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Start any party with these flavorful Asian appetizers. This compilation of our favorites is good enough to be the star of any food line up!

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Collage of Asian appetizer recipes.

The Best Asian Starters!

Asian appetizers are the perfect starters to ANY Asian dish. We rarely make sweet and sour chicken or General Tso’s chicken without whipping up some Wontons or Egg Drop Soup as well!

Serve an all-Asian spread or pair them with appetizers from other places around the world.

Why we love them:

  • Easy. Each of these apps is easy to whip up!
  • Party perfect. These Asian appetizer recipes also make a really good addition to any Hors d’oeuvre party.
  • Flavor. All are tasty and delicious and all would be a hit.
Plate filled with fried egg rolls.

What to Bring

When bringing a dish to an Asian party you can’t go wrong with a delicious appetizer. Salads, soup, and lettuce wraps are great to serve as sit-down appetizers.

For appetizers to eat while mingling, then go with recipes that don’t need utensils like Wings, crab rangoon, or meatballs.

  • Use a variety of appetizers. If you choose to serve appetizers from different cuisines make sure that the flavors are complementary. 
  • Mix and match the warm & cool and sweet & savory. 
  • Not every dish needs to be homemade. Order your favorite appetizers from a local restaurant and combine them with some of your favorite homemade ones. 
  • Appetizers are an easy way for guests to contribute.
Egg Drop Soup topped with diced green onions and fried wonton strips in a white bowl.

Appetizer Tips

These Asian appetizers are great snacks to serve before an Asian meal to help whet your appetite for the delicious dishes ahead.

  • Balance flavors. Provide a balance of warm and cold as well as sweet and savory.
  • Providing different dipping sauces will help one appetizer taste different depending on the sauce they dip it in. Try chili sauce, oyster sauce, chutney, sesame sauce, soy sauce, and peanut sauce.
  • Adding color to the dishes is another easy way to mix up the different appetizers. A simple way to add color is to use vegetables. Favorite veggies that pair with Asian dishes are carrots, celery, peas, and potatoes.

Best Asian Appetizers

Egg rolls have got to be at the top of my list. Lettuce Wraps, wontons, pan-fried gyoza, dumplings, Japanese rice balls, potstickers, chicken satay skewers, steamed buns, and Rangoons also make the cut.

Not only are these a favorite, but the ingredients can also easily be changed up.

  • Pair the cabbage in egg rolls with chicken, pork, tuna, or even mushrooms for a vegetarian version. Rangoons are also famously made with crab meat. Wontons are great filled with pork or shrimp.
  • Added spices for a bit of a kick. Aside from the traditional black pepper and salt, try using ginger, curry, cumin, chili, cinnamon, star anise, turmeric, and even saffron.
  • Dip your egg rolls or spring rolls in sweet and sour sauce, teriyaki sauce, sweet chili sauce, or even fish sauce.

1 Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe

Appetizer Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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2 Baked Cream Cheese Rangoon Recipe

Appetizer Baked Cream Cheese Rangoon Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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3 Egg Roll Recipe

Appetizer Egg Roll Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.99 from 195 votes
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4 How to Make Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Soup How to Make Egg Drop Soup Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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5 Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Appetizer Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.90 from 47 votes
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6 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Main Course Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.98 from 394 votes
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7 Asian Meatballs recipe

Appetizer Asian Meatballs recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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8 Teriyaki Chicken Wings Recipe

Appetizer Teriyaki Chicken Wings Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.88 from 24 votes
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9 Wonton Nachos Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Wonton Nachos Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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10 Fried Cauliflower Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Fried Cauliflower Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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My Kids Favorite!

One appetizer/side that we have with almost every Asian meal is Egg Rolls. They’re delicious and so simple that even the kids can make them.

I also love that they are easy to customize. We prefer ours with a coleslaw mix and chicken but change it up with your favorite protein and veggies like in this yummy variation.

Here is the recipe:

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10+ Asian Appetizers – Easy Egg Roll + MORE

By: Lil’ Luna
These easy Egg Rolls are the perfect appetizer or side to any Asian meal! They're filled with chicken and coleslaw mix and are so delicious.
Servings: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


  • 1 (16-ounce) package egg roll wrappers
  • 3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1 (16-ounce) package cole slaw mix
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • vegetable oil
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  • Saute cole slaw in a pan with a little olive oil until it is limp.
  • Add shredded chicken breast for a few minutes until all mixed. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Add slaw and chicken mixture to the middle of your egg roll wrapper. Fold up the sides one at a time and for the last fold add a little water (or an egg wash along the edges) so it sticks.
  • Fry your egg rolls until golden brown. Place on wire rack once fried. Serve warm and with dipping sauce like Sweet and Sour sauce.



Calories: 213kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 286mg, Potassium: 303mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 14.4mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
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