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“I’m Crabby” – Imitation Crab Meat turns into a Pasta Salad

I’m a sucker for purchasing items on sale. One of the items I like to stock up on when it goes on sale is packages of imitation crab meat. Yes, I do realize that it isn’t real crab…but crab flavoured pollack or hake. Imitation Crab meat is one of the few “packaged” or processed items that I  purchase but I find that it’s so convenient to have around the house when the end of the month rolls around and you stand in front of the fridge thinking to yourself…”now what’s for dinner?”. This dish is mostly made up of pantry and fridge/freezer staples and is relatively quick to prepare, so it makes a perfect dish to bring for potlucks and picnics.

My DH happens to love this dish. Normally, it sits in the fridge overnight to let the flavours develop, but I have learnt that a bowl needs to be eaten right away or the entire salad will magically disappear before I get the chance to see it in the morning (DH blames the cats). It’s just THAT good.

I’m Crabby Pasta Salad
Makes enough that I get to eat one bowl if I’m lucky


1 lb Farfalle Pasta*
2 packages of Flaked Imitation Crab Meat
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/3 red onion, finely diced
2 ribs celery, finely diced
1 tsp. Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
3/4 cup Mayo
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
Chili flakes to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste


1. Cook pasta according to directions.
2. Meanwhile, combine mayo, lemon juice, chili flakes and Dijon mustard in large bowl.
3. Add onion, celery, red bell pepper and mix.
4. Break up imitation crab chunks slightly and add to bowl.
5. Strain pasta, add to bowl and mix gently to distribute everything.
6. Chill until ready to serve.

* I used Tortiglioni because I didn’t have any farfalle (bow-tie) pasta at home. Cavatappi works in a pinch too 🙂

About Eunice

I'm just a girl who is passionate about food. It is my personal quest to try to expand my culinary horizons both at home and abroad. However, I was not always passionate about food. I had my epiphany much later when I got my very first job...at a sushi joint here in town. And just like that "Hook, line and sinker"...a foodie was born! I'm a P/T blogger, P/T yogini...but always a foodie.


3 thoughts on ““I’m Crabby” – Imitation Crab Meat turns into a Pasta Salad

  1. 1) Cats DO like imitation crab, so DH might not be lying.
    2) I just watched a thing on imitation crab on tv yesterday. Weird.
    3) This salad looks awesome.

    Posted by movita beaucoup | October 28, 2011, 6:06 AM
    • *blushes*

      Awww….shucks! Thanks so much Movita.
      I’m afraid my photography skills aren’t nearly as good as yours.

      However, I do have to say that the salad is pretty awesome tasting. I brought this particular batch to a work fundraiser potluck (DH didn’t get any) and saw that a few co-workers went back for thirds and forths. I’m just going to assume that they like it 🙂

      Posted by Eunice | November 7, 2011, 4:38 PM
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