Crab Cake Egg Rolls

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If you’re a fan of Maryland’s iconic crab cakes, just wait until you try them in ultra-portable, crunchy egg roll form! These crab cake egg rolls are taking the region by storm, stuffing all that luscious crab dip goodness into a crispy-fried exterior. They’re the ultimate crowd-pleasing, handheld appetizer.

At their core, these crab cake egg rolls achieve the perfect balance of textures and flavors. You get that signature salty, creamy crab dip filling loaded with tender lump crab meat, tangy cream cheese, rich mayo, and kicked up with classics like Old Bay seasoning and Worcestershire. It’s basically all the greatest crab cake flavors amplified into one luscious, craveable bite.

But instead of being baked into a traditional cake shape, that crab dip base gets stuffed into an egg roll wrapper and fried until shatteringly crisp and golden brown. Every bite combines that glorious Maryland-style crab filling with the most addictive, delicate crunch from the wrapper’s crispy shell.

While definitely decadent, there’s something so satisfying about being able to easily enjoy all those crab cake flavors without utensils. They make for the perfect handheld, mess-free appetizer whether you’re hosting a big party or just want a snacky dinner at home.

The process for making crab cake egg rolls is also refreshingly simple. You just need to whip up the creamy crab filling, load it into the wrappers, and give them a quick freeze to help set the shape. Then you can fry them up in batches for an app that’s hot, crispy, and melty all at once.

Thanks to the freezing trick, the crab and creamy cheese never leaks or oozes out during frying. Each egg roll emerges from its bubbly oil bath with a delightfully crackly crunch that perfectly endures until the very last bite.

While certainly stellar unadorned, crab cake egg rolls are also the ideal canvas for fun dipping sauces and garnishes. They’re particularly outstanding with a creamy Sriracha aioli, zesty remoulade, or cool dill sauce for dunking. You can also garnish them with sriracha, scallions, or extra Old Bay for even more flavor.

Whether you grew up in Maryland downing platters of crab cakes and cream of crab soup or just love the flavors, these crab cake egg rolls are guaranteed to be your new go-to app. Their contrast of melty, luscious crab dip interior with that signature crispy-crunchy wrapper is sheer addictive perfection.

They’re nostalgic, they’re fun to eat, and they wow a crowd every single time – even for those who may be new to Maryland’s distinctive crab delicacies. One bite of these crispy, creamy beauties and you’ll be an instant fan too. A game day snack has never tasted so decadent!

Crab Cake Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • 16 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water for egg wash
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sliced scallions for garnish

For the Sriracha Aioli:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Make the crab filling by beating the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the mayo, sour cream, Worcestershire, Old Bay and white pepper until combined. Fold in the shredded cheese and crab meat.
  2. Place about 1/2 cup of the filling into the center of each egg roll wrapper. Brush the edges with egg wash and fold up into a tight roll, using more egg wash to seal each one closed.
  3. Freeze the assembled egg rolls for at least 2 hours until solid.
  4. Heat 3-4 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy pot or deep fryer to 300°F.
  5. Working in batches, fry the frozen egg rolls for 2 minutes per side until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack.
  6. Make the aioli by whisking together the mayo, sriracha, Old Bay and salt until smooth.
  7. Serve the hot crab cake egg rolls immediately garnished with scallions and sriracha aioli for dipping.

There’s no more satisfying way to enjoy the beloved crab cake flavors of Maryland! These crispy, creamy crab cake egg rolls are truly addictive.

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