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Cream Cheese Wontons (Air Fryer or Deep Fried)

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Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons dipped into red, sweet sauce is so iconic of your favorite Chinese restaurant. These easy snacks or appetizers are so super easy and yummy! They may be fried, or made healthier in the air fryer!

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons

Okay, I’m not gonna lie- I love just about anything fried, and these little cream cheese wontons are no exception. They are just so crunchy, warm, and creamy… YUM!

Air Fryer Recipes

I’ve been getting so many requests for Air Fryer recipes, so I wanted to share this easy and delicious one. Have you jumped on the air fryer wagon yet? It truly is the BEST. It’s basically a mini convection oven that gets things “fried” without using any oil!

Air fryer and 3 quart Instant Pot

I think air fryers are the PERFECT accompaniment to Instant Pots, because it can quickly brown/broil/crisp anything up!

Remember, nothing you make in the Instant Pot will come out crunchy or crispy because they cook with wet STEAM. I love using my air fryer to reheat leftovers because it honestly makes everything taste extremely fresh! Especially fried or seared foods.

I love using my air fryer to crisp up:

You can even make soft or hard boiled eggs in the air fryer too! Air fryer eggs can be made in a million different ways.

Instant Pot Air Fryer Recipes

This cream cheese wonton recipe can easily be made with an Instant Pot air fryer lid (or similar appliance). All my air fryer recipes can be made in an Instant Pot air fryer or Mealthy Crisp lid.

instant pot air fryer

I don’t actually love the air fryer lid, but if you already have it, definitely use it for this recipe!

Pretty much all air fryer recipes can be made in the Instant Pot air fryer, this one included.

I shared my thoughts on an Instant Pot air fryer vs. air fryer lid, and these are my honest thoughts:

Chinese Buffet Memories

Wontons remind me of going to Chinese buffets growing up, which I feel like we did a lot of. I remember these warm, sugar-coated peanuts, hot and sour soup, crab, and sugar-coated donuts. These air fryer cream cheese wontons are also sometimes called rangoons or crab rangoons.

Cream cheese wontons with green onions and dipping sauce

We all know that most of the stuff you get at a Chinese restaurant doesn’t even exist in China, right? Just saying. I really don’t remember seeing anything remotely related to cream cheese when I went to China. But I am more than okay with the person who invented these because they are so. dang. good.

Cream Cheese Wonton Recipe

You can’t really go wrong with cream cheese ANYTHING, am I right? But I do appreciate the wontons that have a little something something besides just straight cream cheese in the middle.

cream cheese wontons with sweet chili sauce

Now, it doesn’t need to be crazy. All you need for this cream cheese wonton recipe is a package of softened cream cheese, garlic powder, green onions, and wonton wrappers. The green onions give it such a great texture and flavor, which I think makes a world of difference!

If you like, you can mix in some imitation crab or real canned crab, or any other mixins.

How to Make Cream Cheese Wontons

  • First, grab your wonton wrappers. These can be found at most grocery stores or an Asian market.
  • Once you open the wrapper, they dry out very quickly. It’s important to keep the wrappers covered with a damp paper towel or tea towel at all times (before and after filling).
Raw wontons with cream cheese
  • Mix up all the ingredients (cream cheese, garlic powder, green onions) together, then dab about a teaspoon of filling onto each wonton.
  • Keep a small bowl with clean water nearby, as you’ll be using it as the “glue” to keep the wrappers together.
  • Fold the wontons using one of the methods below, then fry or air fry. I folded my wontons a couple of different ways:

How to Fold Cream Cheese Wontons

The Triangle

This is the first fold, which is also the easiest.

Triangle Folded wonton
The bottom wonton was sprayed with cooking spray before cooking, while the top was not. the difference was mainly in the color and did not affect the taste at all.
  • Turn the square wonton 45 degrees so it is like a triangle
  • Spoon the filling in the middle of the square
  • Swipe some water in an inverted “V” around the top edge of the wonton
  • Fold the bottom corner of the wonton so it meets the top
  • Press the edges down and press all the way around to the cream cheese so it is nice and snug around the filling
  • Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to cook

The Classic

This is the iconic star fold that you’ll see most often at Chinese restaurants. If “The Triangle” was a level 1 easy, this is a level 2.

Classic star fold for wontons
  • Turn the square wonton 45 degrees so it is like a triangle
  • Spoon the filling in the middle of the square
  • Swipe some water around the entire perimeter of the wrapper
  • Grab both the top and bottom corners and fold them together so they meet. Repeat with the other two corners
  • Pinch each of the four “arms” so it’s nice and tight
  • Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to cook

The Prayer

This is the most advanced fold I’m sharing today, but it really isn’t too difficult.

The Prayer fold for wontons
  • Turn the square wonton 45 degrees so it is like a triangle
  • Spoon the filling in the bottom 1/3 of the triangle
  • Start rolling the wrapper around the cream cheese willing until you’re about 1/3 from the top, and it looks like a triangle
  • Dab water on each of the bottom corners of the triangle
  • Bring the two arms together, kind of like two hand coming together in a prayer or high five. Press it together so it doesn’t come apart
  • Lift up the “hands,” and dap a little water on the bottom of the wonton
  • Fold the top triangle flap back so it touches the bottom
  • Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to cook

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons

I loved cooking these wontons in the air fryer because it made them super crispy and they cooked SO fast. I tried them plain, and I tried them sprayed with a little cooking spray (check out the picture describing “The Triangle” fold).

