Homemade, flavorful, and quick Wontons in Chili Oil with Asparagus. These are for nights when you’re craving spicy, warming, wontons, but don’t feel like ordering out. Easy homemade chicken or pork wontons tossed in a flavorful sweet, spicy, chile oil. Serve each saucy wonton with fresh spring asparagus. A fun and healthy dinner to make any night of the week. And so delicious, saucy, spicy, and salty.
When I was in middle school, my mom would buy frozen potstickers. We’d often have them for lunch as our after-school “snack”. I don’t really remember my brothers eating them, but my mom and I LOVED these little potstickers dipped in some soy sauce.
We’d go through phases of making them weekly. Then forget about them only to rediscover them again and somehow find them even more delicious than before.
It’s safe to say, we’ve always been excited about any kind of dumpling you can dip into soy sauce.
Obviously today we’re talking wontons. Which are very similar to potstickers but made with slightly different wrappers and usually shaped into more of a ball.
These wontons are nothing like the potstickers mom and I use to eat, but that’s ok because they’re even better.
Here are the details – the filling
This is my go-to filling for any kind of Asian-inspired dumpling. It’s a mix of ground chicken (or pork), ginger, garlic, green onions, and soy sauce.
I like to add in chopped vegetables, any mix will work, but I used shredded cabbage for these.
Super simple, but that’s all you need!
Now, assembling, which is easier than you’d think. Simply fold the wrappers in half, then pinch to seal at the top and tuck in the sides. Don’t stress about making these look perfect. Each little dumpling is special and has character.
The chili oil
When making a chili-oil-based recipe, this is usually where a lot of the flavor lies. We all know I love using chili oil, but this has been my favorite combination yet. Sesame oil, ginger, garlic, a mix of both chili sauce and chili flakes, paprika, sesame seeds, and then a little secret ingredient…a small drizzle of honey.
The honey really balances out the heat and makes the oil truly delicious.
You’ll want to combine the garlic, ginger, spices, and honey in a heatproof bowl. Then warm the oil in a skillet and pour the hot oil over the spices. This method ensures that you don’t end up burning the spices. The heat from the oil is just enough to really activate the flavors and create an intensely flavorful and yummy oil.
I always add a splash of tamari at the end too.
Finish it up
To serve, boil off the wontons, then simply toss them with the warm chili oil. Since wontons are usually served with a broth, I like to add a few splashes of the hot wonton cooking water to each bowl. The oil flavors the hot water and creates a very saucy, very delicious bowl of wontons.
Then asparagus on the side – because it’s spring, use it up!
Make the wontons in bulk when you have extra time. Then freeze what’s leftover for the quickest, easiest lunch or dinner…any day of the week. To reheat the frozen wontons just boil as directed above and toss them in the chili oil.
The final verdict? Mom fully approved of these and everyone else in the family loved them too. Woohooo!
It’s the flavor combination of salty, spicy, and then saucy. Delicious!
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Quick Wontons in Chile Oil with Asparagus
Calories Per Serving: 1697 kcal
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- 1. To make the wontons, combine all ingredients in a bowl except the wrappers. 2. To assemble, spoon 2 teaspoons of filling onto each wrapper. Brush water around the edges of the wrapper. Fold the edges of the wrapper up and around the filling and pinch to seal. Repeat with the remaining filling.3. To make the chili oil. Combine the ginger, garlic, chile sauce, chili flakes, paprika, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, and honey in a heat proof bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until it sizzles, 5 minutes. Pour the oil over the spices, stir to combine, then add 2 tablespoons tamari/soy sauce. 4. In the same skillet, cook the asparagus over medium heat until tender, 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat off and add 1 tablespoon tamari/soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Toss to combine. 5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the wontons until they float, 3-4 minutes. Toss the warm wontons in the chili oil. If desired, spoon over some of the hot wonton cooking water to create a spicy broth. Serve the asparagus on the side.