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Thai fried wonton recipe, hands down, THE BEST kiew tod you’ll ever make at home. These crispy snacks are incredibly easy to make once you get the hang of folding them. They’re so crunchy and irresistibly delicious!
Pair these with my spicy wonton dipping sauce for a taste of classic Thai street food at home.
What is fried wonton
Fried wonton is a popular Asian appetizer, beloved for its savory filling like ground pork or shrimp. Each filling is encased in a golden, crispy wrapper, and they’re often enjoyed as an appetizer or for making wonton soup.
Fried wontons are typically paired with dipping sauces and are a staple in both Chinese and Thai cuisine.
A while ago, I had a wonderful chat with a street vendor in my village. He shared his secret for the best Thai wontons and dumplings, and he said it’s all about simplicity. He uses just pork as the filling to keep his stall profitable.
But since we’re making these at home, we have the freedom of using just pork or a combination of pork and shrimp.
By choosing the filling, you can turn these little snacks into a real crowd-pleaser. You can even make them in advance for your next party along with tod mun pla and kai tod – Thai fish cakes and fried chicken.
The best part about them is that they freeze like a dream, making them perfect for meal prep. They’re one of the best make-ahead snacks and by making these in advance you’ll have more time to enjoy with your guests and family.
And hey, if you’re keeping these all for yourself, I’m not judging!
However you choose to enjoy them, don’t forget to pair your freshly fried kiew tod with some of my homemade dipping sauces, like this irresistible Thai sweet chili sauce.
For your Thai fried wontons, it’s best to use wonton wrappers because they’re thinner and give you that perfect crispy bite. In Thailand, we have separate wrappers for boiling/steaming and for deep-frying.
Where to get them: You can find wonton wrappers at most grocery stores, in the refrigerated section near other Asian ingredients. They’re usually sold in packs, ready to use.
What are they: Wonton wrappers are thin sheets of dough made from flour, egg, and water. They’re typically used to create wontons and dumplings, filled with everything from meat to vegetables.
Dumpling wrappers are a bit thicker, but you can use those if that’s what you have on hand.
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Wonton wrappers – You can find these thin wrappers at Asian grocery stores and at Asian markets. They’re also available at some regular supermarkets.
- Ground pork – Ground pork adds a juicy, meaty bite to the crispy fried wontons.
- Light soy sauce – Enhances the savory notes in the pork and adds a rich flavor.
- White pepper – Ground white pepper adds a gentle heat without overpowering the other flavors.
- White sugar – A sprinkle of sugar is essential for balancing the flavors, which is an important part of Thai cooking.
- Sesame oil – Sesame oil adds a rich, slightly nutty flavor.
- Coriander root – Gives the pork a fresh, earthy note.
- Green onions – Freshly chopped green onions add a crispiness and slight onion-like flavor.
- Garlic – A key ingredient in Thai cuisine, garlic adds a pungent aroma and robust flavor.
- Oil – Use an oil with high smoke point and neutral flavor suited for deep-frying, like canola oil or vegetable oil.
How to make Thai fried wonton
Step 1: Pound garlic and coriander root with a mortar and pestle.
Step 2: In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, pounded garlic and coriander root, light soy, white pepper, white sugar, and sesame oil. Knead well until everything is well mixed. Then, add freshly chopped green onions and gently mix one more time.
Step 3: Lay a wonton wrapper flat on your palm and place a teaspoon of the filling in the center. Moisten the edges with a dab of water – this acts like glue. Fold the wrapper diagonally to form a triangle, and press to seal the edges tightly. Repeat until you’re out of filling.
Step 4: Heat oil in a pan around 350°F (about 175°C) and fry your wontons. Avoid overcrowding your pan. Fry them until each one is golden and crispy, turning occasionally. Make sure the filling is cooked, they’ll float to the top once ready. After frying, let them drain on paper towels before serving. Enjoy!
