Copycat Chinese Buffet Crab Meat Casserole

I am a fan of a good Chinese Buffet - they all have such unique names like China Buffet. Hands down - my favorite two menu items are the sugar donuts and the Chinese crab casserole with celery. 

You know the one - with the imitation crab meat, celery and cheese!!! I'm kind of picky with imitation crab meat and usually just like it cold (it's a great Weight Watchers snack btw) - but this casserole is my exception. I love it! 

How to make Chinese Crab Casserole? 

It's a very simple recipe - you just grab all the ingredients and mix them together. Top with cheese and bake! I save a few of the green onions for the top after baking for added crunch. 

Can you freeze Chinese Crab Casserole? 

I wouldn't. There's a lot of dairy in this - and it's much better fresh. You can reheat it though! Since I'm by myself - I actually had this for dinner a couple nights in one week! 

My first try at the recipe had too much cream cheese - so reduced the amount and remade and it was just right. This Chinese buffet crab meat casserole is my new favorite - creamy, cheesy, crunchy and crabby! 

Easy Imitation Crab Recipes

Frankly my favorite thing for imitation crab is to eat it cold. It's delicious in some cocktail sauce and a 0 point snack if you're on Weight Watchers. But the other recipe I'll make with Imitation Crab is Pasta Salad! It's creamy and light - I often times make this and take the leftovers all week for lunch. And if we're talking about Chinese food recipes - there's no crab but don't forget my Lettuce Wraps

Copycat Crab Meat Casserole

Yield: 4
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 35 M
About the only reason I go to a Chinese buffet is to get a bite of that crab meat casserole. I know it's fake crab meat. I know it's cheesy as all get out. I know it's DAMN DELICIOUS! It's just my favorite. #crabmeatcasserole


  • 8 ounces imitation crab meat
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • zest from 1 small lemon
  • 1 pinch garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced (2 small stalks)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced (3 green onions)
  • 1/4 (2 ounces) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


How to cook Copycat Crab Meat Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine sour cream, lemon juice, garlic salt, ½ cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, celery, onion and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well to combine and stir in the imitation crab meat.
  3. Spoon into a greased casserole dish, top with the remaining cheese.
  4. Place into the oven and Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.

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