Crispy Fried Crab Sticks

When you crave crab but can’t swing the real deal, these fried imitation crab legs hit the spot. Look for “leg style” imitation crab in the freezer section. Imitation crab tends to be on the sweet side, so I serve them with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce, but feel free to dip them in sweet chili sauce if you like things sweeter.

fried crab legs with ketchup dip and pasta salad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs

  • 1 (10.8 ounce package) imitation crab legs, cut in half widthwise

  • oil for frying


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer (such as a FryDaddy®) or a large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Place eggs in a second bowl, and panko in a third bowl. Dredge each crab leg in flour, then into egg, and then in panko to coat; place on a plate.

  3. Fry crab in small batches until crisp, about 1 minute. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

553 Calories
26g Fat
62g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 553
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 806mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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