Crab Rangoon is a Perennial Party Favorite:
Crab Rangoon Origins:
Basic Crab Rangoon Ingredients:
How to Cook Crab Rangoon:
If you do decide to try baking filled wonton wrappers instead of deep-frying, use a nonstick baking sheet and brush the tops of the wontons with sesame oil. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 minutes or until the Rangoon is golden brown.
Sauces to Accompany Crab Rangoon:
Crab Rangoon Cooking Tips:
- Use fresh cooked crabmeat if possible. If using canned crabmeat, drain and flake first. Also, remember to work with the drained weight of the crabmeat when figuring out the amount to use.
- Most recipes have a slightly higher ratio of cream cheese to crabmeat, but it all comes down to how "cheesy" you like your Crab Rangoon. In the recipe below I use a 1:1 ratio - feel free to adjust the proportions.
- Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before using.
- If the filling is leaking out of the wrapper, try sealing the wonton with egg white or a water/cornstarch mixture instead of plain water.
- Some Crab Rangoon recipes include Chinese vegetables such as bok choy and water chestnuts. I would go sparingly on the extras - this is one of those recipes where "less is more."
Crab Rangoon Recipe:
Yield: 44 - 48 Crab Rangoon
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces fresh crab meat or canned crab meat, drained and flaked
1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, to taste
1 - 1 1/2 green onions, finely sliced
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon red onion, chopped
1 package wonton wrappers
1 small bowl filled with water for wetting wontons
Oil for deep-frying
Combine the crab and the cream cheese. Mix in the remaining filling ingredients one at a time.
On a flat surface, lay out a wonton wrapper in front of you so that it forms a diamond shape. Wet the edges of the wonton.
Add a heaping teaspoon of filling to the middle, and spread it out toward the left and right points of the diamond so that it forms a log or rectangular shape (otherwise the wrapper may break in the middle during deep-frying).
Fold over the edges of the wrapper so that it forms a triangle shape. Seal the edges, adding more water if needed.
Cover the completed Crab Rangoon with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out while preparing the rest.
Heat wok and add oil for deep-frying. When oil is ready (the temperature should be between 360 - 375 degrees), carefully slide in the Crab Rangoon, taking care not to overcrowd the wok. Deep-fry until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Cool and serve.
(To make ahead: The filling can be prepared up to a day ahead of time and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, or the wontons can be filled and refrigerated up to one day ahead of time before cooking. The wontons can also be prepared up to the deep-frying stage and frozen for up to 3 months. Cook the frozen wonton according to the instructions above, adding a few minutes to the cooking time).