Filed Under: Appetizer

Baked Crab Puffs

Recipe By Tessa Arias
July 3rd, 2013

Delectable crab puffs that make a fabulous appetizer.

Yield: 9 large puffs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Much more flavorful than the typically bland crab puffs/rangoons you get for takeout. These babies have MUCH more crab flavor and the dipping sauce is to die for.
Texture: Buttery, crunchy, creamy, chunky.
Ease: Easy and can be assembled ahead of time.
Appearance: These look totally tasty.
Pros: No deep frying and a healthy crab to cream cheese ratio.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Yes. These make a great appetizer.

Baked Crab Puffs from Handle the Heat

In the past two days I’ve received three alerts on my phone from the National Weather Service for dust storm warnings. Not to mention the constant excessive heat warnings that are always administered. Why they even bother to establish those during the summer here in Phoenix is a mystery. Just now I found a (mostly) dead scorpion in my garage. Clearly I live in the desert and there’s no escaping that reality no matter how hard I sometimes try. I think one of the worst things about living in Arizona is the lack of fresh quality seafood. I LOVE seafood. I can’t even imagine how much more I would eat if I lived in a coastal region.

Anderson Seafoods recently sent me a care package full of seafood goodies which included some amazing crab meat. There was a lot of it and after using a good portion for some other recipes I had some still leftover. I decided that crab rangoons were going to be in my near future. However, I soon realized I had NO desire to deep fry anything and create a (literally) hot mess. So I needed to figure out how to make something similar to a crab rangoon but something that could be baked. After inspecting the ingredients I had on hand I realized I had one sheet of puff pastry laying in the freezer and would be perfect with the crab filling. So, here we are! Delectable crab puffs that make a fabulous appetizer.

Baked Crab Puffs from Handle the Heat
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How to make
Crab Puffs

Yield: 9 large puffs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Delectable crab puffs that make a fabulous appetizer.


Dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks

Crab puffs:

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 10 ounces crab meat
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted


For the sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, whisk together the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, chili flakes, and 1/2 cup of the water. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of water with the cornstarch and whisk into the sauce. Bring to a boil then turn off the heat. Let cool.

For the crab puffs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a standard muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray
  2. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients except the puff pastry, gently folding the crab in last.
  3. Cut the puff pastry into 9 squares. Press each square into 9 holes of a muffin tin. Divide the crab mixture between the pastry cups. You can refrigerate the puffs for 1 day at this point before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.
  5. While the crab puffs are baking add the pineapple to the sauce. Puree with an immersion blender. Serve with the warm crab puffs.

Recipe Notes

Filling adapted from Tracey's Culinary Adventures and sauce from Serious Eats
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tieghan — July 3, 2013 at 5:54 am

    These looks awesome, perfect for summer! good luck with that dessert heat!

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    Jess — July 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Love this twist on crab rangoon! You’re right that most of them never have much crab flavor at all – this is so much more pretty and sounds delicious.

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    Helga — July 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I’m fairly new to your website, and would like to say “Thank you” for the Recipe Rundown. Really helps in deciding whether I want to try this particular recipe.


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    Carole — July 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Hi there, Carole’s Chatter is collecting recipes for sauces today. This is a good one. I do hope you pop over and link in. This is the link . Cheers

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    Sharon — March 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Hi, can these be frozen after baking and reheated at serving time? Great website. I am new to your website and am anxious to try many of your recipes.

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    Louise — October 2, 2018 at 9:57 am

    What size should the pastry squares be?

  7. #
    Laurie G McMurray — November 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Is the crab used raw or cooked ?

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