Have you ever had nights where you just want to have snacks for dinner? It seems to be a re-occurring trend for us and these crispy and cheesy crab spring really hit the spot.

Lately we have been craving something crispy, savoury, and cheesy. Then a thought popped into my head. Cheese wontons! You know the kind you get at sushi restaurants?


….but something was still lacking. Cheese and crispy just wasn’t going to cut it tonight.

“Crab meat!?” Terry bellows.


Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls


Terry is a crab meat enthusiast. Not real crab meat, but crab sticks. You know those bright red and white imitation crab meat? The ones that are actually made with fish? and don’t have a single piece of crab meat in it? Yea those things. If he could eat it in a bowl with a spoon everyday for a year, I’m pretty sure he would.


Normally I’d be making all kinds of gross noises and making fun of him for eating that, but what he doesn’t know is it is my guilty pleasure as well — so I went along with it.


But why spring rolls instead of wontons? If this is even possible, I was actually all ย wonton’d-out with all the chips and fried wontons we have been having lately. Besides, spring rolls have a bit more substance to it and they are so fun to make!




The ingredients for this recipe can all be found at your local grocery store.


Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls


You may have some trouble finding the spring roll paper (I know I did), but grocery stores almost always have it, they just hide it well in the fridges/freezers.


You can substitute white vinegar with the rice vinegar if you don’t have it but white vinegar has a much stronger tang, so add a pinch of sugar to tone that down.




Chop up the crab, grate the mozzarella and finely dice the garlic and green onion and combine all the ingredients together. I like to hand shred the crab meat so they are in long stringy form, for more texture.


Tip #1 : Leave the cream cheese in room temperature an hour before making this. This makes the cheese softer and easier to mix all the ingredients in evenly.


Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls
Wrapping spring rolls don’t need to be complicated, take it a step at a time ๐Ÿ™‚


When you are working with the spring roll papers, make sure they are covered with a damp cloth, or they will dry out. I find that pre-peeling a few at ahead of timeย makes the rolling flow a bit easier and faster.


Same goes with the wrapped spring rolls, if you don’t plan to fry them right away, cover them with a damp cloth or paper towel to keep it from drying out.


To seal the spring rolls you can use water, but notย all spring roll papers are created equally so if you are finding that they are not staying sealed then you can also use an egg to seal it as well.


Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls


Deep fry them on 350F (176C) or medium heat if you are using the stove top for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.




These go fantastic with seafood sauce, sounds wierd but it works! Something to do with the crab meat being seafood! ๐Ÿ˜‰


We also had these with sweet thai chilli sauce and the slightly spicy sweet sauce accompanied the cheesiness like magic!


I need more snack ideas for dinner! Let me know what you make or eat when you’re feeling like it’s going to be a snacky lunch/dinner type of day! and tag us with #pupswithchopsticks if you make this! We love hearing from you!

Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls


Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls

5 from 1 vote
Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

If you are looking for a crispy, savoury, cheesy seafoody snack then look no further! put This easy to make spring roll is a mus and a huge crowd pleaser!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, asian
Servings: 15 pieces
Author: Pups with Chopsticks
  • 15-20 spring roll paper
  • 2 cups imitation crab meat (chopped or shredded)
  • 250 g cream cheese (1 package)
  • 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 3-4 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 stalks green onions (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
Prepping the Ingredients
  1. Leave the cream cheese in room temperature for an hour to soften it up

  2. Once  the cream cheese is soft, mix in the mozzerella, worcestershire sauce, rice vinegar and sugar

  3. Chop up or shred the crab meat and mix it into the cheese mixture

  4. Mince the garlic and finely chop the green onions and add it into the  cheese mixture

Rolling the Spring Rolls
  1. Carefully peel 2-3 spring roll sheets at a time, and keep it covered with a damp cloth or paper towel to prevent it from drying out

  2. Working with 1 sheet at a time, put the sheet in front of you with a corner facing you

  3. Add a few spoonfuls of crab and cheese mixture near the bottom of the paper (but away from all edges) into a log shape.

  4. Start rolling from the bottom, then take 1 side from the left or right and fold it into the centre while rolling.

  5. Then take the other side on the left or right side and fold it into the centre and continue to roll

  6. Wet the top corner with water or egg (which will be the glue to seal the spring roll) and keep rolling until all the paper is sealed. 

  7. Put aside covered with a damp cloth or paper towel and continue making the rest of the spring rolls

Deep Frying
  1. Heat up the oil to 350F (176C), and fry them for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.

  2. If you are deep frying these on a stove top in a pot, use medium heat and keep a close eye on them, when they turn golden brown pull them out. They still continue to cook after they have been pulled out of the oil.
  3. Volia! Enjoy these crispy bite sized little snacks!

Recipe Notes
  • If your spring rolls don't stay sealed with water,ย you can use an egg to seal it
  • Keep the spring roll papers and spring rolls covered with a damp cloth or paper towel so they don't dry out
  • Leave the cream cheese out in room temperature for at least an hour to soften it up, this will make the mixing a lot easier.
  • Optional Dipping Sauces : Seafood sauce or Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce!



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17 thoughts on “Cheesy Crab Spring Rolls”

  1. OMG! I don’t care how “unhealthy” these are, they look absolutely to die for! Imitation crab is one of those secret loves of mine, shouldn’t be embarrassed to love it, right?! Thanks for sharing, definitely pinning for later!

    1. Yes! haha it’s also a secret love of mine too, just don’t tell Terry haha I like to make fun of him for it.

  2. This post is great on the strength of the spring roll making instruction alone. Add the cheese, crab and green onion and you may have invented the bar food recipe of the year! Pics are mouthwatering.

    1. Thanks Romain ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I am a very visual person, so I thought visual instructions might be helpful as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Snacks for dinner happens a lot in my house too! ha ha! I love your how-to roll a spring roll picture; such a neat way to present it. The spring roll itself sounds so tasty. Pinning this! Thanks, Joyce!

    1. Lately snacks for dinner have been happening a lot here as well! The only problem is, since snacks are bite sized I can’t seem to stop or know when I’m full! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I had to save this recipe for my Superbowl planning. I loooooove cheese wontons/crab rangoons from my local Chinese restaurant, but making them into spring rolls looks like it’s just more of that ooey gooey filling. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. We love cheese wontons and crab rangoons here too ๐Ÿ˜€ like LOOOVE haha so spring rolls seemed like the right direction since we wanted more cheesy crab fillings per bite! haha

  5. Beautiful pictures, as usual! And I’ve never heard of putting cream cheese in spring rolls – so creative! I bet they taste amazing!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth ๐Ÿ˜€ Cream cheese melts into creamy goodness so it gives the spring roll a velvety texture with the gooey stretchy mozzarella cheese! For a vegetarian option I would probably use broccoli instead of crab, because broccoli and cheese are sooooo amazing together! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Absolutely LOVE these step-by-step photos! Also, I love spring rolls. As much as I hate frying, I’m gonna have to make these soon! Thank you, Joyce. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Jamie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t tried baking them but I wonder if you lightly spray and coat the spring rolls in oil if you can stick them in the oven to crisp up! Almost like deep frying in the oven! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That’s a wonderful alternative to spring roll paper that you can probably bake too! Great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These look amazing Joyce! I love crab rangoon and these look even better! The addition of the mozzarella cheese is so clever. I will making these for my dinner soon… and by that, I mean as an “appetizer”… no, I actually meant as my dinner. It’s worth it! Deep fried, cheesy goodness!

    1. Thanks Alyssa! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yea it’s nice to be able to bring favourites from restaurants home to the comfort of our home and eat it anytime, like dinner. haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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