Pagoda Crab Rangoon Review

Pagoda Crab Rangoon

It’s been a little while since we tried a Pagoda offering here at Freezer Meal Frenzy. We did enjoy their Chicken Egg Rolls quite a bit, and their Cream Cheese Wontons are also pretty good. But we’ve kind of been dragging our feet on the Pagoda Crab Rangoon. You see, we’re just not big fans of eating crab meat.

Crabs seem nice enough, and they don’t taste good enough to justify their slaughter, so we often find ourselves wishing that people would just leave the little critters alone. They never did anything to hurt us (well, if you get on the wrong side of those pincers that could change), and we just don’t like eating them. There, we said it.

But we’re going to have to make an exception today, because we’re finally going to check out the Pagoda Crab Rangoon. It’s been a year and a half since our last Pagoda review, so this one is long overdue. We apologize in advance to our crab overlords…

Cooking these is pretty simple, and your options are an oven or an air fryer. We don’t have an air fryer in the Freezer Meal Frenzy office, but the box actually recommends the oven. So we don’t feel as guilty about oven-baking these as we do about eating them. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the box, check out the package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Pagoda Crab Rangoon

According to the box, there should be seven or eight rangoons inside. Ours had eight. There are also four whole packets of sweet chili sauce. At first, we suspected that was a mistake, but as it turns out, the box does say there should be four sauce packets here. So we guess the folks at Pagoda just felt super generous when they were putting together this specific item. That’s one packet of sauce per every two rangoons, which is more than you’ll need.

The shells here are pretty much just alright. They’re crispy and kind of crackery, but they do the job they set out to do, which is to hold the filling.

And the filling is where this really shines. This is a cream cheese filling with crab meat, which the box claims is 100% real crab. We’re going to have to take their word for it, because we really can’t tell the difference between real crab and imitation crab when it’s absolutely doused in this much cream cheese.

These do taste fishier than some of the other seafood products we review. If you eat these without sauce, they’re actually super fishy. However, if you use a lot of chili sauce, that fishiness ends up taking a backseat. So maybe that’s why there’s so much sauce; Pagoda knows that some people are going to want to use a whole lot of it.

According to the box, all of its edible contents are a single serving. That means the nutrition facts cover eight rangoons and four packets of sauce. If you eat all of that, you’ll be at 460 calories and 1,060 mg of sodium. Both of those numbers seem a bit high, especially since these are not filling at all. In fact, they’re so un-filling that we felt hungrier after we ate them than we did before. At the same time, we only used two sauce packets, because we felt like that’s all we needed. We’re not sure how many calories or how much sodium this reduces, but we’re pretty confident that it’s at least some.

The Pagoda Crab Rangoon is surprisingly good. We were a little hesitant to try these because we’re not huge fans of crab, but the delicious cream cheese combined with the chili sauce is an undeniably tasty combo. We just wish these were a little more filling, because they didn’t do much to satiate our hunger.

Also, we haven’t yet encountered any repercussions for getting on the wrong side of the crab population, but there’s plenty of time for that to change…

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this crab Rangoon, check out the package scans below.

Pagoda Crab Rangoon
Pagoda Crab Rangoon
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