Learn to make crab rangoon crescent rolls in this easy recipe. A cream cheese and crab mixture is surrounded by a tender, flaky crust.
Recipe | What is Imitation Crab? | Is Imitation Crab Gluten Free?
Bringing the wonderful taste of crab rangoon to a dinner roll!
I love crab rangoon but I don’t really enjoy frying it. I think I probably get enough fried foods as it is. Enter the crab rangoon crescent roll!
I’ve recently tried using an air fryer for this Shrimp Rangoon recipe and it worked wonderfully! I will be trying it with crab soon.
What is Imitation Crab?
I know there’s some controversy about using real crab or imitation crab. I really don’t mind imitation crab.
It’s always in the refrigerator because it’s a quick and delicious snack, low in calories and fat.
Imitation crab is made from fish that’s been shaped and made to look like real crab.
I’m willing to bet that most every crab rangoon you’ve had at a Chinese restaurant has been made with imitation crab.
It’s available in both stick shapes, made to look more like crab legs, and a flaky style.
Frequently Asked Questions
Imitation crab isn’t actually raw. It’s fully cooked then formed into this shape. You can eat it right out of the bag and I often do.
No, it’s not vegan. It’s made with fish, which isn’t eaten on a vegan diet.
Most of the time, imitation crab isn’t gluten free. In order to keep the fish in shaped forms, starch and eggs are added. The starch is usually made from wheat. There could be brands that are gluten free, though. Check the label to be certain.
This recipe has all your usual crab rangoon ingredients. You’ll find cream cheese, green onion, garlic and Worcestershire.
I’ve used something called Seafood Snackers which is exactly the right amount of imitation crab and it’s only $1. This stuff just miraculously appears in our refrigerator and it makes great snacks!
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Puff Pastry Sheets
I don’t know about you, but the only thing we don’t normally have in our refrigerator is the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets.
Before starting this website, I didn’t know about these pastry sheets at all, to be honest. If you’ve never seen them, they’re in the freezer section.
Since I’ve found them, though, I’ve used them as much as I can. They are the perfect thing to have around for a quick, elegant treat or dessert.
I’ve used them with raspberry and cream cheese to make these Raspberry Pinwheels. Cheese and chocolate chips for an Easy Cheese Danish recipe. Leftover Chicken and Pesto Puff Pastry Bites is another savory treat.
For another savory appetizer, try this Puff Pastry Jalapeno Poppers or Spinach Ricotta Puff Pastry Braid.
If you want to try your hand at making the puff pastry yourself, try this Easy Homemade Puff Pastry from Baking a Moment.
To cut the puff pastry, I suggest a pizza cutter. You don’t want to use a knife to make jagged lines. You could instead use a really large straight knife and simply press down.
The puff pastry arrives folded in thirds. It makes it really easy to follow the lines and cut into three pieces.
Once you have everything cut into long triangles, place about two or three teaspoons on all 12 pieces.
It’s okay if the cream cheese mixture sticks out on the sides a little. It makes a great presentation when you can see little bits of it sticking out after baking.
Roll each triangle starting at the widest point. At the beginning of the roll, make sure that you sort of try to form a circle.
Don’t let it turn into a squared off crescent roll!
Be sure to fill each triangle before you start to roll. This will help if you need to add or remove some of the filling to make things more even.
Use a pastry brush to brush on melted butter. This will give the pastry a nice golden color when baking.
I realize that this is supposed to be an appetizer, but I have a hard time eating just one!
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- 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- 4 ounces Imitation Crab, chopped
- 1 Green Onion, minced
- ½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 box Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry, room temperature
- Flour, small amount
- ⅛ cup Butter, melted
- Cooking Spray
- Preheat oven to 400℉.
- Mix together cream cheese, imitation crab, green onion, worcestershire and garlic powder. Set aside.
- Place small amount of flour on the working surface to help with sticking. With pizza cutter, cut puff pastry into three even strips then make a diagonal line across each strip. (There will be two pieces of puff pastry in the box and you will have 6 triangles out of each, for a total of 12.)
- Place two or three teaspoons of cream cheese mixture at widest edge of triangle and roll up. It's best to place the mixture on all of them then roll up to make sure you have enough to go around.
- Place parchment paper on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
- Place the 12 rolls evenly on baking sheet.
- Brush with melted butter.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes. Makes 12.
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Jeanne @ Cooksister says
Absolutely love the sound of these! I grew up with imitation crabsticks and although I love real crabmeat, they will always have a place in my heart. I do a great pasta with them too! Definitely bookmarking these for when we can entertain again!
I like imitation crab, and these crescent rolls look really good! A perfect appetizer.
This looks so delicious and tasty! My daughter and husband are going to love this! So excited to try this!
What a great idea! This is the perfect party appetizer. Yum!
This recipe is a must try. Never tried imitation crab. Looks like I am about to. Yum!