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Kani Salad

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
Use the best quality crab sticks, the freshest vegetables and ripe (never overripe) sweet mangoes for the best kani salad. And Japanese mayo is a must. Regular mayo just doesn't have the umami flavor of its Japanese sibling that sets it above the rest.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Servings 4 people


  • 100 to 150 grams kani imitation crab sticks
  • 1 medium carrot peeled
  • 2 medium cucumbers or 1 large; peeled or unpeeled and seeds scooped out
  • 1 bunch lettuce varieties that can retain their shape like iceberg and romaine are recommended
  • 1 drizzle sesame seed oil
  • ¼ cup Japanese mayonnaise


  • Remove the plastic film wrapper of the kani and discard.
    Kani Salad Recipe, Step 1: Separate the kani (imitation crab sticks)
  • Press each kani from tip to tip between your fingers. Pull apart to shred.
  • Thinly slice carrot, and julienne (cut into matchsticks).
    Kani Salad Recipe, Step 2: Julienne a carrot
  • Do the same with the cucumber
    Kani Salad Recipe, Step 3: Julienne cucumber and fresh sweet mango
  • Cut the mango; discard the stone.
  • Slash diagonally, the slashes about a quarter inch apart, all the way but without cutting through the skin.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out shallowly to come up with thin strips.
  • Rinse the lettuce and dry in a salad spinner. Cut the leaves horizontally into half-inch slices.
    Kani Salad Recipe, Step 4: Toss everything with Japanese mayo and a little sesame seed oil
  • Place the shredded kani, julienned carrot and cucumber, sliced mango and lettuce in a mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle in the sesame seed oil.
  • Toss to distribute the ingredients evenly. Use your hands to toss to avoid bruising the ingredients.
  • Add the Japanese mayo. Toss the kani salad once more to moisten everything evenly.


If the idea of serving kani salad differently appeals to you, try serving the salad as spring rolls.
Kani Salad Spring Rolls
Moisten rice paper and use it to wrap kani salad.
Updated from a recipe originally published in 05/09/2012
Keyword kanikama