Kani style Japanese Crab Salad

If you’re not playing Pokemon Go at the moment, you may be part of a small minority. I never play games myself, but just had to download the game to see what the hoopla was about. I can see why my crazy teenagers go running around trying to catch rare Pokemon, it’s addictive. What’s also addictive is this new salad I discovered at the sushi bar at my local grocery store. This is a pink creamy concoction which looked like it was made with fake Crab meat – which I love btw and rice noodles. Pretty much everyone at home loved it and I decided to try making my own version of this delightful cold noodle salad. For this recipe, I like to use equal quantities of crab to noodle. The Crab sticks shred very easily and it’s very therapeutic actually. I like to complete this task sitting in front of the TV watching some reality show, but if I’m rushed for because I’m making a larger batch for a potluck or party, I will usually pay my younger son a few dollars to take this task off my hands.
I’ve prepped my noodles by soaking them in hot water, draining them, running them under cold water and draining them again. Some people prefer to run these through cold water. I think my way is faster!  This recipe is prepared very simply by mixing together Mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce. Always use a light Mayo and the ratio of Mayo to Sriracha is up to you to tweak. I also add black Sesame seeds and some Lime juice and Spring Onions for freshness.
Just remember that the noodles do increase in size after you cook them, so feel free to add way more Crab strands. This is one of my older son’s favourite recipes. He says it’s simple enough for him to make at University, so I really hope he’s going to try it!

Kani style Japanese Crab Salad


  • 150 gms immitation Crab
  • 150 gms noodles
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 Lime juice
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 tsp Black Sesame seeds


  1. Separate the Crab strands
  2. Soak the rice noodles in hot water, drain and rinse
  3. Make the dressing by adding the Mayo, Sriracha and Lime juice together
  4. Add the noodles to a bowl and cover with the dressing
  5. Add the Sesame seeds and Spring Onions and toss well to coat




12 Replies to “Kani style Japanese Crab Salad”

    1. Ha ha … I’m with you too! I literally just downloaded the app so I could see how it worked to work it into my video. I asked my son for screen grabs and he said mom, why don’t you just download the app. So I did and also caught some Pokemon to his dismay!

  1. My kids love Pokemon Go ! This past week, I used it as an incentive for them to go outside running/walking with me and we had fun ! Your noodle salad looks refreshing and tasty ! I love noodle salad, it’s great for a hot summer day !

  2. I too am a member of the fake-crab lovers community. Always nice to call it “kani” and to take away some of that shade that gets thrown around the word fake. It’s a great ingredient, and you’ve done a great job with it here. It’s a really special, delicious looking salad, and the flavours sound amazing.

  3. Wow, I’ve never had this kind of Japanese salad before but it sounds delicious. I love the addition of sesame seeds and lime juice to cut through the richness of mayo! Delish!

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