Dec 102012

This is a very simple recipe for a great appetizer. Once you have the wonton cups ready, which can be baked days ahead and stored in an airtight container, the filling is almost infinite…sweet or savory, whatever is your preference. It is great filled with party cream and topped with fresh fruit or any creamy salad, like potato salad, chicken salad, hummus, you name it…

This time I made them with cream cheese filling,  topped with smoked salmon and decorated with capers. The trick here is to avoid the wonton cups from getting soggy, so I placed a layer of iceberg lettuce and then placed the other “wet” layers. This way there is none or very little contact of the “sauce”  with the wonton skin.

Anyway, I hope you try this recipe, it is pretty and tastes great. Again, it is perfect to serve as an appetizer at home or when going to a potluck party.


Wonton Cups

1 package of wonton wrappers (can be found in the refrigerator section, most of the Asian grocery)
Olive oil

Few iceberg lettuce leaves, cut into small piece to cover the wonton cups.

Smoked Salmon Filling

8 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoon horseradish sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoon dry dill
12 oz smoked salmon
Capers, drained


Wonton Cup

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cut the wonton wrappers, into a circle, by removing mainly the four corners. I stack a few wonton wrappers together and cut all together with the scissor.

On a plate separate the wonton wrappers and brush lightly with the olive oil. Place another wonton wrapper on top of the brushed one and brush the top, place another wrapper on top of the brushed one and so on, until you have a stack. Separate the wonton wrapper and gently press over into the mini muffin tin.

Bake until the wonton wrappers are slightly golden brown, for approximately 7 minutes. Keep your eyes on the oven as it may burn easily. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Use immediately or store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

Smoked Salmon Filling

Cut the smoked salmon into small strips and roll them, like a little rose. Set them aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese with the horseradish, dill, salt and pepper until creamy. If using a piping bag, place the cream cheese mix into a piping bag.

Assemble the Smoked Salmon Cups

Gently place a small piece of the iceberg lettuce inside the wonton cup.

Pipe the cream cheese mix into the cup, on top of the lettuce. If not using a piping bag, use two teaspoons to place the cream cheese mix.

Place a rolled piece of smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese mix, and add a couple of capers on it. Ready to serve.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that wonton wrappers are used to make a type of dumpling called wonton, often found in Chinese cuisine?  Wontons wrappers are made of flour, egg, water and salt and compressed into a very thin square. In Chinese cuisine wonton dumpling are filled with ground pork, shrimp and seasoned with all kind of spices.

Thank you for stopping by Simple Recipes and have a great week!

  50 Responses to “Smoked Salmon in Wonton Crispy cups”

  1. These look wonderful. I used to make cups with filo pastry until I realised wonton cups were so much quicker! Great party appetiser!

  2. What a great idea and so pretty too. Smoked salmon is one of my all time favorites and I always have a package or two in my freezer.

  3. It was great to see you again, Juliana 🙂 These wonton cups with salmon are going on my holiday hors d’oeuvres list! They look beautiful and delicious!

  4. What a great idea. And so perfectfor the holidays. So many possible fillings but I do love smoked salmon. I would make a meal out of them too. Have a great week Juliana.

  5. What a great idea, Juliana! So pretty and delicious, it makes an elegant presentation. I’ll definitely will making this soon, I love it.

  6. I’m always looking for new ideas for appetizers for the holidays- these look so good! They would impress my guests for sure. 🙂

  7. Nice. These will make such great canapé for cocktail party. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

  8. These would make a great appetizer or fingerfood for any party!

  9. What a great appetizer! I really love the idea.



  10. I have never seen wonton wrappers here and I am so curious as to what they taste like 🙂

  11. These are really such a perfect party snack! I love that you used wonton wrappers too! 🙂

  12. What a fantastic elegant snack idea! I suppose I could use the Japanese dumpling skins which are round (I have them in the freezer all the time) and I already see so many different filling ideas… Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  13. What a lovely snack/appetizer! My husband and I love smoked salmon, so I know we would enjoy these very much.

