This Crab Rangoon Dip is a creamy, cheesy dip version of your favorite Chinese appetizer! It’s loaded with crab, can be prepared in advance and it can be served cold or warm and bubbly straight from the oven! Served with easy homemade baked wonton chips this dip is a total crowd pleaser that is sure to impress!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
1poundLump Crab Meat- picked over for any shells (and drained if canned)
Optional for Serving: Sliced Scallions, Chopped Cilantro, Sesame Seeds, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Wonton Chips (recipe below)
Mix creamy base for crab dip: In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, mirin, Worcestershire, soy sauce, sriracha and salt. Season with a 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
Add cheeses, water chestnuts + crab: Add in 2/3 cup of cheddar, all the parmesan and the water chestnuts. Stir to combine. Gently fold in the lump crab meat and the scallions. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt, pepper and sriracha if desired. Optional: Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours. (SEE NOTES)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Add dip to baking dish: Transfer the crab mixture to the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to gently spread out the mixture into an even layer. Sprinkle the top evenly with the remaining 1/3 cup cheddar cheese.
Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the dip is bubbly and golden on top. Optional: Switch the oven to broil during the last 2-3 minutes of baking. Make sure you watch the dip carefully to prevent the top from turning too brown!
To serve: Garnish with fresh herbs and drizzle with sweet and sour sauce. Serve immediately with wonton chips. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese: You can substitute an (8 ounce) block of regular cream cheese for the whipped cream cheese. To do so, use a handheld or stand mixer and beat/whip all the ingredients together in step 1. Then, proceed with the recipe as directed.
Not a fan of hot dips? This crab Rangoon dip can also be served cold! To make cold crab Rangoon dip, prepare recipe through step 2. Refrigerate for 2-24 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Remove from fridge, serve and enjoy! (Note: You can either use ½ cup of the white cheddar or all of the cheddar in the dip if desired)
Optional, but recommended: For the best flavor allow the mixed dip to chill in the refrigerator overnight before transferring to a greased baking dish, topping with remaining cheese and baking.
To make wonton chips at home: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Use a sharp knife to cut wonton wrappers into desired shapes or sizes. Place wonton wrappers in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Spray wrappers with nonstick cooking spray. Bake wrappers in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven and season with salt. Let the chips cool on baking sheet. Chips can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days.
Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 8 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.