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Shrimp Wonton Soup with Kale #WeekdaySupper

Shrimp Wonton Soup with Kale - Fold your own wontons at home. It's fun, and way easier than you would think! |

Whoa, you guys. I made homemade wonton soup. And it was about 300% easier than I expected it to be. If I had to pick two talents that I simply don’t and will never have, they would be playing volleyball and folding origami. I am so comically bad at both of them that I prefer to pretend these hobbies don’t exist. But, I love wonton soup, and for some reason, planned to make a homemade version before I realized that folding wontons would essentially be….origami. So, I expected to be frustrated. I expected to give up. I even sort of expected tears, ala the phyllo incident.

But then, I found this tutorial for folding wontons, and just went for it. The first few were a little wonky, but still totally passable as soup wontons. And by the third, it was really no struggle at all. I mean, I won’t say I was a pro, but I was breezing right through it! Folding wonton origami! It was a super exciting and proud moment in my kitchen, for sure.

Shrimp Wonton Soup with Kale - Fold your own wontons at home. It's fun, and way easier than you would think! |

This shrimp wonton soup is actually a great #WeekdaySupper, as the whole family can get involved to get this on the table quickly! First, just get the aromatic broth going – you’ll need some garlic, ginger and chicken broth. The depth of flavor here comes from soy sauce and fish sauce. While the broth is doing it’s thing, start the wonton origami. The filling is just three ingredients – finely chopped raw shrimp, sesame oil and sambal oelek (sriracha would also be lovely). Have everybody read through the tutorial, and then get them in the kitchen helping you fold these up! Simmer the wontons and a few handfuls of kale in the delicious broth, finish it with bean sprouts, and there you go!

P.S. If Asian soups with dark leafy things are your thing, you might want to check out my Spicy Pork & Mustard Green Soup.

Shrimp Wonton Soup with Kale - Fold your own wontons at home. It's fun, and way easier than you would think! |

Shrimp Wonton Soup with Kale

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes


For the Broth:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 6 cups less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 cups packed chopped kale
  • 1 cup bean sprouts

For the Shrimp Wontons:

  • 1/3 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp (tails removed), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 14 wonton wrappers


  1. Make Broth: In large saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add broth, soy sauce, fish sauce and white pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer while you prepare the wontons.
  2. Meanwhile, make Shrimp Wontons: In small bowl, stir together shrimp, sesame oil and sambal oelek.
  3. Lay one wonton wrapper on work surface. Place 1 teaspoon of shrimp filling onto center of wrapper. Dip your finger into a bowl of cold water and run it along the sides and bottom of wrapper. Fold wrapper in half, folding away from you; press out any air pockets and seal edges. Place a dab of water in bottom left corner. Fold wonton over again by lifting up the side closest to you and folding it away from you. Connect the corner with the dab of water to the underside of the corner to the right by bringing both sides up in an arc motion. Press firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers. Need help? Check out this step-by-step tutorial!
  4. Stir kale into broth, then gently place wontons into broth. Increase heat to medium; simmer 5 minutes. Divide between 4 soup bowls and serve immediately, garnished with bean sprouts.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.

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8403137561_3bf910954c_oMake sure you check out this week’s other easy #WeekdaySupper recipes!
Monday – Crazy Foodie Stunts – Paglia e Fieno
Tuesday – La Cocina de Leslie – Chicken Pipián Verde
Thursday – Magnolia Days – Artichoke Spinach Pasta
Friday – MealDiva – Broccoli Rabe Pasta Toss



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16 Responses to “Shrimp Wonton Soup with Kale #WeekdaySupper”

  1. Renee Dobbs — March 5, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Wonton soup is one of the things I get when I have a cold. I usually send my husband to a place to pick it up. I’ve never even thought about making it a home. I will now. Homemade is so much better.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 5th, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

      Oh yes, I ALWAYS need wonton soup when I get a cold. It’s funny, because my local Chinese place doesn’t sell it by the quart, only the pint. Last time I was sick, I wanted to get enough wonton soup to last me several days, so I ordered like FOUR pints of it. And nothing else. Pretty sure the lady that owned the place thought I was just crazy. She included like 8 spoons. Must have thought I was having some sort of wonton soup party.


  2. Heather — March 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

    This is a gorgeous bowl of soup, Lori – and your wontons look perfect!


  3. Shaina Wizov — March 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful! I love that you made shrimp wontons…and kale! Genius!


  4. littleredkitchen — March 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I love wonton soup, it’s my go to soup at a Chinese restaurant. However I cheat when I make it at home and just buy the frozen ones in chinatown. :-)


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 5th, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      Well damn, now I’m jealous that you live near a Chinatown. I’m stuck making my own like a chump. haha.


  5. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This looks so gorgeous! I have put kale in mine before but I have to fix that super soon.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 5th, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      I think it just came about because I had some leftover kale, but it worked :)


  6. DB-The Foodie Stuntman — March 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    It looks delicious!


  7. Nancy — March 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Girl, I am SOOOO impressed! i suck at folding origami and the like. I’m way too intimidated to make my own wontons (I either go out to eat it or I buy the frozen stuff). These are pure perfection. Your wontons are beautiful! As are your photos. That’s a delicious bowl of comfort right there.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 6th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Nancy. I’ll probably STILL get takeout wonton most of the time, but it’s nice to know that I actually can make my own. Fun party trick?


  8. Tara — March 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love making homemade wonton soup, yours looks so good!! I actually taught a cooking class on this at school to grade nines, they loved making them too!!


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