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Air Fryer Crab Rangoon (Crab Puffs)

Wontons have been the new favorite for almost a decade as it gives everything you want. Crispy, crunchy, tender, and whatnot.

Since wontons were so much loved and altered in every region of the world according to the local preferences. South Asian countries came up with a new kind of dumpling/wontons that are called crab rangoons.

Now, these crab rangoons are highly popular and served in American-Chinese restaurants.

Those who do not know the main ingredients in them wonder if these are like some regular wonton but this variety comes with creamy goodness.

Crab rangoons are also known as crab puffs or cheese wontons and the popular ingredients in them are cream cheese, garlic, scallions, imitated crab meat or small pieces of crab meat, and coarse wonton wraps.

This delicious crispy appetizer is mostly deep-fried but thanks to technology, air fryers are here to serve us oil-free and less caloric food with a similar texture and taste to deep-fried.

This website is full of knowledge about how air fryers are good for your health as they give you the chance to live a healthy life so I am not going into those details.

Rather than that, let us learn all about crab rangoons and how can you make them in an air fryer. Shall we?

What exactly is a rangoon?

Rangoons also known as wontons are Chinese dumplings that are formed with a thin wonton wrapper and a filling. The wrappers are available in two basic shapes: circles and squares.

Most grocery stores now stock at least one brand of wonton wrapper, though you may have to ask around to find them. Because wonton wrappers must be refrigerated, look in the deli or prepared veggie department first.

For this dish, I prefer square wonton wrappers because they are larger and simpler to crimp shut.

Why is an air fryer ideal for rangoons?

For this meal, I recommend using an air fryer. The wontons become extremely crispy on top and even slightly crunchy on the bottom.

Cleanup is also a breeze with the air fryer. Form the wontons, cook them, then eat them! Remember to coat the air fryer basket with nonstick spray to prevent sticking.

Do crab rangoons have crab in them?

Seems like crab rangoons are an innovation for the modern-day American taste. They were highly popular in the 1950s in particular, but people still love them.

The special ingredient in this appetizer is cream cheese and wonton wrappers and other ingredients are included on personal preference.

Of course, the dish has either crab or imitating crab bits in it but that depends on the liking of the person in concern.

For being on the safe side, most American-Chinese restaurants prefer imitating crab over real crab meat.

That is because people who like crabs can eat the imitating version of it. After all, the color and texture of it are the same as the real one. But people who find crabs disgusting will never try them even if they are in small bits or minced.

For those who do not know, imitation crabs are made of pulverized and finely shredded fish. There is a huge chance that you have had it even when you do not even know what it was.

Check out the table below to know about the nutrient facts about imitation crab and crab meat.

Nutrient FactsImitation CrabCrab Meat
Carbohydrates12.7 grams0 grams
Cholesterol17 mg45 mg
Protein6.5 grams16.4 grams
Vitamin B128% of the RDI163% of the RDI
Sodium715 mg911 mg
Nutrient facts of imitation crab and crab meat

How long do you air fry frozen crab rangoon?

Air fryers are a blessing for frozen food cooking. You do not have to wait for the defrosting process, it tastes crunchier this way, and so much more.

Frozen food has become an essential part of our lives to an extent and we cannot thank enough whoever came up with this preservation idea.

The ease it has brought to us is huge and so have air fryers. The air fryer’s quick meal preparations have a cherry on top of it.

The cooking time of frozen crab rangoons in an air fryer is just 12 to 13 minutes if you are preparing them at the temperature of 350°F.

Be sure to line your crab puffs in one single layer even if that means two to three rounds of air frying altogether.

The only thing that I do not appreciate about the air fryers is, that they do not have the capacity of making large portions of food. But then again, their countertop features make cooking more convenient than ever.

Crab Rangoon on a round dish
Make them cause they are delicious

Can I reheat crab rangoon in the air fryer?

After stoves, microwaves were the conventional way to reheat your food in no time but trust me or not, you can do this with your air fryer too.

If you are thinking you cannot reheat a crab rangoon in an air fryer then sit back and listen, YOU SURE CAN!

You can reheat crab rangoons in an air fryer. All you have to do is preheat your air fryer to 325°F and put your cheese wontons/crab rangoons in it for about 1 to 2 minutes.

You can always check the center of your crab rangoon to see if it is heated to your preference or not and then you can adjust to the timings yourself.

There is a chance that your air fryer model has a preheating button on it, find it and take advantage of it to the fullest.

Preparing the dough for crab rangoon
Know how to make crab rangoons from scratch!

What is crab rangoon sauce made of?

A jar of sauce with a few tomatoes on a side
Sauce enhances the flavor of crab rangoon

Crab rangoons are incomplete without a sauce. Its sauce is everything!

The taste of crab rangoon sauce is salty and sweet. Complimenting the appetizer at every level.

To prepare crab rangoon sauce, all you have to do is, mix some brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, chili flakes, and water.

Put the mixture on the stove in a pan and let it simmer for a while. Whisk the sauce meanwhile to dissolve the sugar.

In a separate bowl, dissolve some cornstarch in water. Pour this mixture into your saucepan so that the consistency of the sauce becomes thick.

Crab rangoons are so expensive if you order them from a restaurant. Check out this recipe for crab rangoon to try at home. If these will not be better than the ones you order from a restaurant, they will still be worth it!

Recipe of air-fried crab rangoon


In this article, you have learned.

  • Crab rangoons are widely popular in America and other parts of the world. It is a South Asian adaptation of wonton and can also be called crab puffs and cheese wontons.
  • People who are trying to make this appetizer at home have so many questions regarding it and people who want to indulge healthily have even more questions.
  • Air fryers are the best way to make them healthier.
  • Adding crab meat or imitation crab to your crab rangoon is your choice.
  • Imitating crabs is made up of surimi.
  • This appetizer takes 12 to 13 minutes to fully cook in an air fryer.
  • You can also reheat them.
  • Crab rangoon sauce has a salty and sweet taste that blends with the dish to perfection.

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