This Shrimp Rangoon is a mouth-watering appetizer! Crispy on the outside, it's filled with a creamy blend of succulent shrimp and rich cream cheese, offering a perfect balance of savory and slightly sweet flavors. Ideal for parties!
This is the best shrimp rangoon recipe and if you love crab rangoon, you'll find it absolutely addictive with its creamy shrimp mixture!
What is Shrimp Rangoon?
Shrimp Rangoon is a delicious crispy wonton wrapper filled with a creamy shrimp mixture. They are enjoyable and quick to make with just a few ingredients! It's a common Chinese takeout item that you can find at your local Chinese Restaurants. Interestingly, these shrimp wontons don't actually have origins in Chinese cuisine, but they are a popular dish often served at American Chinese Restaurants.
Shrimp Rangoon Ingredients
See below the recipe card for the exact measurements.
- Cream Cheese: Use 8 ounces of softened cream cheese. For a lighter version, you can substitute with low-fat cream cheese.
- Cooked and Chopped Shrimp: Roughly chop ¼ pound of cooked shrimp. Fresh or frozen (thawed) shrimp both work well. If shrimp isn't available, crab meat can be a good substitute.
- Green Onion: Finely chop 2 green onions for a mild onion flavor. If green onions are not available, chives or a small amount of finely chopped red onion can be used as a substitute.
- Minced Garlic: Use 1 ½ teaspoons for a hint of garlic flavor. Garlic powder can be used in a pinch, but fresh minced garlic is preferred for the best flavor.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Add ½ teaspoon for a depth of flavor.
- Soy Sauce: Use ½ teaspoon to enhance the savory taste. Tamari or a small pinch of salt can be a substitute if soy sauce is not on hand.
- Sugar: 1 teaspoon of sugar balances the savory flavors. If you prefer, you can use honey or agave syrup as a natural sweetener alternative.
- Wonton Wrappers: A 12-ounce package is needed for wrapping the filling. If wonton wrappers are hard to find, you can use thin spring roll wrappers cut into smaller squares.
- Egg Wash: Mix 1 large egg with one tablespoon of water. This helps to seal the wonton wrappers. As a vegan alternative, water or a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) will work too.
- Cooking Oil Spray: For air frying or baking the wontons. You can also lightly brush the wontons with vegetable oil.
How To Make Shrimp Rangoon
Cream Cheese Filling
Put the wonton wrappers to the side, then in a medium-sized bowl, combine all the other filling ingredients.
Place 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each wonton wrapper. Gently moisten the edges of each wrapper with the egg wash. The egg wash acts as an adhesive, sealing the edges as you fold the wontons.
Folding a Shrimp Rangoon
Lift two opposite corners of the wrapper and pinch only the tips of those corners together.
Then, lift the remaining two adjacent corners and seal them by pinching them firmly. Pay special attention to pinching the tip of the wonton to prevent any filling leakage while frying.
Air Fry Shrimp Rangoon
Lightly coat the basket of your air fryer with cooking oil spray.
Place the shrimp rangoon into the air fryer basket, make sure they are not overcrowded. If needed, cook them in batches. Lightly spray the rangoon with cooking oil.
Set the Air Fryer temperature to 350°F and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Flip them halfway through the cooking time and give them another spray of cooking oil.
After folding them, arrange the uncooked shrimp rangoon on a baking pan or plate. Flash freeze them for an hour, and then transfer into a freezer bag or a Tupperware container.
When you're ready to enjoy them: Take them out of the freezer, let them thaw for a few minutes, and then proceed to air fry or bake them. Voila! Homemade shrimp rangoon whenever you crave them.
Storage & Reheating
- Store the leftover shrimp rangoons in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge, and they will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
- To reheat, air fry them at 300°F for 5-7 minutes until they reach the desired warmth. Alternatively, you can reheat them in your oven at 350°F for 6-7 minutes until they're warm.
How to Serve
- Party Platter: Include shrimp rangoon as part of a party platter that features a variety of finger foods and appetizers. It's perfect for gatherings and celebrations.
- Side Dish: Pair with other Chinese or Asian-inspired dishes as a tasty side dish. It complements dishes like Fried Rice, stir-fried vegetables, or Chow Mein.
- Buffet or Potluck: If you're hosting a buffet-style meal or attending a potluck, shrimp rangoon can be a crowd-pleasing addition. Place them on a serving tray for easy access.
- Dipping Sauces: Provide a selection of dipping sauces, such as sweet chili sauce, plum sauce, soy sauce, or even a Spicy Sriracha Mayo.
You can typically find wonton wrappers in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle, near items like tofu, egg roll wrappers, and chilled salad dressings.
Absolutely! You can make them in advance and freeze for up to 2 months. When you're ready to enjoy them, you can deep fry, air fry, or bake them straight from the freezer.
Wontons offer versatility with various fillings, often featuring pork, shrimp, garlic, and other Chinese seasonings. On the other hand, Rangoons are typically stuffed with either real or imitation crab meat, or shrimp, combined with creamy cream cheese.
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