Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

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Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.

Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.A Crab Salad Sandwich was one of my favorites I used to order as a kid in sandwich stores. We would go to Subway and I was always so excited to get it that one day my mom went to the grocery store, found it in the seafood department and excitedly came home to make sandwiches at home for us with this amazing seafood and mayonnaise combo.

The flavor and childhood memories you have from being a kid are always so wonderful, I have always had nostalgic reactions to food I used to enjoy as a kid. That is why I tracked down the recipe for Pioneer Take-Out Fried Chicken. It was the ultimate in my childhood food memories.

How do you make imitation crab salad? With a mixture of celery, mayonnaise, paprika, dill and imitation crab meat.

I know it sounds a bit odd to mix seafood and mayonnaise but it is a classic preparation you find in tuna salad, on lobster rolls and even chicken salad. Protein and mayonnaise are fast friends in these salads. Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.

What kind of crab am I using in this crab salad recipe? I am using imitation crab meat, sometimes referred to as krab or krab meat. Don’t think that even though it isn’t actual crab meat that this isn’t still actual seafood.  This is actually why many people refer to the salad as Seafood Salad.


Imitation Crab Salad (krab) is actually made with Surimi, a whitefish that is ground them binded with a starch to resemble a crab leg. Huffington Post wrote a great post about what exactly imitation crab (krab) is. I will say, nutritionally you’re better served purchasing actual crab meat, but for the purposes of this classic seafood salad, this is the ingredients you will find when you go to your grocer’s seafood counter.


I actually enjoyed making this recipe so much I made it into a crab salad sandwich to enjoy. My husband ate it on top of a bed of lettuce and added cherry tomatoes. However you find yourself enjoying the recipe, if you had it as a kid this will take you back to those memories. I do highly recommend the crab salad sandwich though, it was delicious!

Crab Salad Seafood Salad Sandwich with easy to make Seafood salad!

Ways to enjoy this Crab Salad (Seafood Salad):

  • Add it to a hoagie roll (see above), toast the roll, add lettuce then pile high with the salad.
  • Add it to 1 pound of cooled shaped pasta for a Seafood Pasta Salad, just double the ingredients outside of the crab meat to flavor the pasta as well
  • Add it to a cored out vine ripe tomato for a low carb presentation.

Just ten minutes for this Crab Salad Seafood Salad!

Looking for more summer salads?

Now where is my Sony Walkman…

Tools Used in the making of this Crab Salad:
Mayonnaise: I’ve tried a number of different brands, this one is the most spot on flavor.
Spice Rack: I use this spice rack and fill up the bottles with freshly purchased spices. It’s basically one of the most beautiful things in my kitchen and when you’re working with a large quantity of spices, not having to hunt and peck through your cupboards makes everything go at warp speed.


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Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.


  • 1 pound imitation crab krab meat
  • 1 shallot minced (you can use red onion if you need)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup celery minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large bowl add all the ingredients together gently, stirring until well coated.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.
Crab Salad Seafood Salad Sandwich with easy to make Seafood salad!
Just ten minutes for this Crab Salad Seafood Salad!

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    1. What if you don’t have kosher salt? Do you have to use kosher salt? I don’t use salt very much, so would appreciate your input?

      1. I love the texture of the Kosher salt in this salad but you can use regular salt if you don’t have Kosher or a better substitute would be sea salt. Hope this was helpful!

  1. Lol, I still have my Walkman! This looks fabulous. Reminds me of childhood summers 🙂

  2. Just a little confused…the recipe yields 8 servings, but each serving is 1/4 of the recipe? Trying to be mindful of my calories, but can’t live without a little seafood salad!

    1. My apologies, it was a weird glitch. The recipe is for four servings. I would sub lite mayonnaise to cut calories by 30% percent or so. Almost all the calories are found in the mayonnaise.

    1. I used dried dill in this recipe. If I’m ever using fresh, I state that in the ingredient list since most people use dried herbs more often than fresh. Glad to clear up any confusion for you.

  3. Excellent recipe – I’d been longing for seafood sub and missing them because our local restaurants have stopped selling them. When I made your recipe, I wanted a little more zip and fewer calories so I used Kraft Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise and included 2 tsp chopped garlic chives and 4 tsp sweet pickle relish. Served it on a hoagie with sliced cucumber and tomato for dinner. Then added 1 cup cooked brown rice left over from another meal and served on a bed of lettuce, cubed cucumber, cherry tomatoes and sliced yellow and orange sweet pepper for lunch the next day. I’ll definitely be repeating this with pasta or rice when I have some on hand.

  4. I made this seafood salad yesterday! I don’t care for mayo or Miracle Whip, so I mixed room temp cream cheese with sour cream until it was smooth and light weight. Hubby said I better keep the recipe – it’s the best seafood salad he’s had!

    Rating: 5
    1. That sounds like a winner to me, Carol! Thank you so much for the 5 stars and also for the substitution recommendation that worked perfectly for you guys.

  5. Haven’t let it chill yet, but tasting after mixing- it was already a winner in my book! Thanks for the recipe for my craving!! 

    Rating: 5
  6. I was just looking around online at different recipes to see different ones that I can try.
    This is very similar to my recipe except I also add a lot of celery seed.
    I too grew up on those seafood subs from Subway and now my daughter grows up with the homemade version. Lol

  7. I agree with you if you are doing it from scratch using real ingredients. You’re making essential macros by eating it. (protein from the imitation crab and shrimp, fat from the mayonnaise and a little from the protein source and carbs from the celery and bread/crackers whatever your preference)

    Rating: 5
  8. I am a picky eater so I left out the full and paprika. I did add some salad shrimp, I used hellmans mayo with some old bay to taste and a little red oinions. Fantastic!

    Rating: 4
  9. I have made my crab salad adding mayo, green onions, minced celery, seasoning , cooked pasta,olives, frozen peas,and cheese, adding 1-2 lbs crab,depending on the croud
    everytime there is a reunion I am asked to bring the Crab salad

  10. So I do a lot of private chefing, and this is the recipe I use. You can do a lot of different things with it to make it your own. I do use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 Miracle Whip, and sometimes I sub lobster for some of the crab. I also use a can of drained sliced black olives. But the seasonings are the same every time, and the response it “This is the best crab salad I’ve ever tasted.” Every time!

    Rating: 5
  11. Very tasty, I am sure it will be better after it’s in the fridge for an hour or two.I made it but reduced the amount of ingredients, for two people, mostly I guessed.I don’t know how you could go wrong with these ingredients.

    Rating: 5