How to Reheat Crab Rangoon The Easiest Methods

by Amy

June 15, 2021

Before we begin, what do we know about crab rangoons?

Crab rangoon is one of the most popular appetizers in Chinese cuisine. It’s a mix of cream cheese and crabmeat, wrapped in wonton wrappers, deep fried to perfection and served with sweetened soy sauce for dipping.

Now, what do you do if you have leftover crab rangoons at home and you suddenly crave a bite? Do you think it can be eaten right away after taking it out of the fridge?

It may not be that easy to find the perfect crab rangoon recipe, but it’s easier to figure out how to reheat them. The process is actually quite simple and there are a few different ways you can do it, so keep on scrolling!

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How to Reheat Crab Rangoon?

crab rangoons with sweet and sour dip on the side

Is there really an “easy” way to reheat crab rangoons? The answer might surprise you! Here are three easy reheating methods for our favorite Chinese appetizer:

#1 Using a Stovetop

Savor the succulent flavors of crab rangoons by reheating them on your stovetop!

  • Take the crab rangoons out of the freezer and let them thaw, or take them out of the refrigerator. If they are still a bit frozen in places, just leave it for a few minutes to allow any ice particles on there to melt off before frying.
  • Preheat a pan over medium heat and add 2-3 tbsp of oil to prevent the crab rangoons from sticking.
  • When the pan’s hot enough, you can start reheating the rangoons by placing them one at a time, stirring and flipping occasionally so that all sides cook evenly for about 3-4 minutes.

#2 Using an Oven

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, try reheating crab rangoons in the oven.

  • Defrost the crab rangoons and ensure that they have come down to room temperature before you put them in the oven.
  • Once ready, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While your oven is preheating, get a baking tray with a baking sheet and place the crab rangoons on it.
  • Cover the tray with aluminum foil then put it inside the oven. This helps retain the moisture and prevents the rangoons from becoming soggy or too dry.
  • Reheat them for about 7-8 minutes in the oven with the foil on.
  • Take them out, remove the foil, and reheat them again for 2 more minutes.

    Reheating without the foil restores the crispiness of the rangoon wrapper

#3 Using a Microwave

We all know that microwaves are great for reheating previously cooked food, but you should make sure to follow these directions carefully and precisely:

  • Prepare the crab rangoons by taking them out of the fridge and letting them thaw, especially if they were frozen. Make sure that each piece is at room temperature before you start with this reheating process.
  • When ready, transfer each crab rangoons to a microwave-safe container and put them in the microwave.
  • Reheat them for 1 minute, take one out and break in half to check if the filling’s warm enough. If not, reheat them again for another minute or until you reach the desired warmth.

How to Store Leftover Crab Rangoons?

leftover crab rangoons

While the reheating process isn’t as confusing as it seems, you need to store the leftover crab rangoons the right way to enjoy them later. Keep in mind that leaving them out on the kitchen counter will do them no good and will likely end up spoiling them. Here are two methods you can use to store leftover crab rangoons:

Refrigerate

In case you are planning on consuming the leftover crab rangoons within a day or two, it is always better that you refrigerate them. Store the rangoons in an airtight container and stack them away in your refrigerator. Keep in mind that they can only be refrigerated for 2-3 days (maximum).

Freezer

If you have a lot of crab rangoon leftovers at home that you want to consume over the next week or two, your safest bet is to freeze them. Start by spacing them out on a baking sheet and flash freeze them for 10-20 minutes in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen, you can take them out of the baking sheet and put them in an airtight container to freeze them for 2-3 weeks.

How to Make Crab Rangoons?

baked crab rangoon

To make crab rangoons, you just need to have a basic understanding of folding a wonton or egg roll wrapper and making the filling the right way. That is all you need to get done. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Start by making the cream cheese filling by adding some crab meat to a bowl of already smoothened cream cheese. If you are using canned or imitation crab, make sure that you drain all the water before adding them to the cream cheese filling.
  • You can add spring onions and other spices according to your taste buds and likings.
  • Once the filling is ready, fill them in the wonton wrappers and fold them according to the shape of the rangoons, ensuring that all the sides are correctly folded.
  • Once wrapped, you can either deep fry them or bake them in an oven.

Conclusion

Crab rangoons are a public favorite, and given how easy it is to make them at home, it isn’t surprising that most people try to make them in bigger batches to enjoy them later. If you are one of them who always makes them in excess, you must know how to store them and then reheat them without spoiling the texture and the taste. We have mentioned all the essential pointers in this article hoping that they will help you with any dilemma you are stuck in.

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About the author 

Amy

Hey! I'm Amy, the founder of FoodLve.com. Well, we all love food and I want to heighten your understanding of it! I started working about 8 years ago and realized that there is so so much to learn about food. Since then I haven't stopped. My motto is to "never stop learning."

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