18 Imitation Crab Recipes

Imitation crab, also known as surimi, is a fish paste formed into sticks that can be shredded for various crab dishes. It's easily accessible and very affordable. Whip up a batch of crab salad for those warm summer days, or a comforting crab linguine for a cold winter night!

Crab Pasta Salad

"A super recipe! Very easy and loved by all. I’ve already made it a number of times! The lemon gave it a great taste.”


Surimi Crab Sticks Salad

A salad that is both tasty and easy to prepare! It’s high in protein, creamy from the dressing and is perfect for a picnic or outdoor gathering.

Crab Linguine

"Very good! An easy and fast stove-top dinner. A keeper!"


Artichoke & Crab Toasts

"This is a great recipe. My mom used to make a very similar one when we were kids. We called them crabbies and they were always a favorite. I'm glad to get the recipe! I've made them three times just this holiday season.”


Imitation Crab & Avocado Salad

“I’ve had variations of this before, but I’ve never thought to add crab! I really enjoyed it and found it quite filling.”


Surimi Crab Salad With Snow Peas & Water Chestnuts

“I really love this salad. The crispiness of the snow peas were a real bonus, and I really enjoyed the sweetness of the pineapple.”

-Diana 2

Crustless Crab Quiche

“This was very yummy! It turned out great, and I’ll definitely make it again."


Baked Crab Rangoon

“I made these for Mothers day and everyone loved it! I served it with duck sauce. I’ll definitely make this again.”


Imitation Crab Salad

“A great recipe! I’ve been making this for years and it’s always a huge hit. I add Greek yogurt for a bit of zing.”


Quick & Easy Sauteed Imitation Crab

“This is such a quick recipe for when you need a fast dinner. We served it with a bed of rice!”

-Luvs 2 Cook

Imitation Crab & Pasta Salad

“This is a cool and refreshing salad that is great for summer. It's a versatile recipe with ingredients that can be modified to your personal tastes.”


Cajun Crab Spread

"This made for a very quick lunch for two adults and two toddlers, with a little leftover for a snack later. We ate it immediately after prep, and it was great. It’s even better the next night!”

-Peggy loves Dessert

Imitation Crab & Celery Salad

"I made this and served it in tiny phyllo cups for a super bowl party. I topped them with green onions sliced diagonally. Very pretty and tasty, too!”


Imitation Crab & Pasta Alfredo Bake

“A delicious recipe with very basic ingredients that have a wonderful flavor when combined. The ability to prep ahead of time with yummy leftovers have made this a quick favorite in my home.”


Baked Crab Rangoon

A perfect option for appetizers with simple assembly and budget-friendly ingredients.

California Crab Salad

"This was excellent! I added some diced red, yellow and orange pepper along with some diced water chestnuts. This will definitely be a regular at my house."

-Pat in Ogden

Imitation Crab Casserole

“The family loved this casserole. I used crumbled crackers for the topping. The texture was crunchy and creamy, which is a bit strange but it totally works.”


Crab & Shrimp Crepes With Mornay Sauce

"This recipe is to die for. Rich, elegant and completely worth the effort. I served this with stuffed artichokes and spinach salad with caramelized pecans.”