Beef Wontons with Cabbage and Ginger

Beef Wontons

Try out these beef wontons with cabbage and ginger if you want to rustle up something delicious that you can make in bulk and freeze too. These are healthier than pork wontons and they freeze really well. Also known as dumplings, these steamed wontons are so more-ish. One is nowhere near enough!

This is a straightforward wonton recipe making it is ideal for beginners. Use extra lean beef if you are watching your fat intake. Once they are cooked you can serve them or freeze them in a well-labeled plastic bag.

Cook them from frozen so you don’t need to thaw them the night before you want to cook them. Because they freeze so well it’s worth making a batch of these delicious beef wontons!

Beef Wontons Ingredients

Beef, ginger and Napa cabbage combine to make the main body for these beef wontons, and garlic, sesame oil and soy sauce enhance the overall flavor of them.

Yes these beef wontons with cabbage really are that good! These beef dumplings are aromatic and unusual, and the flavors work very well together.

If you are a fan of beef and you want to add your favorite Chinese flavors and some healthy vegetables, then this might be the best wonton recipe for you. Why not give these wontons a go? Your family is sure to be impressed with your cooking skills if you do.

Beef Wontons with Cabbage: Healthy and Low in Fat

These healthy wontons are steamed so, apart from the little bit of sesame oil used for flavor, they are pretty much fat-free, especially if you go with lean beef.

Lean beef is not so good for making hamburgers because they will be dry. But these beef wontons are well-hydrated with the sesame oil, soy sauce and vegetables. That means there is no danger of them drying out – just coming out healthy and delicious.


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Ground beef, ginger, vegetables, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce are your filling for these delicious beef wontons. Offering fresh flavors and authenticity, you will really enjoy the Asian taste of these snacks.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 23 mins
  • Yield: 7 1x
  • Category: Wonton
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 1 lb (500g) ground (minced) beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green (spring) onions
  • 4 cups (500g) finely chopped Napa cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • About 35 wonton wrappers
  • Water, as needed


  1. Combine the ground beef with the cabbage, ginger, green onions and garlic in a bowl, mixing them together with your hands. Mix the sesame oil with the salt, pepper and soy sauce in another bowl, then combine the 2 mixtures.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of the beef mixture to the center of a wonton wrapper. Dip your fingertip in some water and trace the half-edge of the wonton wrapper, then fold it in half and crimp the edges closed with your fingers. Don’t put too much filling in, else the wontons will burst open!
  3. Steam the wontons for about 8 minutes or until the filling is cooked through. If you freeze them you will need to steam them for about 13 minutes.

Steamed wontons are always beautiful because the outside of the wonton wrapper is slick, glossy and white, and you can only guess what amazing flavors are inside.

Serve steamed wontons with your favorite dipping sauce. Sweet chili sauce, plum sauce or even plain soy sauce would all work just fine. On the other hand you might like to try something a bit different. I love this satay, which is a creamy peanut sauce.

A dipping sauce is not essential but it does go well with the steamed beef wontons. Serve them in the steamer for a nice authentic touch.

You will need to line the steamer with lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves or perforated steamer papers so the wontons don’t stick. Try this beef wontons with cabbage and ginger recipe today and enjoy the amazing, mouthwatering result.