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!

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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.



Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

4.97 from 55 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. This is one awesome recipe! Great way to get more fish into our diets. Super simple. Made it just as the recipe specified and I wouldn’t change a thing! Thanks!

  2. oops–guess my last comment got deleted. lol
    something to try–and i use this in all my protein-and-mayo salads–is some old bay seasoning.
    i use it in chicken salad, tuna salad, and, now, “krab” salad.
    great recipe, Sabrina. thanks for posting it. as i said before, it did take me back,,,

  3. wow. making surimi salad, while having a ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE DOLLAR SPICE RACK?? wow again…
    but, yea. i, for one, cannot afford real crab right now.
    this really did bring me back in time.

  4. Yesterday was the first time I made crab salad ! I made it in the morning because I knew I was going to be home late. The flavors had all day to marry. So I got home served it with ? cottage cheese and a lettuce salad ! It was awesome ! Family loved it ! Thank You for the recipe ! I shared it on FB !! 5 star all day !!!

    1. Interesting. I’ve been buying it from the seafood department at my grocery store for years. I’ve never heard of it in a sandwich before. We’ve always used it as a side dish, like potato salad.

  5. DELISH! & Easy to prep!
    So I didn’t have dill (and that’s ok) and I didn’t have shallots and used a regular yellow onion instead. Followed the rest as instructed and it was pretty darn good! Totally better (and more fresh) then the deli!

  6. I am wondering what the difference is in using imitation crab meat to real lump crab meat is? Is there a difference in how the recipe will turn out?

  7. Very good. I used hot Hungarian paprika and it added just a hint of spice. I also used green onion instead of shallot.
    Highly recommend

  8. This was fantastic. We found it to be even better than deli/store bought. Better than any crab/seafood salad we have ever had before. Thank you so much. I had been agonizing about what to do with the package of crab I’d impulsively bought that was sitting in the back of our fridge for weeks. I served it on grilled hamburger buns. Can’t wait for things to go back to normal as these would be nice served as an alternative to dogs and burgers at a grill out.

    1. Olive oil gets thick in the fridge, if you want a high quality mayo, use avocado oil in your recipie

  9. I am have it for supper tonight {5/20 /2020}you are the only told how much for each item thank you

  10. Delicious and easy. This is the closest I have come to the flavor profile I am looking for and I think the only issue was I didn’t have enough celery so I skimped on it.

  11. Hi there,
    What mayo do you recommend? I don’t seem to see it in the recipe, but you do say what you use “is the best”…would love to know what it is!

  12. I made up my own using imatation crab, mayo, celery, yellow onions, lightly cooked broccoli so it still has a good crunch to it, tomato’s and a couple dashes of lemon juice and salt! Amazing to me since I couldn’t find anything close to the kind IGA in Sabina (OH) had

  13. Very good! I love the seafood salad that we buy from Shoprite. I tried making it at home previously and not as good. Used your recipe and took a taste test and it is almost exactly like the one from the store. I Think instead of using onions and old bay seasoning that i have used in the past, dill and shallots make the difference from just edible to ” i can’t wait to have another sandwich of this stuff”! . Thanks and i plan on having this for lunch multiple times next week at work! <3

  14. YUM!! With or without the shallot/onion, it’s delightful. Try stuffing half an avocado with this mixture…it’s an even creamier way to eat this salad.

  15. A food store chain named Shoprite (I’m in NJ) makes a wonderful seafood salad, as many times as i have tried to duplicate it it doesn’t come close, my wife makes it better then i do but always seems to be missing something. Hoping this will be the recipe i have been searching for, thanks in advance!

  16. my only suggesting to this is adding chopped peeled cucumber and more mayo. i actually use the cucumber instead of celery so both the kids and adults can eat it. kids tend to find celery quite demonic 🙂

    i like the paprika addition, will try that next time. thx!

  17. Is this the same salad that we can buy in a container at Top’s? I am trying to include more fish dishes for lunch and supper in my diet and I assumed that this wasn’t too bad a choice, but I don’t know what your serving size is. 310 calories for one cup? 4oz? Big difference and I am trying to keep track.

  18. Used all ingredients augmenting (including) with green onion, celery seed, and Old Bay Seasoning to taste; it turned out very well.

    1. I wouldn’t recommend. This salad uses imitation crab and it’s not going to have a good consistency with crab from a can

  19. I made this for a recent potluck and it got devoured by guests. Used about two tablespoons of fresh chopped dill, 1 and 1/2 lbs of imitation crab, a cup of shredded carrot, several spritzes of lemon juice, and farfalle pasta.

  20. Sabrina: Have you ever tried “Duke’s Mayonaise”? If so, what did you think of it? I know they have it down south, and I hear it’s an excellent mayo, so I’m wondering if it’s worth trying a jar from Amazon. BTW, last night I increased all of the ingredients, and made this into a Pasta & Crab Salad. I used seashell pasta, and also added a few drops of fresh lemon juice. OMG, was it ever delicious!

    1. I am from the mid atlantic area. We have many house brands such as Kroger’s. We also have Duke’s, Hellman’s, Krafts, JFG, and others.

      I’ve tried just about all of them. Dukes and Hellman’s are the top two. Hellman’s has an off putting taste due to spice or spices added. For me, Duke’s is the Best. It only contains the three original ingredients when it was first created in the 1890’s. This is based on taste, not cultural bias

  21. I was never a fan of crab salad until I had some recently so I decided to make my own. This recipe is very easy and it tastes great. The only reason I’m giving 4 stars is because the shallot has a really strong bitter taste and that kinda messed it up for me. Idk if it’s supposed to taste like that of not. I’ve never used them. Next time I’ll try using the red onion. Other than that, like I said it tastes great.

  22. A country club I belonged to years ago served this over an English muffin with topped with melted Swiss cheese. It was called “Lion’s Gate” and it was one of my favorites!

  23. Doubled the spices, added elbow pasta. A shredded carrot for color. Delicious filling meal!

  24. Absolutely love this recipe. I call it krab salad, but have my own variation that I call seafood salad I simply take the original krab salad and add some salad shrimp. It is incredibly delicious anyway you make it with or without the shrimp and or the pasta..

    1. I would think you could, it would have a little more tang, but if you’ve never made it and don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like, I would think it would be fine.

  25. Quick question… Can I use dried dill for the 1/2 tsp or is that the measurement if using fresh?

  26. This sounds delicious, but I know the mayo is crucial to a great taste, but not too sweet. What brand do you recommend?

  27. This recipe has become a staple in our house. It is absolutely delicious! I usually fill a 1/2 avocado with the salad and eat it that way. So good!