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Shrimp and basil wontons

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Wontons with pineapple salsa

You don't need to go out to a restaurant to get wonderful Asian food. You can create these fabulous wontons at home. Made from shrimp and basil, these wontons are a delicious appetizer that are perfect for a party. Enjoy these wontons with citrus hoisin sauce and pineapple salsa.
Wontons with pineapple salsa


  • 30 peeled and prepared shrimp
  • 30 wonton squares
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 30 basil leaves small enough to fit in the wonton
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Lay the wonton squares on your work surface and lightly brush two of the four sides with egg.
  2. Place the basil on the wonton followed by the shrimp which should divide the wonton into two triangles.
  3. Take one of corners and fold it over the shrimp till it meets with the other corner and seal with your fingers.
  4. Once the shrimp and basil are sealed in the wonton, place the wontons in a frying pan that is already set to low-to-medium heat with about a teaspoon of olive oil to cover the pan.
  5. Cook until wonton skin is lightly browned.
  6. Serve with citrus hoisin sauce and pineapple salsa.

Tip: Always place a cloth over the wonton skins you are not using to avoid drying and cracking.

Citrus hoisin sauce


  • 2 cups hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • juice of one lemon, lime, and orange
  • 3 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger minced


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium high heat.
  2. Reduce to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Take off the heat and hold until you are ready to use it.

Pineapple salsa


  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 green onions sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced jalapeno


  1. Toss all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Chill until you are ready to serve.

This recipe was provided by Chef Josh Paulsen from the 508 Bar and Restaurant, which is located in downtown Minneapolis.

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