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A cheesy, and creamy crab meat casserole recipe with sweet onion, imitation crab meat, and delicious flavor. This is perfect served with crusty bread or thick crackers.

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Every time I go to our local Chinese buffet there is one dish that I cannot help but scoop up. It is called Crab Casserole and it is the yummiest thing ever!

It features imitation crab meat, sweet onions, and a creamy cheesy sauce that is oh, so good! All that yumminess is then topped with cheddar cheese for an even tastier dish.

You can also serve it appetizer style with some thick pita chips. It can be eaten as is, or like a dip since the recipe is really creamy.

Ingredients

Before starting this recipe, you’ll want to verify that you have the following ingredients:

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  • An8-ounce packageof Crab DelightChunk or Flake style
  • 5ouncesof cream cheese
  • 1/4cupof sour cream
  • 1cupof shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1cupof shredded swiss cheese
  • 1tspWorcestershire sauce
  • 1/4tspgarlic powder, onion powder, and pepper to taste
  • 1mediumsweet onionsliced into thin rings
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Recipe Tips

This recipe is easy to make if you know the right tips and tricks! Here are my tips for ensuring your Crab Meat Casserole comes out perfectly.

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Use Quality Imitation Crab Meat

You’ll want to use quality crab meat. I usedLouis Kemp® Crab Delights® Chunk Stylewhich I found near the seafood counter at my local supermarket.

Crab Delights are available in flake and chunk style, and any of these varieties are fine for this casserole recipe.

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Storage

Crab Casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container.

Reheating

The best way to reheat this recipe is to place it on a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 1 minute. If it’s still cool in the center, mix it up and microwave it in additional 30 second intervals.

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Recipe

Follow the recipe card below to make this delicious, creamy, and cheesy Crab Meat Casserole! This recipe makes 5 servings, but you can adjust the recipe card for other serving sizes.

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4.25 from 101 votes

Crab Casserole

A Chinese buffet favorite, this crab meat casserole is loaded with mild and creamy flavors. Made with imitation crab meat, cream cheese, sweet onions, etc.. Perfect for a holiday pot luck dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes minutes

Total Time 35 minutes minutes

Course Dinner

Cuisine Chinese

Servings 5 people

Calories 294cal

Author Amy Desrosiers

Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce package Crab Delight Chunk or Flake style will work
  • 5 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder onion powder, pepper to taste
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced into thin rings

Instructions

  • In a bowl, shred the crab meat into smaller chunks.

  • Add the cream cheese, sour cream and shredded swiss cheese to the bowl, and combine.

  • Add in the onion and spices, and combine until fully mixed.

  • Spread mixture into a casserole dish and then top with the cheddar cheese.

  • Bake at 350 for 30 mins.

  • Enjoy warm!

Nutrition

Serving: 6oz | Calories: 294cal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 103mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (9)Amy Desrosiers says

    One 8-ounce package. Thank you!

  2. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (11)Amy Desrosiers says

    I do not believe it would! Sorry for the delay in replying.

  3. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (12)Becky Johnson says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (13)
    Do you know if this freezes well? I made it but its too much for 1 person. It was so good!!

  4. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (14)Molly says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (15)
    We put a Tampico spin on this. Chicken tampico is made with thin breasts breaded and sauteed, topped with a cheese sauce containing onions, bell peppers and green chilies. I had no chicken so subbed the surimi legs (shaped like crab pulled from the leg)
    Which we think is the tastiest surimi. In the fish counter at Publix. Serve on basmati rice. Paired with grilled asparagus, crusty buttery french bread and a melon or green salad. Awesome!! Season as you wish with Old Bay or Cavenders Greek seasoning! Just make a sauce of your favorite cheese, add lightly sauteed onions and peppers; combine with sauce and heat through or bake in au gratin dishes.

  5. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (16)Amy Desrosiers says

    Awesome! I just remade last night and added Old Bay! So good!

  6. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (17)Kristen says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (18)
    I tried this recipe and put my own spin on it and the old bay on the imitation crab was genius. I also added my own creole kick, doubled the meat portion and only put half of the sweet onion in. Both versions in my opinion were hits and better than I’ve ever had at a Chinese buffet. Thank you for this recipe, absolutely delicious!

  7. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (19)Amy Desrosiers says

    Yum, sounds good! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (20)Sherrie says

    Just made this 😋 I only had chunk immigration crab and used 1/2 chopped yellow onion. Also added pepper, parsley, topped with crushed Ritz crackers. It was awesome. I think next time I will add small diced celery.

  9. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (21)Amy Desrosiers says

    Hi, in the Northeast they do not add peas, but that sounds good! That cheese will work! Enjoy!

  10. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (22)Paula Bradley says

    Hi Amy, this recipe looks great and I look forward to trying it…but when the weather is a little cooler. It’s been in the 90’s the last several days and I don’t want to use the oven right now. In our local Chinese restaurant, the crab casserole also has peas in it. I’m trying to remember if it’s just peas or if its mixed vegetables?? I’ve always liked it and I’m glad I found this recipe. My husband is not a big lover of swiss cheese so I thought I’d replace the swiss with Monterey Jack.

  11. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (23)Basia P says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (24)
    Great recipe but super rich. Served it over pasta and it was a hit! Plan on making it again. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (25)Amy Desrosiers says

    I would serve white rice, salad, french fries- something along those lines.

  13. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (26)Vickie Carpenter says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (27)
    What would be good served with crab casserole

  14. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (28)CB says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (29)
    I don’t rate many recipes with 5 stars….but this was very good. I actually served it as a main dish with several sides. I did add about 1/4 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning. Someone said in their review that it was missing something……Ritz crackers! Almost everything is better with Ritz. ;-)

  15. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (30)Allisynne M Dunlap says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (31)
    I made this following the recipe, except that I diced the onions. It was very good but missing something. I added a bit of hot sauce and some Old Bay seasoning to top it off on crackers, and it was a 5+. Will definitely make this again!

