Crab rangoons are a delicacy in asian restaurants across the country. Crispy fried wontons are filled with a cream cheese crab filling, making for an exquisite bite. This crab rangoon recipe takes you through every secret ingredient that has made these incredible chinese takeout treats so crave-worthy. 

Imitation crab is an inexpensive ingredient that can be used to create many wonderful dishes. Our hot crab dip is a must-try, along with our crab-stuffed mushrooms

Crab Rangoons on a plate around a glass dipping sauce bowl.

Crab rangoons are an incredible bite-sized appetizer you’d get at an american chinese restaurant. Thin wonton wrappers are filled with a creamy crab filling. When fried, the inside melts and takes on a phenomenal texture. The crunchy shell and soft center take your taste buds on an adventure. 

Wonton wrappers are so great for cooking your own easy appetizers! From homemade pork potstickers all the way to delicious chicken gyoza!

Why You’ll Love This Crab Rangoon Recipe

  • Easy to make. Crab rangoons are incredibly simple to make, you will be amazed! 
  • Cheaper alternative. Making crab cream cheese wontons at home is much cheaper than ordering at a restaurant. 
  • Make these in advance. These appetizers are great to make a large batch of and freeze for later enjoyment! Stay tuned to see our pro tips for freezing and storing. 
The ingredients for this easy crab rangoon recipe.

Ingredients for Homemade Crab Rangoons

The ingredients for this appetizer are shockingly simple:

  • Imitation crab meat – sticks make for the easiest shredding, but flaking imitation crab works too! You can also use real crab meat or lump crab meat.
  • Cream cheese – softened to room temperature. 
  • Green onions – add so much flavor to the filling.
  • Soy sauce – adds a salty depth of flavor, don’t skip this!
  • Worcestershire sauce – an umami flavor that perfectly balances the rich cream cheese. 
  • Seasoning – a combination of sugar, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper. 
  • Wonton wrappers – small square wrappers are the key to getting the iconic rangoon. 
  • Oil – Any oil with a high smoke point will work. Canola oil or peanut oil works best.

See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.

Substitutions and Variations

All of the add-ins, substitutions, and different variations to the recipe you want to make.

  • Protein – Don’t have crab? No problem. Make the filling with cooked shrimp or even chicken. 
  • Vegetables – Make the filling rich with vitamins by adding in your favorite vegetables. Cooked chopped mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers are all great options.

How to Make Crab Rangoons:

Numbered Instructions on how to make the recipe.

A glass bowl with the crab rangoon filling.

1 – Make filling. To a bowl add all of your filling ingredients.

A glass bowl with the can rangoon filling.

2 – Mix together the filling until you get a cohesive mixture.

The wonton wrapper with the filling in the center.

3 – Build crab wontons. With the wonton wrapped in the palm of your hand, add a spoonful of filling to the center.

The Wonton folded over with a crab rangoon filling.

4 – Use a wet finger to dampen the edges of the wrapper before folding it over to make a triangle.

The wontons pinched together.

5 – Wet the outside of the edges and pinch the ends to get a crimped border.

The wontons frying in the pot.

5 – Fry wontons. To a deep pan, add oil and heat over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, gently add the rangoons. Fry rangoons for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown in color. 

A white plate of the crab Rangoons with a dipping sauce.

6 – Serve the crab rangoons warm alongside a sweet and sour sauce.

How to Make Crab Rangoons in the Air Fryer

Air fry the crab rangoons at 360°F for 5-8 minutes or until crispy and golden in color. Check the wontons periodically to make sure they don’t burn.

Notes: The wontons won’t be as crispy as if they were fried, but they are still delicious.

Expert Tips:

  • If your cream cheese is slightly hard and challenging to mix, warm it in the microwave in 30-second intervals.
  • Wonton wrappers can dry out quickly! While building the rangoons, keep a wet paper towel over the remaining wrappers to keep them moist.
  • Use an oil thermometer to make sure the oil stays between 325°F to 340°F. This will ensure that the rangoons don’t burn. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan! Cook the rangoons in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan and dramatically lower the oil temperature. 
  • Keep an eye on the rangoons! Wontons cook and burn quickly. To prevent an overcooked batch of rangoons, keep a close eye on them and don’t allow the oil to get too hot.

Serving Suggestions

  • Dip: Crab rangoons are traditionally served with a sweet and sour sauce.
  • Restaurant style: Transport your family dinner to your favorite asian restaurant by serving crab rangoon as an appetizer for homemade chicken lo mein
  • Hibachi: Crab rangoons are an exceptional appetizer to enjoy with a hibachi dinner. Our hibachi fried rice pairs best with japanese steakhouse chicken.

Recipe FAQs

Why are my rangoons bursting open?

If your crab rangoons burst while frying, it’s because they were not sealed enough or the wonton wrapper was too dry to seal. Make sure you wet the edges with water before sealing. You want to wet the inside of the wonton when folding and the outside when crimping.

Why did my crab rangoons burn?

If your oil is too hot, the crab rangoon will burn quickly. Using an oil thermometer is a great way to prevent that. 

Can you use real crab for this recipe? 

Absolutely, real crab will add great flavor to this simple recipe. 

A crispy crab rangoon being held over a plate of crab Rangoons.

Store & Reheat 

  • Storage. Crab rangoons are best enjoyed immediately, but if you do have leftovers, keep them in the fridge in an airtight container. 
  • Reheat. To reheat the crab rangoon, set the air fryer at 350°F and warm for 1-2 minutes. You can also use your oven!
  • Freeze. To keep the rangoons for up to 3 months, freeze them after assembling them before frying. Arrange the assembled rangoons on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, add to a freezer-safe bag. This step is crucial to prevent the crab rangoons from sticking to each other. Reheat: Fry the frozen rangoons for 4-5 minutes.

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Crispy Crab Rangoon Recipe

Author: Valentina
Crab Rangoons on a plate around a glass dipping sauce bowl.
5 from 1 vote
Crab rangoons are an incredible appetizer that can be made with just a few simple ingredients. This crab rangoon recipe goes through everything you need to know to make the perfect appetizer.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24



  • In a bowl, combine cream cheese, crab, green onions, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add a wonton wrapper into the palm of your hand, and add a spoonful of filling to the center. Use your finger to dampen the border of the wonton wrapper. Fold the wrapper over to make a triangle. Pinch the corner together to create a crimped wonton.
  • Assemble the remaining wontons and set aside.
  • To a deep pan, add about an inch of oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 350°F.
  • Slowly add in the wontons and fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Fry the wontons in batches to not overcrowd the pan.
  • Serve wontons while warm, and enjoy!


  • Use an oil thermometer to make sure the oil stays between 325°F to 340°F. This will ensure that the rangoons don’t burn. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan! Cook the rangoons in batches so as to not overcrowd the pan and dramatically lower the oil temperature. 
  • Keep an eye on the rangoons! Wontons cook and burn quickly. To prevent an overcooked batch of rangoons, keep a close eye on them.


80kcal Calories5g Carbs2g Protein3g Fat2g Saturated Fat0.2g Polyunsaturated Fat1g Monounsaturated Fat12mg Cholesterol133mg Sodium33mg Potassium0.2g Fiber1g Sugar139IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C16mg Calcium0.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Crab Rangoon Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 139IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)