Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 servings (serving size is 3 pieces)
Level:
Intermediate

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • For the Wonton Cups:
  • Cooking spray
  • 18 wonton wrappers, thawed (if frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced mango
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 2 mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.

Brush the wonton wrappers with oil, and place each wrapper into a section of a mini-muffin tin. Gently press each wrapper into the tin and arrange so that it forms a cup shape. The wrapper will overlap itself and stick up out of the cup. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until browned and crisp. Remove from the tin and allow wrappers to cool.

Meanwhile whisk together the zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes. Add the oil and whisk until well combined.

In a medium bowl, toss together the crabmeat, celery, mango, scallion and cilantro. Add dressing and toss to combine. Fill each cup with the crab salad and serve.

Nutritional Analysis (Per Serving)

Calories: 170

Total fat: 7g

Saturated fat: 1g

Monounsaturated fat: 5g

Polyunsaturated fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 32mg

Sodium: 448mg

Carbohydrates: 17g

Protein: 9g

Fiber: 1g

Contains Shellfish: Consumption of raw or undercooked shellfish may substantially increase the risk of foodborne illness.


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Super easy and delicious!! I've made this at least 15 times and got rave reviews from everyone. Everyone wants the recipe and I wished I could say it was my creation. Hands down to Ms. Ellie. This is so good, and so healthy! I'm making 2 different batches for this July 4th weekend. All of the ingredients are readily available. No need for substitution. I like mine a bit spicy so I add half a teaspoon of crushed chili. The wonton cups is the highlight of the dish because it looks so fancy and difficult to make. It is just time consuming (since I have to make 60-100 to feed a party). I could invest in more molds and cut down the time effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this with shrimp, instead of crab. Just chopped the shrimp. Was fabulous. A great combination of flavors. Another winner from Ellie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. The wontons were easy to make and a great idea for other appetizers. The crab mixture was really good. I also made it ahead of time and worked out perfect. The lime dressing worked well with the crab. I would definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used fake crab, left out the salt, found the flavors & appearance wonderful. Second time I made them, I flipped the mini muffin tins over & smoothed the wontons over the humps. WAY faster and it leaves you with perfect openings to fill just before serving. Bake minimum time with the pans upside down! I agree with folks who worried about advance mixing of the lime juice with the fish (possibly "cooking" the crab. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this healthy appetizer, real eazy to make ahead of time. Made it for cinco de mayo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, easy to make and always delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous appetizer! Made this last night for the family and everyone loved it. I did make a few changes. Not much of a sweet/savory mix person so I did not use the mango. I also did not have celery or cilantro so left those out. I did have red peppers and avacado so I diced them both into small pieces and added in. The lime flavor was perfect! I also loved the wonton cups. I will use those cups for all types of appetizers in the future. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only complaint I have about this recipe is that it rated as an intermediate recipe. I have never made something so simple and yet have people rave about it, as much as this recipe. A little time consuming yes, but difficult no. I have made it twice for food fanatics & it is the first appetizer to go item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took this to our annual block party; doubled the recipe and they were all gone in 10 minutes with rave reviews. Fresh and healthy tasting. I was short on time, so the flavors didn't get much time to combine as I would have liked (didn't seem to bother anyone though. Next time I will make it the day before so it can marinate over night. This recipe is definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Want to empress a crowd...this recipe is the one!! Very easy and fresh tasting. I had to serve 24 ladies for a bridal shower and everyone said the cups were soooooo empressive. VERY VERY easy to create and make the salad. I did use imitation crab (big crowd)to save a bit. The cups should be made early in the day of party and add mixture just before serving. I made dressing day ahead and the salad the morning of the party so the lime wouldn't "cook" the crab. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe couldn't be easier! It was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and healthy! I make this a lot, especially during the summer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, easy to make and always a party favorite item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for Thanksgiving and don't be fooled by the wonton cups...they are so easy to make. I made the crab salad the night before and kept it in a container. To keep the wonton cups from getting soggy, I kept them in a plastic bag and then filled them the next day with the crab salad right before serving and they were delicious. The flavors of the mango, cilantro and crab go well together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe, although I was a bit worried that it may be too "healthy" = too bland. I was super surprised how great it turned out. It is very refreshing and delicious. I made them as appetizers but my husband and I ended up eating the entire batch as dinner! I got crab meat from our local grocery store for about $8 for 1/2 lb, so it wasn't as expensive as I thought to make this dish. Will def make it again! (I may serve the salad and wanton cups separate for people to fill on their own, if I were to serve at a party, so the wanton cups don't get soggy.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared recipe as written, just used Belgian endive instead of wonton. A perfect quick summer happy hour ap. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe was recommended to me by my sister. I held off a year and just made it....wish I had gotten to it sooner. It has a clean taste that is refreshing for a summer dinner starter or a luncheon. you taste it all... crab, mango, refreshing lime and cilantro and the residual heat from the pepper flakes...Yum! I did my cups for 8 minutes and burnt the first batch. Be careful not to over oil the wanton wrappers. Maybe next time I will just spray them with the cooking spray. