Wartime Mock Crab – Recipe No. 145


Lets get this straight right away. This doesn’t taste like crab in any shape or form BUT it was very tasty and so very simple to make and used up 1/2 a weekly egg ration per person (serves 4).

When I say it serves 4, it’s enough filling for 4 rounds of sandwiches with some cucumber, grated carrot, tomato or salad leaves…. but only just.

I served mine on a carrot and swede mash with some peas on the side. All my egg ration is used up for the week now as I had half of it.

Costs about 60p to make.

I got this recipe from yes another of Marguerite Patten’s books, “We’ll Eat Again”. More info here…


Wartime Mock Crab

1/2 oz of margarine
2 eggs or 2 reconstituted dried eggs
1 oz cheese
1 dessertspoon salad dressing
few drops of vinegar
salt and pepper as you like it

Melt the margarine in saucepan, add the well beaten eggs.
Scramble until half set then add the rest of the ingredients.
Serve as a sandwich filling, on hot toast or over mashed potatoes.


7 thoughts on “Wartime Mock Crab – Recipe No. 145

    • Hi Nora, for us in the UK it would be something like salad cream, mayonnaise, or any homemade dressing if you couldn’t get hold of these from your local store. I guess condiments in North America like Miracle Whip or Mayo are similar. C xx Essentially anything you’d use to dress a salad will do!


  1. My grandma’s version of this had chopped tomatoes cooked in the melted butter or margarine before adding the eggs instead of the salad dressing and vinegar. We loved it for lunch on crusty bread. She would tell us about it being a wartime staple but I never saw another mention of “mock crab” until I found your blog.


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