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Crab Rangoon Recipe

Learn what makes Crab Rangoon a beloved Chinese-American appetizer and how to create it from scratch. These crispy creamy bundles will have everyone asking for more!

Crab rangoon on a plate with sauce.
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Crab and Cream Cheese Filled Wontons

If you’re a fan of appetizers that pack a punch of flavor, you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re diving into the world of Chinese-inspired crab rangoon. 

Whether you call them crab rangoon, or crab wontons, these are a must when we go out to eat. Now you can easily recreate them in your kitchen with our homemade crab rangoon recipe!

Serve them with some sweet and sour sauce for the ultimate crispy snack!

Crab Rangoon Recipe Ingredients

Crab rangoon ingredients on counter.

Here are some key ingredients to find. Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Lump crab meat: Crab meat adds a delightful seafood flavor and a satisfying texture to your crab rangoon. You can find it in cans at most grocery stores. Drain it well before using, or if you prefer, use fresh crab meat.
  • Cream cheese: Cream cheese provides a creamy, luscious filling that balances out the briny crab meat. Make to use softened cream cheese for easy mixing and a smooth consistency in your filling.
  • Wonton wrappers: These thin sheets of dough are perfect for achieving a crispy texture when fried. They’re widely available in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores. If you have some leftover wrappers, you can make crispy wonton strips which are great on a salad.

Variations

Crab rangoon is a versatile dish, and you can customize it to suit your taste buds. Here are some fun variations to inspire you:

  • Crab and shrimp combo:  Mince some shrimp and add it to your crab meat for an awesome flavor duo.
  • Spicy kick: Add a dash of Sriracha or red pepper flakes for some heat.
  • Cream cheese 0nly: If you don’t like the creamy crab filling, you can leave out the crab and make these delicious cream cheese wontons instead.
  • Dipping sauces: Experiment with different dipping sauces like soy sauce with a splash of rice vinegar or a sweet chili sauce for a unique twist.

How to Make Crab Rangoon

For the best texture, deep frying the wonton bundles is the way to go! If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional frying, I also give you directions on how to make these in an air fryer or an oven.

Showing how to make crab rangoon in a 4 step collage.
  • Make filling. Mix together the crab, cream cheese, green onion, and garlic powder.
  • Add crab mixture. Add a small amount of crab mixture to the center of each wonton wrapper. Brush the egg around the edges.
  • Fold wontons. Bring 2 opposite corners to the center, and pinch them together.
  • Finish the bundles. Do the same with the other 2 corners until you have a sealed bundle.
Showing how to make crab rangoon in a 4 step collage.
  • Heat oil. In a heavy bottom pot, heat 4 inches oil over medium heat to 350°F.
  • Fry. Fry the wontons in small batches for 3 to 5 minutes until they are golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Adjust heat as needed. Always bring oil back to 350°F before adding wontons. Alternately, turn down the heat if oil starts to get too hot and wontons are browning too fast.
  • Garnish and serve. Sprinkle some chopped green onions over the top and serve the rangoons with sweet and sour sauce.

Baked Crab Rangoon

While deep frying is the traditional method, you can make baked crab rangoons. They won’t have the same crispiness as when they’re fried, but the flavor is still amazing.

Heat the oven to 425°F, spray the assembled rangoons with cooking oil, and bake on a baking sheet for 12 – 14 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Seal the edges: When you fold the wontons, make sure to seal the edges securely with the beaten egg to prevent any filling from leaking out during frying. It also helps to push out as much air as you can before sealing the edges.
  • Oil temperature: Maintain the oil temperature at 350°F for optimal frying results. A kitchen thermometer is your best friend here.
  • Don’t overcrowd: Fry the wontons in batches, avoiding overcrowding the pot, which can cause uneven cooking.
  • Paper towel trick: Placing fried wontons on a paper towel-lined plate helps absorb excess oil and keeps them crispy.
  • Leftover crab meat: For any leftover crab, try this awesome recipe for crab dip!
Crab rangoon on a plate with sweet and sour sauce.

Recipe FAQs

What is Crab Rangoon?

Crab Rangoon, sometimes known as crab wontons, is a popular Chinese-American appetizer that combines lump crab meat, cream cheese, and seasonings, all wrapped up in a delicate, crispy wonton wrapper.

What’s the best oil for frying crab rangoon?

Peanut oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil are commonly used for frying crab rangoon. These oils have a high smoke point, which is ideal for deep frying. Choose an oil with a neutral flavor to let the delicious crab and cream cheese filling shine.

Can I air fry these crab rangoons?

Yes, if you don’t want to deep fry then you can make air fryer crab rangoons. The texture won’t be quite the same, but they’ll still be good! Preheat your air fryer to 350°F and spray the assembled rangoons with cooking spray. Add them to the air fryer basket in a single layer and air fry for 8 – 12 minutes until crispy.

Can I make crab rangoon ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare them in advance and refrigerate them until you’re ready to fry. Just be sure to cover them well to prevent them from drying out.

How do I prevent the wonton wrappers from drying out while working with them?

To prevent the wonton wrappers from drying out, cover them with a damp cloth or plastic wrap when you’re not using them. This helps keep them pliable and easy to work with.

What’s the best way to keep crab rangoon warm when serving them at a party?

To keep crab rangoons warm at a party, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven set to its lowest temperature (around 200°F). This will help maintain their crispiness without overcooking them.

What to serve with them?

Crab rangoon is fantastic on its own, but it’s also a great addition to a Chinese-inspired meal.

Serve it as an appetizer before a homemade feast alongside fried rice and chow mein noodles.

I also like to serve these tasty parcels alongside a simple green salad for a light lunch or dinner.

Storing

If you have any leftover crab rangoon (which is a rare occurrence, trust me!), here’s how to store and reheat them:

Place any uneaten crab rangoon in a covered container with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To reheat, you can use an air fryer or preheated oven at 300°F. Heat them for 3-5 minutes or until they’re warm and crispy again. You can also reheat them in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, although they won’t be quite as crispy.

Crab rangoon with a bite taken on a plate with sauce.

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Crab Rangoon Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Learn what makes Crab Rangoon a beloved Chinese-American appetizer and how to create it from scratch. These crispy creamy bundles will have everyone asking for more!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients 

  • 1 (6-ounce) can lump crab meat
  • 6 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 2 Tablespoons minced green onions (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 20 wonton wrappers
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • Vegetable oil , for frying

For serving (optional): Sweet and sour sauce and chopped green onions

    Instructions

    • In a medium bowl, mix together the crab, cream cheese, green onion, worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.
    • Lay a wonton wrapper flat on a work surface. Add 2 teaspoons crab mixture to the center of the wonton. Brush egg around the sides. Bring 2 opposite corners into the center and pinch together. Pinch the remaining 2 corners together in the center. Repeat with all wontons.
    • In a heavy bottom pot, heat 4 inches oil over medium heat to 350°F.
    • Fry 3 to 5 wontons at a time, turning as needed, 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn down the heat if browning too fast. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool slightly. Fry remaining wontons.
    • Garnish with green onions and serve with sweet and sour sauce.

    Notes

    Storage: Store in a covered container with a paper towel up to 2 days. Reheat in an air fryer or the oven at 300°F for 3-5 minutes or until warm. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: Asian

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