Crispy Fried Tofu Wontons

BY : PUBLISHED : April 29th, 2012 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

Looking for an easy vegan appetizer? These fried tofu wontons have been the perfect side dish to bring to parties because this recipe makes a TON. They are very easy to make and you will find yourself wanting to make them often! They are sure to be the star of the table at your next gathering.

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several completed tofu wontons on a white serving platter with a sauce on the side against a brown background

Skip The Takeout!

We all love a good Chinese takeout dinner, right? The happiness when those little containers full of delicious and flavorful dishes arrive is real, but what if you could prepare these tasty meals at home? This super-easy fried wontons recipe is budget-friendly and packed with nutrients and flavors. This Veggie Chow Mein is also another favorite!

Treat Yourself!

We know that eating deep-fried foods is something we shouldn’t do on a daily basis, but enjoying these treats sparingly is definitely okay. The truth is, these wontons get so deliciously crispy because of this cooking method.

As long as you’re usually eating a nice variety of colorful whole plant foods like veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds, you can enjoy these treats occasionally without any worry.

These Crispy Fried Tofu Wontons Are: 

  • Super crunchy!
  • Great as a snack, side, or even by themselves.
  • Plant-based and Vegan.
  • A great vegan appetizer to take to gatherings.
  • Easy to make and perfect to freeze.

The Ingredients and Substitutes

  • Yellow Onion: ½  medium
  • Carrot: 1 small
  • Extra Firm Tofu: ½ block, drained and pressed (learn how to press your tofu here. Curious about the different kinds? Check out this post here!)
  • Teriyaki Sauce: ¼ cup
  • Soy Sauce: ¼ cup (can substitute with Tamari if gluten-free)
  • Wonton Wraps: 1 (50 count) pack (check out the tip below to learn where to find them)
  • Oil: For deep frying (whatever neutral oil you prefer)
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce: Delicious for dipping! (optional, can substitute for your favorite Asian inspired sauce)

several completed tofu wontons on a white serving platter with a sauce on the side against a brown backgroundHow to Make Crispy Fried Tofu Wontons?

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

Begin by mincing the onion and the carrot in a food processor.

Add the pressed tofu to a large bowl with the teriyaki and soy sauce. Marinate for 10 minutes.

Coat the bottom of a pan with oil and heat to medium-high. Add minced carrot, onion, tofu and any excess sauce to the skillet.

Then use a ladle to crush the tofu until it's crumbly. Constantly flip until the ground tofu mixture is thoroughly cooked. When finished cooking, let cool.

Once the mixture has cooled, apply 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the center of a wonton wrap. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle using a small amount of water to seal the tofu mixture in. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Finally, on medium-high heat, fry the wontons until both sides are lightly browned, set aside the finished wontons to cool.

Tips on How to Prepare Fried Tofu Wontons

Making these small pockets filled with veggie and tofu filling is not complicated at all. After preparing the filling, you need to apply 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the center of a wonton wrap. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle using a small amount of water to seal the tofu mixture in. Even if it sounds a bit tricky, be reassured that once you manage to fold one, you’ll be able to follow suit with the rest.

Once you’ve filled and folded all of your wonton sheets (this recipe yields about 50 pieces), you can start the frying process. Serve and enjoy!

FAQS

In what aisle are wonton wrappers in the grocery store?

Since Wonton Wrappers are a form of dough, they are often found in the cold section near the dairy or even in the produce area of your local grocer.

How many crispy tofu wontons does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 50 fried tofu wontons, making it perfect to share with others.

Can I make wontons in the air fryer?

Yes, you can definitely add these to your air fryer and cook them. Just make sure they are in a single layer and not overcrowded for best results.

Can I freeze homemade wontons?

They are great to freeze. To freeze the fried tofu wontons, place them on a plate or tray and then cover them loosely with plastic wrap. Place them in the freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour. Once frozen, transfer them to a bag or airtight container.

What Should I Serve with Fried Tofu Wontons?

These vegan wontons are perfect to pair with other appetizers or filling enough to enjoy by themselves. They are so tasty that you'll find yourself reaching for one after the other!

You can serve them as a side with a delicious stir fry like our Spicy Sesame Tofu Stir-fry, Garlic Ginger Soup, or Tofu Lettuc Wraps.

More Vegan Appetizer Recipes You’ll Love

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

several completed tofu wontons on a white serving platter with a sauce on the side against a brown background

Crispy Fried Tofu Wontons

Jenn Wong
Learn how to make your own crispy fried tofu wontons at home! Warning, you might never go back to take out!
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 50 wontons
Calories 66 kcal
METHOD Frying
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • ½ medium yellow onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • ½ block of extra firm tofu drained and pressed
  • ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 1 (50 count) pack of wonton wraps
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Sweet and sour sauce for dipping optional

Instructions
 

  • Mince the onion and the carrot in a food processor.
  • Add the pressed tofu to a large bowl with the teriyaki and soy sauce. Marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Coat the bottom of a pan with oil and heat to medium-high. Add minced carrot, onion, tofu and any excess sauce to the skillet.
  • Using a ladle, crush the tofu until it's crumbly. Constantly flip until the ground tofu mixture is thoroughly cooked. When finished cooking, let cool.
  • Once the mixture has cooled, apply 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the center of a wonton wrap. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle using a small amount of water to seal the tofu mixture in. Repeat as many times as necessary.
  • On medium-high heat, fry the wontons until both sides are lightly browned, set aside the finished wontons to cool.

Notes

Making these small pockets filled with veggie and tofu filling is not complicated at all. After preparing the filling, you need to apply 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the center of a wonton wrap. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle using a small amount of water to seal the tofu mixture in. Even if it sounds a bit tricky, be reassured that once you manage to fold one, you’ll be able to follow suit with the rest.
Once you’ve filled and folded all of your wonton sheets (this recipe yields about 50 pieces), you can start the frying process. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 166mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Jay says

    Love this, I want to try making these at home

    • Andrea White says

      Nothing like some crispy wontons!

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