10 Minute Wonton Soup

I’m not even kidding guys. You are 10 minutes away from this incredible Asian wonton soup. 

10 Minute Wonton SoupYOU. GUYS.

10 Minute Wonton Soup

My sister Nikki sent this text to our family last week: “That agent, ____, offered me representation today. I’m so excited!!!”

Some of you may remember the post where I bragged about how Nikki’s novel won the Grand Prize for All Categories at a writing conference she attended. Well now she’s all growed up and has an agent of her own! She’s one step closer to getting published!!

10 Minute Wonton SoupI’ve been reading Nikki’s YA novel, Shatter, since it’s infancy, and I’m not at all a biased, adoring little sister when I say that I knew from the start that someday Nikki was not only going to be published, but launched into the fame and riches that comes with authorship. Writers have always made tons of money, right??

Her news induced an epic family texting war, a few of us mostly in the game to annoy the crap out of our siblings at work. The issue was who had texted Nikki back to congratulate her first (I’m in green):

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(For the record guys, I was first.)

10 Minute Wonton Soup

But anyway, back to Nikki’s awesome news. Getting signed with an agent is BIG. She’s been working hard for this for a long time. To share her excitement, this week she is hosting a $35 Barnes and Noble giveaway on her blog. Her novel is a mystery, so naturally you have to solve a (simple!) clue to enter. Click here for the clue to guess her agent’s name (and see naked people celebrating!) Congratulations Nikki!!! 

10 Minute Wonton Soup

Let me introduce you to My New Favorite Dinner. I have made this soup 4 times already since I discovered it a few weeks ago, and obviously I cook a lot, so that’s saying something. It’s amazing, and it literally takes 10 minutes. I got the recipe from the lovely Liz over at The Lemon Bowl. She calls it 5 minute Wonton Soup, but I’m knife-challenged and it takes me 5 minutes just to mince ginger, so I upped it to 10 minutes. But I promise it is super fast.

10 Minute Wonton Soup

And adaptable! That’s the best part, besides the awesome flavor. Liz’s version has kale and mushrooms, I used spinach and peas. Take a look in your veggie drawer or freezer and throw in whatever you have. Add rice or noodles to beef it up if you want. Green onions, carrots, or sesame seeds would be great additions. You can add several dashes of sriracha or any hot sauce in lieu of sweet chili sauce. Or just leave it out. (I mean, if you’re a wuss.) 

10 Minute Wonton Soup

If I keep wontons in my freezer (which I most certainly will now!) I usually have everything on hand to make this soup. It’s an oh-crap-I-forgot-dinner-again lifesaver. (Forget is the wrong word.  More like “I’m-in-denial-about-dinner-again.”) Check out Liz’s post on How to Stock Your Pantry for Asian Cooking if the ingredients don’t look familiar to you. Asian cooking is a flavorful way to eat healthy.

PS If you haven’t entered the Blendtec giveaway yet go do it! Blend your life away!

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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10 Minute Wonton Soup

Yield: Serves 4


  • 6 cups chicken broth, regular or low sodium
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, regular or low sodium
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar*
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 or 2-1/2 cups frozen wontons (like the ones sold at Costco or Trader Joe's)**
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups (or more) baby spinach, packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (or more), chopped
  • roughly chopped cashews, to garnish each bowl


  1. Add the chicken broth to a medium-large pot and set over high heat. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sweet chili sauce, and the ginger. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. When it is boiling, add the wontons, frozen peas, and baby spinach. Continue to cook over high heat for about 3 minutes until the wontons are warmed through.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro (or sprinkle it over each bowl). Serve the soup with chopped cashews.


*Regular vinegar can be subbed for the rice vinegar.

**You can find frozen wontons at most grocery stores


Source: slightly adapted from The Lemon Bowl

10 Minute Wonton SoupHere’s the Sweet Chili Sauce I used. I found it in the Asian aisle at the grocery store. So good!

10 Minute Wonton SoupAnd here are the wontons I used. They were giving out samples at Costco and I couldn’t resist. Now I’m glad I gave in!





  1. says

    So if you’re in denial about dinnertime, I think I’m in anger (we’re talking stages of grief here). I’m going to start shooting for bargaining. “Life, I will buy wantons, and you will stop my kids from throwing rice at the wall. Deal?” I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

    Also, THANKS for the congrats! I’m so excited!!!!! Thanks for helping me with the contest, too. Everyone, I’m the older sister who doesn’t have give-away savvy or 5,000 FB fans or an Instagram following. I just bask in Karen’s occasional praise like nothing needs to be reflected back. Karen, YOU ROCK SO MUCH!! Your food makes my husband jealous. Wish we lived closer. (It’s a haiku. I’m a writer, okay?)
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    • says

      haha! Hopefully the Wonton soup will help you slide right past the depression stage and into the acceptance stage??