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was skeptical b/c of the kind of mixed reviews, but, the recipe sounded good to me, so i decided to try it. My conclusions: It is expensive, but worth it. try costco for the crab meat. i got a pound for 14 bucks in December. it does need seasoning. double the salt and the pepper. it is a little limey, but don't cut the lime, add a little sweetner. I did about 2 tsps or so of agave nectar and it was perfect. taste the dressing before you pour it on the crab. you'll know then if it it needs seasoning or not. the wonton cups are awesome! what a great idea. i can't eat fried foods b/c of a digestive problem, and these were SO crunchy and tasty it totally satisfied my crunch hunger. It's great, healthy, refreshing and impressive to guests. so it needs a little salt and it's expensive. it's still a win for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If I had read the comments first, I wouldn't have chose a less expensive appetizer, however, with a little tweaking I got a good result. First, so glad I purchased real crab meat in a can (expensive) and did NOT purchase crab flavored fish (cheap, cheap, cheap). When I put the crab meat in the bowl to check for bones, I added just a touch of lite mayo. Just a tablespoon or so to moisten and flavor the crab meat. I made the dressing as written, but found it had way, way too much lime. Use less lime juice or just cut out the lime zest. Or you can use 1/2 lime juice and 1/2 lemon juice as someone else already suggested. I also sprayed the wontons with the canned canola oil instead of brushing it on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a fan of Cilantro .. so I knew this was going somewhere.... I did what the recipe said. It seemed to be missing something; but still good.. so we drizzled Sirancha Hot Sauce on top and ate them all. Actually next time I will marinate the night before like mentioned. I really like this dish. Ill be taking it to my potluck next week. I did want to say this reminds me of Thai food with lime, cilantro, and peppers/mango... but I love Thai.. Enjoy.. its a fun dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these tasty treats for a Thanksgiving appetizer. A lot of the reviews said that this dish was bland. Here's the key. Make the salad a day or two before you're going to serve it so the flavors can set in. I used lemon instead of lime because I hate lime. I also threw in a little Old Bay seasoning. I also didn't use red pepper flakes, I used cayenne powder. I really didn't want my guests biting into pepper flakes. I also did a mixture of cliantro and Italian parsley. After a few hours in the fridge, I would stir up the salad, add a little more Old Bay and a little more olive oil. Once I put the salad in the wontons, I topped them with a little paprika and a little more cilantro and parsley...just to make it pretty. Let's just say that the poor crab wontons had zero shot of survival Thanksgiving Day. Oh to those who think this is an expensive recipe, find yourself another appetizer. Don't scrimp on the crab meat by using imitation crab. It's just not the same. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great appetizer , I doubled the recipe and added 1/2 a cup of coconut milk and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, then I marinated it over night. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was a little worried about the reviews that said this recipe was bland, so I added a little more red pepper flakes, maybe a 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, and 2/3 tablespoon or so of Dijon mustard. They were a hit! A food processor really sped things up. I've also tried it with salmon, because crab is somewhat expensive, and it worked really well. Although people liked the crab better. This is a new staple for my entertaining menu! Plus, you can make things easier by preparing the salad the day before and it almost tastes better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was too expensive with the crab meat and so NOT worth it!! The flavors are bland and not what I expected from the other reviews (most people gave it a 3-4 stars)!!! No way would I ever make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First one or two I wasn't sold on - but then my husband and I kept going back until they were all gone! I guess they were hitting the spot! Easy, fresh and healthy. I'll keep these in mind next time I need an appetizer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for a gallery reception at my daughter's college and they were gone in less than 5 minutes! Everyone loved the fact that the wonton cups were baked and not deep fried. After reading some of the other reviews I decided to make the dressing the night before so all the flavors could marinate. It was excellent - the perfect amount of heat to offset the sweet mango. They were so easy to make and I will definitely make them again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this appetizer for a cocktail party that I hosted at my house this past weekend, recieved mixed reviews, some people liked it and some said it was a bit bland. After I taste it myself I do agree the dressing was bland, so next time I'm going to add a little cajun spices and dijon spicy mustard. I used Phyllo dough instead of wonton wrappers, the people loved the Phyllo cups it was much lighter and crisper with out having to deep fry and worry about fat. Overall great light appetizer just needs more flavor added to the dressing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these wonton cups for my husband for a light dinner the other night...and he LOVED them! Which is really saying something, since he is an extremely picky eater. They were easy and tasted great. My husband said he would like the wontons fried, to make them 'light', but he surely doesn't need any more fried food in his diet. I did use high quality, never frozen, fresh crab. Next time I will add some avocado and little bit more red pepper, since we like spicy food. Last night, I used Ellie's dressing recipe, and added rice wine vinegar. I chopped some celery, onion, roasted red pepper and garlic, and mixed it with 2 cans of albacore tuna. I poured the dressing over the tuna, mixed it well and served it over red lettuce, with garlic butter toast. That was a hit, too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I too was disappointed with this recipe. It was just way too bland. I am making these again for an appetizer and am adding a jalapeno pepper to zip it up a bit. I think that will help add some flavor to the mix. I also didn't make the wonton cups the first time around but served it with some taco chip scoopers. The saltyness of the chips did add a bit of interest to the crab salad. I used pre-prepared tropical fruit cups from the produce department of my supermarket because I wasn't happy with the mangos. This fruit mixture had mango, papaya, pineapple...it was a happy and easy alternative. