Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole Recipe

Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole
Chances are if you go to the Chinese buffet you have probably seen the crab casserole. I am sure most Chinese restaurants make this casserole different but the one here consists of imitation crab, onion and celery that is topped with cheese. You can easily make this casserole at home just by combining the ingredients in a bowl, spreading the mixture into a casserole dish, topping with cheese and the baking in the oven. If you have had this at the Chinese buffet before, you will know that it is very rich, I would recommend serving it as a side dish. Enjoy.

Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

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Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 16 ounces imitation crab meat
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch garlic salt
  • 1 ¼ cups mozzarella cheese (or cheddar)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine sour cream, lemon juice, garlic salt, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and milk. Mix well to combine and stir in the imitation crab meat. You can also add in any vegetables you may want, I added a little bit of sliced celery and onion.  
  3. Spoon into a greased casserole dish, top with the remaining cheese.
  4. Place into the oven and Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly. 



11 Responses to “Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole Recipe”

  1. Kevin Furlong — June 28, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

    Definitely gonna make this. Thanks!

  2. Amy — September 3, 2017 @ 10:57 am

    This is soo good. I make it once every 3 months or so. I drizzlle a little sweet and sour sauce over mine on my plate.

  3. DeAtley — September 22, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

    I add celery. My family loves this on moma’s Chinese night. Much easier to do a home version than to referee 3 kids through a buffet. Lol

  4. Bobbie Miller — February 19, 2018 @ 5:12 am


  5. Diana L — February 20, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

    Baking it right now!! I used half the cheese for the top, I added celery too, also garlic & onion powder, pepper, pure Himalaya sea salt, a dash of cyenne pepper and I omitted the garlic salt. Tasted it before it went in the oven and YUM! I can’t wait for it to be done! It smells amazing in my kitchen!
    We are having long grain rice with it… just my done aught error and I for dinner tonite ?

  6. Carla Kincer — February 26, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

    Baking it now..will let you guys know..used onion flakes and real lump crab meat…oh an extra cheese of course!

  7. Carla Kincer — February 26, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

    Baking it now..will let you guys know..used onion flakes and real lump crab meat…oh an extra cheese of course!
    Update..this is great with lump crab meat..

  8. Karen Lopez — November 20, 2018 @ 7:04 pm

    Making this now but I’m wondering if baking at 325 F is a typo because mine has been in over over 30 mins and it’s not golden on top I’m thinking it’s supposed to be 425 F for 30 mins. Did anyone else run into this problem?

  9. Bobby — November 21, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi Karen,

    The cooking time is correct but I probably made a mistake by saying it is done when the top is golden brown. Sorry about that. What I did was use the broiler on the oven to brown the top. I hope it turned out okay.


  10. Dan — December 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

    Awesome recipe! 325° is a little low. I cooked it on 325 for 30 minutes and it wasn’t close to being golden brown. I Aded another 30 making the bake time at 325 an hour.

    The second time I made it I cooked at 400 for 35 minutes and it was perfect!

  11. Bobby — December 3, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Dan!

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