CHINESE TAKE-OUT AT HOME: CRAB RANGOON

I have a love/hate relationship with Crab Rangoon.

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Crab Rangoon was one of the first Asian dishes I ever tried when I was a kid and I fell in love with them. They’re crispy, a little bit chewy, and then there’s the contrast of the crispy to the sweetness of the crab and the gooey cream cheese. Mmmm. So many great descriptors to use for Crab Rangoon.

Homemade Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

Homemade Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

That’s the love part.

Homemade Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

The hate part of my love affair with Crab Rangoon came about because I once had a chef who had me make like a thousand of them and, well, spending an entire shift stuffing Crab Rangoon is not fun.

Homemade Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

For this dish, we did use imitation crab meat. A lot of times, I like to stay away from imitation crab because most of it is cheap and doesn’t actually taste much like crab at all. But we were just making these to satisfy a quick craving and thought we’d try our luck and we actually found some imitation crab that was pretty nice. If you’re going to buy imitation crab, look for meat that doesn’t feel too tight in the package and doesn’t look super pink or spongy (all of those are signs of a poor-quality imitation crab).

Homemade Crab Rangoon (made with Neufchatel Cheese) | theblueberrybison.com

We also stumbled across Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce and since I enjoy their Red Hot Sauce, we decided to give it a try. I was skeptical at first, but it was right on – I’ve used restaurant quality sweet chili sauces in the past and this was just as good if not better than those. Very nice balance of sweet and spicy that went perfectly with these Rangoons.

Homemade Crab Rangoon (great with Frank's Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce!) | theblueberrybison.com

RECIPE

1/8 tsp ginger
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp granulated garlic
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/8 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp sea salt
1 8oz block neufchatel cream cheese, softened
1 lb crab meat (real or imitation)
1 package wonton wrappers
2 cups grapeseed oil
1 cup coconut oil

Chinese Take-Out at Home: Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

First, combine all of your spices in a small bowl and then, in a larger bowl, add your spice mix to the softened cream cheese and crab meat.

Chinese Take-Out at Home: Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

Lay out your wonton wrappers and place about a tablespoon’s worth of your filling in the center of each wonton.

Chinese Take-Out at Home: Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

Chinese Take-Out at Home: Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

Wet the edges and then wrap as you please: you can do a traditional triangle fold, pinch the corners together into a pouch, or fold the extra triangle edges in a small purse. We found we liked the smaller purses best because you get a bite of cream cheese with each bite of wonton.

Chinese Take-Out at Home: Crab Rangoon | theblueberrybison.com

To fry, combine your grapeseed and coconut oils in a saucepan (you want a medium, deep saucepan so that you can submerge the wontons completely in the oil) and bring to about 350 degrees. Drop your wontons in, fry until golden brown, and then dry on a paper towel.

CHINESE TAKE-OUT AT HOME: CRAB RANGOON | theblueberrybison.com

Enjoy your Crab Rangoon alone or with a nice sweet chili sauce for dipping. Also, in case you don’t know, Crab Rangoon is just as delicious cold as it is warm, so… win-win!

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3 thoughts on “CHINESE TAKE-OUT AT HOME: CRAB RANGOON

  1. These look amazing! I love these things and never knew what they were called for the longest time! Thanks for this recipe, now I can make em at home. Maybe I can bake them instead?

    • Hey Sophia! Aren’t they delicious?! Seriously one of my favorite appetizers ever. You certainly could bake them and if you want, you can take an extra step (like brushing with butter or oil or using a muffin tin) to give them some sort of baked crunch similar to the traditional fried Rangoon ;)

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