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Fried Pork Wontons

Fried Pork Wontons are bites filled with a savory pork filling wrapped in a crispy wonton shell. This recipe includes tips for freezing too! 

One of our favorite things to get whenever we go to an Asian restaurant is wontons. If wontons are on the menu you can bet that my family is going to get an order or two. Crab wontons, pork and shrimp wontons basically any kind of wonton that you can imagine my family are fans.

You can really put just about anything in a wonton wrapper and fry it and these Fried Pork Wontons are one of my favorites to make at home. The savory pork filling is perfectly seasoned and packed full of flavor. Bonus is that they are inexpensive to make and they freeze perfectly so you can make a big batch and always have them on hand.

Let’s talk a little about what ingredients you’ll need to make them: 

Fried Pork Wonton Ingredients: 

  • GROUND PORK: You’ll want to use unseasoned ground pork for this recipe. Be careful not to buy country pork sausage. It won’t taste the same. 
  • GREEN ONIONS: They will add a slight oniony flavor without overpowering it. 
  • SESAME OIL: A popular seasoning in Asian cooking, it adds a nutty flavor. 
  • RICE VINEGAR: Has a sweet acidic taste like other types of vinegar. 
  • GARLIC CHILI SAUCE: You should be able to find this in the Asian aisle of your grocery store. I use the Huy Fong Brand
  • GROUND GINGER: I keep ground ginger on hand more often than fresh ginger. It works great in this recipe! 
  • GARLIC: In addition to garlic chili sauce, fresh garlic adds even more garlicky flavor. 
  • WATER CHESTNUTS: They add a nice crunch to the filling. 
  • SALT
  • WONTON WRAPPERS: Wonton wrappers are small square wrappers that you’ll be able to find in the produce section or frozen section of well stocked grocery stores. Potsticker wrappers are round, they will work for this recipe if you can’t find wonton wrappers. 
  • OIL: For frying I use something neutral like canola, vegetable or peanut. Something with a high smoke point. 

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

Wontons can seem a bit laborious but they are actually pretty easy to make. Filling the wontons is what takes the most time. Follow along with these step by step photos and instructions. 

  • STEP #1: Make the filling. Mix together the pork, onions, water chestnuts and seasonings. Your hands work great for this! 
  • STEP #2: Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of a wonton wrapper. Dip your finger in water and run it along the edges of the wrapper. Fold bottom corner over the top of the filling and then press the edges to seal in a triangle. Fold two edges up, if desired. 
  • STEP #3: At this point you can fry, or freeze the wontons. Fry them at 350 until golden brown and cooked through, this will take 3 – 5 minutes. To freeze, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Then place in freezer safe containers. Will keep for several months frozen. 

Can you freeze pork wontons?

The best thing about this recipe is that it makes so many, why is that a good thing you ask? Well because they freeze really well. Just lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, pop them in the freezer and once they are frozen you can divide them up into separate freezer bags. Just make sure to thaw them before frying. 

What dip do you use for wontons?

Around here we like sweet chili sauce! These would also be great with sweet n’ sour.

Looking for more Asian inspired recipes? Try these:

Pancit is a classic Filipino dish. This is the way that my family makes it!

Lumpia is the Filipino version of an egg roll and another recipe you’re sure to love. They freeze great too, just like these Fried Pork Wontons.

Try these Sweet Chili Chicken Wings for an Asian twist on the classic game day food!

Note this post was originally published in 2009. It was updated with new photos, a slightly modified recipe, nutrition information and step by step photos in 2022.

Crispy Pork Wontons

Pork, water chestnuts and seasoning wrapped in a wonton shell and fried until golden.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Easy Appetizer Recipes, Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 40 Servings
Calories 154 kcal



  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup minced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 40-50 wonton wrappers
  • bowl of water to seal the wrappers
  • 2 cups canola oil for frying
  • Sweet Thai Chili sauce for dipping if desired


  • In a bowl combine all of the ingredients, except the wonton wrappers, and mix until combined.
  • To make the wontons, place a teaspoonful of the pork mixture in the center of the wonton wrapper, dip your finger into the bowl of water and run your finger along the edges of the wrapper. Fold bottom corner of the wrapper over the filling and press all edges to close the wrapper, you'll have a triangle. (Note: When making these use a damp paper towel to cover the wonton wrappers, otherwise they may dry out before you have a chance to fill them).
  • In a large pot, preheat the canola oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, fry until golden brown. About 3-4 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt ,if desired, and serve.


To freeze the wontons: place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until frozen then place in freezer safe container. Thaw before using. 
Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 85mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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Keywords: ground pork, Recipe, wonton, wonton wrapper

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  • Reply
    April 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I’m going to
    make these right now. Wish me luck!

    • Reply
      April 9, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  • Reply
    December 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Can I freeze them and heat later?

    • Reply
      December 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Yes! I would freeze them before frying. Then when you are ready, thaw them completely before frying. I do this all the time, it’s always nice to have a bag or two in the freezer :)

  • Reply
    Kim Farrell
    March 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Made some last night lightly fried 2mins then put in spoonful water popped lid on steamed 5 to 8 mins medium heat yummo

    • Reply
      March 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Happy to hear you enjoyed them!

  • Reply
    March 5, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Those wontons look fabulous! I’ve never made them BUT your recipe looks delicious and easy. I’m going for it ~ Thanks!!

    • Reply
      March 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks! You’re welcome Donna!

  • Reply
    February 19, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Yummy, I love wantons, be it steamed, in soup or deep fried. Delicious!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks for the comment jo!


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