Kani Salad is a Japanese crab salad made from spicy mayo, cucumbers and Asian caviar (capelin roe). Spicy mayo is all you need to season a Kani salad and the cucumbers and caviar take it up a notch! Find it at Sushi Restaurants and are you in for a tasty salad!
This crab salad became an instant favorite! It won rave reviews at my-sister-in-laws engagement party and you’ll know why! It’s super flavorful and one of the easiest salads to throw together! Made from only 4 main ingredients, it’s amazing how tasty something so simple can taste! Besides, what doesn’t taste good with spicy mayo? I constantly make it just for homemade sushi, and have some in my squeezable bottle, hanging out at the fridge as we speak. This recipe has all the basics, but you can dress it up to your creativity! My ten year old claims it’s her favorite, so it’s even favored among the little people! See what’s the secret to shredding crab sticks! Hint: It’s something you have in your house that will be a huge time saver!
Kani Salad with or without Crunchy Panko?
Kani salad is originally served with crunchy Panko crumbs, but I don’t always have them in my pantry. So, going without will be totally fine and no worries this crab salad will still turn out delicious! Some add mango, lettuce and sesame seeds but we’re laying down the super basics that brings out the best of this salad!
How to make Kani Salad:
- 500 grams Imitation leg-style Crab Meat (30 crab sticks)
- 1/2 cup capelin roe (caviar)
- 1/2 english cucumber julienned
Spicy Mayo Dressing:
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tsp sriracha sauce
How To Make Easy Kani Salad:
- Run a fork through each crab stick and transfer into a bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Serve.
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What does Kani Mean in Japanese?
The translation for Kani means crab. Kani Salad is simply translated “crab salad.”
What is Kani Salad?
Kani salad is a Japanese imitation crab meat salad with spicy mayo, cucumbers and caviar. Some recipes will call for carrots, mangoes, sesame seeds and Panko crumbs. This recipe on the other hand consists of the basics and anything from here is optional.
Can I make this crab salad ahead of time?
Due to the water content in cucumbers this salad will get watery after some sitting time, which is why it’s best served freshly made. However, it will still be as delicious after sitting.
How do you shred Crab Sticks?
Running a fork through a crab stick is the trick to shredding the crab meat easily! No knives or piecing through with your hands anymore!
Is this salad spicy?
Although sriracha sauce is used, it only calls for 3 teaspoons to 3/4 cup of mayo, which is not too spicy.
- Kani Salad can get runny from the cucumbers so it’s best served fresh!
- Easy shredding tip: run a fork through your crab stick!
- Drizzle more spicy mayo over your salad and garnish with extra caviar for a pretty presentation!
- To make spicy Kani salad add an extra teaspoon of sriracha sauce!