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.



Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

4.97 from 57 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
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: 310 calories, Calories: 310g, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 971mg, Potassium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 200g, Vitamin C: 0.9g, Calcium: 5g, Iron: 0.2g

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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. I just had my last Chemo Treatment yesterday and food looses it’s actual taste. After reading the reviews on your crab seafood salad, I went to the store to buy the crab meat and made the salad. I really missed having crab subs at Subway. Even with my taste nott being true, I really, really enjoyed this for my dinner tonight. I can’t wait for my taste buds too back to normal and I will make it again and again. So So good.
    However, I toasted the bun with a bit of garlic salt, like in a review. I would not suggest doing this. Overly salty. Stay with a plain crusty bun, like a hoagie sandwich.
    Thank you Sabrina. Your recipes are awesome. I gave you 5 stars, and it will probably be a 7 when I can truly taste it’s goodness eventually. Thank you.
    Linda, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

  2. I just made this earlier I added a bit of vine tomatoes and diced avocado… omg so delish!!! Thank you dor this!

  3. This was really good! A hit for my kids too and under 5 that says a lot. I did add a bit more celery and used a sweet onion instead of a shallot. I also added a splash of lemon juice for some lightness. Will definitely make again!

    1. So glad you all enjoyed it! I know how hard it is to please little ones at times. Thanks for coming back to let me know.

  4. I had a little imitation crab meat left in the fridge and wanted to do something with it. So, I just gave this delicious recipe a try. It was really good!

  5. I made this but tweaked as follows: used old bay seasoning, white onions and about two teaspoons of sugar. I did not have dill or even a substitute. Sugar was needed because the white onion was stronger than expected. It was a bit too powerful. Old bay is a seafood seasoning that I use almost anytime I have seafood and it was great in this salad. It came out delicious!

    1. In the future, if you want to tame the taste of raw onions. Slice them as desired and then place them in a container and cover with very cold water. Let it soak for 10 mins. Best trick I’ve ever learned!

  6. We love seafood salad. Well I had bought it at the store and decided I could make it so I did !! It turned out great ! I use Dukes mayo and sea salt as well. It doesn’t last long especially on a Ritz !

  7. Made this at my sister’s house and she didn’t have paprika but I substituted cayenne pepper (not quite 1/2 tsp though), and it was DELICIOUS! We couldn’t wait a whole hour to eat it, will definitely make again!!!

  8. Oh, girl 🙂 You got the most Pinnable / Facebook / Twitter posting recipes around! I know every time I come here, I’ll be around for a few minutes at least…. blessings & beautiful food!

  9. I doubled it and used 1 pound krab and 1 pound salad shrimp. (The really little ones). I also added a few dashes of Louisiana hit sauce. Not enough for heat, but enough to give e it a little zing. A little fresh chopped parsley at the end, too.

    We make sandwiches, eat it on crackers, on salad greens and sometimes, just off the fork!!

  10. This may sound like a strange question, but is there a reason you use imitation crab vs. real crab meat? I’d like to make this salad, as it looks delish! However, I prefer real crab meat. Will it be as good as your salad looks?

    1. Everyone seems to use imitation crab so that’s why I used it. If you prefer real crab meat, feel free to use that instead. Enjoy!

    2. The main reason for using imitation crab is it’s dirt cheap compared to the price of real crab! if I didn’t make it out of imitation I wouldn’t be able to make it at all!

  11. It was really good. I did add chopped black olives and a little co-Jack cheese because I used to buy some at a grocery that contained those two items. I buttered the buns, sprinkled a little garlic powder toasted them and added the lettuce, so good. Tried it on a Ritz cracker, too, wry tasty!

  12. 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.

    1. Chris, this keeps well covered in the fridge.

      I use sour cream instead of mayonnaise and it stays fresh for a week. Delicious!

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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)

  17. 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

  18. 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!! 

  19. 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!

    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.

  20. 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.

    1. That sounds delicious! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you enjoyed it!

  21. Do you use dried or fresh dill. The difference would be significant, so I would think you’d have clarified.

    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.

  22. 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.

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

    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!