Cream cheese crab rangoons on a plate with sweet chili sauce.

Homemade Cream Cheese Crab Rangoon (Crispy Fried Wontons!)

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Homemade Crab Rangoon – filled with all the flavors and textures you crave! Soft creamy inside filled with sweet, salty, and tangy cream cheese mixed with fresh crab meat stuffed inside a wonton and fried to crispy perfection creating a delicious appetizer or snack. If you love crab rangoons, then this recipe will be your new favorite

Cream cheese crab rangoons on a plate with sweet chili sauce.

Crab rangoons are a staple appetizer at many Chinese restaurants, but they can also be made right at home!  Serve these as an appetizer with your favorite sauce or as a side dish along with other Asian-inspired dishes like sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken, and chicken teriyaki.   They’re crispy, fried wontons filled with cream cheese, fresh crab, and seasoned with sweet chili sauce and spices. Make them for your next party or family gathering – everyone will love them! Follow along as we walk you through how to make homemade cream cheese crab rangoons in just 20 minutes or less.

Where Did Crab Ragoon’s Come From? Are They Actually Asian?

You might be surprised to find out that Crab Rangoons are actually believed to have been invited in the United States in the 1950s. (I know I was surprised to find this out!) 

According to Wikipedia,  a man named Victor Bergeron owned a Polynesian-style restaurant called Trader Vic’s, and it was a part of his menu. This is the earliest known mention of the appetizer. It is said to be an adaptation of a Burmese recipe, so its roots are not entirely American.  But, it definitely is more of an Asian-American dish. Learn something new every day!

Close up of a crab Rangoon to show off the cream cheese filling.

Equipment You’ll Need To Make Crab Rangoons

To make these fried crab rangoons, you’ll need a medium-size bowl, a large pot or dutch oven for your oil, and a flat surface, like a cutting board, to lay and fold your rangoons on.

How To Make Crispy Fried Crab Rangoon Appetizers

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add all filling ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each wonton.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Moisten the edges of the wonton with the egg wash. Pinch the corners together to ma a four-cornered star.
  4. In a large pot or dutch oven, add 3 inches of canola oil. Heat to 300 degrees, typically the medium-high setting on your stove.
  5. Fry 4 wontons at a time, each for about 45 seconds to a minute, or until golden brown. Remove and place on a plate lined in paper towels. Repeat until all wontons are fried.
  6. Serve with sweet chili sauce and enjoy!

What To Serve With Your Crab Rangoon

Typically crab rangoons are served as an appetizer, though if you wanted to, you could eat them as your main course with a side of rice and vegetables. They go great as a starter with Korean beef bowls, sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken, and of course, teriyaki chicken.

Cream cheese wonton being dipped into sweet chili sauce.

What Sauces Go With Crab Rangoon

Typically crab Rangoon is served with a sweet chili style sauce or sweet and sour sauce. If you bought a sweet chili sauce to go inside your crab rangoon, then you can just use that as your dipping sauce.

Crab Rangoon FAQs

Can I Store Leftover Crab Rangoons In The Refrigerator?

Yes! If you have any leftover crab rangoons, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days. Make sure they are stored inside an airtight container or Ziploc bag, and make sure they are completely cooled before putting them into the fridge.

Can I Freeze Leftover Crab Rangoon?

Yes! Crab Rangoon is actually one of those appetizers that are really good when you freeze it and then fry it again later. You can store your leftover crab rangoons in an airtight Ziploc freezer bag for up to three months. Make sure that the wontons are completely cooled before storing them, so put them inside the fridge overnight first.

How To Reheat These Crab Rangoons To Get Them Crispy Again

Your best bet is to reheat them in the oven and not in a microwave. You can reheat these crab rangoons for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until they are crispy again.

How To Make Crab Rangoons Extra Crispy

If you want your homemade crab Rangoon to be extra crunchy, then coat them with breadcrumbs before frying them! This will give it a nice extra crunch to them, and it’s a great way to add some extra flavor too.

Can I Use An Air Fryer For This Recipe?

Sure! If you prefer to use an air fryer instead of a deep fryer, then you can still make this recipe. Just cook the crab rangoons in your air fryer for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees or until they are golden brown and crispy again.

How To Keep Crab Rangoons Warm While You Fry All The Rest

If you want to keep all of these homemade crab rangoons warm while you fry them, just preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the rangoons to the baking sheet, and place in the oven.

Crab Rangoon being dipped into sweet chili sauce.
Cream cheese crab rangoons on a plate with sweet chili sauce.

Crab Rangoon

Homemade Crab Rangoon – filled with all the flavors and textures you crave! Soft creamy inside filled with sweet, salty, and tangy cream cheese mixed with fresh crab meat stuffed inside a wonton and fried to crispy perfection creating a delicious appetizer or snack. If you love crab rangoons, then this recipe will be your new favorite
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 21 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Filling

  • 6 ounces white crab meat (drained)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sweet chili sauce

Wonton Wrappers

  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp water

Other

  • 2 quart canola oil (for frying)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add all filling ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each wonton.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Moisten the edges of the wonton with the egg wash. Pinch the corners together to ma a four-cornered star.
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, add 3 inches of canola oil. Heat to 300 degrees, typically the medium-high setting on your stove.
  • Fry 4 wontons at a time, each for about 45 seconds to a minute, or until golden brown. Remove and place on a plate lined in paper towels. Repeat until all wontons are fried.
  • Serve with sweet chili sauce and enjoy!
Keyword crab and cream cheese wontons, Crab Rangoon
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