Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon

Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon is a tasty appetizer available at the restaurant. These are the creamy and crunchy wontons you would often find at your favorite Chinese food buffet. With just a few ingredients, you can be making a whole batch of similar cream cheese wontons in no time.

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Panda Express Rangoons

These Panda Express cream cheese rangoons are tasty and very simple to make. If you have ever had that craving for crispy rangoons but didn’t want to pay for takeout, then make some yourself.

What Makes the Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon the Best? 

These crispy wonton apps are stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese, scallions, and a dash of garlic powder. They make satisfying finger food for game day, or you can try dolling them up to make casual cocktail appetizers.

The best part of rangoons may be that you can easily make them your own by adding your favorite ingredients to the filling or switching up the sauces you serve alongside. 

What Makes This Recipe Perfect for You To Try? 

This recipe is simple to make and can feed a crowd cheaply with few ingredients. Don’t feel intimidated by the wonton wrappers.

This recipe uses an easy fold-and-twist method that you can master quickly. After learning to make rangoons, you will always keep them in the freezer in case guests drop by unexpectedly. 

Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon Ingredients

To make this Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon recipe, you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Scallions, thinly sliced (or green onions)
  • Garlic powder, optional
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Vegetable oil or shortening
Panda Express cream cheese rangoon ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes

You can find wonton wrappers in most supermarkets’ refrigerated or freezer sections. You can always buy them online if you can’t find them locally. Spring roll or egg roll wrappers also work, but your rangoons will be bigger, which is fine. 

What type of cooking oil is best for rangoons?

Shortening will get you crispier rangoons. Plain vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower, or canola oil will work well.

How To Make Cream Cheese Rangoons

To form the rangoons:

  1. Add softened cream cheese, scallions, and onion powder (if using) to a bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Make 48 rangoons filled with the cream cheese mixture. See below to learn how to fold them. 
Panda Express cream cheese rangoon filling in a bowl.

To fry the cream cheese rangoons:

  1. Place a heavy-bottom rondeau or Dutch oven over medium-high. If you have a deep fryer, use it to make things much easier. 
  2. Add the vegetable oil or shorting and heat. Use a thermometer to check that the oil reaches 350 degrees F. 
  3. Once the oil is hot enough, gently place four to five rangoons into the oil. 
  4. Fry the rangoons for about a minute, flipping midway through if necessary.
  5. When the rangoons are golden brown, drain on a paper towel, and place them on a wire rack over a baking tray.
  6. Repeat deep frying with the other rangoons.
  7. Serve at room temperature.
copycat Panda Express cream cheese rangoon on a plate with dipping sauce.

Ways You Can Modify the Rangoons

Add whatever you like to the cream cheese mixture to make this Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon recipe your own. Here are a few suggestions for variations:

  • Cooked crab meat to make crab rangoons
  • Crispy bacon or pancetta bits
  • Minced hot peppers
  • Grated cheese
  • Roasted garlic

How Panda Express Folds Their Rangoons 

  1. Lay out the wonton wrappers on your work surface.
  2. Spoon about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto the center of each wrapper. If you are using larger egg roll or spring roll wrappers, you can adjust the filling accordingly.
  3. Use a pastry brush to brush the edges of the wrappers with water.
  4. Fold all four corners to the center and squeeze out any excess air.
folding and shaping cream cheese rangoon.
  1. Twist the corners to make a tiny bindle bundle.
  2. Place the prepared rangoons on a wire rack and repeat the process with the other 24 wrappers. 

What To Serve With the Panda Express Rangoons 

Rangoons make ideal small bites for any occasion. They work with both Asian-themed at non-Asian entrees. Serve them with at least one sauce and your favorite beer or cocktail.

What Types of Sauce To Serve With Your Cream Cheese Rangoons

One sauce is a must, but the more options you have, the better. Feel free to get as creative as you want when pairing rangoons with dipping sauces, but here are a few options:

How To Store the Extra Rangoons 

It is best to throw away any uneaten rangoons you serve, but you can keep any extras that didn’t make it out of the kitchen.

  1. Let the rangoons come down to room temperature. 
  2. Place them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to two days. If you are using crab or other seafood, you should probably eat any leftovers the next day.

