Crab Rangoon


Experience the savory delight of Golden Crab Purses, a culinary masterpiece that fuses crab and luscious cream cheese, all encased in delicate, deep-fried wontons. Crafted to perfection, these delectable parcels are a fantastic Chinese restaurant copycat recipe, elevating your dining experience when paired with sweet and sour or sweet chili sauce.

Crab Purses, often regarded as one of the most sought-after Chinese appetizers, take pride of place on the menu of countless local Chinese takeout spots, second only to the beloved egg rolls. What sets our recipe apart is the addition of imitation crab meat, which imparts a unique twist to the classic Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon.

The beauty of this recipe lies not only in its delightful taste but also in its simplicity and convenience. You can prepare these delectable purses ahead of time and freeze them before the frying stage. Freezing ensures they maintain their perfect shape while crisping up, sparing you the disappointment of wilted, misshapen treats.


  • 2 cups of vegetable oil
  • 5 ounces of crab meat
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 1 thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 24 won ton wrappers measuring 2 inches each


  1. Begin by heating the vegetable oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. In a spacious mixing bowl, combine the crab meat, softened cream cheese, minced garlic, sliced green onion, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, chopped red onion, white pepper, and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Lay out the won ton wrappers on a clean work surface. Place approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of the crab mixture into the center of each wrapper. Gently moisten the edges of the wrappers with water.
  4. Fold two corners of the wonton wrapper together, and then bring together the remaining two ends to create a dainty parcel. Seal it securely, ensuring there’s no leakage.
  5. In batches, carefully add the crab purses to the Dutch oven and fry until they attain a uniform golden brown and a delightful crispness, typically taking about 1-2 minutes. Once done, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. These culinary gems are best served immediately, accompanied by your preferred dipping sauce.

Delight in the unmatched fusion of flavors and textures, and savor the golden, crispy perfection of these homemade Golden Crab Purses – an extraordinary Chinese culinary adventure that’s sure to impress your family and guests alike.

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