Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Crunchy Shrimp Wontons with Green-Onion Dipping Sauce

1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves and tender stems from 24 sprigs
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
24 large shell-on shrimp (20 to 24 per lb.)
Vegetable oil for frying
24 square wonton wrappers
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup soy sauce, chopped cilantro, lemon zest, 2 tbsp. ginger, and 1 tbsp. sesame oil.
2. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on, and devein. Add to soy mixture and marinate, covered, 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature. Drain shrimp in a colander, spread out on paper towels, and pat dry.
3. Pour oil into a deep, heavy pot to a depth of 3 in. and heat to 375°. Meanwhile, spread out wonton wrappers. Working with one wrapper at a time, put several cilantro leaves and stems along wrapper edge nearest you. Top them with a shrimp, arranging shrimp lengthwise so that tail extends beyond wrapper. Fold the wrapper edge opposite the tail over shrimp. Brush far edge of wrapper with water and, starting with near edge, roll wrapper loosely around shrimp, forming a package. Press seam firmly to seal.
4. Preheat oven to 200° and put a shallow rack in a baking pan. When oil reaches 375°, fry wontons in several batches so as not to crowd them, flipping midway through cooking, until medium golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Lift shrimp out with tongs, draining excess oil, and transfer to baking pan; keep warm in oven.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 tbsp. sesame oil, the orange and lemon juices, marmalade, green onion, and 2 tsp. ginger. Serve wontons hot, with dipping sauce on the side. Makes 24 Wontons.

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