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 with panko breadcrumbs. You’re going to feel like you are at a fancy Japanese Steakhouse. SOO GOOD!

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

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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. 🙂

Crab Cucumber Kani Salad Recipe topped with panko crumbs.


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?.

Julienne cucumbers and crab. prepare dressing.


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.:)

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!

Prepare up to one day in advance.

Other crab recipes: Tortilla Crab WheelsCreamy Crab Dip.

5 from 1 vote
Crab and Cucumber Salad Recipe
Crab and Cucumber Salad Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

The easiest recipe you will name. Julienned cucumbers and crab with a spicy mayo dressing and panko breadcrumbs. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 204 kcal
  • 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
  1. Julienne cucumbers and crab meat.
  2. 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!

Nutrition Facts
Crab and Cucumber Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 357mg 15%
Potassium 422mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 12.7%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Show 11 Comments
  • Misty 08/23/2018, 6:57 pm

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

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

      Thank you, Mistry! I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

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

    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

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

  • Malinda 10/24/2017, 12:16 pm

    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

      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

    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

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

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

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

    • admin 10/24/2017, 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Danielle. <3

  • Mila 10/23/2017, 5:38 pm

    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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