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Crab Rangoon Recipe

This easy Crab Rangoon recipe can be baked, fried, or air fried. You can even make it ahead of time!  This easy appetizer idea is perfect for feeding a crowd.

Be sure to try my SWEET Cream Cheese Wontons and my Crab Rangoon Dip recipes next!

A white plate filled with fried crab rangoon and a red ramekin of sweet and sour sauce with chopsticks and green onions in background.

Crab Rangoon

This is definitely one of my favorite appetizer recipes, but I usually forget about until the New Year rolls around! Thank goodness for a yearly reminder. 😊

The ingredients are simple, you can prepare these ahead of time, and if you’d rather, you can even make it in dip form!

Let’s get to it!

overhead shot of ingredients for crab rangoon. Wonton wrappers, soy sauce, cream cheese, garlic, crab meat.

How to Fold Crab Rangoon

There are lots of ways to fold wontons, this method is my preferred way!

Cover any wonton wrappers that you’re not actively folding with a dish towel as they dry out quickly.

Place 1 tsp of filling in the middle of each one.

Overhead shot of wonton wrappers with crab rangoon filling in the middle

Dip your fingers in egg wash and moisten the edges all around the wonton to create a sticky surface.

Close up shot of a wonton wrapper with crab rangoon filling in the middle

Fold one of the corners up and connect it with the other corner to form a triangle.

Hands folding a wonton wrapper in half to form a triangle

Press to stick together.

Close up shot of a wonton wrapper folded in half

Connect the left and right corners to the top and press the edges to seal out all of the air.

hand holding half folded wonton wrapper for crab rangoon

Repeat for all wontons.

overhead shot of uncooked, folded wonton wrappers for crab rangoon

Fry or bake, and serve with sweet and sour sauce!

overhead shot of fried crab rangoon on a white background

Where to Find Wonton Wrappers

These are usually located in the refrigerated area of the produce section where they have tofu, egg roll wrappers, and refrigerated salad dressings.

Filling Ideas for Wontons

My sweet Cream Cheese Wonton recipe proves that sweet combinations are just as delicious as savory ones! Here are some filling options to get creative with for this recipe:

  • Cream Cheese + Nutella
  • Cream Cheese +  Diced Pineapple
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese or blueberry jelly + cream cheese
  • Cream Cheese + Powdered Sugar + Orange Marmalade
  • Cream Cheese + Garlic Powder + Onion Powder + Cheddar Cheese (A savory option)

Make-Ahead Method

Once they’re folded, simply place uncooked Crab Rangoon onto a baking pan or plate, flash freeze them for an hour, then slide them into a freezer bag or Tupperware container. This allows them to be stored together without sticking to one another.

When ready to serve: Remove them from the freezer, let let them thaw for a few minutes, then simply fry or bake. Poof! Homemade Crab Rangoon whenever you feel like it.



Wonton wrappers dry out very quickly unless they have been cooked, so only store them in the fridge if you have already baked/fried them.


Before Cooking: (Recommended)

  • Place the filled & folded wontons on a plate or tray and flash freeze them for about 15 minutes. They can then be stored in a freezer bag or airtight container without sticking to each other.
  • These can be fried in their frozen state. To bake them, let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then or baked at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

After Cooking:

  • Place the cooked wontons on a plate or tray and flash freeze them for about 15 minutes. They can then be stored in a freezer bag or airtight container without sticking to each other.
  • To reheat, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees  for 8-10 minutes.


To reheat refrigerated Crab Rangoon, place them on a baking sheet and crisp them up in the oven at 300° for about 5 minutes.

Frozen crab rangoon can also be reheated at 300°. Cover with foil and bake for 5 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until crispy, about 4-5 more minutes.

A close up shot of a hand holding fried crab rangoon.

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A homemade Crab Rangoon on a white plate with chives and sweet and sour sauce.

Crab Rangoon Recipe

4.97 from 27 ratings
Crispy wontons are baked or fried to golden perfection and filled with an easy cream cheese Crab Rangoon filling. Plus, they're easy to make ahead of time for seamless entertaining!



