Crab Rangoon – BEST and EASIEST crab rangoon recipe with cream cheese and wonton wrapper. Quick, fool-proof and MUCH better than Chinese takeout!!
Originally published June 12, 2011. Updated with new photos.
Crab Rangoon is an appetizer found in many Chinese restaurants in the United States. A classic American creation, crab rangoon is basically cream cheese wontons with tiny bits of crab meat, deep-fried to golden perfection.
I first encountered Crab Rangoon at a Chinese restaurant in the Midwest, when I was pursuing my Master’s Degree. The restaurant serves typical American-Chinese fare; the daily all-you-can-eat buffet is a huge hit with the lunch crowd. Crab rangoon is one of the items on the buffet menu, other than the regular sweet and sour pork, fried rice, chow mein, etc. As a poor international student who love Chinese recipes, having Chinese all-you-can-eat-buffet was the most anticipated event during the weekends.
Most recently, I came across crab rangoon in a Thai restaurant here in Orange County and it immediately transported me back to my college days in the Midwest. Here is my crab rangoon recipe, based on the taste memory from many years ago. Enjoy!