Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Emma Star Jensen
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Makes about 30

Packed with fresh crab, these indulgent appetizers are a step up from the rangoons (deep-fried dumplings) often sold at Chinese restaurants. They can be made ahead and frozen, then cooked when guests arrive. Set out several dipping sauces, as everyone seems to have a favorite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whirl cream cheese, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce together in a food processor until smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in green onions and crab.

Step 2

Whisk together egg and 1 tbsp. water in a small dish. Lay wonton wrappers flat. Brush with egg wash, covering completely with a thin layer. Spoon a scant 1 tbsp. crab mixture onto center of each wonton. Pull up corners so all four meet in the center, pressing edges together to seal. Set on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a sheet of parchment paper.

Step 3

Fill a wide pot with 2 in. oil. Heat over medium heat to 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Working in batches of 3 or 4, fry rangoons, turning as needed, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer rangoons to a plate lined with paper towels. Let cool slightly before serving with dipping sauces.

Step 4

Make ahead: Through step 2, up to 3 hours, chilled, or 2 weeks, frozen.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per rangoon.

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