  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 oz. fancy crab meat, drained and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 12 oz. package Wonton wrappers, see notes


  • 1 egg, whisked with a splash of water
  • 1 quart canola oil


  • Place wonton wrappers aside and combine all other filling ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Place 1 teaspoon of filling in center of each wonton.
  • Moisten the edges of the wonton with a little bit of the egg/water mixture (i.e. egg wash). Fold in a triangle and press to seal- removing air from the inside. Use the egg wash like a glue as you assemble.
  • Take the left and right sides of the triangle and pull them up, attaching them to the existing seal on the top. Then press along the edges to close any areas where the filling could be exposed to air. Here is an alternative folding method. Repeat, setting aside on a plate.

To Fry:

  • Deep fryers work great with these, however if you don't have one, heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a dutch oven until it is just under 350 degrees. (I put my electric stove to just under the medium-high mark).
  • You can use an extra wonton wrapper to test the temperature. Place it in the oil and ensure that it doesn’t cook too quickly or burn. Adjust the heat accordingly if needed.
  • Fry 4-5 wontons at a time, each for about 45 seconds to a minute, (or until golden brown).
  • Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to cool.

To Bake:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes. Heating the sheet will ensure that the wontons are nice and crisp on the bottom when they bake.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the wontons on top. Coat the wontons with a light layer of nonstick cooking spray.
  • The wontons will need to bake for about 10-12 minutes, however it’s best to start checking on them after 5 minutes. Remove them from the oven when they are crisp and golden brown. Serve warm with sweet-sour sauce or mustard sauce.

To Air Fry:

  • Brush each wonton lightly with vegetable or canola oil. Air Fry at 370 degrees for 7-8 minutes, until slightly browned and crispy. Serve!


Wonton wrappers are usually located in the refrigerated area of the produce section where they have tofu, egg roll wrappers, and refrigerated salad dressings.


Calories: 76kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 134mg, Potassium: 41mg, Vitamin A: 140IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 0.6mg
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103 comments on “Crab Rangoon Recipe”

  1. I just did this! Turned out pretty well, I wasn’t feeling accomplished as using one teaspoon felt like too much mix, but my mix was kind of runny!?

    It wasn’t really sticky or like “ball like” it was more like pancake mix but I used the same crab meat, and brick of cream cheese softened. Any pointers?!

    • Hi Stephanie! Did you drain your crab meat? It needs to be drained well before it’s added to the filling. Having a consistency like pancake mix means something was way off, it should be very firm, basically the same consistency as plain cream cheese. The only liquid that’s added to the mix is the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce, and that only amounts to 1 teaspoon throughout 8 ounces of cream cheese.

  2. I love this! Thank you for sharing! When I bought the vegan wonton wraps I had no idea what I was doing. But I knew it would be cheaper & healthier if I made it. I’m immobilized right now & stuck up two flights of stairs. (Lucky for my knee scooter & my bf when hes able to be home) I used fat free cream cheese & low-sodium soy sauce; in the air fryer. I made mine with raw garlic & minced onion. It turned out fantastic. This was very informative. Thank you again!!

  3. These are awesome! The usage of Worchester gives it that extra/subtle flavor bringing this recipe to a better-than-takeout status. Mods (based on what I had on hand): minced raw shrimp, didn’t use green onion, but used garlic chives, grated the garlic cloves, and added some mushroom powder (100% ground shitake mushrooms).

    After making them, I did put rangoons in the fridge to “dry out” for about an hour (not necessary but it helps prevent splitting, provided air is pushed out when folding, along with ‘dry’ ingredients) and the rest in the freezer.


  4. Outstanding! Better than most Chinese restaurants.

  5. You are awesome thank you so much for all you recipes.

  6. They tasted pretty good, but what I realized, and this has nothing to do with your recipe specifically, is that I’m used to the version the Chinese takeout places make, and they tend to skimp on the crab. So what I’m really looking for is probably a plain cream cheese and green onion wonton. 🙂

  7. You’ve got this recipe right!! Delicious!!!

  8. These were absolutely delicious! However, I baked mine and they all split open and lost most of their filling. It wasn’t at the seams, but in the body of the wonton. We just scraped up all the filling and ate them with a fork. 🙂 Any ideas why this happened?

    • Hi Jeanne! My apologies for the delay on this response. I have a question, was the outside of the wonton wrapper wet? Did you apply egg wash to not just the seams, but perhaps the whole thing? It sounds like it may have been wet and that could be why they split open.

    • Make sure your crab is very well drained.  The excess moisture will steam and cause your wontons to puff up and split in the oven.

  9. Hi do you think fake crab would be good?

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