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Russian-Style Imitation Crab Salad

This is not your ordinary imitation crab salad recipe. Featuring corn, eggs, rice, and cucumber, this Russian salad version is comforting, filling, and really easy & quick to make!

Check out this Russian version of the Imitation Crab Salad. Featuring corn, rice, eggs, and cucumber, it's comforting, filling, and crazy delicious! | yummyaddiction.com

Throughout the years I heard many negative opinions about imitation crab meat. Some people say that it has nothing in common with real crab meat, others are put off by the contents of the product. The first concern is usually voiced by those with pockets full of money. Of course, I would choose real crab meat over the imitation one anytime, duh. But it’s too darn expensive! Imitation crab, on the other hand, is really cheap. It’s accessible even for the poorer people in my country.

Check out this Russian version of the Imitation Crab Salad. Featuring corn, rice, eggs, and cucumber, it's comforting, filling, and crazy delicious! | yummyaddiction.comNow let met tell you this. When I buy imitation crab, I don’t even expect it to taste like crab. I don’t look at it as a substitute for the real one. For me, it’s an individual product with its own flavor and texture (which I love very much).  What about the contents, imitation crab meat is made of different kinds of fish with the addition of starch, sodium, and artificial flavors. The fish are pulverized to a paste called surimi which is then used to create crab sticks. So what? What’s wrong in here? You can’t expect it to be made of salmon and still be as cheap. That’s the reality and you either accept it or not. I certainly do.

Check out this Russian version of the Imitation Crab Salad. Featuring corn, rice, eggs, and cucumber, it's comforting, filling, and crazy delicious! | yummyaddiction.com

Imitation crab is super popular in my and all the nearby countries. In my family, it’s usually used in salads. My mom has been making a crab meat salad with rice, corn, eggs, and other stuff for years! It has since become my ultimate comfort food. Only later I found out that it wasn’t her special recipe, such a combination of ingredients is used by many people in our region. I don’t know how this exact salad recipe was invented and who did it but its usually called “Russian-Style” imitation crab salad.

Check out this Russian version of the Imitation Crab Salad. Featuring corn, rice, eggs, and cucumber, it's comforting, filling, and crazy delicious! | yummyaddiction.comYou know what’s funny? This recipe is so simple and so widespread that I hesitated to publish it on the blog for a long time. I thought: “Everyone knows it, so what’s the point?” But I forgot one important thing. What’s popular here, in my country, is not necessarily popular on the other side of the globe. And that was the case with this salad.

I checked out the most popular imitation crab salad versions on Pinterest and Google and, surprisingly, found out that almost no one uses corn and rice in their recipes. Americans usually add celery, dill, and other stuff. That’s why I’m sharing this childhood salad of mine with you, guys. I am sure you’ll love it! Check out this Russian version of the Imitation Crab Salad. Featuring corn, rice, eggs, and cucumber, it's comforting, filling, and crazy delicious! | yummyaddiction.com

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Russian-Style Imitation Crab Salad Recipe
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Serves: 6
 
This Russian-Style Imitation Crab Salad features corn, rice, eggs, and cucumber. It's really filling and easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 11 oz. (300g) imitation crab meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup rice
  • 1 small can corn (I used 7oz. or 200g)
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • a small bunch dill
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare the rice according to the package instructions. Let cool.
  2. Hard-boil the eggs. Peel and chop them.
  3. In a big bowl, mix the cooked rice, eggs, crab meat, cucumber, corn, mayo, yogurt, dill, and mix carefully. Season and serve chilled. Enjoy!

 

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20 Comments

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    Julia @ HappyFoods Tube
    February 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I made this salad a few weeks ago! I just didn’t use dill :). It’s a great salad for parties :)! I don’t think there is anything wrong with using immitation crab. For most people it’s the only option.

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:53 am

      That’s right, Julia. Not everyone has enough money for the real one 🙂 This salad is great for any occasion!

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    February 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I’m from the Chesapeake Bay region originally and we would go crabbing every summer – so I’m definitely partial to the real thing. But you recipe interests me, because I’ve never had a crab salad with rice and corn in it.

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

      That’s really awesome when you can get a real, fresh, local crab. I envy you!

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    Deanna
    February 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I love this! This is perfect for Ash Wednesday lunch! YUM!!!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I am glad you liked it, Deanna!

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    Raia Todd
    February 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve never made crab salad before. This looks beautiful and sounds pretty easy!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

      You HAVE to try this one!

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    Kavey at Kavey Eats
    February 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I really like Russian salads but never had one with imitation crab in it – I like this addition a lot!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

      If you like other Russian salads, then you’ll surely love this one 😉

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    Annie
    February 25, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I could eat this forever. It looks so perfect!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

      I could too, Annie!

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    February 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    What a beautiful spring plating! I am sure that this is a hit with anyone who tries it! YUM!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Yup, I haven’t met a person who wouldn’t like this salad yet 🙂

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    debi at Life Currents
    February 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    This salad looks delicious. Unless you can get fresh crab, I think imitation crab tastes so much better than most of the other canned or jarred crab.

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Maybe maybe, Debi. We don’t have canned crab here so I can’t compare 🙂

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    February 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This looks amazing! And I love how easy it is!!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 9:02 am

      It can’t get any easier, Sam!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Nice and easy, just like me need!

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      Jovita
      February 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      You will love it, Rebecca!

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