Twin Dragon wonton strips are fried to a golden crisp and seasoned with a spicy Creole seasoning blend. These crunchy fried wonton strips are perfect to snack on, add to a soup, or top a salad with. Plus, they are extremely simple to make.
HOW DID THIS RECIPE COME ABOUT?
Recently, I was asked to join in on a recipe challenge using Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers by JSL Foods. They asked me to come up with a recipe using wonton wrappers and egg roll wrappers. Did you see my recipe for the Crispy Red Beans and Rice Egg Rolls?
I wanted to make something traditional for the wonton wrappers, but then I started to think of my kids and their love of those fried wonton strips we get when we all go to a Chinese restaurant (remember that time when we used to be able to go out to eat? We were wild and crazy!). Those wonton strips were meant for the soups my wife and I ordered, but the kids treat them like the tortilla chips they place on the table at the Mexican restaurant. “Where’s the dip?” One will always ask. When I was trying to think of a way to use the Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers, these fried wonton strips immediately came to mind.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THE CREOLE-SEASONED FRIED WONTON STRIPS?
These are extremely easy to prepare and make. I laid the Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers out and used the pizza cutter wheeler and started to cut these out into about 1/2-inch wide strips.
With these thin strips being so small, you do not need that much oil to fry them – an inch of oil should suffice. I used vegetable oil when I fried up my batch of wonton strips.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees, which would put your stove at MEDIUM-HIGH. When you dip one strip in the oil, and it sizzles immediately, the oil is ready. If there is no sizzle, or the wonton does not puff up, give the oil a few more minutes.
Once the oil is ready, start dropping some of the wonton strips in the oil in small batches. Fry them until they turn a golden shade – which is only seconds. I wanted to take pictures of this whole process, but if you don’t pay attention and react fast, these can easily burn. With a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the done wontons from the oil, and place them on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
If you find that the wonton strips are browning too fast or starting to burn, turn the heat down. On the flip side, if the wontons start to take longer to fry and don’t get a nice golden color, you may be putting too many wonton strips in the oil at a time. I recommend working in small batches.
Once all of the strips of Twin Dragon Wontons have been fried, again, work in small batches for the next step. I added about 1 cup’s worth of the fried wontons to a large mixing bowl (that has a lid) and drizzled them with about a teaspoon worth of olive oil. Next, I added roughly 1/2-teaspoon of Creole seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/4-teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Then, gave the bowl a good shake making use that all of the fried wontons were coated. If you like more heat, add more red pepper flakes and cayenne.
You’ll love these Creole Seasoned Fried Wonton Strips served with a salad or soup or as my kids like them, right out of the bowl like they were eating potato chips.
Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comment section below!
Creole Seasoned Fried Wontons Strips
- 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning see directions
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes see directions
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper see directions
- olive oil
- 1 package Twin Dragons Wonton Wrappers you will use about half of the package
- vegetable oil
Cut the Twin Dragon Wonton Wrapper into 1/2-inch wide pieces using a knife or pizza cutter.
In a large pot, bring the vegetable oil to about 350 degrees - that's about MEDIUM-HIGH on the burner. To test and see if the oil is ready, dip one of the cut wonton strips in the oil, if it immediately sizzles, the oil is ready. If not, wait a few minutes longer.
In small batches, drop a few of the cut wonton wrappers into the hot oil. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the wontons once they turn a light golden color. Beware, this happens fast. They can quickly burn so be careful. Place the fried wontons on a cookie sheet that has been lined with paper towels to soak up any of the extra oil.
Once all of the sliced Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers have been fried, place about a cups worth of wontons in a medium to a large mixing bowl, preferably one with a lid, and add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil along with a 1/2-teaspoon of Creole seasoning, 1/4-teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you want them hotter, you can add more, if desired. Give the bowl a few shakes to coat each of the fried wonton strips, and place back on the paper towel-lined cookie sheet. Repeat this step until all of the fried wontons have been coated.
Store the Creole Seasoned Fried Wonton Strips in an air-tight container or large zip lock bag. These are great to simply snack on, top a salad with, or add to your favorite soup. Enjoy!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JSL FOODS
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Eric Olsson is the food blogger of RedBeansAndEric.com. He publishes new recipes and interviews weekly. He has developed recipes and written articles for the famous Camellia brand in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been mentioned in Louisiana Cookin‘ magazine and has had recipes featured in Taste of Home magazine – with his Creole Turkey recipe being runner up in their annual Thanksgiving recipe contest. He lives outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife and four children.