – Today we are using frozen pre-made wontons, as that’s what makes the soup easy and quick. Simply buy pre-made wontons from the frozen section of your local grocery store, or Asian specialty store.
- Aromatics – Shallots, ginger and garlic. The essentials for any Asian dish.
- Veggies – Shiitake mushrooms (you can use any available mushrooms, or skip them altogether), bok choy and scallions (only the green part for garnishing).
- Chicken Broth – We are using chicken broth, but feel free to use beef or vegetable broth if you prefer.
- Sauces and flavor enhancers – Soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chili oil (optional).
Wonton Soup Recipe:
This soup happens super fast… 15 minutes cook time fast…
1. Cook Aromatics: Heat oil in a soup pot and sauté shallots, ginger and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add in shiitake mushrooms and sauté for a couple of minutes.
2. Make the broth: Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Simmer for a couple of minutes over medium high heat.
3. Cook bok choy and wontons: Add the bok choy and partially cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the frozen wontons. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the wontons float and the bok choy is wilted, but still has a little crunch. Taste and adjust soy sauce and vinegar to your taste.
4. Serve: Ladle the broth into bowls along with wontons and bok choy, and garnish it with scallions and chili oil.
We have excellent and easy Chili Oil recipe that you can make in just a few minutes.
Wonton Soup Variations
- Season the broth differently by adding different sauces instead of regular soy sauce. Oyster sauce or hoisin sauce will give different flavor profiles. Add heat to the broth by adding some kind of chili factor like gochujang or sambal oelek.
- Try other veggies. Shredded carrots, broccoli, spinach or other Asian greens like yu choy, and Asian broccoli are great options to add into wonton soup.
- Use different flavored wontons. Pork, chicken or shrimp wontons are very popular in this soup.
- Use dumplings or potstickers in place of wontons. They all are great in this recipe.
- Bulk it up with protein. You can add shrimp or shredded rotisserie chicken into this soup.
Storing Leftover Wonton Soup
This wonton soup refrigerates very well, so go ahead and make a big batch. Like many other soups and stews, the flavors in the broth get accentuated as it is stored for a few days.
Store leftover wonton soup in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 4 days. Wontons that are left in the broth may soften a little, or enlarge in size, but are still delicious when they are reheated.
To Reheat: Reheat the soup in the microwave or on the stovetop for a few minutes until warmed through. You can add a fresh batch of frozen wontons into the soup as it’s reheating, if you want to bulk up the soup further.
The next time you are in a soup mood, make this super easy classic Chinese Soup recipe in your very own kitchen. All you need is a bag of pre-made wontons, dumplings or potstickers. You need not be an expert in making wontons from scratch.
Just make an excellent soup base and dump in the wontons along with some veggie power, and one irresistible, delicious steaming bowl of soup is ready in a few minutes. Voila… Easy Wonton Soup… in 15 minutes!!!
Be sure to check our other cracking Asian Recipes on GypsyPlate, and come back again for all the new flavors coming to you.
Wonton Soup, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp cooking oil
- 2 small shallots, sliced or chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
- 4 baby bok choy, halved
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice or white vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 20-25 fresh or frozen wontons, dumplings, or potstickers
- scallions, sliced (green parts only for garnish)
- Chili oil or chili crisp, for serving (optional)
- Heat oil in a soup pot and sauté shallots, ginger and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add in shiitake mushrooms and sauté for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Simmer for a couple of minutes over medium high heat.
- Add the bok choy and partially cook 2-3 minutes, then add the frozen wontons and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they float and the bok choy is wilted, but still has a little crunch. Taste and adjust soy sauce and vinegar to your taste.
- Serve the broth in bowls with wontons and bok choy, and garnish with scallions and chili oil.
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