Simple Wonton Soup Recipe

Escape the chill and warm your soul with this Simple Wonton Soup that’s easier to make than lacing up your boots. Fluffy pillows of pork and shrimp wontons float gently in an umami broth fragrant with garlic and ginger. Each silky bite wraps your senses in the comforts of home. You’ll sigh in satisfaction as the savory broth washes over your taste buds. Why order takeout when you can gather round the table for this soothing, simple soup ready in less than 30 minutes? With pantry-staple ingredients, all it takes is a quick roll of the wrists to form the wontons. Then sit back and relax as they cook to perfect pillowy packages in the rich broth. The only thing complicated is deciding whether to make a double batch.

Simple Wonton Soup
Simple Wonton Soup

Tips for This Recipe

  1. Don’t worry too much about pleating the dumplings perfectly. Since this is for a soup and steaming, you can fold your wontons to any shapes you’d like. Use a little bit of water to moist the edges and simply seal the corners together and you have homemade fresh wontons!
  2. If you’d like to use all the filling and wonton wraps to make more wontons and store for meals prep, line each individual wontons on a sheet pan or a big plate then freeze them individually that way for at least an hour before transferring wontons to the ziplock bag. Frozen wontons are good in the freezer for about a month. This recipe makes about 40 -50 wontons, but to get it ready to be eaten in 30 minutes, you may only need to make about 8 -10 wontons for yourself. It can really be a quick meal!
  3. No need to thaw the frozen wontons before cooking them. Simply throw them in the hot boiling broth and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until the wontons float around the soup. After that add some vegetables such as bok choi and cook for another minute or so.
  4. To make recipe quick and easy while your wontons are actually homemade, start out by preparing your broth or use a store bought chicken stock. While the pot is brewing, you can quickly prepare the filling and wrapping them at the same time.
  5. You can use both circle and square wonton wrappers. The square ones are a little bit thicker and you don’t want to use more than a teaspoon of filling per wonton.
Simple Homemade Wonton Soup

Simple Wonton Soup Recipe

Mary Thatcher
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine asian, Chinese, Japanese, thai
Servings 6 people



For the Dumpling (Wonton)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped shrimps or as much as you have
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms Shitake mushrooms if possible. If not, button mushrooms will work too. Make sure to chopped first.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp chicken or pork bouillon
  • 1 tsp ground white or black pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 package dumpling wrapper
For the Soup
  • 4 cups broth chicken, vegetable, or pork
  • 1 lb Bok Choi
  • cilantro chopped (optional)
  • green onion chopped
  • Fried garlic optional
  • Chili oil optional


Prepare the filling and wrapping (Please, be sure to watch the video to see how to wrap the dumpling.)
  • Smash the shrimps with a knife and minced them. Combine the shrimps with ground pork. Add cornstarch, egg, and seasoning on the list above.
  • Wrapping the wontons method 1. Please, see the video for more clarification. However, let's start on a few simplest variations. Moist the edges of the wrapper with water, put 1 teaspoon of filling on the wrapper. Close the wonton from one corner to the opposite corner and press firmly to seal. If you turn the square wonton diagonally, you will end up with a cute triangle wonton! This method gives you semi circle, triangle, and rectangle wontons.
  • Wrapping the wontons method 2: Take the square or circle wrapper. Moist the edges with water then fold the dumpling in half. Press to seal like the step above. Grab the bottom corners of the semi-circle or the rectangle on the filling side, not the seam side. Dab one of the corners with a little water then bring the 2 corners together and press to seal.
Assemble the soup
  • Use the store bought broth or pre-made stocks. OR 4 cups of boiling water and 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon plus some vegetables such as onion, celery, and mushrooms. Bring 4 cups of broth to a boil.
  • Add some wontons and extra shrimps. Cook the soup until the wontons float around the soup (about 4-5 minutes). The extra shrimps will be cooked at around the same time too.
  • Add pre-washed bok choi into the pot and cook for another minute. Add a crack of pepper and taste to see if any more salt or soy sauce will be needed.
  • Top the soup with some green onion, cilantro, and chili oil. Enjoy!
Keyword wonton
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