This kani salad recipe (courtesy of my cousin Chana, a great hostess!) converted me into a mock-crab fan. It’s that good. If you go back to this post, you can read in my own words how much I used to dislike those orange colored surimi sticks. I’d always pick them out of California sushi rolls. But not anymore. Does the idea of eating mock-crab freak you out too? Well then do yourself a favor and make this salad. Trust me, you’ll never look back!
I’m not the only one who’s gaga over this recipe. I had my friend Dina and her family over during the holidays, and I served this among the appetizers. I hadn’t known, but apparently Dina and her husband have sampled kani salad at just about every kosher restaurant in (and out of) town. They were excited to see how this recipe would measure up to their favorite. Not only did it measure up, it exceeded their expectations by far. In fact, they no longer order it at restaurants, they make it at home instead!
There’s just something about the stringy texture and spicy dressing that makes you want to eat it all up with chopsticks. And chopsticks are fun. So, if you’re looking for a colorful, spicy and delicious dish, give this kani salad a try!
1 pkg mock crab surimi sticks, cut or pulled apart into thin strips
1 English cucumbers, jullienned (see tip)
1/3 cup mayo
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1-2 tbsp sriracha
2 tsp black sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup Rice Krispies or french fried onions
Add kani and cucumber to a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine mayo, rice vinegar, sriracha and sesame seeds. Pour dressing over kani salad and mix. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and Rice Krispies.
NOTE: Sriracha is an Asian hot sauce, typically made from chili peppers, vinegar, sugar and salt. I prefer my kani salad to be spicy so I use 2 tbsp.
TIP: The simplest method to julienne a cucumber is by using a julienne peeler. First, I cut the cucumber in half so that I can get shorter pieces (you don’t want your strips the entire length of the cucumber). Then, I peel the cucumber all around, once for the peel, and another time around the inside. I discard the rest. If you don’t have a julienne peeler, cut the cucumber lengthwise, and using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out the seeds. Cut the cucumber in half so that you have 2 u-shaped pieces. Place the cucumber face-down on the cutting board and cut lengthwise into thin slices. Keep the slices stacked and cut the stacks into thin strips.
VARIATION: If it’s too hard for you to cut the crab and cucumbers into sticks, you can dice them up instead.
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22 thoughts on “Kani Salad”
where have you been able to find sriracha? is that found in kosher stores?
Hi Reina, sriracha sauce is now available in most kosher supermarkets. If you cannot find it, try online, or substitute with hot sauce and some added sugar.
Add a tsp of toasted sesame oil for amazing flavor. Keep up the great work Chanie. I’m a big fan.
That sounds like a great addition, thanks Dini!
Never thought of topping kani salad with rice krispies! So fun! PS. Sriracha is my favorite hot sauce!!! I could live on that stuff :)
those crab sticks definitely creep me out, but you make them sound so appealing!
Yitzys has started destributing srirachi sauce In a plastic bottle with an easy pour yellow cap. Also sweet and sour, sweet chilli, and spring roll under the name china Mehadrin. For a list of stores call 718-219-8902.
Thanks for the info. My local store used to carry that brand but I haven’t seen it in a while. I love the easy pour cap!
Love the sriracha and rice krispies! Looks delish would totally make this!
I love the idea of adding rice krispies. Huge fan of kani salad. Will have to try this soon.
Rice Krspies? That is so great, I got to try this, I love Mock Crab in many variations, so this sounds fun.
My wife loves mock crab, I’m not a fan – perhaps this salad is the way to go!
Mmmmm, I made this today and it was soooo yummy.
I can’t get kani salad where I am now so this recipe really made my day. Definitely a keeper!! Thank you!!
I buy sirracha with hash gotcha at Walmart.
Whats an english cucumber?
Can i use white sesame seeds ??
If they are toasted!
How many will this salad feed?
I would say about 8-10.
Can I refrigerate the remaining sticks if I don’t use the whole pack? If yes is it ok to refrigerate until the expiration date? Or is that date only good if it’s kept frozen? Thanks so much.
Absolutely, for a few days.