Crab Salad Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

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Crab Salad is the ultimate seafood delicacy, made budget-friendly with imitation crab. Loaded with crunchy celery, a creamy dressing and citrus for a refreshing flavor!

Seafood dishes can provide a fairly fresher twist to your daily meals. If you want to serve a full course seafood meal, check out my recipe for Deviled Eggs with Old Bay Shrimp for your appetizer, Instant Pot Lobster Chowder for a great side dish, and Instant Pot Shrimp Boil for your main course.

Easy Crab Salad Recipe

Crab Salad is easily one of the easiest salad recipes that you can make at home. With fresh ingredients, you can serve this dish at any time of the day as a meal or a side dish.

It is extremely light on the stomach which means you can enjoy it free from guilt. Not to mention, it has a great amount of protein, calcium, and vitamin B12!

I particularly like making this dish during the summer season. During picnics, it is so easy to carry, and you can make a large amount to accommodate every friend and family. 

I hope you enjoy making this flavorful salad and adding it to the menu, taking a break from the more common salads. This creamy meal topped with a tangy lemon juice is the ultimate go-to dish for any occasion.

How to make Crab Salad

  1. Prepare seafood meat. Flake crab meat or you could also slice it into sticks, according to preference.
  2. Chop ingredients. Chop celery, fresh dill, and red onions finely. Also, chop some green onions if you want to add it for garnish. 
  3. Combine. In a large bowl, combine all the meat, chopped ingredients, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and seasoning which must include the following: paprika, Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss and stir gently until well combined.
  4. Serve. Top off with a fine amount of fresh dill or green onions as desired. Let it chill. Then serve.

Recipe Variations:

  1. For a spicier kick, add green or red bell peppers.
  2. If you don’t have mayonnaise, replace it with this Ranch Dressing recipe. 

What is imitation crab?

Imitation crab is store-bought seafood sticks or flakes. Just like their name describes, they aren’t crabs per se but are rather a combination of starch and whitefish. 

They are mostly sold as sticks that are designed to look like the shape of crab legs, hence their name.

Although fresh seafood is better, they are a really great substitute for any seafood meat.

They are available all-year-round in supermarkets and groceries which makes making this recipe very accessible if you use an imitation version.

What do you eat with Crab Salad?

Make sure to enjoy this dish with the following sides to maximize its flavor and for greater enjoyment.

  1. Steamed Artichokes
  2. Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
  3. Homemade Hash Browns

More delicious salads:

With thousands of recipes on the internet, it can be quite overwhelming to choose which one tastes the best. Well, you don’t have to worry as here are my salad recipes that are surely delicious and mouthwatering:

  1. Greek Salad
  2. BLT Salad
  3. Southwest Salad

How to store it?

With the mayonnaise and crabs infused together, you have to make sure to seal it in an airtight container to make it last for up to 3 days. 

Put it in the refrigerator, preferable on the top portion and the back part. You can also place it where there is no raw meat besides the container.

Recipe tips:

  1. For those looking for lesser fat content, you can substitute ordinary mayonnaise to low-fat mayo.
  2. If you want a higher meat content, I recommend adding in shrimp cuts.
  3. You can serve this recipe as it is. However, it also works great if you use it to fill in bread, lettuce, crackers, and pasta.

Crab salad topped with lemon slices.

Crab Salad Recipe

Crab Salad is the ultimate seafood delicacy, made budget-friendly with imitation crab. Loaded with crunchy celery, a creamy dressing, and citrus for a refreshing flavor!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 pound imitation crab meat (cut into cubes or flaked)
  • 1 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • Chopped green onions (for garnish)


  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and stir gently to combine.
  • Serve immediately, or cover and chill for up to 2 days.
  • When serving, sprinkle with additional chopped dill and top with lemon slices.



Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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I've never thought of making a crab salad and this looks amazing. So fresh and healthy. You've inspired me to try it!


Janeane M Davis

This recipe looks so fresh and inviting. I like the vibrant colors and great ingredients.


Lizzie Lau

This looks delicious. The perfect thing to serve at a summer garden party. It would be really good with lobster too.



Salads like this are perfect for a summer meal!



Crab salad looks delicious I need to check it out. Perect meal any day.


Rose Ann Sales

This seems great to eat with bread or with grilled potato.



lovely recipe..


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