Russian Crab Salad Recipe (With Crab Sticks & Apples)

Cook Time: 15
Servings: 8-10


12 oz imitation crab
6 hard boiled eggs
1 large apple
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
3 table spoons of sour cream
1 teaspoon of salt

There is many different varieties of crab salad. This one is with apples and garlic. Easy to make quickly for gatherings, if you have boiled eggs in advance.

This salad is pretty common in the Slavic community. If you ever attend a Russian or a Ukrainian wedding or a birthday party, it is expected to be there most of the time.

The original crab salad recipe uses crawfish or crab meat but because crawfish is harder to find in the US and crab meat is expensive, the imitation crab sticks are the most common in this salad.

To make this salad, you will need some imitation crab, boiled eggs, shredded cheese, an apple, garlic, mayonnaise and sour cream. It is very common to also add green (frozen type) peas to this salad and green onion. I don’t like the flavor of peas in this salad so I don’t add it. And I just didn’t have the green onion so I didn’t add it.

Crab salad ingredients

Boil eggs about 12 min so they are hard, and then transfer to cold water to quickly cool so they are easier to peel.

Chop the crab meat into pieces. Then cut the apple and eggs into the same size pieces. Minse the garlic cloves with a knofe into smallest size as you can.

You can use any kind of shredded cheese for this. Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix it together.

Crab salad chopped

In the large bowl combine all ingredients except mayonnaise and sour cream. Separately mix together mayonnaise with sour cream and add it to the salad.

Crab salad mixed

Crab salad

Serve it as main dish or on a side. I like to eat it just by itself.

Some Tips

If you want to stay away from artificial colors, the artificial crab from Costco doesn’t have it.

If you want to try to make this with real crab meat, it will  be even more delicious, but it won’t be traditional and won’t taste like the nostalgic flavor of the traditional Russian crab salad.

You can also add some horseradish sauce to add that spicy flavor.

Some people also add canned corn to it instead of apples, but I like the sweetness of the apples.

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