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August 05th, 2014 39 Comments

Crab Rangoon Cream Cheese Wontons

Crab Rangoon
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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!

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  1. Fern says:

    Cute wontons! I must say that is a most bizarre but unique combination of flavours. I’m trying to imagine what they taste like, sweet or savoury…hmm….:p

  2. Hi Fern – Crab Rangoon is actually quite tasty. I remember I was very skeptical when I first tasted it but I acquired the liking soon after that. ;)

  3. I really love the shape of these pretty little parcels! Definitely great as!appetizer

  4. DebbieL says:

    Wow. Crab rangoon is a cherished memory of mine too, but from my childhood. My dad would make them only on very special occasions. He used real crab meat mixed with a bit of salt and hot pepper sauce. Still one of my favorite foods ever!

  5. Janet says:

    Actually, crab rangoon isn’t Chinese American — it’s American-American. It was invented at Trader Vic’s restaurant in San Francisco. It was so popular back in the late 50s that many Chinese-American restaurants added it to their menus.

    • Hi Janet – ah, that’s very interesting fact. I didn’t know that. I have always thought that it’s Chinese American food since I have only seen them in Chinese restaurants in the US.

    • zviivz says:

      Yup, definitely not a chinese recipe. AFAIK, chinese folks don’t use cream cheese, or any type of cheese for that matter, in their cooking.

  6. Very interesting dish to be appearing at Chinese restaurants! Would love to try someday!

  7. michelle says:

    great recipe ive never tried putting powdered sugar but i’ll def try next time! also, i brush egg whites on the ends to seal the wrappers…it works really well!

  8. Sweet Tim says:

    Hmmm, I think the mix of sweet and savoury is quite special. This recipe looks easy and great for little parties.

  9. I’ve never tried this but I can see how good it is. This is an easy party finger food. I usually put cheese when I have leftover wontons, but I’m going to make this when we have leftover wrappers. Thanks for sharing Bee!

  10. Nive says:

    We make grated paneer with crabmeat seasoned with curry leaves and mustard. i was thinking that would make a lovely filling. of course it won’t be crab rangoon then!

  11. baobabs says:

    OMG this sounds like a dream!! such a great idea for an aperitif snack!

  12. April says:

    Made these before.one of my favorites

  13. Jennie says:

    Where can I check your recipe for Crab rangoon and Chicken Cashew???

  14. ray says:

    I discovered a webiste http://steamykitchen.com/recipes. Those recipes shown there, part of it are also shown here. I wonder why. You are a really a copycat. You copy her recipes and make it your own. Shame on you. Even you come out a cook book, those recipes are not yours.

  15. Mark In St Pete says:

    I served these at a dinner party Sunday night, they were just excellent. My friends liked them better than the local carry out place. Everything I have tried from your site has been absolutley delicious! Thank you.

  16. Angela says:

    I made these tonight. So glad I found your blog. They were very yummy.

  17. sharon says:

    now that my children are grown & married. they live out of state & can only visit once every other year for the holidays i try to cook from scratch. this mixer would be a great help to making homemade healthy foods.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    I’m going to try your recipe and hope it quenches my craving. I grew up in the midwest so chinese buffets were a must, I absolutely LOVE crab rangoon and moved to the southwest about a year and a half ago and can not find any good chinese buffets/restaurants they’ve all been disappointing. I really hope your recipe will give me that taste of midwest chinese food I’ve been missing.

  19. Roderic Rinehart says:

    2 ingredients that can really put crab rangoon over the top are ginger and chives. I use Ginger People brand organic shredded ginger (it keeps forever in the fridge, and comes pre-shredded, and is organic – so it’s win-win-win. And true chives (the really skinny ones) are key, although the larger green onions / scallions do work, they aren’t as good.
    Those two ingredients really add some layers of flavor to the sweet and savory.

  20. mr.shaw says:

    Hi, I will try this tonight last night me and the wife tried another recipe and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong but it didn’t come out correct it included. Worcestershire sauce but it just didn’t have that yum flavor, and we baked them instead of frying but I’m frying this batch.

  21. Melissa says:

    I tried making these but the filling came out when I was frying them. What did I do wrong? =(

  22. Zubaidah says:

    I agree with Janet as I had to look up your recipe when I came across it in your index…transported me back tp Trader vics n days of Pina colada. Thank You.

  23. terri0777@sbcglobal.net says:

    I made these but I used whipped cream cheese with chives mmm they were good!!

  24. Ainsley says:

    I just made these last night for my husband and in-laws. I couldn’t make them fast enough! My husband and I ALWAYS get them when we get chinese and are excited to be able to cook these at home. However, I do have one question. What temperature did you fry them at?

  25. Joe says:

    Made a couple of batches of these tonight to go with our bugolgi and rice. I made one batch according to your recipe and one batch slightly tweaked. I added a pinch of garlic powder and diced up three green onions(just the white part) and added into the mix. I also added an extra half teaspoon of powdered sugar to the mix. My wife and kids loved both the original and the tweaked versions.

    • Thanks Joe, your version sounds really good. :)

      • Pat says:

        I made these for the first time tonight.. pretty much any tweaked version for the filling works. But instead of deep frying, I baked them at 435 degrees for about 10 minutes. That way if they weren’t sealed properly the filling wouldn’t leak, plus healthier than deep frying (and less messy).

  26. sherry says:

    Hi, just wondering. I have been trying to make a few dishes from a local Chinese restaurant. I am having no luck matching the taste of the dishes and was wondering if you may be able to help. I searched the internet also with no results.

    Cheesey crab casserole.

    chinese cheese cake made with plain graham crackers and somesort of light cream in the middle which is not cream cheese.

    crab salad.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  27. Sharon says:

    They look and taste great! Thanks for another awesome recipe.

  28. Jomarie Hernandez says:

    Made these last night and the outcome was okay. My husband made them into perfectly shaped rangoons and we were excited to eat them since they looked like the real thing… But they weren’t sweet enough, Maybe they aren’t supposed to be really sweet but our local Chinese restaurants are sweeter. Maybe next time I’ll double up on the powdered sugar. Other than that, Thanks for my almost perfect rangoons !

  29. Adriana says:

    About how much oil should I use for the frying?

  30. poisinkandy says:

    this is how I will get my boyfriend to marry me.

  31. Victoria says:

    I tried this recipe and it was absolutely delicious! I was trying to figure out a sauce for it since I didn’t have stuff to make sweet and sour sauce so I used something from when I made chicken egg rolls. I made a sauce that was:
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    1 tablespoon ground ginger
    2 teaspoons garlic powder
    It surprisingly turned out a good combination! Thank you for the recipe because I never would have thought to put powder sugar in :)

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