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Crab Rangoon Pinwheels - Quick & Easy Low-Carb Snack

Crab Rangoon Pinwheels – Quick & Easy Low-Carb Snack

Indulge in the ultimate fusion of flavors with our Crab Rangoon Pinwheels, accompanied by a homemade sweet and sour sauce that’s as tantalizing as it is keto-friendly. These pinwheels marry the richness of cream cheese and the delicate sweetness of crab meat, all wrapped in a low-carb tortilla and crisped to perfection. The accompanying sauce, with its harmonious blend of tangy apple cider vinegar, sugar-free sweetness, and a hint of sesame, elevates this dish from delightful to irresistible. Whether you’re in need of a crowd-pleasing appetizer or a satisfying snack, these pinwheels and their dip are sure to impress.

Course: Appetizers, Snacks, Lunch, DinnerCuisine: Asian-InspiredDifficulty: Easy
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  • Lay out the 4 low-carb tortillas on a clean, flat surface and ensure the cream cheese is softened for easy spreading.
  • Spread approximately 2 ounces of cream cheese evenly over each tortilla, covering the surface without making it soggy.A tortilla on a white plate with a thick layer of cream cheese spread across its surface, next to crab sticks and chopped green onions on a wooden cutting board.
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup of crab meat evenly over the cream cheese on each tortilla, then evenly distribute a tablespoon of finely chopped green onions over the crab meat on each tortilla.A tortilla lies flat with a layer of cream cheese, topped with shredded crab meat and diced green onions, before rolling into pinwheels.
  • Carefully roll each tortilla tightly, ensuring the fillings are snugly enveloped inside.Hands rolling a tortilla filled with a mixture of cream cheese, crab meat, and green onions, beginning the process of forming a pinwheel.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice each rolled tortilla into 6 even pinwheels.A hand is slicing rolled tortillas filled with cream cheese, crab, and green onions into pinwheels on a white cutting board with a sharp chef's knife.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (about 200°C) and brush the tops of the pinwheels lightly with melted butter.
  • Arrange the pinwheels in the air fryer basket without touching and air fry at 400°F for 8 minutes or until golden and crisp.Crab Rangoon Pinwheels arranged in an air fryer basket, ready to be cooked. The pinwheels show visible layers of cream cheese, crab meat, and green onions.
  • While the pinwheels are cooking, prepare the sweet and sour sauce by combining sesame oil and xanthan gum in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the brown sweetener, apple cider vinegar, sugar-free ketchup, water, and soy sauce or coconut aminos, bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • Once the sauce begins to thicken, usually within 1-2 minutes, remove it from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Serve the pinwheels warm with the sweet and sour sauce on the side for dipping.Golden brown Crab Rangoon Pinwheels plated and ready to serve. The pinwheels have a crispy exterior with visible fillings of crab and green onions.


  • Serving Suggestions
    Enjoy these delectable Crab Rangoon Pinwheels as a standalone appetizer or pair them with a fresh, crisp salad for a light meal. They’re perfect for gatherings, as their bite-sized nature makes them easy for guests to enjoy. For an added touch, serve alongside various dipping sauces such as sugar-free sweet chili sauce, keto-friendly soy sauce alternative, or a creamy avocado dip to cater to different taste preferences.
  • Notes
    – For the best texture, ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature before spreading it on the tortillas.
    – If using canned crab meat, press it between paper towels to remove excess moisture and prevent soggy pinwheels.
  • Tips
    – To make slicing the pinwheels easier and cleaner, chill the rolled tortillas in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes before cutting.
    – If your air fryer tends to cook hot, start checking the pinwheels at the 6-minute mark to avoid over-browning.
  • Variations/Modifications
    Vegetarian Option: Substitute crab meat with finely chopped artichokes or a blend of sautéed mushrooms and spinach.
    Spicy Kick: Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the cream cheese or a few slices of jalapeño on top of the crab layer for a spicy version.
    Cheese Variety: Mix in some shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese with the cream cheese for a cheesy twist.
  • Prep Ahead
    These pinwheels can be prepared ahead of time up to the point of air frying. Store the rolled and sliced pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, simply air fry according to the instructions, adding an extra minute to the cooking time if needed due to chilling.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 171.6kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6g
  • Protein: 4.5g
  • Fat: 13g
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