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Easy 5 Minute Wonton Soup (With Video)

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This is fool-proof, light brothy soup packed with classic Asian flavors and ready in as little as 5 minutes. Perfect for those cold days!

easy five minute wonton soup

I’m not sure what it is about Asian soups and warm weather but I seem to crave them just as much when it’s hot out as I do in the winter! From pho to egg drop to sizzling rice to miso, I can’t get enough of these sweet, salty, spicy, and sour soups!

squeezing a lime into a bowl of soup

Recently, I was in search of a quick and easy meal that I could throw together in minutes with items I already had on hand in my pantry. (And yes, this soup is exactly what inspired me to share my thoughts on Stocking Your Pantry for Asian Cooking!)

closeup 5 minute wonton soup recipe

Although I have made homemade dumplings before, I  also like to keep a store-bought bag in the freezer for last-minute Asian cravings. We love the chicken cilantro dumplings sold at Costco and Trader Joe’s but this soup will work with any type of dumpling.

Liz Making Five Minute Wonton Soup Recipe

Oh and in case you’re wondering, yes, this soup really is ready in under 5 minutes. In fact, when I timed myself last week I got it on the table in 4 1/2 minutes. What can I say? When a pregnant woman is hungry she doesn’t like waiting for her food. :)

Slurping is encouraged, no forks required.

Where do you buy frozen wontons?

Costco or Trader Joe’s sell them. PF Chang’s also has a line of frozen wontons in some major supermarket chains.

closeup 5 minute wonton soup recipe

Easy 5 Minute Wonton Soup (With Video)

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This is a fool-proof, light brothy soup packed with classic Asian flavors and ready in as little as 5 minutes. Perfect for those cold months!
PREP: 2 mins
COOK: 3 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
Servings: 4


  • 6 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon chili paste (optional)
  • 16 frozen dumplings (such as chicken cilantro sold at Costco and Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups baby kale (or baby spinach)
  • 8 ounces rice noodles (prepared according to package instructions)
  • hoisin sauce (optional garnish)
  • fresh cilantro (optional garnish)


  • Bring chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and sambal oelek to a boil in a large soup pot, whisking occasionally.
  • Add frozen dumplings, mushrooms and baby kale to the boiling broth and simmer for 3 minutes until dumplings are warmed through and kale is wilted.
  • Divide noodles between four bowls and cover with equal parts of the wonton soup.
  • Garnish with a drizzle of hoisin sauce and fresh cilantro if you wish.

Recipe Video


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 62.4gProtein: 12.1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 892mgFiber: 6.9gSugar: 1.7g

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  1. I’ve made this again and again! Amazing everytime, exactly how its posted. The only change I make is doubling the recipe! How can something this easy be so delicious??!?

  2. Oh my, this is was so good. I just made it now and it was really good. The whole family enjoyed it. I had some frozen wontons and came across your website. I am adventurous when it comes to cooking. Thanks, Liz for sharing the recipe.

  3. Wonderful! I prefer a hearty bok choy for its crunch and heartiness for leftovers. I also used shiitake mushrooms because I had them on hand. Excellent recipe!

  4. I hate comments by people who haven’t tried the recipe, but I’m also irritated by those who comment on the recipe after they’ve changed nearly every aspect of it. So prepare to be irritated by me.

    After making it once per the recipe (minus the optional fish sauce) and being very pleased, I tinkered. Half the greens, half the mushrooms. some green onions. Combination of Trader Joe’s miso/ginger broth and chicken broth. No noodles, I love dumplings and figured they were sufficient pasta.. The TJ’s chicken/cilantro dumplings are genius, Maybe that’s why I simplified by cutting down on other ingredients.

    Took me a lot longer than 5 minutes, but I’m not much of a cook. Bottom line: this is a fool-proof, light brothy soup. Perfect for those cold months when you feel too congested to eat anything thick.

    1. hahaha That’s too funny, Pat. I make this recipe 1000 different ways as well – as you said, it’s super versatile. To be honest, 95% of my recipes are more of a general suggestion that can be modified / adjusted to use whatever you have on hand or to dietary preference. Glad you made this your own and enjoyed! Let me know if you try any of my other recipes!

      1. UPDATE: Dang After I’ve picked out all the wontons(I can’t help myself!), I drink the remaining broth for breakfast.

  5. The broth was ingenious. I have a hard time making quick Asian style broth that actually tastes good, usually it’s too bland. I used veg broth and veg wontons and it was perfect.

  6. Made this tonight and it was so delicious we went back for more and practically licked the bowls clean. :) Thank you!! Adding this to our lineup.

  7. I made this tonight and it was really great! I used spiralized carrots, baby bok choy, Napa cabbage, baby Bella mushrooms, Trader Joe’s low sodium chicken and vegetable broth, TJs chicken cilantro dumplings and pork potstickers, etc. I prefer the Chicken Cilantro dumplings though. Also, liked the added flavors of chopped fresh cilantro and Hoisin sauce as garnish. We have a large Asian supermarket nearby and bought a lot of ingredients there such as the super-sized carrots for spiralizing. This an easy and quick dinner!

  8. Oooh my gosh was this good! I found a recipe the other day for wonton and bok choy soup, made the wontons (first for me!), and then was on the hunt for a better soup recipe for it since I refuse to use really costly meats just to make a broth (watching the pennies, yo!). So I whipped up your soup here and threw in the wontons I made and it was delicious! My husband has been craving some wonton soup ever since we moved to a MUCH smaller town in the Four Corners of Colorado-used to live near Chinese and Thai places that we loved to order from and now that is just not an option. I’m so thrilled I found your website and I’m going to start reading up and stock some more ingredients so I can cook dishes like this at home a little easier. :) Thanks Liz!

    1. Oh I’m so glad you told me Sara!!!! Thank you so much for your kind words – I’m so glad you loved this soup!!! I eat it almost every week at least once or twice! Happy Holidays! Let me know what else you try!

  9. Hey Liz! No joke, I just bought those chicken and cilantro wontons today at Costco and came home to google wonton soup. And I found you! This looks super easy and delicious, and perfect for tonight since I just did a Costco run with 3 kids and am now exhausted. haha! Normally I would order pizza now :)

  10. I made this soup for dinner tonight using Trader Joes pork potstickers for the dumplings. I added shredded carrots and green onions since I detest mushrooms. Very delicious and easy! My kids and husband enjoyed it too!

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