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Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

These delectable Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton appetizers are the perfect appetizer for your next gathering.

I make this appetizer every year for a family Christmas gathering. I have a bunch of the coolest nieces on the planet who are all avid foodies. Each year for our holiday celeboration, I spend hours and hours in the kitchen preparing food for my family, with a focus on my foodie nieces. I typically prepare a “small plate” type of spread of foods that allows grazing all evening instead of a sit-down meal. My nieces sit around my big kitchen island trying everything, oohing and aahing all evening while I get to chit chat with them. It’s one of my very favorite things all year long.

My nieces have always lovingly dubbed these Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizer as Shrimp Krispies. From the time they were very young, when I would ask them for a list of the foods they wanted me to prepare for our family holiday celebration, they would all unanimously reply, “Shrimp Krispies”!

The cream cheese filling can be prepared ahead of time and and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until it’s time to assemble these easy cream cheese wontons. Making the filling ahead of time allows for a very simple process once your guests arrive.

If you are taking the cream cheese wonton appetizer to a party, you can prepare them all the way up to the step of baking them, and then take the assembled wontons to your party and pop them in the oven at your host’s house. This rangoon style appetizer definitely needs to be served warm.

This cream cheese wonton recipe is also a great game day appetizer. I hope you enjoy this great recipe for one of my favorite appetizers.

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

What You’ll Need – Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • 8 ounces of cooked shrimp, chopped               
  • 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp mirin or rice wine
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced green onions

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 tbsp mirin or rice wine
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chives

For sprinkling on top:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Chives
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Tools You’ll Need

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f.
  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature for abourt 20-30 minutes.
  • Chop the shrimp.
  • Mince the garlic and ginger and chop the green onions.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese with the chopped cooked shrimp, sesame oil, mirin (rice wine), rice wine vinegar, fresh minced ginger and garlic and minced green onions.
  • The best way to bake to bake these cream cheese shrimp wontons is to use a mini muffin baking pan. This allows the appetizer to stay fully formed as it’s baking.
  • Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • Place wonton wrappers in each muffin tin.
  • Place one teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper.
  • Brush the edges of the wrapper with cold water.
  • Light close and fold wonton at the tips of the wrapper and twist a little to keep closed.
  • Once closed, brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with cold water.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • While they are baking, combine the mirin, low sodium soy sauce and 1 tbsp of cold water to make the dipping sauce.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and a little bit of chives into the dipping sauce.
  • Once the cream cheese wontons are baked, place wontons on a serving platter and sprinkle them with chives.
  • Serve the crispy wonton cups with the dipping sauce in the middle of the platter.
Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

Brushing with cold water accomplishes a few goals – 1 – It helps the wontons stay closed, 2- it helps the sesame seeds stick to the top before baking and 3 – it crisps the edges of the wonton wrappers while baking, making these crispy cream cheese wontons AAAMAZING!

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

Tips

You can find the wonton wrappers in the produce section of most grocery stores. They are typically located in the prepared section of the produce aisle near the cold salsas, guacamoles, etc.

If you don’t find them there, they might also be in the dairy aisle near the cheeses or other prepared foods.

They will always be in a refrigerated section of the store.

Kid Hacks

If your kids do not like seafood, mix all of the cream cheese filling ingredients except for the shrimp. Separate out a portion of the cream cheese mixture before adding the shrimp.

Make some of the creamy wontons excluding the shrimp for the kiddos. They will love the creamy filling and the crispy wontons! The best part – you will be introducing them to some new Asian-style flavors with the sesame oil, mirin, rice wine vinegar and sesame seeds.

This is such a great way to introduce kids to new flavors over time and expand their food choices and preferences in a simplified way.

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers heading into the oven!

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

And out they come!

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

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Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Photography by Taylor Slavin, taylorslavinphoto.com

For my dear foodie nieces – Leah, Sami and Mya – this one is for you. I hope you make “Shrimp Krispies” for your families for years to come.

cream cheese and shrimp wonton appetizers

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers

These delectable Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton appetizers are the perfect appetizer for your next gathering. The wontons are crispy on the edges and creamy in the middle. The Asian flavors using the sesame oil, mirin, rice wine vinegar and sesame seeds are incredible.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 8
Calories 144 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the cream cheese & shrimp filling:

  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • 8 ounces of cooked shrimp chopped
  • 8 ounce block of cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp mirin or rice wine
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp minced green onions

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 tbsp mirin or rice wine
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chives

For sprinkling on top:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Chives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f.
  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature for abourt 20-30 minutes.
  • Chop the shrimp.
  • Mince the garlic and ginger and chop the green onions.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese with the chopped cooked shrimp, sesame oil, mirin (rice wine), rice wine vinegar, fresh minced ginger and garlic and chopped green onions.
  • The best way to bake to bake these cream cheese shrimp wontons is to use a mini muffin baking pan. This allows the appetizer to stay fully formed as it’s baking.
  • Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • Place wonton wrappers in each muffin tin.
  • Place one teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper.
  • Brush the edges of the wrapper with cold water.
  • Light close and fold wonton at the tips of the wrapper and twist a little to keep closed.
  • Once closed, brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with cold water.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • While they are baking, combine the mirin, low sodium soy sauce and 1 tbsp of cold water to make the dipping sauce.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and a little bit of chives into the dipping sauce.
  • Once the cream cheese wontons are baked, place wontons on a serving platter and sprinkle them with chives.
  • Serve the crispy wonton cups with the dipping sauce in the middle of the platter.

Notes

Nutritional information is an estimate only and provided for your reference.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese and Shrimp Wonton Appetizers
Serving Size
 
3 wontons
Amount per Serving
Calories
144
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
42
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
610
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
149
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
78
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
130
mg
13
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jen

    5 stars
    These are incredible!

  2. Deb

    5 stars
    So very good!

  3. Ananya

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! And was super convenient to make.

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