  14. I love smoked salmon!

  15. What a clever idea, Juliana. I love the idea…we adore smoked salmon and this little cup of goodness is perfect!

  16. Like that you bake your wonton cups instead of deep frying. These surely will have many uses.Thanks for sharing.

  17. this looks wonderful great idea for parties

  18. Amazing how you can put just about anything into a wonton wrapper and create an amazing new dish. These are such elegant little appetizers- I can see them being right at home at a fancy Christmas or New Year’s party!

  19. I just may make these for a party next week…I have some creme fraiche in the fridge and just need to pick up some smoked salmon! YUM!

  20. These are beautiful, Juliana! I love smoked salmon and what a wonderful way to prepare it.

  21. Your smoked salmon cups are a wonderful appetizer, perfect for holiday entertaining;-)

  22. Cutie and adorable are your appetizers, Juliana! The fillings look inviting and the crisp cups are nicely baked. Can’t wait to have a party : )!

  23. Beautiful and good timing: that would please any holiday crowd! 🙂

  24. What a great and crispy appetizer! Love the little shells.

  25. Wonderful idea for a festive little appetizer. I love anything with smoked salmon, so I could probably wolf down quite a few of these. 😉

  26. Delicious and fancy looking – perfect for any holiday party!

  27. Beautiful party appetizers Juliana and the idea of the lettuce was really smart! Perfect for the Christmas gatherings that are coming!

  28. This is so creative and unique recipe. I love how you used the wonton skin and incorporated smoked salmon. Makes a lovely finger food for parties and gatherings.

  29. Fantastic idea! The wonton cups are ace, you could fill them with anything!

  30. Such a great idea and looks so pretty! Definitely an awesome appetizer or finger food.

  31. magnificent use for wonton wrappers! i, of course, would fill them with something sugary and rich, but this is good too. 🙂

  32. Wow, these wonton cups are a great idea! I can think of dozens of uses for them. But salmon and cream cheese is such a classic that it has to be at the top of the list. Really good stuff – thanks so much.

  33. *licking lips while reading this* This looks like maybe I can pull this off. Hmm….

  34. These wontons are so cute and festive — perfect party appetizer 🙂

    Have a great week, my friend 🙂

  35. This is a great idea, I love these!

  36. What a pretty & tasty appetizer!

    Happy Holidays!

  37. Beautiful, elegant, and delicious. Love these!

  38. What mouthwatering treats my friend love these 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  39. i love these wantan cups idea! they are fantastic finger food for parties.. i love smoked salmon too!

  40. Smoked salmon is one of my favorite foods. This is such a great appetizer and recipe. Love the wonton serving cups. Thanks for sharing Juliana!

  41. Such a great idea for the holiday parties and salmon is my favorite.

  42. Love wonton skins and love smoked salmon. What a great combination! Good job on another lovely fusion! 🙂 oh yes, and let’s not forget that delicious cream cheese… mmmmm

  43. GDayem! I wish I had read this post yesterday when I was stuck for ‘starter’ ideas for my friend’s xmas party! I ended up bringing oysters!!! LOL

  44. You are so creative! What a terrific idea for appetizers. You could go savory or sweet. The ideas are endless! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  45. What a great idea and delicious appetizer!

  46. What a great idea for a party appetizer. We love smoked salmon and I love how easy this is for guests to pick up and eat.

  47. What a delicious and beautiful appetizer!!!

  48. The classical fish canapés still rock, you know! I love them so much: so much flavour here too! 🙂

    It is a grand combo that i always love, always! 🙂 xxx Have a great & fun week, dear Juliana!

  49. […] of this year and I owe it to Juliana (Simple Recipes) who, thanks to her beautiful post featuring wonton cups with smoked salmon filling, taught me the most magical snack trick in the world. Thank you so much, Juliana, for this amazing […]

  50. Hi Juliana, this appetizer look extremely good. Very cute and pretty too. Excellent finger food. Best regards.