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person dipping a deep fried cream cheese rangoon into a bowl of sauce

Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoons

  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 rangoons 1x


This easy homemade appetizer is a great way to start a meal of Chinese takeout.  Learn how to make cream cheese rangoons just like Panda Express does.  Your family will be eating up these crispy rangoons as fast as they can!


Units Scale
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (226g)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • Peanut oil, or another high smoke point oil for deep frying


  1. Make the Filling: Place the softened cream cheese, green onion, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well blended.
  2. Shaping the Wontons: Separate a wonton wrapper from the stack and place it on the work surface.  Drop about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese filling on the wonton wrapper, then place a dot of water on each side of the wrapper.  Bring the center of each side into the middle and pinch firmly.  (See photos in the blog post for a visual demonstration of this technique.)  Repeat until you have used up all of the cream cheese filling.
  3. Heat the Oil: Fill a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or large saucepan with two inches of peanut oil.  Set it over medium-high heat until the oil has reached 350 F on a thermometer, then turn the heat to medium-low.
  4. Deep Fry: Carefully place three rangoons in the hot oil, letting them float around the pot until they are a nice golden brown.  Be sure to remove the rangoons when they are a little lighter in color than you would like, as they will darken a couple of shades as they cool.  Use a slotted spoon or spider to lift them from the oil, then let them drain on paper towels.  Repeat until all the rangoons are fried.
  5. Enjoy: Let the rangoons cool for 5-10 minutes before enjoying, as they will be extremely hot from the oil.  Enjoy immediately with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce or as an appetizer for other Panda Express dishes.


  • When you shape the wontons, make sure that no filling is oozing out, or more may bubble out during the frying.
  • Don't flip the rangoons upside down when they're frying, or the cream cheese may leak out.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Deep Fried
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: recipe, wontons, panda express