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are easy and tasty. Everyone loved them when i made them several weeks ago. I tried them again tonight, without marinating them overnight, and they were not as flavorful. I suggest marinating them overnight for ultimate flavor. I will make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The ingredients for this recipe are pricey and it turned out a little plain. I loved the concept with the wontons but the filling was nothing special. I even added more spices then the asked for and everyone at my party thought this was just ok. Would not make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my Christmas eve party. They were a hit with everyone, including the kids! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these delightful cups for a party a few weeks ago and they need to be brought out for the holidays! Everyone raved about them. I don't even like CRAB and I made them. I think I'll try making some with Tuna (for me) tomorrow. I made the salad in the morning and I think the flavors were enhanced throughout the day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious. It was so easy and a huge hit, everyone loved them. I loved how fresh it tasted and the fact that it was healthy was a big plus! I used tomato instead of mango, otherwise I prepared as stated in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I brought this to a holiday party and everyone raved about it. I used chicken instead of crab. It was great. Very refreshing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a few substitutions for this recipe, I used fake crabmeat, plum and added some diced canned tomato. This was such a simple and fresh recipe! I loved it and whenever I use a new recipe I always make it for myself first and I'm so glad because I got to eat all of it! I can't wait for my next party, I know it's going to go over great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe a few times over the summer and everyone always LOVED it. It's easy to double or triple for a large party, the wontons can be made ahead a few days and kept in a tupperware container (just stack inside each other to save space), and it lends itself well to additions. I've made it as is, and also have added some chopped red onion & avocado (I love red onion & mango together!). As the lump crabmeat can be expensive I usually get it at BJ's. It tastes even better the next day, although I sometimes have to drain it as it gets a little juicy overnight. It's a great recipe for all year round. I plan to make again for the upcoming holidays! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just finished making these for a dinner party tonight. I did not have a mini muffin pan, so I used a regular muffin pan and just laid two wonton wraps on top of each other at opposite angles, and it seems to have worked really well. Bigger portions, few servings, and probably not as cute as the mini ones would be...but it's a small party, thank goodness! My only concern is they tasted a little bland, perhaps I should have salted the cups more, this way there would be more of a contrast between the salty and the sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious and made a nice presentation. I used canned lump crabmeat and made it the day before, putting the salad in the wontons just before serving. Having the salad and dressing sit overnight resulted in an even nicer taste. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the perfect appetizer, especially in spring/summer, as the flavors are so light and tasty. Keep an eye on the wontons when they are in the oven - at 8 minutes mine were almost burned. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Salad portion of this dish was very fresh tasting but the Won Ton was a bit shap and very crunchy and not much flavor. May make it again without the Won Ton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another great recipe from Ellie! I had to stop myself from eating most of them before the guests got here, lol. I used diced avocado in place of the cilantro (because my husband doesn't like it.) Fantastic, easy and wonderful recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent, and easy to make. Great for parties, happy hour, etc. Your guest will love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really TASTY and so cute with their own edible "bowls". I made this twice over the holidays and even the non-seafood lovers loved it! Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's a nice, simple recipe; however my wife - the biggest crab lover in the house - didn't like it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good recipe mostly because the mini salads look so good. I added some diced red bell pepper for color and to make the crab go further. Don't store the filled wontons in the fridge for more than about an hour or they get soggy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, this recipe is so light and fresh tasting. My suggestion is to serve the wontons on the side and let everyone fill their own. If they sit too long the wontons become soft. Really tasty recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took this appetizer to a party and everyone raved about it. It is my new party favorite. Very easy to make and tastes amazing. Plus it is healthy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All the guests raved about the Crab Salad Wontons and the empty plate spoke for itself. Easy and delicious nibbles, not to mention pretty healthy too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used lemons (juice and rind), grated ginger, red wine vinegar and a dash of old bay seasoning, fresh parsely, 1 shallot, celery- all diced. YUM. the wonton cup was the perfect bite. delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had my son and daughter-in-law over for Christmas and I made this and they were in absolute awe of the presentation and couldn't believe the taste and aroma of these wonderful appetizers. I served them with a great bottle of wine and they left wanting more. She wanted the recipe. This is a 10 in our book. I did put sea salt instead of regular salt on the Wonton's and I put fresh parmesean cheese on top. Donna item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking something for my christmas party de 24, and this is the perfect recipes for me. thank you. is the best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe using imitation crab because that is what I had on hand. For the dressing I used lemon and fresh parsley as I had no lime and despise cilantro and they turned out amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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