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Imitation Crab Recipes

Updated on January 2, 2016

Imitation Crab Cooking

What is imitation crab meat? Well imitation crab is made from surimi, which is finely pulverized fish flesh, this fish "paste" is then flavored and formed to resemble snow crab legs with red food dye added to give the sticks a more realistic look. Pollock is most often the fish used to make the imitation crab, as it is mild in flavor. It should be noted that imitation crab comes already cooked and is quite handy to make last-minute dishes.

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Imitation Crab Salad Recipe

Here is a easy crab salad recipe that you can whip up quite quickly. The is a very diverse dish is that it can be used to top crackers for an appetizer, use as a sandwich filler, or even as a stand-alone chunky dip.


1/2 pound imitation crab-chopped and shredded

1/2 cup finely-chopped celery

1/4 cup finely-chopped sweet onion

1/4 cup finely-chopped dill pickle

1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1/2 teaspoon dill weed

1/4 cup mayonnaise or to taste

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 Tablespoon chopped chives

salt and pepper to taste


Simply mix the imitation crab, sweet onion, celery, dill pickle, sweet pickle relish, dill weed, mayonnaise, mustard, and chives until well combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Chill thoroughly.

Serve as a salad topper, sandwich spread, chunky dip, or appetizer cracker topper.

Imitation Crab Salad Recipe courtesy Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Imitation Crab and Pasta Casserole Recipe

This is a somewhat rich casserole that is one of my favorites. This dish takes about 50 minutes to prepare and cook, and yields 10 to 12 servings.


8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta

2 large onions, chopped

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup butter

2 packages (8 ounces each) imitation crab meat, chopped

1/2 cup sour cream

1-1/2 cup (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


* Cook the pasta according to directions on package. Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté onions, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic in butter until crisp-tender. Remove from the heat. Drain pasta; add to vegetable mixture. Stir in the crab, sour cream, salt and basil.

* Transfer to two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Cover and bake the casseroles at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes more.

Imitation Crab and Pasta Casserole Recipe courtesy Sheri Singleton

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Imitation Crab Quiche Recipe

Here is an easy-to-make recipe for an imitation crab quiche. This dish does require a food processor, but the entire prep and cooking time is about an hour.


8 ounce imitation crab

9" pie crust

3 large eggs, beaten

1/4 c. half & half

1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

2 dashes warm sauce or possibly to taste

1/2 grated Swiss cheese

1/2 c. grated Gruyere cheese


*Mince imitation crab in food processor. Deposit all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into the pie crust. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 40-45 min (or until knife inserted near center comes clean). Let cool for 15 min.Serves 4-6.

Imitation Crab Quiche Recipe courtesy CookEatShare Cookbook.

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Nutritionally, imitation crab has a bit less protein and potassium and much more sodium than genuine crab. However, the imitation version has less cholesterol and carbohydrates than real crab.

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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I like crabsticks - sometimes I eat them on their own as a snack

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice recipes thanks for the info

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      7 years ago

      Now your quiche recipe sure got my attention here!


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