Crabby Sandwich USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers

Age Group: Ages 6-18
Serving Size: 25-50
Looking for a budget-friendly way to include seafood on your menu? Try this tasty sandwich made with imitation crab.
1 oz eq meat
2 oz eq grains
Team Nutrition CACFP Easy Recipe Project
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Slice croissants in half horizontally (if not pre-sliced).
  • In a large bowl, combine surimi (imitation crab), mayonnaise, lemon juice, and seafood seasoning. Stir until well-blended.
  • Place ⅔ cup (#6 scoop) seafood mixture and 1 lettuce leaf between each sliced croissant.
  • Cut sandwiches in half crosswise.
  • Serve 2 halves. Serve immediately, or keep cold at 40 °F or lower.


Nutrition Facts
Crabby Sandwich USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers
Amount Per Serving 2 halves Crabby Sandwich
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 525mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 44g15%
Dietary Fiber 3g13%
Total Sugars 9g10%
Protein 20g40%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
*Marketing Guide
25 Servings:
Romaine lettuce, fresh: 2 lb 7 oz
50 Servings:
Romaine lettuce, fresh: 4 lb 15 oz


  • Contains fish (surimi; imitation crab), eggs (mayonnaise), and wheat
    (croissant). Surimi (imitation crab) can be a hidden source of common
    allergens, which include milk, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy,
    wheat, and sesame.
  • Sesame can appear as an ingredient in food where it might not be expected
    (croissants) and may be included in the ingredients statements as “spice” or
  • To credit surimi as a meat/meat alternate:
    • A 4.4-ounce portion of surimi seafood credits as 1.5 ounce equivalent meat/meat alternate;
    • A 3.0-ounce portion of surimi seafood credits as 1.0 ounce equivalent
      meat/meat alternate; and
    • A 1.0-ounce portion of surimi seafood credits as 0.25 ounce equivalent
      meat/meat alternate.
  • To credit surimi seafood differently than what is listed above, program operators should obtain a Child Nutrition (CN) label or Product Formulation Statement (PFS) from the manufacturer. These products may credit based on the creditable ingredient quantities identified in the CN label or PFS. For more information on crediting surimi, refer to CACFP policy memorandum SP 24 CACFP 11 SFSP 10-2019 Revised “Crediting Surimi Seafood in the Child Nutrition Programs” at
  • Serve a variety of foods during the week to balance out an occasional meal that may be higher in sodium or saturated fat.
  • Creditable grains contribution calculated using the Recipe Analysis Workbook, Method A.
Yield / Volume
25 Servings:
Weight: 6 lb 12 oz
Yield: 50 sandwich halves
50 Servings:
Weight: 13 lb 8 oz
Yield: 100 sandwich halves