Crab Rangoon are a fun, party appetizer that’s filled with real crab meat, cream cheese and seasoning. Wrapped in a wonton wrapper and deep fried, these are irresistible!
My favorite things to order at our local Chinese restaurant are always Egg Rolls, Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice and crab rangoon. So when we were stuck at home for months and were craving takeout, I decided to make my own crab rangoon. And it was so much easier than I thought, and dare I say, even better than takeout because you can enjoy them freshly fried!
What you Need to Make Homemade Crab Rangoon
When I see short ingredient lists like these, I always know it’s going to be a success. Crab meat is so delicious on its own that you don’t really need much else. So the seasoning and cream cheese are there to complement the flavors. If I’m having an appetizer like crab rangoon, I always choose the deep fried version over a baked version because baked just doesn’t cut it. To get that extra crispy wrapper, fried is what works.
To make these crab Rangoon, you’ll need only a few ingredients:
- Fresh or frozen crab meat
- Cream Cheese
- Garlic Powder
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Wonton Wrappers
How to Wrap Crab Rangoon in Rice Paper
Wrapping crab Rangoon is easy, and you can go with any shape you like. I used square wonton wrappers and placed the filling in the center. Brush some egg around the edges to seal the wrappers. Then just bring the opposite edges together on both sides to create a square pocket. Make sure it’s sealed properly or the filling can ooze out while deep frying which creates splatter in the oil. While sealing the wrappers, press gently in such a way that you remove as much air as possible. You can make these in advance, and keep them covered in the fridge for 3-4 hours till you are ready to fry. These take only minutes to fry which makes them the perfect make-ahead appetizer!
Tips to Making the Best Crab Rangoon Recipe
Wonton wrappers are easily available in the freezer section of most supermarkets and Asian grocery stores. For these perfect crab pockets, you can also use frozen crab meat, canned crab meat or even imitation crab sticks. Just make sure to thaw well if using frozen before making the filling to avoid any extra liquid. If using imitation crab meat, make sure to dice it finely before adding it to the filling.
We love serving crab rangoon with some Sweet Chili Sauce. You can also use soy sauce or your favorite Asian dipping sauce. This is one of those appetizers that absolutely everybody loves so make sure to make extras because these disappear fast!
Try More Asian Inspired Recipes
- Sticky Asian Glazed Chicken
- Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
- Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
- Honey Garlic Chicken
- 8 ounces fresh Crab Meat or imitation crab meat
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese
- 1/4 cup finely diced Carrots
- 1/4 cup finely diced Celery
- 1.5 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 20-25 square Wonton Wrappers
- 2 tablespoons Oil for Frying
Place the crab meat, cream cheese, carrots, celery, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce and salt in a bowl and mix together to form the filling for crab rangoon.
To wrap crab rangoon, take a square wonton wrapper and place two teaspoons filling in the center. Brush the edges with whisked egg and bring opposite ends of both sides together to form a pocket shape. Repeat till all the filling is consumed. While making one piece, make sure the other wrappers are covered with a damp cloth or they’ll dry out.
Heat a skillet of 4 inches oil to 350 degrees and fry the crab rangoons, a few at a time, till golden brown. This should take 3-4 minutes.
Serve hot with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.