11 Imitation Crab Recipes With Real Seafood Flavor

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Craving seafood but low on fresh crab options in your area? These imitation crab recipes are budget-friendly but rich in fresh, creamy flavor. Experience a range of dishes, from a beautifully simple seafood pasta salad to a deviled crab and cream cheese ball. Take your pick from 11 of our most satisfying imitation crab recipes.

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Gary's Stuffed Mushrooms

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Stuffing mix is combined with imitation crabmeat and cream cheese then used to fill large, meaty mushroom caps. A decadent finger food recipe that's perfect for a hungry crowd.

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Easy Crab Pasta Salad

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"Loved this salad!" exclaims reviewer spice of life. "We did make a couple of changes. We doubled the imitation crabmeat, added about 4 oz. of halved grape tomatoes, and used creamy Caesar salad dressing instead of mayo."

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Stuffed Sole with Imitation Crab

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Delicate fish stuffed with a creamy mixture of imitation crabmeat, diced bell pepper, and tangy salad dressing. You'll love the elegant simplicity of this dish.

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Jackie's Killer Crab Dip

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This imitation crab-based dip is incredibly creamy, cheesy, and fragrant. Sour cream and olives lend a sharp tanginess that gives this dip a uniquely addictive flavor.

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Sushi Roll

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Cutting sushi | Photo by Meredith.

Create your own one-of-a-kind roll with this sushi recipe. Use a bamboo mat to layer rice, avocados, ginger, and imitation crabmeat to form a restaurant-quality dish.

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Devil Crab Cream Cheese Ball

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Make your cheese ball even more special by incorporating crabmeat and chopped celery. Simply combine all ingredients, round out a circular shape, and chill until ready to serve.

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Mel's Crab Salad

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The fresh taste of a seafood market treat at a fraction of the cost. "Excellent flavor consistency and visual appeal," says home cook Cindy in Pensacola. "I'm not very keen on ranch but it adds tangy zip to this."

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Spicy Hot Crab Spread

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Turn your crab dip up a notch with Pepper Jack cheese and jalapeño peppers. You'll think you're eating the real thing with every bite of this creamy concoction.

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Crab Quiche

71025 Crab Quiche

Brunch just got a whole lot better. Equipped with heavy cream, Tabasco sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, and imitation crabmeat, this heavy-hitting quiche is a seafood-lover's dream.

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Crabmeat Roll-Ups

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A mouthwatering mixture of imitation crabmeat, cream cheese, and green onions is rolled up in soft flour tortillas for an insanely easy and delicious snack.

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Chrystal's Seafood Nachos

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This seafood nacho recipe has everything you need for a snack craving: melted cheese, perfectly crisp tortilla chips, and sweet, creamy pieces of imitation crabmeat to top it all off. Finish nachos by sprinkling with a bit of dried dill for added color and tang.

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