Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe

The easiest Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe you will ever make. Thin crab strips with julienned cucumbers, a spicy mayonnaise dressing topped with crunchy panko breadcrumbs. You’re going to feel like you are at a fancy Japanese Steakhouse when you try this salad.

Our Chicken Gyoza Recipe and the Vegetable Stir Fry were also inspired by the Japanese cuisine.

Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe in a bowl with a spoon topped with crumbs.

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This Japanese crab and cucumber salad is absolutely phenomenal. Without the homemade mayo dressing, it only requires 3 ingredients. It’s so simple to make but tastes SO GOOD!  Thin thinly cut imitation crab and cucumbers mixed with the homemade spicy mayo and the added crispiness from the Panko breadcrumbs really makes for a great salad! Serve the salad with Chicken Fried Rice.

NOTE: The name Kani is referred to imitation crap – a must in the Japanese restaurant to make sushi.

Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe topped with panko crumbs.

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This version of Kani salad doesn’t get any easier and simpler. Yes, getting the crab meat really thin along with the cucumbers is really time-consuming but worth all the effort. And yes, the thin strips really are better than thicker slices.

  1. In a bowl, mix together the ingredients for the homemade spicy mayo. Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, Sriracha and salt until creamy.
  2. Cut the cucumber into thin julienned pieces.
  3. Pull apart the crab meat into thin strands.
  4. In a bowl, combine the cucumbers and crab. Pour dressing and mix. Top salad with Panko breadcrumbs.

Julienned cucumbers and crab with spicy mayo dressing on a platter.

can I prepare the salad in advance?

Yes, this cucumber salad with crab is great to prepare up to one day in advance. Prepare the dressing and keep in a container, cut the cucumbers and crab into thin strands and keep covered. Before serving, mix the salad and top with crumbs.

how do I store leftover salad?

If there’s any leftover salad (probably won’t be), store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will stay fresh for a few days.

Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe in a serving bowl.

This Japanese Cucumber and Crab Salad is such a great recipe. It’s not your average salad recipe, but it tastes just as good. You can prepare and do all your cutting beforehand and just mix it with dressing right before serving. Make this salad for your next gathering, it will be a hit and you won’t regret it!

Try these other imitation CRAB recipes:

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Crab and Cucumber Salad Recipe

The easiest Japanese-inspired recipe you will name. Julienned cucumbers and imitation crab with a homemade spicy mayo dressing and panko breadcrumbs. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: kani salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 204



  • 8 oz imitation crab
  • 4 mini cucumbers
  • 3 Tbsp Panko bread crumbs


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha (or hot sauce)
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Julienne cucumbers and crab meat in thin strips (just pull apart the crab).
  • Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing. Add about ¾ of the dressing to the salad. Mix. Add more dressing if needed. 
  • Top salad with crumbs. ENJOY, friends.
Nutrition Facts
Crab and Cucumber Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 357mg16%
Potassium 422mg12%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 10.5mg13%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Missy 03/16/2019, 7:59 pm Link Reply

    Tried this and it was amazing and SOOO easy! I love it so much, I literally made it for lunch EVERY SINGLE DAY this past week. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/18/2019, 2:03 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful. I’m so glad you like the Kani Salad. When I first recreate the recipe, I had it over and over again. So good and addictive.

  • Misty 08/23/2018, 6:57 pm Link Reply

    I made this tonight and it’s delicious. Thanks!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/26/2018, 5:51 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Mistry! I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

  • Melissa Howell 11/07/2017, 3:34 pm Link Reply

    I love crab salad, but I never would have thought to add sriracha or panko! It sounds amazing!

    • admin 11/07/2017, 4:59 pm Link Reply

      Melissa, Sriracha and panko give it a whole new taste. 🙂

  • Malinda 10/24/2017, 12:16 pm Link Reply

    I have never tried sushi!! I’m one of those that finds something I like and don’t change much (aka I’m boring!) However, I know we would love this salad!!

    • admin 10/24/2017, 5:56 pm Link Reply

      Haha, Malinda. I was like that too. Not a fan of trying new foods. However, I am so glad I did. Sushi is amazing!

  • Julie Evink 10/24/2017, 9:29 am Link Reply

    Dates with your kiddos is such a great idea! I need to do that as my children grow up. I also need to try this delicious salad!

    • admin 10/24/2017, 5:57 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Julie.
      Yes, dates with kiddos are fun. Your peanuts will love them. 🙂

  • Danielle Green 10/24/2017, 8:37 am Link Reply

    This looks great and I can’t wait to try it.

    • admin 10/24/2017, 5:58 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Danielle. <3

  • Mila 10/23/2017, 5:38 pm Link Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing. Always love reading what you have to say:). Love your date with kids idea. So cute.

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