Give your tastebuds a party with easy spicy chili oil wontons, a signature Sichuan dish ready in just 10 minutes. These boiled wontons are immersed in a spicy chili oil sauce that hits every sense of your palate -- sour, spicy, sweet and nutty. The wonton wrapper is like a giant noodle that just soaks up the sauce in every little fold and wrinkle. It's so good.
What is in Spicy Chili Oil Wontons
To make spicy chili oil wontons, you need:
- wontons - fresh or frozen wontons work. You can use any kind of wonton that you have. Pork and chicken are the most popular, but you could even use mushroom and carrot filled wontons to keep this dish vegetarian.
- water - to boil the wontons.
- red chili oil sauce - made by combining red chili oil, soy sauce, black vinegar, garlic, sugar, and Sichuan peppercorn powder (optional). You can even make this sauce and use it in a bowl of noodles.
- toppings - roasted peanuts, white sesame seeds, and cilantro sprinkled on top.
How to Make Spicy Chili Oil Wontons
- Cook the wontons: In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups water to boil over medium-high heat. Add wontons and gently stir with a spatula, and make sure that they don't stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook until water begins to boil again, about 2-3 minutes. Add ½ cup cold water and bring to a boil again. Cook until the wontons float to the top, about 2 minutes. Transfer the wontons to a plate with a strainer.
- Make the chili oil sauce: Mix together the chili oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, Sichuan peppercorn powder (optional), and sugar.
- Assemble the chili oil wontons: Slowly pour the chili oil sauce over the wontons and gently stir to coat the wontons. Sprinkle peanuts, sesame seeds and cilantro on top. Serve immediately.
FAQ and Tips for Making the Best Spicy Chili Oil Wontons
- What kind of wontons should I use? You can use any kind of wontons that you have -- fresh or frozen, homemade or store-bought. You can also use any flavour. Try pork and shrimp wontons, chicken and cilantro wontons, or vegetarian mushroom and carrot wontons.
- Wontons can stick to the bottom of the pot. In the first few minutes of boiling the wontons, gently stir with a spatula so that they don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Can you use the chili oil sauce in other dishes? Absolutely. Make extra and use it to flavour noodles or use it as a dipping sauce for chicken or seafood.
- Can you store leftover cooked wontons? These wontons are best served fresh and immediately, so I highly recommend cooking only as many as you will eat in one sitting. Leftover boiled wontons are not normally stored. But if you decide to store them, store in the refrigerator together with the sauce in an airtight container to prevent the wrappers from getting dried out.
More Wonton Dishes:
- Chicken and Cilantro Wontons
- Pan-Fried Pork and Shrimp Wontons
- 10-Minute Wonton Soup
- Shanghai-Style Wonton Soup
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