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Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

A super crispy variation of the classic Chinese appetizer.

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A month ago I had no idea what Crab Rangoon was. I’d vaguely heard it spoken of as a yummy starter for Chinese food, but I had no idea what the dish looked like, what was in it, or how it was prepared.

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Since then, I have quickly gotten to work on learning and cooking Crab Rangoon, which is essentially a delightful cross between a fried dumpling and wonton packed with a garlicky mixture of crab meat, cream cheese, and onion. I make my mix using tinned crab meat, but you can easily substitute it for fresh meat if you get the opportunity.

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Crab Rangoon is delicious, especially when fired to a golden crisp in your air fryer! Below you’ll find a simple and easy recipe that you can put together to make a great family snack or starter for a large group get-together.

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As you can clearly see, my dumplings could be prettier and more uniform. All it takes is practice! Check out this awesome expert clip from Pai on 5 different wonton wrapping techniques that will get you up to speed in no time. If you are planning on making a lot of them, it’s a great task to complete with your kids.

Jono’s note: When making crab Rangoon at home. I couldn’t get wonton wrappers. I chose to substitute with spring roll wrappers that I cut into squares myself. They work well and are more crispy after frying, but mess-wise, mistake-wise, and in execution isn’t as good as the stronger, more pliable wonton wrappers.

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Makes 30-35

20m prep time

7m cook time

4.6
Rated 4.6 out of 5
Rated by 5 reviewers
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup tinned crab meat, drained
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pack wonton wrappers
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Preparation
  1. Combine crab meat, cream cheese, green onion, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.
  2. Take a square wonton wrapper and place a teaspoon of mixture into the middle of the square.
  3. Fold filled wrapper into a triangle or 'money bag' shape, bind wrapper's edges with water to seal mixture in, then pinch edges to bind further.
  4. Place wontons into the air fryer, ensuring none are touching each other. Repeat steps 4-6 until air fryer tray is full, with 10-12 dumplings per batch recommended.
  5. Cook on 350°F for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and place in the oven at 250°F-300°F to stay warm.
  6. Continue wrapping process until no mixture is left or the wrappers are all gone.
  7. After all parcels are cooked, place crab Rangoon on a serving plate with sweet chili sauce and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Simply Stacie

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