Ground Beef Wontons with Green Onion

These delicious ground beef wontons with green onion contain ground beef and green onions of course, along with soy sauce and more. You can either steam or simmer them, and you can even freeze them and cook them from frozen whenever you have a wonton craving! If you are wondering just how versatile wontons are the answer is… very! They can be steamed, boiled, baked or deep fried, and they can be filled with all kinds of wonderful fillings.

Pork and shrimp make a typical filling, while other wonton recipes like Crab Rangoon wontons are also popular. Then there are beef recipes such as this one, and beef is both filling and rich-tasting, so you can be assured of a very tasty result. Try this ground beef wontons with green onion recipe if you want some Chinese comfort food which is sure to put a smile on your face.

Make a Few or a Batch

Wontons can be fiddly to make and sometimes you only want to make 6 or 8 of them, for an appetizer or for wonton soup recipes, so it is worth making a big batch and freezing them, then you just need to pull them out of the freezer and cook them when the wonton mood strikes you. Consider that for this ground beef wontons with green onion recipe.

Freeze wontons in a single layer on a tray then, when they are frozen, put them all in a big bag to save space in the freezer. If you freeze them in a big bag, instead of singly first, they will all stick together and break apart when you are trying to reheat them, allowing the filling to leak out. 

Juicy Minced Beef Wontons
Wonton fillings vary hugely but beef is a good one because it offers a rich, meaty taste, and combines nicely with the other flavors used like the sesame oil and ginger. The result is really good.
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe type: Wonton
Serves: 5
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  • 1 ½ lbs (750g) lean ground (minced) beef
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 finely chopped green (spring) onions
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 40 wonton wrappers
  1. Mix the ground beef with the garlic, ginger, egg and green onions and use your bare hands to combine everything. Mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper together and pour this into the beef mixture. Mix well. Lay out the wonton wrappers and divide the beef mixture between them (you can do them one by one, using about a tablespoon of filling in each, or lay them all out if you have a big work surface).
  2. Dip your finger in water and trace along half the wonton wrapper edge, folding the wrapper over to make a triangle and pressing the edges shut, squeezing out any excess air as you go.
  3. Steam the wontons for 8 minutes in batches or until the inside is cooked through (you will have to open one to check). If you are freezing them and then cooking them from frozen, they will need an additional 5 minutes in the steamer. These wontons can also be poached (cook them in simmering water until they float to the surface).

So are you going to give this ground beef wontons with green onion recipe a try? You know, ground beef is not as popular in Chinese cuisine as ground pork, but it does give wontons a particularly rich and meaty flavor, especially when you add other tasty ingredients to your wonton filing recipe like green onions, garlic and sesame oil.

Ground beef can be extra-lean, lean, regular or fatty, but pick lean ground beef for most wonton recipes, since the other ingredients will keep the beef moist and steaming or poaching the wontons does not encourage the meat or the wontons to dry out. From the picture you can see how some of your ingredients will look. Although the stack of wontons is uncovered in the photo, cover yours with a damp cloth to stop them drying out.

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