crispy fried wonton strips in a bowl with duck sauce and cups of tea

Fried Wonton Strips

Takeout Fakeout! These crispy fried wonton strips are an easy way to bring a taste of your favorite Chinese-American restaurants home.
Course Snack
Cuisine Asian
Keyword crispy Chinese noodles, crispy wonton strips, fried wonton strips
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 258kcal
Author Amanda Biddle


  • 1 package large wonton wrappers
  • vegetable oil or peanut oil , for frying
  • duck sauce and Chinese style hot mustard , for serving


  • Pour about 1-1/2 to 2 inches of oil into a deep, heavy-bottomed pot. Heat to 360 degrees F, clipping a candy thermometer to the side of the pot to regulate the temperature.
  • While the oil is heating, cut as many wonton wrappers as you would like to serve into 3/4-inch wide strips. Keep wontons covered with a towel while you finish heating the oil.
  • Line a baking sheet or cooling rack with a double layer of paper towels. Set aside. 
  • When the oil reaches temperature, carefully add a handful of wonton strips to the pot. They will immediately puff up. Fry for 1-2 minutes, using a spider strainer or slotted spoon to move them around in the pot. When they're golden brown on all sides, drain them with the spider or slotted spoon and transfer them to the paper towel-lined baking sheet to cool. 
  • Let the oil return to 360 degrees F between each batch of wonton strips. (The temperature will drop about 10 degrees to 350 when the wontons are added.) 
  • Serve crispy wonton strips with duck sauce and/or Chinese mustard for dipping. Or, enjoy them with your favorite soups and salads.



A note about peanut oil and allergies: While the FDA doesn't label highly-refined peanut oil as an allergen, I always tell my guests when I use any kind of peanut oil. That way, they're aware and can decide for themselves whether it's something they're able to eat.

To make ahead and store:

Let the wonton strips cool completely before transferring to an airtight container (I like to use a large cookie tin). They will keep well at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Air fryer Instructions:

You can make wonton strips in the air fryer, but the wontons won't puff up as they do with the hot oil in deep frying. They do come crispy, but it's a different chip in terms of texture. I like them for a lighter snack.
To make them, cut wontons into strips and spray them with cooking spray. Lay them by the handful in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally.
Air fryers can vary by model in terms of times and temperatures. Watch your first batch closely to gauge how much time they need.


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.9mg