Easy Crab Rangoon

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Today we’re talking all about how to make easy crab rangoon! This party appetizer is lightly fried on the stovetop and served with a sweet & sour sauce. 

Do you love appetizers? I’m one that could make a meal off finger foods any day of the week. Give me a buffet of flatbread pizza, deviled eggs, stuffed dates or creamy dips and I’m in heaven.

A close up of food on a plate, with Crab Rangoon

Today we’re talking all about an easy crab rangoon recipe. Crab rangoon is a great party or holiday appetizer. Serve the crispy filled wontons with a dipping sauce for an easy, savory treat!

What is the difference between wontons and rangoons?

For this recipe we use wonton wrappers to close up the crab filling. So does that make this a wonton? Wontons are a Chinese favorite, often fried but mostly boiled. They are filled with meats such as pork or shrimp. Rangoon is a fried (or a baked for a healthier version) appetizer that we Americans love.

Is there crab in crab rangoon?

Yes! Although sometimes you may find an imitation crab meat in crab rangoon, most often there is real crab meat inside. To keep things simple, we use canned white crab meat.

Where do crab rangoons come from?

Crab Rangoon is assumed to be an dish that originated in the United States, although you’ll often find them in American Chinese and Thai restaurants. The history of this easy appetizer is not clear, but it may have a history in the Burmese culture.

 

mixing crab rangoon filling in a bowl

How to Make Crab Rangoon

There are three steps to making crab rangoon.

  1. Make the cream cheese filling. To make sure it all mixes together easily, the cream cheese should be at room temperature. Also make sure that the canned crab meat is well drained so the rangoon does not get soggy.
  2. Fold the wontons. We’ll explain this step by step below!
  3. Fry the wontons. We like to use traditional vegetable oil so it doesn’t add a strong flavor. Make sure the oil is at 350º Fahrenheit before you add the rangoon so that the wontons don’t absorb too much oil.

How to Fold Crab Rangoon

To wrap the cream cheese filling, you’ll use wonton wrappers. These small squares are often found in the produce section of the grocery store. Look by the egg roll wrappers and tofu section.

  • Place about a tablespoon of the cream cheese filling in the center of the square.
  • Use a pastry brush to lightly brush at touch of water around the edges of the square. This will help the wrap seal.

how to form crab rangoon

  • Pinch one side of the square together, as shown above, then pinch the other sides together until you have pyramid shape with a point on top.
  • Make sure each of the edges are pinched and sealed well so the crab rangoon doesn’t pop open when frying.

how to form crab rangoon

Fried Crab Rangoon

This recipe calls for frying the rangoon in a skillet on the stovetop for a few minutes. This is honestly our favorite way to make it. It has the best flavor and gets nice and crispy.

If you have an air fryer and would like to make a healthier version, you can place the closed wontons in a single layer in the air fryer. Spray with an olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray, then set the air fryer to 375 degrees and cook for about 10 minutes.

The crab rangoon won’t have as even of a golden brown color when you make it in the air fryer, but you will save calories!

fried crab rangoon

Crab Rangoon Dipping Sauce

You can easily buy a sweet & sour dipping sauce in the store to keep this recipe quick. If you want to try making a homemade sauce, try this jalapeno pineapple sauce or lemon dipping sauce. Give your guests several options for them to experiment with!

crab rangoon dipping in red sauce

How long does crab rangoon last in the fridge?

After cooking, this easy crab rangoon will last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator if sealed properly. For best flavor and texture, reheat in the oven or an airfryer (see below).

How do you reheat crab rangoons?

To reheat crab rangoon, place them on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 300º Fahrenheit and bake for 5 minutes or until they are heated through. If you have an airfryer, you could also reheat the crab rangoon in there for a few minutes to help them crisp up.

close up of crab rangoon with bite out

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Easy Crab Rangoon

4.84 from 6 votes
Today we're talking all about how to make easy crab rangoon! This party appetizer is lightly fried on the stovetop and served with a sweet & sour sauce. 
Servings 20
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 6 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces white crab meat (1 can, drained)
  • 20 wonton wrappers
  • water
  • about 2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and powdered sugar.
  • Mix in crab meat.
  • Place a tablespoon of crab mixture in the middle of each wonton wrapper. 
  • Brush a small amount of water on all four edges of the wonton wrapper. Pinch corners together, sealing them completely.
  • Pour oil in a deep skillet or pan. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Fry each piece for about 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Place a wire rack over a layer of paper towels. After they are done frying, place them on the wire rack and allow them to cool.
  • Serve with a sweet and sour sauce.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 20, with 1 serving being 1 crab rangoon piece. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 39mg | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 59
Keyword crab meat appetizer, easy appetizer, how to fold wontons, how to make crab rangoon

close up of golden brown crab rangoon

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Lucy
3 years ago

Thank you for this recipe. ‘m going to try and make it. I really like them and order from Chinese place but they never put enough crab meat in it and I plan to add plenty crab meat when I make these.

Thank you again. God bless!

Rose
3 years ago

Make these in my air fryer

Fred Keulen
2 years ago

5 stars
I really like the ones a local Chinese restaurant makes but they have a slight sweet flavor as well. Any idea what they put in these to add that slight sweet flavor that does not over power the filling?

Fred Keulen
2 years ago

5 stars
Good suggestion and your humor is great. Thanks for that as well Chad. Have a Peachy wonderful day!