This sweet and spicy Crab Rangoon recipe for deep fried American Chinese dumplings is a delicious hot appetizer that will likely disappear quickly!
Crab Rangoon is a popular appetizer recipe and an American Chinese food favorite for many. This deep fried dumpling is typically made with a combination of cream cheese and spices tucked into won ton wrappers and deep fried. A delicious combination, this hot appetizer will be sure to disappear quickly, so you may want to make a double batch!
There are many different varieties, from sweet recipes to spicy. You can often add different things to the filling mixture to change the consistency and taste to your preferences. The recipe below is a nice combination of both sweet and spicy. For less spice, leave out the red pepper flakes – for less sweet, omit the brown sugar.
You Will Need:
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 can of crab meat, drained and flaked (8-10 oz size)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 green onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Won Ton wrappers
Vegetable Oil for frying
Mix cream cheese, crab meat, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, green onion, pepper and minced garlic. To assemble the rangoon, you will want to spread the cream cheese mixture in a rectangle shape on 1 triangle. Wet the edges with water and press a second won ton wrapper on the top, making sure the edges are sealed. If need be, use more water. (Note: You can also twist the wrappers to form the flower shape instead as you see in the picture above) Once all the wrappers are assembled, heat deep fryer or wok/frying pan to 350-375 degrees and fry for 2-3 minutes. Place fried Rangoon on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil before serving.
Crab Rangoon appetizers can be served with a variety of dipping sauces. Hot mustard, duck sauce, and sweet and sour sauce are all popular choices. You can find most of these sauces readily available in the Chinese food section of your grocery store, or you can prepare them from scratch on your own.
Here is one of our favorite homemade duck sauces you may want to try:
Homemade Duck Sauce for Crab Rangoon
You Will Need:
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
Combine applesauce, apricot preserves, honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, and dry mustard powder into a saucepan. Cook on medium low heat, stirring often until reaching the right consistency. Cool and serve.
We hope you and your guests enjoy this sweet recipe for Crab Rangoon. If you have any suggestions, variations, or another recipe you love that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you in the comments below!