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Imitation Crab Pasta Salad Recipe

  • Author: Rose
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


This Imitation Crab Pasta Salad Recipe is cool, creamy, and delicious. It's easy to make-ahead and filled with chunks of yummy crab meat.


  • 1 lb. dry pasta (I usually use bowtie or rotini)
  • 12 - 16 oz. imitation crab, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (I use Lawry's)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar (optional, good with or without)
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 10 to 12 minutes (or according to package directions).
  2. Rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
  3. In a very large bowl, combine the crab meat, mayonnaise, buttermilk, onions*, garlic, lemon juice, and seasonings.
  4. Whisk together until well combined.
  5. Add the pasta and toss until well coated. It can be eaten immediately but it's really better if you cover and chill it for a few hours or overnight.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: crab, crab pasta, pasta salad, buttermilk, immitation crab, immitation, crab pasta salad

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