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Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon

Gluten Free Crab Rangoon
Can you see what’s in soft focus, in the back? Behind the little dumpling-purse in the photo above? It’s a half-moon type dumpling.

Take my advice. Don’t do that. Instead — take these.
Gluten Free Won Ton WrappersAnd fill them with a crab-&-cream-cheese-type-recipe. And then do this.
Gluten Free Crab RangoonTrust me.

You do not want any air in these babies, or no matter how tight the seal, they will leak because they’ll be little puffers. And then they will splatter the oil. And you will be mad at me.

I so hate it when we fight. We’re both so proud.

Let’s do the right thing. Make little purses. Just place not-too-much filling in the center of the won ton wrappers, wet the edges (I hate the word “moisten”; it’s too squishy and gross), gather all the edges together, and squeeze gently. If anything seems not to be sticking, wet your fingers and coax them together. It’s not at all hard. It’s easy, in fact.

By the way, I froze the won ton wrappers. For months. Then I defrosted them loosely covered in my refrigerator. And they were totally good as new.

You should totally try these. Up to you, though. I’m not the boss of you. I’m just the messenger. And this is my message.

Crab Rangoons
Recipe Type: Appetizer/Entree
Author: Nicole @ Gluten-free on a Shoestring.com
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4 to 6
Gluten-free Crab Rangoons made with gluten-free won ton wrappers
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1 (8 ounce) container crème fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or more to taste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat
  • 1 recipe Won Ton Wrappers from this blog – and my cookbook (link above)
  • neutral oil, for frying
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (if you don’t have one, a bowl and a spoon, with a strong arm and a can-do attitude will work), place the cream cheese, crème fraiche and sugar, and beat until smooth. Add the tamari, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic, and beat again until well combined.
  2. Using a spatula, carefully fold in the crabmeat, being careful not to mince it.
  3. In a heavy-bottom saucepan or deep fryer, begin to heat the oil to 375 degrees F.
  4. Line up 6 to 8 won ton wrappers on a parchment-lined work surface. Set up a small bowl with lukewarm water alongside the wrappers. Dip your fingers in the water bowl, and use them to wet the entire border of each of the wrappers. Place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each won ton wrapper. Gather together all of the sides of the wrappers toward the center, as pictured above, carefully eliminating all trapped air as you work. Press together all the edges with wet fingers. Fry in the ready and waiting oil for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. As the first batch is frying, prepare the next. Remove rangoons and allow to drain on paper towels.
  5. Repeat with the remaining won ton wrappers.

Be sure to dust the won ton wrappers liberally with flour as you are rolling and storing them (particularly if you plan to freeze them).
You really need to use a proper all purpose gluten-free flour for the won ton wrappers. Better Batter is the best. Bean flour blends will not work. Most other flours are hit or miss. Proceed at your own risk. I’m sorry. I really, really am. Does that help any?
Although you are of course free to make substitutions to the won ton wrapper recipe, the finished product will likely suffer. They have very few ingredients, so each one counts quite a lot. Again, sorry. :/
Love you.


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  • Holly Hill on Facebook

    Sweet lord I love crab Rangoon! I think
    I love you right now. :)

  • Pam Gordon on Facebook

    can we hit ‘like’ a thousand times??? YUMMMMMMM

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrah.nunley Terrah Annie Nunley on Facebook

    Yes!!!! I have been craving chinese food ever since being diagnosed with a severe wheat allergy. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Your recipes, make this allergy SO much more manageable. Thanks for all you do!

  • Rochelle Sherman DelBene on Facebook

    I love this recipe, can wait to make it! Is it better to fry em on top of the stove or by using a fry daddy??

    • Nicole

      Hi, Rochelle,
      It is almost always neater and cleaner to use a separate deep fryer, but I hate all of the wasted oil so I often don’t use mine – and prefer instead to fry in my wok. Smaller surface area, so I can create a deeper well of oil but still use less oil. I have a cover for my wok, so I can keep a pretty consistent temperature, too. It’s really just a matter of personal preference. I hope that helps!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Amanda DeLara on Facebook

    ahhh yes! I’ve been craving these!

  • Bonnie Sue

    Oh Yum Nicole! I LOVE crab rangoons! I am craving and apple cider donut. Do you have a recipe for that. I can’t find one if you do. Thanks!

  • Pamela G

    question…when you freeze the wonton wrappers…do you freeze them in a pile, or do you seperate them with parchment or plastic wrap? I am curious to do so, but don’t want to screw it up!
    I’d like to be ‘prepared’ once the craving hits ;-)

    • Nicole

      Hi, Pam,
      Great question! I freeze them in a pile, just as you see them in the photo, with only a dusting of flour between them. They don’t really stick together at all. And as long as you don’t roll them too thin, they won’t stick together. They’re such a great thing to have in the freezer. I have been giving the hard sell to every company I can find, to try to get them to manufacture GF won ton wrappers for sale. No one seems to think there is a big enough market for it. I have no proof, of course, but I bet they’re wrong!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Pamela G

        awesome, Nicole…Thanks!
        when I grow up, I wanna be JUST like you (better start since I’m 45!)

        • Nicole

          You bet, Pam. For you – anything. :)
          xoxo Nicole

  • Amanda Martinez on Facebook

    I’m so going to make these tonight along with the lemon chicken recipe from your cookbook!

  • Kadren Hubbert Grawburg on Facebook

    Shut up. These are my all time favorite! You are my hero, I tell ya!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gfprincess Gluten Free Princess on Facebook

    i have been craving pot stickers for i dont know how long!!! im so excited. i can think of so many things i could use with this!!!!!

  • Darlene

    You should have this for all you do for us. I hope I’m allowed to post links.

    • Nicole

      Hey, Darlene,
      That’s adorable! Sure. No problem with a link. From you? Anything. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Laura Taylor on Facebook

    GF Crab Rangooon!!!!! Yeah!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Chapman-Baldwin/571402662 Jessica Chapman Baldwin on Facebook

    Can I just say how happy I am that your recipe doesn’t have ONIONS??? Way back when, before I was gf, I STILL couldn’t order Crab Rangoon because they always put onions in there and I HATE onions! Thaaaaaank you!!!!!

  • Janet Johnson on Facebook


  • Kadren

    Ok, I tried to Pin this. It said that I did on Pinterest, but it didn’t show up on this post like it did when I shared this on FB. Wondering how on earth Pinterest works! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    • Nicole

      Hey, Kadren,
      Do you have an account and a ‘board’ on Pinterest? You can also try going to my Pinterest account, and ‘repinning’ my pin of this picture/post. Thank you for trying – and I’m sorry it’s so frustrating!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Dana Baker Coughlin on Facebook

    Haven’t had crab rangoon in 8 years!!! I will definitely try these

  • Gerri Roberts on Facebook

    I’m so excited to make these!!! I miss crab rangoon!

  • Michelle Dunton Olejar on Facebook

    I am so excited over the egg rolls! To do the crab….well blows my mind. BTW I made your tortillas yesterday (the flour ones in the books), the first real tasting burrito/gordita in years. LOVED it! Thanks

  • Wanda Starr on Facebook

    Oh my gosh! I haven’t had rangoons in 5 years! Gotta try this!!!!! Thank you.

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  • Joy Mulholland on Facebook

    Putting this on the top of my “to Make” list!

  • Jen

    Yum!!! Finally, holidays at our house will have yummy gluten-free appetizers!

  • Nicole

    Hi, Jen,
    I’m so glad you’re looking forward to eating well at the holidays. It’s no fun feeling like a second-class citizen. ;)
    xoxo Nicole

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