Crab Rangoon Pizza {On Flatbread}

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Cream cheese plus crab! All the delicious flavors of your favorite Chinese appetizer on a pizza! Crab Rangoon Pizza is topped with creamy cream cheese, imitation crab, crisp green onions, gooey mozzarella cheese, spicy sweet chili sauce, and crispy wonton strips.

Close up of crab rangoon pizza

I had never heard of crab rangoon pizza until a local pizza parlor started selling it as one of their new limited edition pizzas. Every night it was on their menu they were selling out. Finally one night we were able to give it a try and it was pretty good. They only have hand-tossed crust and I am a thin crust girl so I decided to make my own version at home.

What is crab rangoon?

Crab rangoon is a popular Chinese-American appetizer. They are a deep-fried dumplings made by stuffing wonton wrappers with a combination of crab meat, cream cheese, green onions, garlic, and other seasonings. Crab rangoons were first made popular in 1956 by a Polynesian restaurant in San Francisco, named Trader Vic’s.

Close up of crab rangoon flatbread pizza on dark baking pan

Ingredients

  • Flatbread: Feel free to use store bought or if you have sourdough starter try this delicious recipe for sourdough discard flatbread.
  • Crab: You can use any type of crab meat. What ever is the easiest/ most economical for you. Most of the time I use surimi or imitation.
  • Cream Cheese:  Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature so it mixes easily. You can also microwave it at 15 second intervals until it is soft.
  • Sour Cream:  Sour cream adds just a bit of tang which pairs well with the sweetness of the cream cheese.
  • Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, and Sweet Chili Sauce : These sauces add some classic Chinese flavors to the cream cheese spread.
  • Green Onions and Sweet Bell Pepper: I like to have a little bit of vegetable on my pizzas they add a nice crunch to contrast with the creamy sauce and gooey cheese.
  • Wonton Strips: Look for these next to the croutons in the salad dressing isle.

What is Surimi?

Surimi was first created in Japan during the 12th century by chefs who would grind and salt leftover fish as a means of preserving it. In the 1960s, a Japanese chemist discovered that by adding sugar to the traditional surimi-making process, he could stabilize the product, freeze it, and preserve its shelf life.

Pollock is the most commonly used fish to produce imitation crab meat due to its lack of flavor, abundance and ready availability.

cut up crab rangoon pizza on cutting board

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheight.
  2. Bake for 10-12 minutes directly on the oven rack until the cheese is melted and crust is crispy.
  3. Top with wonton strips and drizzle with sweet chili sauce.

Tip: Use a pizza stone or pizza steel. They will give you an amazingly crispy crust. You can even use it on your outside grill if you’d rather not heat up the kitchen.

How to reheat

There are a couple of ways to reheat Crab Rangoon Flatbread pizza.

  • Microwave: You can reheat it in the microwave at 30-second intervals but the flatbread will not be as crunchy. 
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Farenheight and bake the flatbread pizza on a sheet pan for 5-10 minutes. This is my favorite method.

How to make your own frozen pizza

I admit that some nights I just don’t feel like cooking and usually have a frozen pizza or two stashed in the freezer. These flatbread pizzas make a perfect freezer meal. Once reheated in the oven, you can’t tell that they were ever frozen.

  • To freeze: Assembled the flatbread pizzas on a baking sheet and freeze until frozen solid, about one hour. Wrap the frozen pizzas individually with plastic wrap to help keep the toppings in place. Then place them in a freezer bag and label with the contents and date. The frozen flatbread pizzas will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the frozen flatbread pizzas directly on the oven rack and bake for 13-18 minutes. The pizzas are done when the cheese is melted and the center is completely warmed through.

Serving Suggestions

Pair this crab rangoon flatbread pizza with one of these delicious sides.

closeup of crab rangoon pizza

Crab Rangoon Pizza {On Flatbread}

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crab Rangoon Pizza is topped with creamy cream cheese, imitation crab, crisp green onions, gooey mozzarella cheese, spicy sweet chili sauce, and crispy wonton strips.

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Base

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese - softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 in fresh ginger – grated
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sweet chili sauce

Pizza

  • 4 Pieces of Flatbread
  • 1 package Surimi (Imitation Crab Meat) - roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper - seeded and cut into strips
  • 4 green onions – thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Garnish

  • wonton strips
  • sweet chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Add the cream cheese to the bowl of your stand mixer and whip until light and fluffy. Stir in the sour cream, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and chili sauce.
  3. Place the flatbreads on a sheet pan and spread the cream cheese mixture evenly across them. Sprinkle with surimi, bell pepper, and green onions. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and crust is crispy.
  5. Top with wonton strips and drizzle with sweet chili sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 590Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1083mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 19g

This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from an online calculator. Although raspberriesandkohlrabi.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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