Cut wonton wrappers into strips about 1/2-inch by 3 inches long. NOTE: egg roll wrappers can be used, but cut them in half first before cutting the strips.
NOTE: canola oil, vegetable oil, or corn oil can be used if desired. Peanut oil is recommended due to the high flash point (since you will probably dribble some oil as you scoop out the fried wontons).
Heat 1 inch of oil in a deep pan on medium-high to 360 degrees. If you don't have a thermometer, try dropping a single strip in to see if it crisps up quickly. If it does, then it's hot enough.
NOTE: the strips cook very quickly. If the oil is hot enough, they will be done in as soon as 15 seconds, so don't walk away!
Fry the strips in batches, spreading them out so they don't stick. Flip them over with a slotted spoon if both sides aren't browning evenly. Remove when they turn golden brown.
Drain on paper towel-lined plate.
Sprinkle with salt if desired. This is absolutely NOT a traditional way to prepare the wonton strips, but it's tasty.