Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

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!

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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)

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


  • 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


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


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 971mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Keyword: Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)
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!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Very yummy!! I doubled the amount of diced celery (1 cup) and used 1/2 cup diced red onion. Also, added an extra 1/4 cup of Mayo.

  2. This is great cooked liked a cheese toasty, with Swiss cheese!!!
    May sound weird, but soooo tasty! One of my all time fav sandwiches!!!

  3. My Mom used to make this recipe for us when we were kids and put it in toasted hot dog buns served with chips and pickles, so yummy. I recommend this recipe VERY HIGHLY.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. This was absolutely yummy! My first time making crab salad. I’ve always been nervous to make it just because I’m afraid I won’t get it right but this was hands down the next I’ve ever had! I didn’t have paprika so I didn’t add that and it was still great!

  5. The local asian buffet in our area has a crab salad that I love. I don’t think that it has shallots or onions in it but I could be wrong. Anyway, it is very thick. I was wondering if there is a possibility that they may add cream cheese to the mayonnaise? It also has carrot in it.

    1. I wouldn’t be able to tell without tasting it. It’s always a possibility that they did add it though.

  6. This was delicious. Particularly on a roll (freshly baked hot dog buns) which were toasted (oven or toaster over are great). Get it brown then butter it liberally (lobster loves butter). It is crucial to put the lettuce (shredded) down first to maintain the crunch and temperature level. I’ve had various presentations but the roll is the way to go!

  7. Easy recipe and great as filling for lettuce wraps when (thanks for the earlier comment). I added about 1 tbsp of dijon mustard to zing it up a bit.

    Will make this again.

  8. Great recipe! I would just caution to start small with the amount of shallot you use. I followed the recipe, but after sitting in the fridge for a while, the onion flavor took over the salad. I had to add more crab, etc. to tone it down. Other than that, it’s a simple and delicious recipe! I will use it again and again.

    1. The paprika, above all, adds a red tinge to the seafood salad without adding to the flavor. I am in favour of dropping some paprika and dill (maybe half?). Lobster is a subtle flavor so it needs less spice. Crab flavors or haddock imitation meat will stand up better against strong seasoning. Lobster flavored imitation meat is still the best when served on a buttered, toasted roll with a lettuce base. Enjoy!

  9. Had some lump crab leftover from another recipe. It was soooo good in this recipe. Not sure if I can bring myself to try it with imitation crabmeat.

  10. Is there way to get the nutritional info on this? I’m doing a high protein low carb diet and this looks So so good lol

    1. I have nutritional info at the bottom of the recipe card but if you’re following a strict diet, I suggest keying in the ingredients in your own calculating tool to ensure accuracy. I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Great recipe! I added Old Bay seasoning, instead of paprika, and served it as lettuce wraps. Thank you – it was a great success!

  12. Thank you, this is fantastic! I omited the paprika because I found the Spanish paprika overpowering to the sweet, delicate flavor of the truly superb flake Kroger krab I had. For a lazy version, powdered onion is good too. I’m going to tweak this slightly for sushi burritos, but this recipe is superb, I never would’ve thought to add dill. Thank you!!

    1. When I used to get this at Subway, I would ask for made with extra black olives. When I make it at home, I use a tortilla wrap and always add black olives. It is one of my favorites.

    1. I’m always looking for new recipes and came across this one several months ago. I’ve made it for the wife and I numerous times and we love it. I add frozen peas (defrosted), a squirt of lemon juice, and always red onion. We love it

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