Baked Crab Rangoon
Whenever I go out to a restaurant to eat or even when I am just picking up food on the way home from work, I like to order things that I can’t make at home. Why order spaghetti with butter when I know I can make the same dish in about 10 minutes? This rule of mine is especially true when I order Chinese food and the main reason I always order crab rangoon- there’s no way I could make those delicious little bites at home!
However, I was wrong. Crab rangoon is actually super easy to make at home! All of these years I have been ordering expensive take out when I could have been making mouth watering crab rangoon in my very own kitchen. Well now I know and now you will know too just how easy they really are. Just be warned that once you see how simple this recipe really is and how perfectly the crab rangoon comes out, you will be making them all the time (just like me!).
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Making Crab Wontons
So where to begin? Well, the crab meat for these delectable treats is where the magic begins. Now, many Chinese food restaurants use imitation crab meat which is perfectly fine especially if you want to save money.
However, if you are willing to splurge, using real crab meat will make these even more flavorful and better than anything you could ever order from a takeout restaurant! Trust me, you will notice the difference between the imitation stuff and the real good stuff. So go for it, get the real crab meat- you will be happy you did after just one bite!
Putting the wonton wrappers into the holes of a mini muffin tin is a great way to hold the wrappers in place while you fill them. When they bake, this also created a perfect little basket shaped crab rangoon. You can also lay the wonton wrappers flat on your work surface, put a little filling in one corner and fold the wonton wrapper over the filling to make a triangle.
Either way works nicely, it just depends on your crab rangoon shape preference! Try both ways and see which works better for you.
Authentic Crab Rangoon Recipe
Making the filling for the crab rangoon is so effortless that you could do it with your eyes closed. All you have to do is throw everything (except the wonton wrappers) into a bowl and stir. Doesn’t get much simpler than that! And plus, this means that there is only one bowl to wash afterwards. Recipes that require less dishes are my favorite recipes.
While this recipe does include Sriracha hot sauce, you can leave this ingredient out if you prefer a less spicy version. When I make this recipe, I frequently make the filling without the hot sauce, scoop half of the filling into the wontons and then add the hot sauce to the remaining filling.
This way, you have the option of a spicy crab rangoon or a non spicy one (just remember which is which!). A flawless plan when you are using these as appetizers for parties or if you have picky kids (like me!) who will only eat the non-spicy version.
Baked Crab Puffs
Once you fill the wonton wrappers, the crab rangoons are ready to be baked! That’s right, baked, not fried. That is another huge benefit to making these at home; they can be made healthier! Without the extra fat added through frying, you won’t feel guilty when you eat a few more than usual!
Baking is also great as you can throw the tray into the oven and do something else for a few minutes rather than standing over a hot pot of fryer oil (yuck!). Once the crab rangoon comes out of the oven, they will lift easily out of the muffin tray and can go right on to your plate to be eaten immediately.
Easy Baked Crab Rangoon
So this whole recipe will probably take you about 10 minutes to throw together and only about 10-15 minutes to bake. Can you believe that?!? Amazing, homemade, healthier crab rangoon within 25 minutes!
You could make these all the time. They are perfect for parties, great for snacking and can definitely be a full dinner (you just have to eat a few more and that will not be hard!). Say goodbye to Chinese food take out as this is now your perfect go-to crab rangoon recipe. Enjoy!
Baked Crab Rangoon Recipe Requirements
- Muffin Pan
- Mixing Bowl
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Hope you enjoy!
- 1 (6oz) can of crab meat
- 4oz of cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons of mayo
- ½ teaspoon of Sciracha Hot Chili Sauce
- 2 teaspoon of chives
- sea salt and black pepper
- 12 wonton wrappers
- Preheat oven to 350(F) degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with non-stick spray and place one wonton in each space.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl then fill each wonton with a spoonful of the mixture.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the corners of wontons are golden brown. Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce and/or any of your other favorite seasonings!