These delectable mouthfuls of crab and cream cheese wrapped in crispy wonton have gone viral thanks to TikTok foodies crunching through piles of Crab Rangoon.
A favourite Chinese takeaway entree, they’re far more available at American-Chinese restaurants rather than in Australia – but, they are SUPER easy to make. They use just a handful of ingredients, and are relatively cheap to make. Which is lucky, because they are so moreish.
What are Crab Rangoon?
Essentially, a simple crab rangoon recipe calls for a mixture of imitation crab, cream cheese, minced garlic and Worcestershire sauce wrapped in wontons and fried. That’s the basic version, but you can jazz up crab rangoon with other spices and herbs to suit your taste. You can also use garlic powder if you don’t want to use minced garlic, and a dash of sesame oil if it takes your fancy!
You can use actual crab meat if you want, but traditional, imitation crab meat is used. Sometimes crab meat is called Surimi, and it’s pretty easy to find in the deli or freezer at the supermarket.
Why have Crab Rangoon become so popular?
While Crab Rangoon have always been a popular menu item in the US, the current obsession with them can be attributed to the gorgeous Gabby Eniclerico (AKA slothgirl420). The TikTok sensation has a cult following thanks to her cheerful mukbang videos, and her little Crab Rangoon ditty has gone viral! She even has Crab Rangoon merch!
@slothgirl420 CRAB RANGOOOOOONS #fyp #mukbang #crabrangoons #eatingshow #mukbangeatingshow ♬ original sound – Gabby Eniclerico
What do you serve with Crab Rangoon?
How to fold wontons for Crab Rangoon
Completed crab rangoon look amazing, and the folding technique is really easy! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be churning them out in no time.
Just pinch the opposite corners together and you’ll have a little parcel of creamy crab goodness ready to fry!
Here’s a look at how to fold wontons for Crab Rangoon:
Ingredients (makes 12+ )
- 225g cream cheese
- 225g imitation (or real) crab
- 1 large clove minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 packet wonton wrappers
- oil for deep frying
- Cut up the imitation or real crab meat into little pieces.
- Mix together the crab, cream cheese, garlic and Worcestershire sauce.
- Add a teaspoon of the mix to the centre of a wonton wrapper.
- Use your finger to brush water around the edges of the wonton wrapper.
- Pinch the corners of each wrapper together, to form a star shape.
- Fry in hot oil until crispy and brown.
Feel free to add salt, chopped spring onion or chives, garlic powder instead of minced garlic and a splash of sesame oil to spice up the flavour!