      You win in the rocking category. Pretty sure I’ve never written a novel and gotten signed.

      ps I love your haiku.

  2. says

    Totally laughing on who congratulated her first…. We always have a competition to see who called mom and dad first on their birthday, fathers, mothers day etc. Bonus points for visiting them in person… This soup looks amazing… love how easy it sounds to make. I am not a fast chopper so I’m sure I would be in the 10+ category. Loving the use of spinach and peas too. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. says

    Such fantastic news for your sister. And after her book is published and she needs some book reviews, just send her my way!
    Also? I have a serious crush on wontons. Serious crush. So this soup looks delicious.
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  4. says

    Dear Karen,

    I just spent the last 20 minutes speed-reading through your sister’s blog (because I’m supposed to be working, not reading blogs) and couldn’t figure out how to comment (see need for speed above), but please let her know that I am OBSESSED. I JUST finished the Veronica Mars series (my roommate highly recommended it) and literally just watched the VM movie last night. Which was highly unsatisfying. Which is why I need more sassy Veronica Mars-like literature to fill the new void in my life. And congrats to her for winning that contest + getting an agent! Being a novelist was a dream of mine up through high school, so as you might be able to tell, I’m a little excited for her :)

    And um this soup! I want to eat it, ALL OF IT while I read your sister’s book. Okay done. You guys are such a talented lot!!
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    • says

      Um, can you tell I’m new at blogging?
      I’m SO SORRY you couldn’t find a way to leave a comment, Erika! I feel so bad. I figured out it’s because I changed something with the pages this morning. So I’m trying to fix it.
      But thank you so much for letting me know you liked it. You can’t imagine how happy that makes me! Writers get a lot of critics. :) Thanks!!!
      Oh, and Veronica Mars, the TV show, is the best entertainment in existence.
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  5. says

    I’m so excited for your sister, Karen! When I was in high school, one of my dream jobs was “author” and I always wanted to write Stephen King-esque novels. Keep us updated on her journey towards publication. I love that you had to increase the time it takes for you to make the soup. Hell, this would probably take me an hour to make, given my crappy cooking/knife skills. I ALWAYS have wontons in the freezer.. My meals look far sadder than this delicious, flavourful soup. Usually I just boil the wontons and eat them alone. Depressing. This soup, not so much! Love it.
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  6. Sarah says

    Um, yeah!! This is truly 10 minutes and done. And so, so yummy and satisfying. I made it for a friend of mine who just had a baby and loves Asian food, and fortunately there’s lots left for us too. I added about 3 cups of leftover jasmine rice and used the Costco wontons. Love it. I will definitely make it again and again.

      • Jeanie says

        All I could find at the grocery store was frozen crispy cream cheese wontons that are supposed to be baked for 10 minutes. I tried cheese tortllini in my soup (what is it with cheese at this store?) and they were way too small and flavorless. Is there any way you think the crispy wontons I have would work in soup?

        • says

          Hmmm. I don’t know Jeanie. I’m not sure they will cook in the soup if they are meant to be baked. Maybe what you could do is bake them as directed and then add them last minute to the soup? Let me know how it goes!

  7. Amy says

    Wonderful recipe! My husband and I were home sick with colds and last night I whipped this up and it really hit the spot! It’s hearty enough to feel satiated but light and bright flavor-wise to comfort a head cold. I didn’t have spinach but I happened to have some pre-washed baby kale which worked beautifully. My husband loves pho but we were too lazy/sick to go out to eat it, so I added a little bit of dry rice noodles (the thin ones that cook up almost clear), which cooked up in the broth super quick. It always takes me a few minutes to mince ginger too, so I buy a tube of prepared ginger from an Asian market–it’s shelf-stable unopened but should be refrigerated upon opening. It’s neither salty nor sweet so it’s very handy to have on hand for many quick-fix Asian recipes that only require a small amount of ginger– I even squeeze a pea-sized amount into hot green or black tea (along with honey) when I’m under the weather. Anyway, thanks again for the great recipe!

    • says

      I love your idea of putting a little ginger in your tea when you’re sick! I’ve used that tube kind too, it’s golden, especially when you’re in a hurry or sick. I’m so glad this soup hit the spot for you and your husband! Nothing beats a quick soup when you are under the weather (and who wants to chop forever). Thanks for your review Amy! Hope you two get to feeling better soon!


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