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Shrimp and Brown Rice Wontons

Garnero offers this low-fat, full-flavor recipe for Asian shrimp and wontons.


  • 1 packet square Wonton wrappers

  • Filling:
    • 12 ounces shrimp, veins removed
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ginger, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons carrots, minced, blanched
    • 3 tablespoons celery, minced, blanched
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 3/4 cup brown rice, completely cooked

  • Scallion Oil:
    • 2 bunches scallions, green only
    • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
    • 4 tablespoons neutral-flavored vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Garnish:
    • Large bamboo steamer basket (if available)
    • Banana leaves, cut into triangles (1 piece per plate)
    • Scallions, sliced (if desired)
    • Toasted sesame seeds (if desired)
    • Purchased wonton dipping sauce or soy sauce


  1. First, make scallion oil: Blanch scallions briefly in boiling water. Then place scallions and vinegar into a blender and puree until very smooth. Add the oil while the blender is running to form an emulsion. Season to taste with salt.
  2. Next, prepare filling: Place shrimp, oil, sugar, parsley, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper into food processor and quickly pulse to make a coarse and chunky paste. Remove puree, put cooked rice into processor, and quickly puree just to break up the grains. Combine the rice, shrimp, and diced vegetables and mix.
  3. Fill the wonton wrappers with shrimp filling as directed on wonton package. (If making ahead, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment; refrigerate or freeze until ready to cook.)
  4. To cook wontons, heat a small amount of oil in large saute pan and cook filled wontons lightly golden brown. Turn on side; add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover; steam until centers are cooked, 4-5 minutes.
  5. To serve, place banana leaves (if using) in the bottom of steamer basket or dish, then place the wontons on top of the leaves. Top each wonton with scallion oil, sesame seeds, and sliced scallions as desired. Place sets of chopsticks around the basket and serve individual containers of dipping sauce on the side.

approximately 20, 1-ounce wontons (about 6 servings of 3 wontons each)

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 245 calories, 8.8 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 0.93 g fiber, 65 mg cholesterol, 2.2 g fat, 2.1g saturated fat, 225 mg sodium.

Recipe provided by Michael Garnero, CHE, associate professor of culinary arts, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA); head chef, St. Andrew's Cafe, Hyde Park, New York; © 2006 Michael Garnero.

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Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2006