You can freeze rangoons for up to two months:

  1. Place the rangoons in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Put the uncovered tray in the freezer until the rangoons are frozen.
  3. Transfer the frozen rangoons to a freezer bag, and place them in the back of your freezer. 

What’s the Best Way to Reheat the Cheese Rangoons 

The best way to reheat rangoons is in the air fryer. You can reheat frozen or thawed rangoons, but you will have to readjust the time:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  2. Reheat frozen rangoons for 8 to 10 minutes. Cook thawed rangoons for about 5 minutes. 

If you don’t have an air fryer, try reheating the rangoons in an oven. It is best to thaw the frozen rangoons when using this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the rangoons on a baking tray without touching each other or the sides of the tray.
  3. Cover the tray with aluminum foil and reheat for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove the aluminum foil and spray the rangoons with a little cooking spray. 
  5. Put the rangoons back in the oven until they start to sizzle. 
copycat Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon appetizer.

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Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon

Make these famous cream cheese wontons at home.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Panda Express Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 638kcal

Ingredients

  • Vegetable shortening or oil, for frying
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  • garlic powder optional
  • 48 wonton wrappers

Instructions

  • Heat the vegetable shortening or oil to 350°F in a medium pot or electric fryer. The shortening or oil should be 2 to 3 inches deep.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and scallions. If desired, add a touch of garlic powder for additional flavor.
  • Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto a wonton wrapper.
  • Brush a little water over the edges of the wonton skin. Fold the wonton diagonally into a triangle. Be sure to seal all of the edges completely to prevent the filling from leaking out of the wonton as it cooks. Take the two opposite corners and press and twist them together. You may need to tack them together by brushing them with a little water.
  • Use a thermometer or a small piece of wonton wrapper to make sure that the shortening or oil has reached 350°F. If the wonton wrapper bubbles immediately when dropped into the hot fat, it is ready.
  • Drop only 4 or 5 wontons at a time into the hot fat. After about 1 minute, the wontons will begin to brown. Then they will brown rapidly, so be careful to remove them when they are lightly browned. If your oil is shallow, you may need to flip the wonton over so that it cooks evenly.
  • Briefly drain the wontons on paper towels before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Raine

    5 stars
    Living in Japan and been craving these. Thank you for an easy to follow recipe that hit the right taste I’ve been looking for. Can you also do Panda Express’ Mushroom Chicken, I can’t get the sauce to taste right 🙁

  2. Jeremy huller

    Just to address the comment about olive oil. Never use olive oil to fry things, the smoke point is too low, so you won’t be able to get it hot enough to fry without burning the oil

  3. Melissia Grimmett

    About 30 years ago I went to the same Chinese restaurant all the time for years and asked the guy that new my husband and I at this point about the recipe. I have made them the way he told me all this time which is Cream cheese, minced onion, sugar (I have always added chives for color). I change it up sometimes with minced crab meat. I love love love garlic, so I will be trying garlic!

  4. Fred Collinsworth

    I wonder if they could be friend in a air fryer? Just brush with oil and air fry at 400 for the same time as the recipe calls for.

    • Nicole

      Sesame oil is primarily used for flavor. Could it be used for frying? Technically yes, but it has such a strong flavor you wouldn’t want to because it would completely overpower the entire dish and likely make it completely inedible. Also, sesame oil is super expensive! Just stick to vegetable/peanut/coconut oil!

  5. Marisol Sanchez

    I tried this recipe, but I mixed in some ricotta cheese with the cream cheese and let me say it was amazing just like Panda Express!

  6. Karen Hilton

    I, too, fell in love with these when I ate at Panda Express. I make these all the time, but I bake them.

    Instead of green onions, I use dried minced onions, about 2 tablespoons +/- (I always have minced onions on hand!). You can use onion powder, too! I add a little salt to taste when mixing the cream cheese and onions together. Bake at 400 degrees about 8-10 minutes on a sprayed/oiled cookie sheet. Just watch them, when the tips of the wontons start to brown they are done. Happy Eating! ~LOVE~

    • Yammie

      Will def try the non fry way. Love these and was going to fry. Gkad to hear they can be baked. I will just or them in muffin tins like I do with my WW french dippers

    • Jes

      You can usually find packages of them refrigerated in the produce section of your local grocery store/wal mart.

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