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Air Fryer Crispy Crab Rangoon

This Air Fryer Crispy Crab Rangoon recipe makes me feel like I have died and gone to heaven. My mouth is salivating as I write up this post! If I told you that you could enjoy 3 pieces of crab rangoon for less than 100 calories total, would you believe me? Well, pull up a chair. This recipe does just that! Thank you so much, Air Fryer.

air fryer crab rangoon on a white plate with sauce

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If you know me well then you know I am very fond of traditional Asian cuisine. I often frequent a local Vietnamese restaurant a couple of blocks from my house. Yes, I know crab rangoon is NOT an authentic Asian appetizer, but that will not stop me from enjoying it! I make my rounds and enjoy authentic Asian meals a lot. So, I deserve to indulge in this un-authentic treat from time to time!

wonton wrappers, cream cheese, lump crab, and green onions in separate bowls on a flat surface

I have become obsessed with my Air Fryer! Growing up, my family ate fried food a lot. My mom fried chicken, pork chops, fish, and other dishes quite a bit. These meals were certainly tasty but obviously are not good for our overall health. Times have changed so much!

We now have a device that can fry food without using all of that grease. That is simply astonishing. As such, you will probably find me in the kitchen every single weekend experimenting with the Air Fryer. I feel like I owe it to my childhood.

collage photo of cream cheese, lump crab, and green onions in a glass bowl

What Type of Crab to Use

I use lump crab meat. You can find it in the refrigerated meat section of the grocery store. This recipe is commonly made with imitation crab meat, sometimes called krab meat. You can use that if you wish, it’s also sometimes easier to find.

jumbo lump crab in a can for crab rangoon dip

Imitation crab is processed fish meat. It is seafood and comes from surimi that has been deboned and minced into paste. It does not contain crab. Crab extract is sometimes added for flavor.

Use whichever you wish. You can read more about What Imitation Crab Is here.

A lot of restaurants that serve crab rangoon use imitation crab meat. If you prefer imitation crab meat, substitute that for the lump crab used in this recipe. There is a difference in taste. If you are looking to replicate your favorite, that may be the best option for you.

crab rangoon filling in a glass bowl

Wonton Wrappers

The placement of these in the grocery store will vary. I find them near the egg roll wrappers in the refrigerated area of the produce section of my grocery store.

All wrappers aren’t equal. You may have to try a couple of different brands before you land on your favorite. Some rip and tear pretty easily, which means you will have to double wrap them if needed. Keep this in mind.

wonton wrappers and crab rangoon filling on a flat surface

How to Make Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

  1. Combine cream cheese, green onions, crab meat, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  2. Lay out the wonton wrappers on a working surface.
  3. Load about a teaspoon and a half of filling onto each wrapper. Be careful not to overfill.
  4. Fold each wrapper diagonally across to form a triangle. From there bring up the two opposite corners toward each other. Don’t close the wrapper yet. Bring up the other two opposite sides, pushing out any air. Squeeze each of the edges together.  Be sure to check out the recipe video above for illustration.
  5. Load the crab rangoon into the Air Fryer. 
  6. Air fry.
collage photo demonstrating how to fold air fryer crab rangoon

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 370 degrees.

crab rangoon in an air fryer

How Long to Cook/Cook Time

Cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

crab rangoon in an air fryer

How to Keep them Crispy

Reheating them in the air fryer does the trick. After being sealed away and stored, they will soften some. You can reheat them in the air fryer, maybe add a spritz of oil if necessary.

I used the sweet and sour dipping sauce from Frank’s Red Hot. You can purchase it here.

person holding one piece of crab rangoon

If you are looking for wonton wrappers you can find them here.

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Air Fryer Crispy Crab Rangoon

Air Fryer Crispy Crab Rangoon is a quick and easy healthy air-fried recipe using wonton wrappers, reduced-fat cream cheese, and jumbo lump crab meat. This crab rangoon is crunchy and filled with flavor.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword air fryer crab rangoon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 98kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 or 6 oz cream cheese, softened If you prefer really creamy crab rangoon use 6 oz
  • 4 or 6 oz lump crab meat If you prefer your crab rangoon to have more cream cheese and less crab, use 4 oz. Seafood lovers may want to go for 6 oz
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 21 wonton wrappers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking oil I use olive oil.

Instructions

  • You can soften your cream cheese by heating it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  • Combine the cream cheese, green onions, crab meat, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Lay out the wonton wrappers on a working surface. I used a large, bamboo cutting board. Moisten each of the wrappers with water. I use a cooking brush, and brush it along all of the edges. 
  • Load about a teaspoon and a half of filling onto each wrapper. Be careful not to overfill.
  • Fold each wrapper diagonally across to form a triangle. From there bring up the two opposite corners toward each other. Don’t close the wrapper yet. Bring up the other two opposite sides, pushing out any air. Squeeze each of the edges together.  Be sure to check out the recipe video above for illustration.
  • Spritz the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Load the crab rangoon into the air fryer basket. Do not stack or overfill. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Spritz with oil.
  • Place the Air Fryer on 370 degrees. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Open and flip the crab rangoon. Cook for an additional 2-5 minutes until they have reached your desired level of golden brown and crisp.
  • Remove the crab rangoon from the air fryer and serve with your desired dipping sauce.

Video

Notes

  • Your cook time may vary depending on the Air Fryer brand that you use. I recommend a temperature of at least 370 degrees. You should cook the crab rangoon until they have reached your desired level of crunchiness. Check in on them while they air fry to be sure the crab rangoon does not overcook.
  • I have made this recipe and have stacked in all of the crab rangoon and I have made it in two batches. I believe making it in batches works best. If you stack them, you may have a few that are really soft to touch and break apart when you go to flip them over.
  • All wrappers aren’t equal. You may have to try a couple of different brands before you land on your favorite. Some rip and tear pretty easily, which means you will have to double wrap them if needed. Keep this in mind.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g
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Katie

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Made these tonight so amazing! Way better than imitation crab! Thank you for the recipe!

staysnatched

Thursday 19th of November 2020

You're welcome. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Bri

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

I had no intentions on making crab rangoon but I was on instagram and I saw this recipe on her page. At this point, I don't even question her recipes anymore. If I see it, I just go ahead an add the ingredients to my cart and plan my meals off her page. This crab rangoon recipe is amazing. The filling was good before I even air fried it. Just make it y'all!

staysnatched

Thursday 19th of November 2020

haha! I love your reviews.

Patti

Saturday 14th of November 2020

This hit the spot for our fake out take out night! I love the flexibility of the recipe and will definitely be playing with ratios to make the perfect crab rangoon for our house. Wrapping wontons has always been intimidating, but these were super easy to do. And absolutely recommend the wonton wrapper brand mentioned in the recipe: great quality, didn't tear, easy to work with.

staysnatched

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Yay! I'm glad that brand worked for you!

Shauna

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Simple. Easy. Delicious. I will be making again next time I am craving takeout. Might actually make them again today!

staysnatched

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Haha yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

Rebekah

Thursday 12th of November 2020

I love that these use real ingredients. Never getting takeout again

staysnatched

Thursday 12th of November 2020

haha that's what I like to hear!