The ones sprayed with a generous amount of cooking spray were much more golden and visually appealing, while the others were just a bit floury looking. The spray didn’t add a lot to the texture, but it did make them less sharp in my mouth.

Fried Cream Cheese Wontons

These cute little appetizers can also be made the traditional way, by frying in oil. Heat a pot full of oil on medium heat, about 2-3 inches deep. Test a piece of a wrapper in the oil when it gets hot.

Cream cheese wontons with green onions and dipping sauce

You’ll know it’s ready when it immediately starts bubbling around the wonton. If the oil is not hot enough, the wrapper will sink and not bubble.

Fry for just about 30-60 seconds, and flip as needed if your oil does not cover the wontons. Once they float to the top and look golden brown, remove them from oil to a paper towel-lined plate.

If you like this recipe, you’re gonna LOVE my cookie dough wontons! I made these on TV a couple of weeks ago, and you’re not going to believe how easy they are!

Recipe for 2-Ingredient Air Fryer Cookie Dough Wontons

Cookie Dough Dessert Wontons with strawberries, chocolate sauce, and powdered sugar on a blue blackground

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Cream Cheese Wonton Dipping Sauce

cream cheese wontons with sweet chili sauce

I like serving these wontons with sweet chili sauce. It’s a lovely sweet and spicy contrast to the creamy and crunchy wonton, which is so good! You can also purchase sweet and sour sauce, plum sauce, or duck sauce.

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Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons

Cream Cheese Wontons (Air Fry or Deep Fry)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

These homemade Cream Cheese Wontons are those beloved crunchy, creamy, yummy appetizers you get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Make them in the Air Fryer for an easy and healthier treat!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Finely sliced Green Onion
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 24-30 Wonton Wrappers
  • Sweet Chili Sauce, for dipping
  • 1/2 cup Water, for sealing
  • Cooking Oil Spray or Oil

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese, garlic powder, and green onions in a small bowl. 
  2. Take the wonton wrappers out of the package and keep covered with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to fill each one. 
  3. Add a teaspoon of cream cheese filling to the wrapper and use your favorite fold (3 folds listed below) to seal.

Air Fryer Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer by turning it on to 350 for about 5 minutes. Place the wontons in the air fryer basket, and spray with cooking spray or brush with oil. Spraying will cause a more golden and beautiful appearance and a slightly better texture. If you prefer not to, the wontons will be floury and a bit sharper. Cook at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes, checking at 3 minutes. They should be crispy and golden. Serve with dipping sauce.

Deep Fry Instructions

  1. Heat a pot full of oil on medium heat, about 2-3 inches deep. Test a piece of a wrapper in the oil when it gets hot.
  2. You'll know it's ready when it immediately starts bubbling around the wonton. If the oil is not hot enough, the wrapper will sink and not bubble. Fry for just about 30-60 seconds, and flip as needed if your oil does not cover the wontons. Once they float to the top and look golden brown, remove them from oil to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with dipping sauce.

Triangle Fold

  1. Turn the square wonton 45 degrees so it is like a triangle. Spoon the filling in the middle of the square. Swipe some water in an inverted "V" around the top edge of the wonton. Fold the bottom corner of the wonton so it meets the top. Press the edges down and press all the way around to the cream cheese so it is nice and snug around the filling. Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to cook Triangle Folded wonton

The Classic

  1. Turn the square wonton 45 degrees so it is like a triangle. Spoon the filling in the middle of the square. Swipe some water around the entire perimeter of the wrapper. Grab both the top and bottom corners and fold them together so they meet. Repeat with the other two corners Pinch each of the four "arms" so it's nice and tight. Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to cook Classic star fold for wontons

The Prayer

  1. Turn the square wonton 45 degrees so it is like a triangle. Spoon the filling in the bottom 1/3 of the triangle. Start rolling the wrapper around the cream cheese willing until you're about 1/3 from the top, and it looks like a triangle. Dab water on each of the bottom corners of the triangle. The Prayer fold for wontons
  2. Bring the two arms together, kind of like two hand coming together in a prayer or high five. Press it together so it doesn't come apart. Lift up the "hands," and dap a little water on the bottom of the wonton. Fold the top triangle flap back so it touches the bottom. Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel until ready to cook. The Prayer fold for wontons

Notes

You can be totally creative while making these cream cheese wontons! You can add other mixins to the cream cheese to make them sweet or savory like onion powder, herbs, artificial krab, minced pineapple, powdered sugar, or jam.

Check out my cookie dough wontons recipe for a delicious dessert option!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Heather

Friday 17th of July 2020

I just made these in the air fryer. Very simple and delicious. Thank you!

Greatfon.com

Saturday 28th of March 2020

They were yummy! I accidentally ate way to many! I added pineapple to the cream cheese to make them even sweeter (but no powdered sugar) and they tasted almost exactly like the ones I get from my fav asian restaurant.

Lisa Childs

Friday 10th of April 2020

Ooh pineapple!! That's such a yummy sounding addition. I'm going to try it next time! Thanks!

Maria Luna

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

My all time favorite appetizer is crab Rangoon which is pretty much made this way. Have you tried that version yet? How long do you think these will keep it attempting to make ahead for a party?

Lisa Childs

Friday 31st of January 2020

I haven't added crab, but it would be easy to just add a couple tablespoons to the cream cheese! These would keep at room temperature for several hours! I might air fry at a lower temp to warm them up right before serving

Reviewho

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Thank you so much for the great article, it was fluent and to the point. Very Informative page, I hope it will be useful for all of us. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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