Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoons

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

Three homemade Panda Express Crab Rangoons on a plate
Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon

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.

Cream Cheese Rangoon Ingredients

Here’s what in them:

  • Cream cheese – This is the main filling. If you are making crab rangoons, you’ll need some crab meat to mix in.
  • Sliced green onions – I added green onions (or scallions) to the cream cheese for a little more flavor. You can also sprinkle in some garlic powder too.
  • Wonton wrappers – Look for them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, near the pie crusts.
  • Cooking oil or shortening – You just need a type of cooking oil to fry the rangoons in.

What Type of cooking oil is best for rangoons?

I made mine with shortening because I personally think you get a crispier fry when you use shortening. If you have plain vegetable oil, corn oil, or sunflower oil, all of these will work well. I have never tried deep-frying in olive oil, and since it is so expensive, it is unlikely that I will try to do that anytime soon.

How To Make Cream Cheese Rangoons

If you can fry something on the stove, you can make these rangoons! I have the entire recipe in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

The most difficult part of this recipe is folding the wonton wrappers around the filling. You’ll discover how much filling is too much when you can’t fold it correctly. Try it a few times and you’ll get a feel for it.

It only takes about a minute for the wonton wrappers to crisp up in the hot oil. After you get them all filled you can start frying about 4-5 of them at a time.

Dip Rangoons in Sweet and Sour sauce

I could honestly just eat them like they are. They also taste amazing when you dip the crispy fried shells into your favorite sweet and sour sauce. I have two recipes that you can try:

I love these little puffs. I just love biting into the savory filling and dipping this into a sweet and sour sauce. Whenever I go to Panda Express for me, this is a must-have menu item. Enjoy making Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon wontons today.

Other Cream Cheese Rangoon ideas

You don’t have to stop here, you could also fill these with leftover taco meat for taco wontons, a little bit of spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella cheese, the possibilities really are endless. These are simple to make and inexpensive, and we will save the crab puffs for another time.

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Three homemade Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoons on a plate.

Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon Wontons

Make these famous Wontons at home. 
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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 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons scallion thinly sliced
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • 48 wonton wrappers

Instructions

  • Heat enough vegetable shortening or oil to fill 2 to 3 inches in a medium pot to 350 degrees F.   If you have an electric fryer, you can use that.
  •  In a small bowl beat together the cream cheese and scallions. If desired a touch of garlic powder may be added for additional flavor. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture onto a wonton wrapper. Fold the wonton by brushing a little water over all of the edges of the wonton skin. Fold the wonton diagonally into a triangle. Be sure to seal all of the edges completely; this will keep the filling from running out of the wonton when being cooked. Take the two opposite corners and press and twist them together. You may need to tack them together by brushing with a little water. 
  • When the shortening is heated, you can use a thermometer and test to see that it is 350 degrees F, or you may test with a small piece of wonton wrapper. If the wrapper bubbles immediately when dropped into the hot fat, it is ready. Drop only 4 or 5 pieces at a time into the hot fat. After about 1 minute, the wonton will begin to brown, then it will brown rapidly, so be careful to remove it when it is lightly browned. If your oil is shallow, you may need to flip over the wonton. Carefully remove the wontons and drain briefly 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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Comments

  1. Rebecca G

    Don’t try to fry in olive oil it is a finishing oil because it has a very low smoke point and can’t be heated up to much before it smokes and you loose the effect you wanted from the olive oil

      • Laura Jordan

        You can bake these.. turn a muffin tin over and place wontons on each part. bake for about 3-5 minutes then place into the muffin tin cups. spoon the mixture into them then bake the allotted time. they will come out nice and crisp every time!

      • Karen Sawyer

        5 stars
        Laura, when you heat the wontons initially on the reversed muffin tin, do you place the shaped wonton wrappers in between the projecting cups? Or do you place the flat wonton wrappers over the projecting muffin cups?
        Thanks!

  2. D'sMom

    Yum!Have you ever tried them with chopped toasted pecans added?They are SO GOOD!What you do is,to the softened cream cheese,add the chopped pecans,green onions,& a few dashes of garlic powder.Roll up & deep fry(Dried cranberries are good mixed in to this to.)
    On another note,coarsely chopped up shrimp,which has been seasoned,& cooked are also good added to a cream cheese mixture.
    &we love to dip these in plum sauce or sweet & sour sauce.

  3. Amy

    They are amazing with Nutella and then sprinkled with a little powerderd sugar. We have made these them this way for special occasions ( all laundry done) and holiday gatherings and they are always a big hit. Just make sure they are sealed well and not to much Nutella or it will leak out.

    • Karen Sawyer

      5 stars
      Amy, I love your Nutella wontons idea! Do you bake the filled wontons at the same 400° or less temp/time because it’s chocolate?
      Thanks a bunch ..
      Karen S

  4. Momogian

    Why do you waste the tops of the green onions?
    And Panda express is called Panda express because of the Panda being one of the animals that China is famous for.

  5. JD Cooks

    I have an old recipe that also adds a dash of curry powder to each one, or you could stir some into the mix.

    • stephaniemanley

      I bet the wontons would be tasty with a dash of curry. I love what a little curry can do for a recipe.

  6. Elaine

    Would like to make these ahead of time for a large baby shower. Can they be frozen after cooking and then just be defrosted for the shower? Also, what kind of dipping sauce would you use?

      • Stephanie

        I think it would be hard to do it at home. I would freeze them cooked, then reheat them later. To be honest I don’t tend to freeze anything so I really don’t know. I would try to lay them out on a cookie sheet, then once they are hard and put them in a ziplock bag.

  7. Brenda

    I have made these for years with jack cheese and canned chili peppers. When done we dip in sour cream and taco sauce.

  8. Tjgrothe

    I fry them in Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, I have found that it has a mild but pleasant flavor and scent making it a wonderful ingredient to add to your meals. I have found that coconut oil is the only healthy oil that retains it’s nutritional qualities and benefits at very high temperatures making it the best oil to cook with.

  9. sajid Ayaan

    Fold wonton by brushing a little water over all of the edges of the wonton skin. Fold wonton diagonally unto a triangle.and this is courge to eating food.

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