Crab rangoons are light and crispy dumplings often offered as an American Chinese appetizer. Made up of crispy fried wontons filled with a cream cheese and crab mixture.
There is something about the crispy crunch and then that creamy center that makes so many people’s mouths water. You want to be able to enjoy that same great texture and flavor when you are reheating crab rangoons at home.
You can reheat crab rangoons in the oven, microwave, air-fryer, or on the stove. Each method has its pluses and minus’ so let’s go over the step-by-step ways to reheat your crab rangoons and achieve what you like most about them.
Crab rangoons can be reheated in the oven, microwave, air fryer, or on the stovetop. Reheating them in the oven is the best method to achieve crispiness and still have the same great flavor.
Reheating crab rangoons on the stovetop works well to get the crispy outside and warm the inside as well as the microwave but they may become soggy and or rubbery using this method.
How to reheat crab rangoons 4 ways
With a few different options on how to reheat your crab rangoons, you will want to consider what methods you have available to you, how much time do you have, and if it is important to you to get that crispy outside and flavor alive again.
Each way that use to reheat crab rangoons will offer a little bit of a difference such as using a microwave will tend to make them soggy, whereas the air fryer is sure to get that crunch you want.
If you are reheating frozen crab rangoons you will want to defrost them first and then reheat them otherwise they will be soggy and the flavor will be lost.
I have step by step guide below for reheating in the oven, air fryer, stovetop, and microwave.
How to reheat crab rangoons in the oven
Reheating crab rangoons in the oven is going to give you the best flavor! You will still get that fresh taste but they might not get as crispy.
If you are reheating frozen crab rangoons in the oven you need to defrost them first. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
It is best to cover them with foil individually to keep in the moisture and warm up the insides by baking them for 5-7 minutes. You can also place them on a baking sheet and cover the whole baking sheet with foil making sure to space them out so that they are not touching.
Then remove the foil, place them back into the oven and allow for the wonton to crisp up for two or three minutes.
- Defrost crab rangoons if they are frozen
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Wrap invidually in foil and place onto a baking sheet
- Bake for 5-7 Miuntes
- Unwrap the crab rangoons and place back into the oven for 2-3 minutes
Tip: Use an oven-safe tin foil, not all tin foils are created equal.
Reheating pizza in the oven is also easy!
How to reheat crab rangoons in an airfryer
If the crispy, crunchiness of crab rangoons is what you love the most then you will want to reheat them in an air-fryer. This is also a quick method to reheating them.
Make sure that you defrost your crab rangoons if they are frozen before you air-fry them otherwise they will become soggy and tough as they will defrost too fast.
Preheat the air fryer to 350°F and then simply place them in the air fryer basket and allow them to reheat and crisp up for about 5 minutes or until they are heated through.
- Defrost frozen crab rangoons
- Preheat the airfryer to 350°F
- Place into the airfryer basket with space so they are not crowded
- Airfry for 5 minutes or until throughly heated
How to reheat crab rangoons on the stove
You can achieve crispy reheated crab rangoons by reheating them on the stovetop fairly easily.
This might take a little bit longer than the air fryer or the oven but you are going to get a nice crispy wonton and reheat the cream cheese crab inside.
Defrost crab rangoons if they are frozen and then heat up your pan on the stovetop on medium heat.
Low heat will cause them to get soggy and high heat will burn the crab rangoons and the inside won’t get a chance to reheat.
Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil and allow for the oil to get hot. Add in your crab rangoons while not overcrowding the pan.
Stir them around the pan allowing them to cook for 3-5 minutes or until crispy on the outside and warm in the middle.
- Defrost frozen crab rangoons
- Heat frying pan on medium heat
- Add and heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Place crab rangoons in the pan
- Cook for 3-5 minutes or until crispy reheated through
How to reheat crab rangoons in the microwave
Using the microwave isn’t the best option when reheating crab rangoons because you aren’t going to get that delicious crunchy texture but it will be a fast way to reheat them.
Make sure to have a microwave-safe dish and spread them out so that they are not touching. This will allow for moisture to escape around them and hopefully be less soggy.
Cook them on medium for one-minute intervals, checking them and flipping them until they are fully reheated.
- Defrost Frozen crab rangoons
- Spead out onto a microwave safe plate or dish
- Place in the microwave on medium for one minute at a time
- Check them and flip until they are reheated through
How to store crab rangoon
If you have leftover crab rangoons that you want to store and have as a snack at a later time it is important that you refrigerate them within 2 hours of cooking them.
Crab rangoons can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days. If you choose to freeze them you can store them in an air-tight container or freezer bag for up to 2 months.
If you have left crab rangoons out on the table for more than two hours you will want to throw them away.
According to the USDA, any cooked foods that have sat out for longer than 2 hours are no longer safe to eat.
How to defrost crab rangoons
When you are thinking about reheating your frozen crab rangoons you will want to take them out of the freezer at least 12 hours beforehand so that you can thaw them out before reheating them.
Simply take them out of the freezer and place them in the fridge. If you still have a few small icy particles on them you can leave them out on the counter for a minute or two before you start to cook them to finish thawing out.
Crab rangoons are a popular appetizer that can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. However, the quality of the dish begins to deteriorate quickly when left out for too long. If you refrigerate them they can be good the next day.
The shelf life of leftover crab rangoons is typically about three days. This only applies if you refrigerate them promptly after your meal. I would store them in an air-tight container.
Crab rangoon will typically last up to 2 days in the fridge. Make sure you store them promptly in an airtight container.
How to reheat crab rangoon
- Air Fryer
- Crab Rangoon
- ALWAYS defrost frozen crab rangoons before you reheat them.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Individually wrap each crab rangoon in tin foil and place them on a baking sheet
- Cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Unwrap the crab rangoons and bake for another 2-3 minutes to crisp them up.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F
- Place the crab rangoons in the air fryer basket spaced apart from each other.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes
- Preheat a frying pan on medium heat
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and heat up for 30 seconds.
- Place your crab rangoons into the pan without overcrowding the pan.
- Stir them around the pan for 3-5 minutes until they are heated through.
- Place crab rangoons on a microwave-safe dish
- Cook on high heat for one minute and then flip them
- Cook them for 30-second intervals flipping them in between until reheated through.