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Crispy Crab Rangoon

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Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


16 appetizers

Updated: May. 16, 2023
My husband loved the appetizers we ordered at a Chinese restaurant so much that I was determined to develop a crab rangoon recipe to make them at home. After two more trips to the restaurant to taste them again and about four home trials, I had them perfected. —Cathy Blankman, Warroad, Minnesota


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped imitation crabmeat
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 16 wonton wrappers
  • Oil for frying
  • Sweet-and-sour sauce


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in onions, crab and garlic.
  2. Place about 1-1/2 teaspoons in the center of a wonton wrapper. (Keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use.) Moisten edges with water; fold opposite corners over filling and press to seal. Repeat.
  3. In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry wontons, in batches, until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with sweet-and-sour sauce.

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Crab Rangoon Recipe Tips

How do you keep crab rangoons from exploding?

To keep crab rangoons from exploding, try freezing filled crab rangoons for about 15 minutes before throwing them into the oven. That way, they'll come out crispy and without any leakage. Be sure to wrap the wonton wrappers in batches too, so the water doesn’t dry out around the edges. If the water dries out, the wonton wrappers will unfold.

How do you fry crab rangoons?

We recommend using an oil with a high smoke point, like canola oil, for frying crab rangoons. (Learn more about the different types of frying oil.) Heat the oil to 375° or a gentle boil and then fry the wontons until they're golden brown. You can also try Baked Crab Rangoons!

How do you store crab rangoons?

You can store cooked crab rangoons in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. If you want to make them ahead of time, freeze uncooked crab rangoons on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until firm, at least 1 hour. Transfer to freezer containers; return to freezer. To use, fry as directed.

What should I serve with crab rangoons?

We recommend serving Hot Crab Pinwheels or Chicken Rangoon Egg Rolls on the side. Or swap the sweet and sour sauce for a Spicy Crab Dip instead. Have leftover crab rangoon ingredients on hand? Try serving one of these wonton recipes or an imitation crab recipe.
Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 rangoon: 61 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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