- Small spoon for portioning the filling into the wonton wrappers
- Small bowl of water to wet the edges of the wonton wrappers
- Cutting board and a sharp knife for chopping green onions
- Spider strainer to remove the wontons from the hot oil
- Mortar and pestle or food processor for mixing spices
- Large skillet or deep wok for frying the wontons
- Mixing bowl to mix the wonton filling
- Paper towels for draining excess oil
- Measuring spoons and cups
How to fold a wonton
Folding wontons is easier than you think, here is an easy step-by-step guide:
- Place a teaspoon of your filling in the center of a wonton wrapper.
- Dip your finger in water and moisten the edges of the wrapper; the water acts as a glue.
- Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle, pressing the edges together to seal your filling inside.
Tips for frying wontons
Prevent them from drying: To keep wonton wrappers moist and pliable, cover them with a damp cloth both before and after you’ve filled them.
Oil temperature: The ideal oil temperature for frying wontons is around 350°F (about 175°C). If your oil is too hot, the wontons can burn. If it’s too cold, your wontons will absorb too much grease.
Make ahead: You can make the filling up to a day or two before using it.
Vegetables: You can add button mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts, shiitake mushrooms.
Flavorings: Feel free to season the filling to your taste with oyster sauce, fish sauce, black pepper, etc.
Proteins: Ground pork and shrimp are traditional Thai fillings. You can substitute other types of ground meat like turkey, beef, and even fish, but I recommend sticking to the traditional options.
Folding: You can use the triangle shape I used, or get creative and make your own shapes. Find out 3 fun ways to fold wontons!
How to serve
Before serving, drain them on paper towels to remove any excess oil. Serve them with a dipping sauce of your choice, and optionally garnish with freshly chopped green onions for color. They’re the perfect finger food for your next party!
Here is a list of dipping sauces for fried wontons:
- Thai hot sauce (homemade sriracha)
- Thai tamarind dipping sauce
- Wonton dipping sauce
- Thai sweet chili sauce
How to store and reheat
Let your deep-fried wontons cool to room temperature, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Reheating: In the oven, preheat to 350°F (175°C) and heat wontons on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes. For deep-frying, re-fry briefly in hot oil until crisp.
Refrigerate: Keep uncooked wontons in the fridge for up to 2 days before frying.
Freeze: Freeze uncooked wontons for up to 2 months.
You can fry wontons straight from frozen, which saves time and avoids the need for thawing. When frying them frozen, just give them a little more time in the hot oil to ensure they cook through evenly and turn perfectly crispy. Just remember to not overcrowd your frying pan.
Frequently asked questions
Are wonton wrappers gluten-free?
No, wonton wrappers are typically not gluten-free as they are made from wheat flour, which contains gluten.
Can I make wontons with an air fryer?
To air fry wontons, brush both sides with oil and air fry at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes, until they turn golden brown and crispy, flipping them halfway. Ensure the wontons are in a single layer in the air fryer basket for even cooking.
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Thai Fried Wonton Recipe (Kiew Tod)
The best Thai fried wonton recipe for delicious kiew tod at home! Pair with one of my many dipping sauces.
Pound garlic and coriander root with a mortar and pestle.
In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, pounded garlic and coriander root, light soy, white pepper, white sugar, and sesame oil. Knead well until everything is well mixed. Then, add freshly chopped green onions and gently mix one more time.
Lay a wonton wrapper flat on your palm and place a teaspoon of the filling in the center. Moisten the edges with a dab of water – this acts like glue. Fold the wrapper diagonally to form a triangle, and press to seal the edges tightly. Repeat until you’re out of filling.
Heat oil in a pan around 350°F (about 175°C) and fry your wontons. Avoid overcrowding your pan. Fry them until each one is golden and crispy, turning occasionally. Make sure the filling is cooked, they’ll float to the top once ready. After frying, let them drain on paper towels before serving. Enjoy!
Serving Size 5
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 187kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 11.66g18%
- Saturated Fat 2.65g14%
- Total Carbohydrate 6.06g3%
- Dietary Fiber 0.4g2%
- Sugars 1.22g
- Protein 13.82g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Wonton wrappers: I used 35 wrappers, so you'll have more than enough with 1 package, and you can freeze the rest.