  16. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (32)Amy Desrosiers says

    Hi, you can if you want!

  17. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (33)Rene says

    I have no Swiss cheese. Can I use pepper jack? Also can I use minced onion instead?

  18. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (34)Amy Desrosiers says

    Hello,
    Mozzarella will not add much flavor, but you can use it!

  19. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (35)Nike says

    What if you don’t have swiss cheese but you mozzarella?

  20. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (36)SNK Social Fame says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (37)
    Damn! It’s looks so delicious and yummy recipe. Thanks for proving such a wonderful content.

  21. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (39)Shelley says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (40)
    Delicious 😋

    Just made it….👍

    I added a light sprinkle of Old Bay too it also

  22. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (41)Darlene Aitken says

    I tried the crab meat casserole on Sunday and it was delicious. We had a favorite restaurant buffet that served this and I could never get enough of it. I am glad I have recipe now. My whole family and a few friends who sampled some loved it. It is a keeper in my family.

  23. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (42)Amy Desrosiers says

    Thank you, so much Jean!

  24. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (43)Jean Dean says

    Looks so good. My family will surely love this dish.

  25. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (44)Amy says

    Hi Pat, You would need to make sure your ingredients are pureed finer.
    Using your cookie scoop, add one tablespoon of filling to each mushroom.
    Since this is more creamy expect some runniness.
    I do have this mushroom recipe you can add 1/2 cup of imitation crab meat to:
    https://www.savvysavingcouple.net/easy-low-carb-tailgate-foods/
    Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Enjoy warm!

  26. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (45)Pat says

    How do you use it in stuffed mushrooms

  27. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (46)Jared says

    Unfortunately, this is a recipe that cannot be frozen.

  28. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (47)Shelda Keith says

    Can this be made ahead and frozen

  29. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (48)Cynara Whaley says

    I am gonna make this soon

  30. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (49)Amy says

    Hello, you sure can!

  31. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (50)Connie says

    Can you use real crab meat?

  32. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (51)Stacey says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (52)
    Absolutely delicious. Better than at the restaurant because they cheap out and use too much onion. This is a keeper, but I did wonder about maybe adding some dry mustard

  33. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (53)Amy says

    Hi Whitney! Thank you, for stopping by! The correct time is in fact 30 mins! Thank you, for pointing that out.

  34. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (54)Whitney says

    OMG, this sounds amazing.

    The heading says to cook for 20 minutes,, but the instructions say to cook for 30 minutes/

    Which is correct?

  35. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (55)Ray wheeler says

    Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (56)
    Love imitation crab meat like this!

  36. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (57)Amy says

    Hi Doug! Sweet onion are white and have a thin skin. They are not bold or bitter like yellow onions are. I am sorry it was not amazing for you. Happy Memorial Day- I will be sure to emphasis that people use sweet ONLY.

  37. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (58)Doug says

    Wow, I’m sorry but the onion totally overpowers this I wonder if “sweet onion ” means something not available where I live. Once I pick out as much onion I can; not too bad.

  38. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (59)Julie says

    That’s how I took it. I sliced them thin. Just put it in the oven. I doubled the recipe.

  39. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (60)Brenda says

    So the onions are still in the thin rings when you combine them in the mixture?

  40. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (61)Amy says

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. There was a recipe glitch. I have updated. Thank you!

  41. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (62)Meredith says

    Hello,

    I don’t see what temperature to set the oven for this casserole. Also, does all the cheddar go on top? The instructions aren’t showing for me for some reason.

    Thanks.

  42. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (63)gingermommy says

    Yummy! This looks like a fabulous casserole. I am going to have to give it a try this weekend.

  43. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (64)Jonna says

    Your pictures make my mouth water. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to grab the ingredients and give it a try.

  44. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (65)Stacie says

    This would be great to serve at a holiday party. All I need are crackers to go with it.

  45. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (66)Sinisa says

    I have never had a crab casserole. I love seafood and I will definitely try making this.

  46. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (67)Tara says

    This looks so delicious. I can see my family enjoying this over the holidays.

  47. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (68)Kristi says

    We have a holiday potluck coming up at work and this would be the perfect thing to bring.

  48. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (69)Cyn Gagen says

    That looks really delicious. I’m allergic but I do like to serve seafood dishes at my get-togethers for those who like it. I think this recipe would really be a hit.

  49. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (70)Pam Wattenbarger says

    I love crab meat casserole! I have never made it myself though. It sounds so easy!

  50. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (71)reesa says

    OH! This looks AMAZING! I just used this in my stuffed mushrooms and it was delicious!

  51. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (72)Dawn Lopez says

    I absolutely LOVE crab casserole so I’m drooling just looking at your pictures. I know this will be a big hit at your Christmas Eve party.

  52. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (73)Jeni Hawkins says

    That really looks like some serious comfort food. I can totally see myself eating a huge bowl of this next to a fire and being totally satisfied.

  53. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (74)Jeanette says

    Oh my gosh I love how easy this it! I can totally make this in a few minutes and it has awesome flavor! YUM!

  54. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (75)Stacie says

    That looks really tasty. I love to cook with Crab Delights. It’s a great flavor and a lot cheaper.

  55. Crab Meat Casserole (Chinese Buffet Style) - Sizzling Eats (76)Andrew says

    Wow, this recipe is perfect for holiday parties. I can’t wait to share this at our annual holiday potluck! [client]

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