For the lovers of finger food, this recipe is dedicated to you! This Shrimp Salad Wonton Cups recipe is extremely delicious and a definite crowd-pleaser. Everyone will be begging you to share the recipe.
The wonton wrappers bake into crunchy cups, perfect to hold the flavorful shrimp salad filled with Asian flavors. Now, if you don’t have time to make the wonton wrappers yourself, or you just don’t want to, you can just buy them from the store. While making them at home is a fun project, store-bought wrapper are a great timesaver.
Difference Between Wonton Cups and Wonton
Wonton is a Chinese dumpling, made from round wrappers, that is usually filled with spiced minced pork and served in chicken broth (though nowadays they have a variety of filling and are served in many ways). On the other hand, wonton cups are the same dumpling wrappers but in square shapes. These are baked in the oven using a muffin tin until golden brown and crispy. These wonton cups are crunchy, have a neutral flavor, and can be filled with all types of goodies!
A Baked Wonton Cup Appetizer
What makes Wonton cups great is that they are baked instead of fried. It can be made ahead of time and stored in a tightly sealed bag for up to 24 hours. However, they can’t last more than a day as they start to lose their crispness.
Wonton cup appetizers are a true crowd-pleaser and great for gatherings. If you are hosting a party later in the day, you can make this Shrimp Salad Wonton Cups recipe by baking the wonton cups and making the salad in the morning, and assembling everything just before serving.
Among the many great appetizers using wonton wrappers, we love our Shrimp Salad Wonton Cups recipe the most because of its delicious taste that is bursting with Asian flavors.
How to Make Homemade Wonton
You first start by beating the egg in a medium bowl and adding water to it. Then you mix your flour and salt in a separate bigger bowl. Create a well in the center of your large bowl, add the egg mixture, and mix. If the mixture is too dry you can gradually add some water until it reaches the desired texture.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until elastic then cut it into 2 separate balls. Take each ball and cut it into 4 equal pieces then roll each piece into 10 1/2 squares. From each square, produce nine 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch squares. And there you have your wonton wrappers!
However, if that seems like a lot of work Wonton wrappers can also be bought at any supermarket. Just check the freezer section. We do have to add that making it yourself at home is fun and makes an even more delicious appetizer. If you’re the type of foodie who loves experimenting in the kitchen, then this is a cooking project for you.
How to Make Shrimp Wonton Cups
There are many different fillings for baked wonton wrappers, but we just love the flavor of our shrimp Asian dressing.
Here’s our step by step instructions for making shrimp salad wonton cups:
Step 1: The first step should be preheating your oven to 375°F.As you preheat your oven, you should grease the muffin tin with unsalted butter then brush each of the wonton wrappers with butter on each side, and place them in the tin while pressing them down gently to create a cup then bake for about 5-10 minutes until golden brown and set aside.
Step 2: In this step, you are making the shrimp salad. The process involves heating the olive oil in a pan on medium heat then adding garlic and cooking for about 30 seconds until fragrant. After this, you should squeeze in the lemon juice, add the shrimps and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes then let them cool in a separate bowl.
Put the shredded white cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots into the same bowl and toss then shrimps and mix again. The last part is to fill each cup with the salad and top with chopped spring onions.
And there you have your delicious shrimp salad wonton cup appetizers!
Yes, you can! Wonton cups can be frozen and reheated in the oven when it’s time to use them.
To freeze them, put them on a parchment-lined plate and cover them loosely with plastic wrap.
Actual Wontons are made from a round wrapper made out of flour, egg, water, and salt. These wrappers are spread flat on one’s palm, then a small amount of filling is added in the center, and the wonton edges are compressed together using fingers to form the desired shape. However, Wonton cups are made of square wrappers and filled with anything you like.
Yes, you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it for a day. Make the salad and put it in a bowl. Bake the wonton and put it in a container. Make sure to not crush the cups. Then assemble before serving.
Shrimp Salad Wonton Cups Recipe
- unsalted butter ( melted for greasing)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup (140 gr) salad shrimps ( peeled, unveiled, tail-off)
- 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
- ½ lemon
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 2 cups (50 gr) white cabbage (shredded)
- 2 cup (50 gr) red cabbage (shredded)
- 1 carrot (shredded)
- spring onions (chopped for garnish)
- 2 cloves garlic ( minced)
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Use a brush to grease a muffin tin with unsalted butter.
- Brush each wonton wrapper with the butter, on each side, and place it in the tin. Press it down gently to create a cup. Repeat this for the remaining wrappers and bake for about 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside when done.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add the shrimps. Cook the shrimps on medium heat for about 10 minutes total. Transfer the shrimps to a plate or bowl to cool.
- Add the ingredients for the dressing in a medium bowl. Add the shredded white cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots into the same bowl and toss. Add the shrimps and mix again.
- Fill each cup with the salad and top with chopped spring onions.