Recipes Using Imitation Crab

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December 16, 2011
Imitation Crab CakesThis is a favorite of mine! Love even the imitation crab meat. Fairly low calorie dish, too. Very good!


  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup skim milk
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  • 10 oz. imitation crab meat
  • 2 oz. grated cheese
  • 2 tsp. margarine


Make a white sauce by microwaving flour, milk and margarine 2 minutes on high. Microwave 2 minutes more, stirring after 1 minute. Add cheese and stir. Add crab and microwave 2 minutes. Serve over 2 cups cooked pasta.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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August 30, 2011

I use Zatarains crab cake mix and a package of imitation crab meat when I make crab cakes. I just use the basic recipe on the box.


The imitation crab meat substitutes really well for real crab and the crab cakes taste really good.

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April 18, 2010

I picked up a package of fake crab meat at the store and am not sure what to do with it. Recipe anyone? Thanks.

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May 27, 20081 found this helpful
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I like the flaked imitation crab meat on nacho chips. Or if you have the sticks, cuts them into small pieces. Distribute the meat evenly over nacho chips. Then your favorite shredded cheese (cheddar, colby jack, motzerella) on top and lightly melt on a lower power in the microwave.


Do not over cook. The cheese gets hard, MMMMMMM good!!! Seafood Nachos.

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By Marjorie . (Guest Post)
May 27, 20081 found this helpful
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I cook spaghetti until done. Set aside. Saute chopped onions and green pepper until soft. Add garlic chopped fine. Add imitation crab meat chopped up to pan. Warm ingredients and put in baking dish. Put in 350 oven for 10 minutes. Then sprinkle on mozzarella cheese and brown. Delicious.

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By tina (Guest Post)
May 27, 20080 found this helpful
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I make a seafood salad with the crab meat. I use two packages of the imitation crab and put it in a bowl. Add:

1 cup diced celery
1 can black olives drained
1 small bottle of Spanish olives
garlic powder to taste
canola oil
lemon juice to your taste

My family really like this dish. I sometimes put in small shrimp.

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful
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I have an easy and tasty one.

1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 soup can about 3/4 full of milk


Combine in pan over moderate heat. Feel free to add pepper or garlic powder if you like. Once it's bubbling slightly, add imitation crab meat and a 10 oz box of frozen peas that have been thawed. Cook until the peas are heated through.

Usually I serve this with cooked rice mixed in, but it is also good with pasta. A great way to use up leftover rice or pasta. Very creamy and tasty. My cousin's fiancee, who is a picky eater, even loves this!

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September 15, 20090 found this helpful
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I mash it up mix with a block of cream cheese put a small scoop into wonton wrappers, close up and deep fry, look up recipes for crab rangoon to find different versions of this.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful
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I have made crab cakes with fake crab, and they were very good. Just follow a crab-cake recipe from the internet or your favorite cookbook. Another favorite "recipe" of ours is seafood salad, a tossed salad from the grocery with fake crab added.


There's no cooking required with that one--it's our go-to recipe when I have time to go to the store on my way home from volunteer work, but no energy or time to cook.

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June 27, 20100 found this helpful
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Chopped garlic say 3 cloves in melted butter ,then add crab to heat and serve on crackers. So easy and very rich.

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September 21, 2016

This is a page about crab bake recipe. Many Chinese buffet restaurants serve a baked dish made with imitation crab, cheese, and a sauce.

Crab au gratin being spooned out of a casserole dish

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April 18, 2010

Has anyone used imitation crab to make crab cakes? And, also, do you have a good recipe to make the crab cakes with the imitation crab?

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February 27, 2010

I purchased an 8 oz. pkg. of refrigerated imitation crab meat. Could any advise me on a quick and simple recipe to use this? Doesn't matter, could be appetizer, salad, lunch, or dinner.

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September 14, 2009

We like the taste of imitation crab. One of our local stores sells packages of it for $1.00 for a 12 oz. or so package.

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