Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (2024)

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Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole is creamy, crunchy and cheesy! Crab Casserole is my favorite item on the buffet – along with the pink chicken on a stick – and the donuts!

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What You Will ❤️ About Crab Casserole

  • Creamy – the combo of mayo, sour cream and cream cheese is delicious
  • Crunchy – I love the celery and green onion – it adds texture to the casserole
  • Cheesy – I would never have thought to add cheese but I’m so glad they did!
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Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole Recipe Ingredients

Lots of pantry ingredients here – and I have Imitation crab meat on hand because it’s such a low-cal snack! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Imitation Crab Meat – Look for FLAKE style or CHUNK imitation crab meat.
  • Cheeses: Mozzarella & Colby Jack – you can also use cheddar cheese – I like the mild flavor of the cojack
  • Dairy: Sour Cream & Cream Cheese – if you’re out of cream cheese, just double up the sour cream. I would NOT go the other way – the half package cream cheese would be too overwhelming to the taste
  • Veggies: Celery & Green Onions – these add a nice crunch
  • Mayonnaise – any mayo will do but I like Duke’s
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic Salt – you could also use garlic powder or onion powder
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Recipe Variations

  • Real Crab– you could get fancy and use real crab meat but it might be overwhelmed by the cheese and cream cheese – so you might want to use a little less of those. It would be a lot pricier casserole as well and the Chinese buffet always uses imitation. 😉
  • Shrimp– cooked shrimp would be a good swap for the imitation crab meat as well
  • Veggies– you could also add in finely diced green pepper
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How to make Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

This is an easy casserole to make – stir it all together and bake! So delicious!

  1. Preheat the oven to 325º F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl – combine crab meat, HALF of the mozzarella cheese, HALF of the Colby jack cheese, celery, sour cream, green onions, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, lemon juice and a pinch garlic salt. Using a spatula, stir well to combine.
  3. Spoon into a greased casserole dish (8×8 or round) and top with the remaining cheese.
  4. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.
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What is imitation crab meat?

Imitation crab meat is made from minced white fish, like pollock. It’s pressed into shapes that LOOSELY resemble crab legs. I really don’t think it tastes like real crab meat but I do like it! Dipping in co*cktail sauce is a very healthy snack!

How do you store & reheat leftover crab casserole?

Store leftovers in an airtight container (I like these glass storage ones) in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can freeze up to three months. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Can you freeze Imitation Crab Casserole?

I wouldn’t put this in the freezer. 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!

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Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole is creamy, crunchy and cheesy! Crab Casserole is my favorite item on the buffet – along with the pink chicken on a stick – and the donuts!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

Course Entree, Side Dish

Cuisine American, chinese

Servings 4 people

Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz imitation crab meat flake or chunk
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup colby jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup celery diced (2 small stalks)
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened, 1/4 package
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325º F.

  • In a large mixing bowl – combine crab meat, HALF of the mozzarella cheese, HALF of the Colby jack cheese, celery, sour cream, white ends from green onions, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, lemon juice and a pinch garlic salt. Using a spatula, stir well to combine.

    8 oz imitation crab meat, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup colby jack cheese, 1/2 cup celery, 1/4 cup green onions, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 oz cream cheese, 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp Lemon juice, 1/4 tsp garlic salt

  • Spoon into a greased casserole dish (8×8 or round) and top with the remaining cheese.

    1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup colby jack cheese

  • Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.

  • Sprinkle with green ends of green onions and serve.

    1/4 cup green onions

Notes

**We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 13gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 865mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 456IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 302mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Unknown says

    Thank you for this recipe
    I'm try to make it today.

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  2. Ali @ Jamhands.net says

    I think there is a typo in the recipe. It calls for lemon zest in the ingredient list, but lemon juice in the directions. Just wanted to let you know 🙂 Ty for the recipe!

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  3. Food Hussy says

    Thanks – fixed!

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  4. Steven Waterfield says

    Great recipe Thx!

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  5. Jennifer says

    I saw this at one our China buffets in our town. I tried some of it and liked it. So today I went on GOOGLE to find the recipe and I found yours. Thank you! So easy to make! Making it for my Husband and I dinner tonight. Going to serve it with rice. YUM!

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  6. Christa says

    Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (9)
    Was searching for crab recipes to try and I found your casserole. Made it today and loved it! I also usually eat imitation crab cold right out of the fridge so this was the first time I have eaten it warm.

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  7. Kate says

    Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (10)
    I found there to be too much Worcestershire sauce and I added a little too much cream cheese. But hey I definitely can adjust it to my taste.

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  8. LAMAR BROOKS says

    Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (11)
    Leave out cream cheese not actually needed. taste of cream cheese to over whelming

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  9. Priscilla says

    Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (12)
    made this recipe and loved it. will definitely make it again

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  10. Hobsandz says

    Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (13)
    Tried this easy recipe for dinner tonight. I liked the idea of the celery and green onions. I didn’t have colby cheese so I substituted a bit of sharp cheddar. I’m sure Coby Jack would have been better, but it was tasty.

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  11. Holly says

    Is it lemon zest or lemon juice?

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    • FoodHussy says

      Just juice – sorry about that – I redid and updated the recipe!

  12. DREA says

    can I do this in the slow cooker.

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    • FoodHussy says

      yup – should be fine – i would do low for 2-3 hours – it may need more time but it mainly needs to heat through and melt the cheese

  13. Amanda says

    Sounds delicious!! Could this be prepared and then frozen or cooked then frozen for later?

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    • FoodHussy says

      No – i would not freeze this one – the texture will change of the sauce

  14. Christie says

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    This was pretty good. Next time I am going to double up on the crab meat and keep everything else the same though. Little less saucy by adding more crab will be the ticket for me I do think, because I like a lot of crab, but I only had 8 ounces on hand. Thank you so much! It is a great recipe.

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    • FoodHussy says

      love that and yes – you can always use MORE crab!

  15. Christie says

    Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole - The Food Hussy (15)
    I made this yesterday and I thought it was good. I warmed some more up for lunch today and oh my goodness it was so amazingly good that I had to go back for seconds. The sauce had thickened, the tastes had melded together, and it was the best ever. I did everything according to your recipe, except for cheeses. All I had was Swiss and cheddar. Yesterday, I thought it needed more crab, but today it has thickened up nicely and needs nothing else. Awesome job and thank you for the recipe.

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