The easiest Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe you will ever make. Thin crab strips with julienned cucumbers, a spicy mayonnaise dressing with panko breadcrumbs. You’re going to feel like you are at a fancy Japanese Steakhouse. SOO GOOD!
So, my biggest weakness if I ever go out to eat is sushi. I have a few girlfriends I sometimes go out with for lunch or dinner, just to get out of the house (and enjoy adult conversation). When we do go out, it’s usually to a Japanese Steakhouse for sushi, sushi is amazing. Whenever I have sushi I always need spicy mayo with my sushi. Spicy mayo is a favorite of mine. In this Kani salad recipe, I make my own spicy mayo dressing.
This easy and quick Kani Salad feels like I’m at a Japanese restaurant with my friends – at a fraction of the price. 🙂
I was at dinner a few weeks ago and I wanted to try something new at our favorite Japanese restaurant. I asked our waitress what she would recommend and she said she’d recommend a crab and cucumber Kani salad that was really popular. It was called Japanese Kani Salad. When I tried it, I literally couldn’t contain myself. IT WAS SOO amazing.
So, when I came home, I tried several times to create a copycat version of the Kani Salad and here we are! It’ amazing that the simple ingredients of cucumber and crab with a spicy mayo dressing can be so wonderful in flavor together. Who would have thought?.
CRAB SALAD RECIPE
Though the ingredients are minimal and this Japanese cucumber salad recipe is super easy, it is a little time consuming to julienne the cucumbers and crab meat. For the crab, I just sliced it into a few strands and pulled thin stands apart, it pulls easily unto thin pieces. I use imitation crab meat but you can use canned meat or freshly cooked crab (yummm). You don’t necessarily have to julienne it so thin but I think it really makes the salad unique doing so. The very first time I tried making this salad, I make the pieces bigger and the recipe wasn’t as good. So, you can try both and see which your family prefers.:)
JAPANESE CUCUMBER SALAD
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!
Prepare up to one day in advance.
The easiest recipe you will name. Julienned cucumbers and crab with a spicy mayo dressing and panko breadcrumbs.
- 1 8 oz pack imitation crab
- 4 mini cucumbers
- 3 Tbsp Panko crumbs
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- ¼ tsp salt
Julienne cucumbers and crab meat.
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. We really like the crumbs so I add the crumbs before mixing the salad well. Enjoy!