Wonton Wrapped Shrimp
Our shrimp appetizer is easily made by wrapping shrimp in wonton wrappers, then frying for a crispy-wonderful appetizer.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 15large raw shrimp (tails either left on or removed for easier eating)
- 15wonton wraps
- 1-2 cups oil (coconut oil, corn, or other healthy oil)
- 1egg (beaten)
- 3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
- ¼cup fresh coriander/cilantro leaves and stems (finely chopped)
- 2tsp. fish sauce (or soy sauce)
- 1tbsp. oyster sauce
- 2tsp. brown sugar
- 1red chili (minced, or 3/4 tsp. dried crushed chili; or 1-2 tsp. chili sauce)
- Optional: 1 bottle of Thai sweet chili sauce for serving
- Other: 1 tsp. cornstarch
Step 1Place shrimp in a bowl and add the garlic, coriander, fish or soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and chili. Be sure the coriander is finely chopped for the best taste.
Step 2Toss well and set aside to marinate 10 minutes (or up to 30). Meanwhile, prepare your pan for frying. I like using a small frying pan or wok, as this way less oil is needed (you want oil about 1 inch deep).
Step 3Toss the shrimp once again before wrapping. To wrap, lay out the first wonton wrapper on the diagonal. Brush the entire surface with beaten egg, then position the shrimp horizontally across the center (with its tail sticking out past the left corner). Fold the right corner over the bottom of the shrimp, then bring up the bottom and tuck over. Roll quite tightly to finish and press firmly to seal.
Step 4Place wrapped shrimp on a plate lightly dusted with cornstarch (to keep wrappers from sticking).
Step 5Heat oil over medium-high heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, dip one of the wrapped shrimp in - if it starts to sizzle and cook, the oil is ready. Fry the wrapped shrimp about 1 minute per side, or until light golden brown and crunchy. Once your first batch is frying, reduce heat to medium. Drain on paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
Step 6Serve immediately either as is (they're great on their own), OR with Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping. This appetizer can be kept in a warm oven (uncovered) for up to 1 hour if expecting company.