Thinly shredded imitation crab tossed in a homemade Asian-inspired Sweet and Spicy Mayo Sauce, makes the BEST Spicy Crab Kani Salad. Better than any take-out you’ve ever had! And unlike the restaurant version, this healthier recipe is Gluten-Free with 30% less carbs.
And with Spicy Crab Kani Salad, it was love at first bite!
What is Kani Salad?
Kani, is the Japanese word for crab, however this salad it refers to imitation crab/surimi. Kani Salad is a popular side dish that is served at Japanese, Asian, Chinsese or Sushi Restaurants.
Imitation crab is tossed in a creamy sauce that is spicy and mayonnaise based. The optional additions and garnishes vary.
It’s addictively delicious.
Is Crab Kani Salad Gluten Free?
Most people don’t realize that Kani Salad that your favorite restaurant serves most likely contains gluten. That’s because most brands of imitation crab meat is made with wheat.
That’s why it’s so important for your health to ditch the take out and make crab Kani Salad at home instead!
When you control the ingredients that go into the food(s) you make, you can be sure that you won’t sacrifice your health accidentally. Nothing is worse than getting ‘glutened’ if you have an allergy or intolerance!
The same goes with the ingredients that are used in a spicy Kani dressing!
Is Crab Kani Salad Low-Carb?
All Crab Kani Salads are made with imitation crab, which does contains sugar and sugar is a carb. The carb count per serving varies greatly depending on the brand that you choose.
THIS Imitation Crab is lowest in carbohydrates with only 9g of carbs per serving. Compared to other brands that on average have 13g carbs per serving. Not only does it taste great, it’s also certified gluten free! Plus it’s doesn’t contain any artificial flavors/colors and is GMO-Free.
How much spicy Kani salad you can enjoy while on a low-carb or keto diet depends on your carbohydrate macro goals and what other foods you eat that day. 1 serving of the Best Spicy Crab Kani Salad (which is 1/4 of this recipe) contains roughly 10g of carbohydrates.
If you aren’t worried about carbs or gluten, feel free to use any imitation crab that you like!
How to Make the Best Spicy Crab Kani Salad
The crab sticks are unrolled and thinly sliced, to resemble the texture of shredded fish. Then you will toss it with a batch of my Asian Sweet and Spicy Mayo Sauce.
Let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight for the flavors to come together.
I prefer to enjoy my Homemade Crab Kani Salad with a side of thinly sliced cucumbers. However, feel free to try popular additions like shredded carrots, chopped mango, etc
And don’t forget to garnish your Low-Carb Crab Kani Salad! I’m pretty minimalist with just a few green onions from our garden and black sesame seeds for that pretty contrast.
I also love to sprinkle on a little Tobiko (Orange Fish Roe/Caviar) too! Just a reminder, to keep this dish gluten free you want to avoid adding crunch garnishes like panko bread crumbs or tempura bits, both contain gluten. A better choice would be sprinkle of pork Panko!
I hope you enjoy this Gluten Free Crab Kani Recipe!
The BEST Spicy Crab Kani Salad
Sweet and Spicy Mayo Sauce
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons Sriracha Hot Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener or sugar
For the Crab Kani Salad
- 1 pound imitation crab
- scallions sliced diagonaly
- cucumber shredded or thinly cut into strips
- pork panko tempura bits
- Combine all sauce ingredients and mix well.
- Shred imitation crab, toss with sauce. Can be served immediately to made up to 2 days in advance. Garnish as desired.