Homemade Crab Rangoon with a crispy brown cover of wonton wrappers, steamy crab lump, cream cheese mixture inside is such an ideal appetizer at any time of the day.
As you have stored them in your fridge or freezer for a few days, it is time to reheat them for your next meal. Although reheating crab rangoons is not as complicated as cooking them, it can also ruin your dish’s original taste if you don’t know how to do it properly.
If you prefer a juicy and crispy Crab Rangoon result, take a quick look at how to reheat crab rangoons in my post below!
Can You Reheat Crab?
Seafood is highly perishable food as the spoilage process has already started as soon as the fish or blue crab is out of the water. This is why they are supposed to be eaten the day after you bought them to harvest their most freshness. In our case, cooked crab rangoons have been processed already. Does that mean you have to toss out the rest of the dish?
According to the FDA, it might be possible that you can still reheat the seafood when it is frozen. On the contrary, fresh crab meat that has stayed at room temperature has a higher risk of being spoiled due to the rapid increase of bacteria. At the temperature range between 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the bacteria can double their size in 20 minutes.
Therefore, the FDA recommends a 2 hours rule of thumb for food safety. In summary, seafood like calamari that stays at room temperature for more than 2 hours should be discarded. If you have leftovers, it is best to keep them in the fridge or freezers to extend the shelf life of the meat.
In case you have stored your leftover crab rangoons properly, you can safely reheat the dish for your next meal. However, note that crabs should not be reheated more than one time as it can dry out the meat and increase the chance of foodborne illness.
How To Reheat Crab Rangoon? 4 Best Ways Must Try
Crab rangoons with dipping sauce is a delicious dish that I can’t ever have enough of. Unfortunately, our stomachs have certain limitations resulting from some leftover crab rangoons. So, how to reheat crab rangoon? Like reheating smoked turkey, you can follow a simple cooking method below:
Method 1: Reheating Crab Rangoon In Microwave
Reheating food like grits in the microwave is the best way to reheat crab fast as it always takes a shorter cooking time when you’re in a hurry. However, it also has certain drawbacks that you need to understand when choosing this fastest method for your leftover Chinese food.
One of the problems I find inconvenient is that you have to pay attention to the crab Rangoon while it is microwaving. With only 5-6 minutes in the microwave, the microwave can heat the crab Rangoon too much and make the wrapper soggy and mushy instead of crunchy and crispy.
The other problem when reheating crab rangoons in the microwave is that it cannot preserve the crunchy texture of breaded and fried food. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself for a slightly soggy crab Rangoon result. If this is not the problem for you, let’s find out how to reheat crab rangoon in a microwave.
- First, you need to thaw the frozen crab rangoons for at least 30 minutes.
- Use a medium bowl or microwave-safe container to contain the crab rangoons.
- Before reheating, you should splash some water on the crab to not become too dry after microwaving.
- After that, you can input the bowl inside the microwave and set it on medium heat for a minute.
- Check the crab rangoon pieces during every 1-minute interval to ensure it is not overheated.
- You should also flip them after 10-12 minutes so they are heated thoroughly.
Method 2: Reheating Crab Rangoon In Oven
Reheating crab Rangoon in the Dutch oven is the best way to reheat crabs to keep most of the original flavor of the crab Rangoon.
When choosing the oven technique, make sure you have thawed the crab rangoon thoroughly before putting them in the oven, as they can turn mushy instead. If you store them in the fridge, you can thaw them at room temperature for 20 minutes. Frozen crab rangoon needs a longer time to thaw, and you can thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating.
Another step you need to remember is using foil paper to wrap the crab rangoon. This would help them to retain the moisture inside those crispy covers.
- Start preheating your oven to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take out your thawed crab puffs and distribute them evenly on the baking tray or baking sheet. After that, you can cover the tray with foil paper.
- Once ready, put the parchment-lined baking sheet in the oven and heat them for 5-7 minutes.
- At this time, the crab rangoon would be quite heated. Use a glove and take the prepared baking sheet out. Now, you need to pull off the covering foil paper and heat the crab rangoons again in the oven for 2-3 minutes to give a crispy effect.
Method 3: Reheating Crab Rangoon In Stovetop
Reheating crab rangoon on the stovetop would help to keep most of the crispy texture of this delicious dish. It is also a simple method that you only need a frying pan or skillet for this job. Before getting into the main business, you should always remember to defrost the dishes before reheating them evenly in a shorter time.
Another thing you should take into account is the cooking temperature. One of the most common problems when reheating crab rangoon on the stovetop is reheating them at too high a temperature. At high heat, the cover of your crab rangoons will be exposed to the high heat and burn quickly while the inside is not hot enough.
Therefore, you should put them in medium heat with some oil to prevent your crab rangoons from sticking to the pan.
- Put your frying pan on medium heat. Add a splash of oil or nonstick cooking spray to the pan.
- Transfer the crab rangoons to the pan and cook it for 3-5 minutes.
- Use a spatula to stir them occasionally. You can flip them once, so they are reheated evenly.
Method 4: Reheating Crab Rangoon In Air-fryer
Lastly, if you have an air-fryer at home, you can certainly reheat your crab wontons with it. This preferred method is the best way to reheat crab Rangoon as it has an easy cooking process without any drawbacks. So, how to reheat crab Rangoon in an air-fryer?
- You should always defrost your crab rangoons before putting in the air-fryer.
- Distribute the crab rangoons evenly on the flat surface of the basket. Bake them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 -10 minutes.
- Open the basket and test its crispy texture. Once the crispy air-fryer Crab Rangoon is heated thoroughly, you can serve them.
What To Do With Leftover Crab Rangoon?
Now that you have learned how to reheat crab Rangoons, do you ever wonder what else you can do with these delicious pieces instead of eating them as usual? If you’re interested, here are some ideas for you to experiment with.
Crab rangoon ravioli
Are you tired of eating the same filling ingredient in ravioli? Here is a new recipe for you to try out!
With the leftover Rangoon, you can smash them into a crab filling. Then, take one teaspoon of the Rangoons and fill in the ravioli’s single layer. Make sure you don’t overload them as you need to seal the edges of the pasta. Continue to cook like normal ravioli, and you will have a delicious softcover with crunchy and real crab meat.
Crab rangoons can also be an amazing topping for Quesadilla. Crush the crab rangoons in a mixing bowl and scoop the creamy crab filling on one side of the tortilla. Then top it with some Monterey Jack, dip with some duck sauce or sriracha sauce, and you will have a tasty new Crab Rangoon recipe.
- Can You Eat Crab Rangoon Cold?
Crab rangoons should be stored in the fridge to keep them a crispy and crunchy texture. However, it is also safe to eat cold crab rangoons in an airtight container. Although putting them in the freezer is possible, I would not recommend it as they can become watery and grainy after defrosting.
- How Long Are Crab Rangoons Good In The Fridge?
Crab rangoons can last from 3 to 5 days in the fridge due to the freshness of white crab meat. If you freeze it, the Crab Rangoon’s shelf life can be up to 6 months.
Crab rangoons with Worcestershire sauce or sweet chili sauce are best when it is crispy and crunchy outside, while the inside is hot and steamy with tender lump crab meat and sour sauce. However, if you don’t know how to reheat crab rangoons properly, they will retain the original taste.
With my simple techniques, you can easily choose one that is most suitable for your kitchen, and rest assured that your tasty dish will be as enjoyable as the first time.