recipes: japanese potato salad with crab

I have often loved side dishes more than the meal itself, this Japanese inspired potato salad is no exception. Potato salad is one of those sides which are so versatile, every family has their own version. What’s not to love more than a cool, refreshing, and filling side dish during the summer months.

What I love the most is that Japanese potato salad doesn’t have any acidic overtones. Potato salad for me is synonymous with cookouts, picnics, and lounging around on the beach with your coleman cooler snuggled between the sandwiches and beer. While living abroad, I had the opportunity to try Japanese potato salad, and while each family’s version differs, this is the one I love the best.

Japanese Potato Salad with Crab

Fresh, caned or frozen corn
Thinly sliced cucumbers
Thinly sliced onions (they should be soaked in water, and drained so they are less potent.
A few eggs, boiled, peeled and diced
imitation crab meat or real crab
Japanese kewpie mayonnaise

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11 comments

  • July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am //

    Yummy!! Love it and will try it out when I go to my friend’s pool opening bbq (She just had a built in pool installed!! )

    • July 13, 2011 at 10:57 am //

      Thank you Camille!!! What’s not to love about imitation crab meat (the real mc coy is much better though) “giggles”

  • July 15, 2011 at 9:58 am //

    Very pretty! I never made this version of potato salad, but it sounds delicious.

    • July 15, 2011 at 11:13 am //

      Thank you Dewi! Please let me know if you try it, I’d love to know how it turned out.

      Marissa

  • August 11, 2011 at 4:43 am //

    Thanks for stopping by – this looks like a great variation on potato salad I love the Asian influence…

    I take it you can use any potato you desire – perhaps some yukon golds? :)

    • August 11, 2011 at 7:25 am //

      Hello Claudine, absolutely, you can use any potato you’d like, the more varieties, all the better = )

  • September 5, 2011 at 12:11 am //

    Ho letto il vostro commento con grande piacere, vi ho aggiunte alla mia blogroll il vostro è davvero un bel blog!
    Buona giornata ;)

    • September 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm //

      Hi Sonia, thank you, and thank you so much for commenting!

  • September 7, 2011 at 6:25 am //

    This sounds delicious! I love the addition of crab. Does Japanese mayo taste really different? I’ve seen it in a couple recipes lately and was thinking I might need to pick some up soon. Thanks!

    • September 7, 2011 at 10:39 am //

      Hi Barefeet in the Kitchen, it is really such a nice addition, it does taste substantially different, it’s quite good too, one has a more vinegar taste (Japanese), both have great tastes, sometimes you can find it at your local grocery, other times you may have to go to a Japanese market. Thank you so much for commenting.