Seafood Enchiladas with Imitation Crab

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Today I am sharing another family favorite recipe, seafood enchiladas with Imitation crab! Of course you can use real crab and shrimp or scallops in this dish and it would still be great.

When I was younger, my family would always go to Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurant. They had this amazing crab enchilada dish called The Cancun. It was made using real crab meat, it was so rich you could hardly eat all of it. That became my favorite Mexican food dish!

Well now the restaurant is gone but finding a similar recipe was my goal and many years ago I found this one. It isn’t exactly the same as the Chi Chi’s one but we love it. I have no idea where I found the original recipe, but that doesn’t matter because I have changed it anyway. I will tell you though if you do not love imitation crab then buy real crab meat or saute shrimp for this dish.

The imitation crab I use is made by Aquamar and it is Wild Caught Alaskan Pollock. Most of their products are used to make Surimi sushi, which is cooked fish sushi, not the raw fish sushi. So if you have been afraid to try sushi, just know you can order the cooked fish kind like California Rolls without the fear of raw fish allergies.

With that being said, fish disguised as a crab can be quite bland so seasoning it up a bit and cooking it in real butter really brings out a rich crab taste. I have grown to love imitation crab more than real crab and I hope you will too!

  •  How to make crab seafood enchiladas

Add the Filling to the center of a burrito or corn tortilla, fold and place in pan fold side down.

Crab Enchilada Recipe

Pour Enchilada sauce over wraps and top with cheese.

Seafood Enchiladas with Imitation Crab

Seafood Enchiladas with Imitation Crab

Yield: 5 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy Enchilada Recipe served with rice and black beans.


  • 1.5 lbs Imitation Crab
  • 2 cups Four Cheese Mexican Blend
  • 1 large can or 2 small cans Old el Paso Enchilada Sauce
  • Large burrito wraps or corn wraps
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 small onion diced small
  • 1/2 tsp Cilantro
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in deep skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add onion, crab meat, salt, pepper and saute until onions are clear.
  3. Add cilantro, sour cream and 1 cup cheese.
  4. Blend and reduce heat to low.
  5. Add few shakes of hot sauce and blend.
  6. Separate crab mix evenly into 4-6 servings in pan.
  7. Place one section of filling down middle of burrito, then wrap and fold.
  8. Add to the dish fold side down and repeat.
  9. Pour enchilada sauce over center of wraps and top with cheese.
  10. Bake 25-30 min.
  11. Serve with sour cream & green onions for garnish.


I serve with Uncle Bens Santa Fe Rice and black beans. The hot sauce I use is from the Tijuana Flats restaurant, "Smack Your Ass and Call Me Sally" Sauce.

Nutrition Information
Yield 5
Amount Per Serving Calories 1200


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  1. 6.6.20
    C.mitchell said:

    I am super impressed! I kind of doubted this dish because it didn’t have the typical creamy sauce.
    However, I am SO pleased with it!
    I only made a couple of adjustments;
    I used part Peperjack cheese and part chefdar. I also msfey oen enchilada sauce.
    This was SO friggen yummy that I kept spooning ou little bites from the corners before i even served it!

  2. 2.4.20
    Thomas said:

    These turned out excellent! We love imitation crab! Not much on onions so I annexed them and used some tomato basil wraps but the recipe was delicious! Definitely will be making these again. ?

  3. 6.28.19
    Ann said:

    I am making this with a creamy cheese sauce, because my 16 year old son and I don’t like enchilada sauce. My husband and 14 year old will eat anything so they won’t care. It looks so yummy.

  4. 6.5.18
    Janice said:

    Ok,,,I officially love you haha. I am a cajun girl that does NOT like seafood (strange unicorn I know haha). I DO enjoy, every once in awhile, a good imitation crab sushi. I had some imitation crab and i needed to use it. So i made these. I used what cheese i had on hand and let me tell you….LOOOOOVVVEEEEEE IT!!!!! Thank you tons!!!!!

    • 6.5.18
      Kim said:

      Hi Janice,
      I’m so glad you liked this recipe as much as I do!! I would make it once a week if my family would let me. We serve it with black beans and rice. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. 12.24.16
    Ariel said:

    I don’t see any temp listed for baking.

    • 12.24.16
      Kim said:

      Hi Ariel,
      I changed recipe apps recently and some info didn’t transfer over. Thanks for letting me know. The oven temp is 350 degrees.

  6. 6.16.15
    Christine said:

    We love seafood enchiladas. Brilliant idea to use imatation crab! =)

  7. 5.29.15
    Erlene said:

    I always use imitation crab to make sushi, but this sounds really good. I never thought of using imitation crab to make enchiladas…yum!

  8. 5.28.15
    Sherry Keef said:

    Imitation crab taste really good and I love it .
    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  9. 5.28.15
    Mai T. said:

    Imitation Crab sounds funny! But this looks so delicious!