I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: soup is a great food for helping you explore the world through food. As a dish, it’s generally easy to make, can include a limitless number of ingredients, and varies in every single culinary culture across the world. I recently decided to start adding ethnic soups to my site for this reason – it’s too much fun to travel the world in a bowl of soup!
Today, I’m here to share my recipe for Instant Pot wonton soup. This recipe is super easy to make and brings in ingredients and flavors from Asia even if it’s not a strictly traditional dish from any specific country.
As with all of my Instant Pot recipes, you don’t have to have a name-brand pressure cooker to make this soup – nor do you even need to use a pressure cooker if you’d rather make it on a stove top. I’ve included notes after the recipe card on how to adapt this wonton soup recipe to make it on the stove instead. Read on for a detailed description of making Instant Pot wonton soup, followed by an easy-to-follow recipe card so you can make it at home too.
Making Instant Pot Wonton Soup
Start by pulling out your Instant Pot and setting it to the sauté function. Add the sesame and olive oil; before you ask: yes you should seek out and use sesame oil rather than doubling the olive oil. Sesame oil has a great flavor that’s crucial for giving Asian-inspired soups an important flavor component.
Add the finely chopped ginger and garlic to the oil and cook until fragrant. This is my favorite part of soup-making, as it gives you the first hints of how the final product will smell (and taste!). Try to avoid browning the ginger or garlic, which should take 1-2 minutes max.
Next, add the chicken broth and frozen wontons plus the parsely, salt, and pepper. Ensure the wontons all separate and aren’t stuck frozen together. Put the lid on your Instant Pot and lock it.
Switch to the soup function and set the timer for two minutes; it will take 10-15 minutes to pressurize your pressure cooker before the timer starts.
Once the timer is over, depressurize and unlock your Instant Pot, then remove the lid. Mix in the bok choy and soy sauce. Let the sauce sit and steam, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes.
Season with additional salt if you prefer, then serve up with green onions as a garnish.
Instant Pot Wonton Soup Recipe
- 1½ pounds Frozen Wontons
- 2 cups Bok Choy, thinly sliced
- 10 cups Chicken broth
- 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Ginger, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Set your Instant Pot to the sauté function. Pour in sesame oil and olive oil. Add ginger and garlic to the hot oil; cook until fragrant without browning (about 1 minute).
- Add chicken broth, wontons, parsley, salt, and pepper. Break apart any wontons that have frozen together. Close and lock the lid.
- Select Soup function; set timer for 2 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
- Depressurize, unlock, and remove the lid. Mix in bok choy and soy sauce and let sit, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
- Taste and season with additional salt if necessary.
- Ladle soup into bowls and top with green onions.
Making Wonton Soup on a Stovetop
With such a short cook time on the Instant Pot, you might wonder if it’s even worth it to make this wonton soup with a pressure cooker. To be honest, I’m on the fence. I love cooking my soup on a stovetop so I can get the smells permeating the house the entire time it’s cooking; this specific recipe takes almost the same amount of time on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot because of how long pressure cookers take to pressurize.
So if you want to make this recipe on a stovetop instead, here’s how to adjust the recipe:
- Sauté the ginger and garlic in the sesame and olive oil, in your favorite soup pot.
- Add the broth, wontons, and spices, and bring the soup up to a gentle boil, then cover and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Mix in the bok choy and soy sauce and simmer for 3-5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Serve up as described above, and enjoy!
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