Crispy Shrimp Wontons

Crispy Shrimp Wontons


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • sprigs fresh cilantro , leaves and tender stems
  • 1 tblsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger , grated
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 500g large shell-on shrimp
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • square wonton wrappers
  • sweet chili sauce for dipping


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, chopped cilantro, lemon zest, grated ginger and sesame oil in a large bowl.
  2. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on, and devein.
  3. Add to soy mixture and marinate for up to 2 hours.
  4. Drain shrimp in a colander, spread out on paper towels, and pat dry.
  5. Spread out wonton wrappers and working with one wrapper at a time, put several cilantro leaves and stems along wrapper edge nearest you. Top them with a shrimp, arranging shrimp lengthwise so that tail extends beyond wrapper. Fold the wrapper edge opposite the tail over shrimp.
  6. Brush far edge of wrapper with water and, starting with near edge, roll wrapper loosely around shrimp, forming a package. Press seam firmly to seal. Do this with all of the shrimp.
  7. Heat oil in a large pan. Fry shrimps until golden brown.
  8. Serve with sweet chili sauce