Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch, Mississippi or Memphis area chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road, it’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s a Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church, she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be good.

 

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes. I decided while my mom was at work, I would make the Copycat version of Hunan Chinese Buffet and surprise her tonight; it turned out delicious. It only took me about 40 minutes from start to finish to make it’s so quick and straightforward to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes.

Let’s talk a bit about the ingredient crab, at Hunan they use imitation crab meat; now, some of you are wondering what exactly imitation crab meat is? Is it fake meat? What is it made from? Some of you think oh, heck no, I’m not about to eat imitation crab meat, heck to the NO!

 

 

 

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.For those of you wondering what imitation crab meat is made from: Imitation Crabmeat is processed seafood made of starch and finely pulverized white fish, aka surimi, then shaped and cured to resemble the meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab. Compared to real crab meat, imitation crab has less fat and calories. However, it may also contain sodium, food coloring, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Pyrophosphate, gluten, and sugar.

Now, what are my thoughts on this? I think everyone should make their own food choices; however, I like to keep you informed on ingredients Y’all; as you know from following this blog. By all means, if you enjoy imitation crab and it is more cost-efficient, who am I to tell you to pay through the nose for lump crabmeat? Use either-or.

 

 

 

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.In the recipe below, you can easily use either lump crabmeat or imitation crabmeat whichever fits your budget, or you enjoy most Y’all. At the Hunan Buffet, they use the imitation crab meat, and my mom loves it, so for her, I have made my Copycat Crab Casserole using imitation crab meat, you can use whichever you prefer in yours.

 

 

 

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 14 votes
Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.
Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Copycat, Crab
Servings: 8 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces of lump or imitation crab meat
  • 2 cups of shredded raw cabbage
  • 1/4 of a cup of thinly sliced celery
  • 1/8 of a cup of diced red bell peppers
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of mild cheddar cheese
  • 8- ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 of a cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 of a cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium glass bowl combine crab meat. shredded cabbage, celery, diced red bell peppers, 1 cup of mild cheddar cheese, softened cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, juice of 2 lemons, soy sauce, garlic powder, sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Prepare a glass baking dish with cooking spray, then add combined ingredients to baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese, then cover the baking dish with foil.
  4. Place in a preheated 350-degree oven and bake 30 minutes.
  5. Serve while still hot with crackers, bread, or by itself as a side dish to your meal.
  6. Enjoy!

 

 

 
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27 thoughts on “Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet”

  • What an interesting recipe! I’ve never seen anything like this but it sounds tasty and I’m sure your mom was delighted you made her a homemade version!

    • Thank you, Corina, she loves this stuff so much. I prefer mine with lump crab but she loves the other so I made her a nice healthy casserole of it. Try it with either or it’s really good. Thank you for stopping by!!

  • I think that if I were making a casserole like this that imitation crab is the perfect thing to use – this dip really is a Saturday night telly comfort food extravaganza.

  • I have to be honest and say I prefer the real crab meat. But like you I believe everyone should make thier own food choices and it’s not my place to judge. Great looking dish!

    • I do prefer lump crab too, so yummy! However, have you seen the price lately? 29-35 dollars for 16 ounces—whew that hurts my wallet just typing it lol!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

      Hugs
      Heidy

  • Oh wow Heidy. . .this looks so, so good. I can see why it would be the tradition to go to Hunan Chinese Buffet every Sunday for this beauty. Personally I would go for the real crab as it is definitely worth the price. Plus I’m not a big fan of the texture (or thought that colorants are used to give it the look of crab) of imitation crab.

  • I made the crab casserole from Hunan Buffet. I loved it but my wife isn’t into imitation crab. I bought the crab meat and realized it was only an 8 oz pack so I went to the local seafood market and got 1/2 lb. popcorn shrimp (already shelled and cleaned). My dish must have been too small because I cooked it for close to an hour before I felt it was cooked enough in the middle. I did like it and will like the left-overs tomorrow.

  • Okay so I came upon this recipe while searching for a crab rangoon recipe to make for my son. Since the ingredients were somewhat similar except for the wonton skins, I figured I would give it a try. I mixed all the ingredients and was a little skeptic at first. It doesn’t look like rangoon filling at all when it’s uncooked. Popped it into the oven and waited. I took the foil off the last 5 minutes to brown and get bubbly. Finally, it was done and I took it out. Wow! I could never even imagine how good this would taste! My whole family dug into it with tortilla chips. They could not stop! I wish I could post a photo of it to share it’s delectable beauty! This is going into my party recipes as a definite must serve! My husband does not like imitation crab and was making faces while I was mixing it. The face he had on when he tasted the finished product…priceless! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    • Good morning Marcia, usually when I make it we sometimes serve Beef and broccoli, Chinese Chicken Wings, Asian Noodles, potstickers, etc just a random Asian-Style menu.
      I have also used it as an appetizer and served with tortilla chips which went over great.
      I would serve Asian based items that you enjoy eating and or making.

      Hope that helps you!
      Have a great day!

  • Just genius – Never have I substituted cabbage for pasta. I added cauliflower to your recipe – wonderful!

    • Hey there, Amy Jo, actually I have never thought of it myself. This recipe doesn’t actually sub cabbage for pasta, it’s a copycat recipe from a Chinese Buffet. However, that may well be an idea lol! Good thinking. I really appreciate you dropping by to share your experience and idea. Have a wonderful day.

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