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Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

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Air Fryer Crab Rangoon are crispy and bursting with flavor. Dip in our homemade sweet and sour sauce for the ultimate taste experience. 

Before we go any further, I should tell you I am pretty picky when it comes to my crab rangoon. Some places just can’t get it right. They aren’t crispy enough, too much cheese, not enough crab, and the list goes on. 

crab rangoon on glass plate with sweet and sour sauce

One of my favorite places to order Crab Rangoon is P.F. Changs. This recipe may not be the exact same but these are SO delicious. And I don’t need to leave my house when a craving hits. 

I love making these in my air fryer because they are healthier than the traditional deep fry method of cooking them. And that means I don’t have to feel guilty for indulging in these tasty little pockets of cheese and crab.

Traditionally served as an appetizer, crab rangoon could be served as a main course because they are so filling. They also make for a fun party appetizer.

Be sure to read until the end, because we are giving tips on how to make these ahead of time so they are even easier to serve. 

ingredients labeled to make crab Rangoon in the air fryer

Grocery List for Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Cream cheese – be sure to let it soften 

Crab meat – you can use real or imitation crab

Soy sauce – grab low sodium if you can

Green onions

Wonton wrappers – available in the refrigerator aisle

Ingredients for the Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sugar 

Water

Ketchup

White vinegar

How to Make Crab Rangoon in the Air Fryer 

Place the crab meat into a food processor bowl and process until it is fine. If you like larger chunks of crab meat, that’s okay too. 

Next add the chopped crab, softened cream cheese, green onion, and soy sauce to a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until it’s smooth and creamy.

two image collage showing ingredients being mixed for air fryer crab rangoon

Spoon out one teaspoon of the crab mixture and place it on the center of a wonton wrapper. DO NOT overload the wrapper, or they’ll burst open while cooking. 

Coat the edges of the wrapper lightly with water (use your finger or a small pastry brush). 

Pull the middle of the sides of the wrapper and close together to seal while pushing the air out. 

top shot of placing crab in wonton wrappers

Repeat for the remaining crab rangoon.

Prepare your air fryer basket by spraying with a little oil or use a parchment paper liner

Add the crab rangoons to the basket. Do not overload the basket or let them touch each other. 

Spritz rangoons with a little oil then air fry for 10 minutes on 370 degrees. 

Repeat until all crab rangoons have been cooked. 

To keep them warm until your batch is finished, set your oven on its lowest heat setting and add them to a baking tray or an oven safe dish to keep warm in the oven

Air fried crab rangoon is best served right away. 

top shot of crab rangoons in the air fryer basket after cooking

Instructions for Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce 

Before you make the crab rangoon or while they are cooking, you can make the sauce. 

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until it boils. Turn off heat and allow to cool until ready to serve. Sauce can be served warm or at room temperature.

What Kind of Crab Meat Should I Use? 

This is really a personal preference. However, if you are using frozen crab, be sure to let it thaw before adding it to the food processor.

If you are using real crab meat, note that the “fishy” taste may be a little stronger compared to imitation crab.

dipping an air fried crab rangoon in sauce

Making Crab Rangoon Ahead of Time + How To Freeze

This is a great recipe to make ahead of time and keep them in the freezer, making it easy to make whenever a craving hits.

Prepare the crab rangoon as the instructions state, but instead of cooking them, we are going to freeze them. 

Place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Then add them to a freezer safe bag and store. When they come out of the freezer they should be pretty hard so you’ll want to handle them carefully so they don’t break when you store them.

To reheat them (from frozen), add them to the air fryer basket without touching, spritz with a little oil and add a couple minutes to the cooking time. 

If you are reheating from the refrigerator, lower the temperature slightly and heat until they are warmed through. 

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Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon are crispy and bursting with flavor. Dip in our homemade sweet and sour sauce for the ultimate taste experience.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces crab meat
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 30 small wonton wrappers

Homemade Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS

Sauce Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sauce ingredients. Whisking continually, bring sauce to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat, and let it sit until ready to serve.

Rangoon Instructions

  • In a food processor, process crab meat until finely chopped.
  • Place cream cheese, crab, soy sauce and onion into a mixing bowl. Mix on low for 3 minutes. Mixture should be completely combined and smooth.
  • Place one teaspoon of crab mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper. Dip fingertip into water and lightly coat the edges of the wrapper.
  • To seal the rangoon, pull together the middle of the sides of the wrapper. Close the sides together while gently pushing excess air out.
  • Spray the air fryer basket lightly with oil. Place the rangoons in the air fryer basket, making sure they aren’t touching. Spritz with oil.
  • Cook on 370 degrees F for 10 minutes. You may have to cook in batches depending on your basket size.

NOTES

  • You can use fresh, frozen or imitation crab. Thaw first if using frozen crab.
  • Don’t overfill the wrappers or they will explode while cooking.
  • You can use a parchment liner in place of spraying the basket with oil. Wait to place the liner until after you’ve preheated the air fryer.
  • These are best eaten fresh.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. The sauce will keep for up to 7 days.
  • To freeze: prepare rangoons up to cooking. Place on a sheet tray and flash freeze for 20-30 minutes. Store in a ziptop freezer bag for up to 1 month. To reheat from frozen: add to basket, spritz with oil and add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • Nutritional information includes the sauce.
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NUTRITION

Serving: 3Rangoons | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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