Orzo Salad with Imitation Crab

What a delicious idea! This orzo salad is like a deconstructed California roll! It can be eaten warm or cold & makes a good side dish or a stand-alone dish as well…I liked it the next day for dinner.   I made this when we had company over for & everyone really enjoyed it.

Orzo, artificial crab, avocado, cucumber & seasonings all add up to make this salad really delicious

The recipe is from the Chatelaine Magazine

This recipe makes quite a lot & we had plenty left overs for a couple of days.

Here is the recipe


1 1.2 cups of dry orzo pasta


1 lime…. you need 2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp fish sauce…*** I substituted Worsteshire sauce

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp hot red-chili flakes

1 English cucumber

1 green onion

1 avocado

1 227g pkg of imitation crab

1 tbsp sesame seeds *** I did not add the sesame seeds due to an allergy


  1. Cook the orzo… salt a pot of water, bring it to a boil, add the orzo & stir to separate them. Boil, stirring occasionally,  until they are cooked to your liking… al dente or more…approx 7 minutes
  2. Drain the orzo but DO NOT RINSE
  3. Put the drained orzo into a large bowl
  4. Make the dressing…Mix 2 tbsp lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, garlic & chilli flakes together in a bowl .
  5. Pour the dressing over the orzo & toss together to coat all of the orzo & set aside
  6. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds & discard them. Slice the cucumber thinly & add to the orzo
  7. Thinly slice the green onion & add to the orzo
  8. Cut the avocado in thin slices & add to the orzo
  9. Take the imitation crab out of the package & chop coarsely….add this to the orzo
  10. Mix everything together
  11. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds
  12. This can be served either warm or cold… Keeps for 1 day in the refrigerator…but we kept ours a couple days longer…


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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

One thought on “Orzo Salad with Imitation Crab

  1. Just made this. Hope it tastes ok. Will let you know. I am letting it sit in the fridge and serve it tomorrow. Love you guys. Everything ok? Talk to you soon.

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