Best Imitation Crab Recipes

Top Rated Imitation Crab Recipes

If you need a simple and quick recipe, make imitation crab linguine. It's an easy pasta dish to throw together: just chop up the meat into a cheese sauce and serve.

This is a delicious and bright recipe with crab, pineapple, and herbs. For the best presentation serve the crab mixture in the pineapple halve.

Love crab cakes? This is a simple recipe that uses imitation crab. If you’re on a budget or looking for a quick recipe, using imitation crabmeat instead of the real deal can be a tremendous help. In 2017 this recipe was one of The Daily Meal's most popular recipes. Click here to see the full list of the most popular recipes of 2017.

Add imitation crab meat to your next egg salad recipe. It makes a terrific lunch option.

Incorporate imitation crab meat into your next tuna sandwich. Make your tuna salad as you normally would with tuna, onions, peppers, celery, and mayo. Then, add in a few chunks of crab meat.

Try this imitation crab salad with spinach and red onions.

Incorporate imitation crab into your next recipe. Mix together peppers, cheese, and imitation crab for a hearty lunch recipe.

Imitation Crab Cakes

Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make these really great crab cakes using imitation crab meat. Printable recipe included.

Enjoy these delicious home made crab cakes that are made with imitation crab meat. Real crab meat is so expensive, but sometimes, you just want to enjoy the taste.

Crab meat can be expensive. As of today’s date (01.25.2020) Jumbo Lump Crab Meat is listed at 34.00 per pound in my area. That would be enough to make about 3-4 crab cakes, but it’s still mighty expensive in my book. Also, as of this date, I have yet to buy any to try and make home made crab cakes. It’s just too rich for my blood.

Having said that, I do love crab cakes. I’ve always wanted to be able to make them at home, I’ve just not been willing to invest that much into experimenting with them home made.

When I was making a lot of road trips, I had the pleasure to enjoy some great crab cakes up in Maryland. I’ve had crab cake from Faidley’s Seafood Market in Baltimore (Awesome), and I’ve had crab cakes more than once at G&M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. (also Awesome)

Yes, they were a bit pricey, but someone else was cooking them. I loved them and would love to have them again.

But, since Vertigo problems have kept me pretty much home bound for the past two years, road trips are out of the question. What’s a guy to do?

When one of the subscribers to the Newsletter shared a recipe for crab cakes that called for imitation crab meat, I decided to give it a try. They turned out great, and I was excited to at least get “close” to the sweet taste of what I’d had before. I did say close mind you. Smile.

So, Thank You to Fanica K., for sharing your recipe with me. I changed it only slightly because I ended up finishing mine off in the oven as opposed to frying them both sides on the stove top. I’ll explain that to you as we follow the recipe below.

I’ll make these again, and when I get it down pat, I might even try it with the real thing. Smile.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking.

Imitation Crab Cakes Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.

Crush the crackers. I placed about 12 buttery crackers in a ziplock type bag and crushed them up really well. I just worked these with my fingers, but you could use a rolling pin or heavy glass to help crush them if you prefer. Set these aside for the the moment.

You’ll also need to shred the packaged crab meat. Even though it says flaked on the package, you’ll probably find that it all comes out in one or two large lumps. You can either chop it up or pull it apart with your fingers. I used my fingers again.

Let me add that I left the meat in fairly large pieces. I think it would have been better to either pull it apart into smaller pieces or to even have chopped it up finer. A little texture is good, but the larger pieces didn’t hold together as well as I thought they should. It’s your choice of course. Smile.

Next, dice the onions into small pieces.

Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly beat it with a fork.

Grab about a medium sized mixing bowl and place the crushed crackers in it.

Add the Duke’s Mayonnaise.

Add the lightly beaten egg.

Add the diced onion.

Use a fork to mix everything together well.

Add the imitation crab meat. Again, using a fork, stir everything together until it’s fully combined. Test the mixture with your hands to see if it will hold together well when you squeeze some in your hand. You might need to adjust the mixture a bit if it’s too wet or too dry. Use more crackers if it’s too wet, or use more mayonnaise if it’s too dry.

Now, this is where it got a bit messy and I didn’t get a photo. I needed to use two hands. Smile.

Scoop up about 1/4th of the mixture into your hand. Gently squeeze and work it together to make it into a patty, much like you would if making a hamburger patty. It should be firm and tight enough to hold together and not fall apart as you turn and flip it around in your hand.

One at a time, roll the crab patty into the bread crumbs. Panko type bread crumbs would be best. I didn’t seem to have any, so I crushed up some saltine crackers that I had on hand.

Naturally, a day or so later, I found my Panko Bread Crumbs that for some unknown reason I had placed in another cabinet. Go figure. Smile.

Repeat the process until you have four or maybe five patties complete.

Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top. Once it’s warm, add the butter and let it melt.

Gently place the crab cakes into the butter.

I knew I’d never be able to flip these over and cook them on the other side, so I changed up the recipe and decided to place them in the oven to finish. If you prefer, you can fry these until they start to get a little brown around the bottom edge, then flip them over and fry them until they are done. They should be lightly browned on both sides when finished.

To finish them in the oven, place the skillet in an oven that has been pre-heated to 400F degrees. Just let them bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are lightly browned.

Remove from the oven when lightly browned on top.


Serve warm alongside a nice baked potato. Good stuff, even if it’s only imitation. Smile.

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Thai Crab Salad

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A creamy coconut-lime dressing gives this Thai-style crab salad an island flavor that will hit the spot on a hot day. Canned, frozen, or fresh crab all work fine in this recipe that features a whole spectrum of tastes and textures. A diced fresh red chili gives it a kick, but you can omit it if you prefer a milder dish.

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch, Mississippi, or Memphis area, chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road. It’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s a Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church, she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be good.

While my mom was at work, I decided to make the Copycat version of Hunan Chinese Buffet and surprise her tonight it turned out delicious. It only took me about 40 minutes from start to finish to make it’s so quick and straightforward to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes.

Let’s talk a bit about the ingredient crab. Hunan they use imitation crab meat now, some of you wonder what exactly imitation crab meat is? Is it fake meat? What is it made from? Some of you think, oh, heck. No, I’m not about to eat imitation crab meat, heck to the NO!

Those of you wondering what imitation crab meat is made from Imitation Crabmeat is processed seafood made of starch and finely pulverized white fish, aka surimi, then shaped and cured to resemble the meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab. Compared to real crab meat, imitation crab has less fat and calories. However, it may also contain sodium, food coloring, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Pyrophosphate, gluten, and sugar.

Now, what are my thoughts on this? I think everyone should make their own food choices however, I like to keep you informed on ingredients, Y’all, as you know from following this blog. By all means, if you enjoy imitation crab and it is more cost-efficient, who am I to tell you to pay through the nose for lump crabmeat? Use either-or.

You can easily use either lump crabmeat or imitation crabmeat in the recipe below, whichever fits your budget, or you enjoy most, Y’all. At the Hunan Buffet, they use imitation crab meat, and my mom loves it, so I have made my Copycat Crab Casserole using imitation crab meat. You can use whichever you prefer in yours.

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Prepare the crab rangoon filling

First off, get the cream cheese out of the fridge at least a half-hour before you start prepping the wontons to let it soften. Then mince the garlic and chop the green onions. Now mix together all the filling ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir until everything is well combined. If you want, you can reserve a few green onions to scatter over the finished food for a pop of color.

Now set out a small bowl of water that you will use to moisten your fingers while making the wontons. You can also wet them from the tap as needed, though a bowl will likely make assembly more convenient as you get into the groove of things.

Dress Up Your At-Home Poke Bowl and Add a Burst of Color with Fresh Imitation Crab

Use the inspiration of the renowned California sushi roll and turn it into a poke-inspired “California Roll Bowl” for a light lunch (or dinner). On top of seasoned sushi rice, add chopped English cucumber and avocado, then top with chopped Crab Delights® Flake or Chunk, sriracha mayo, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. You can also top your seafood bowl with wasabi, pickled ginger, and a sprinkle of shredded nori. It’s a healthy, protein filled lunch that can refuel you for an afternoon of activity.

Seafood is best consumed within 2 days. It’s not recommended that crab cakes be stored in the refrigerator for longer than 48 hours.

There are lots of options when it comes to sauces that pair well with crab cakes. Tarter sauce is a classic option, but there are lots of other options as well. Crab pairs well with cocktail sauce, remoulade, wasabi based sauces if you like heat, or even a creamy horseradish sauce. Garlic butter is also an easy option as well.

What is old bay seasoning?

Old Bay seasoning is the brand name of a spice blend that pairs well with seafood. It contains bay leaf powder, celery salt, mustard, pepper, ginger, paprika, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, red pepper flakes, mace, cardamom, and cinnamon. While you can certainly make your own spice blend at home, it’s very convenient to buy it as a spice blend since it contains such a wide variety of spices.

What kind of crab should I use to make crab cakes?

There are generally two kinds of fresh crab sold: lump crab meat, and lump claw meat. Lump claw meat tends to be far less expensive and still creates a tasty crab cake. It can be sold in a refrigerated can or in plastic bag packaging. You can also buy it at the seafood counter of your grocery store. Lump crab meat is also sold in the canned section of your grocery store near the tuna, but it is not considered fresh. It is not recommended for this recipe. Imitation crab can also be used in this recipe if you are trying to save money. But nothing beats real, fresh crab.

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