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Best Crab Salad (Seafood Salad Recipe)

This easy Seafood Salad Recipe is made with tender lump crab meat and just a handful of wholesome pantry staples. It’s prepared in only 5 minutes, and is perfect to enjoy as a tasty snack or to make crab salad sandwiches!

bowl of crab salad with crackers

The Best Seafood Salad Recipe

If you love a good lobster roll, crab rolls with fresh-made Crab Salad will be right up your alley.

A perfectly chilled seafood salad features a creamy and light dressing that includes mayonnaise, chopped dill, and a squeeze of lemon juice. So it’s bright and tangy, and incredibly tasty!

Best of all, this simple crab salad recipe is made with REAL crab meat, not the imitation variety. Every bite is packed with fresh seafood flavor that’s great to enjoy with crackers, on salads, or in buttered hoagie rolls.

sandwiches made with seafood in a creamy dressing

Ingredients You Need

There are only a handful of simple ingredients in this Seafood Salad recipe because you really want the crab to shine as the star here.

To make the best recipe for Crab Salad you need:

  • Fresh cooked crab meat – out of the shell, either purchased fresh from the seafood counter or in packaged refrigerated canisters
  • Celery – finely chopped, for a wonderful crunch
  • Mayonnaise – either regular or low fat
  • Chopped Fresh Dill – to get that signature seafood salad flavor
  • Fresh Lemon juice – the bit of acidity really brings all of the ingredients together
  • Seasonings/Spices – garlic powder, salt, and pepper

I used one 8-ounce container of jumbo lump crab meat and one container of crab special blend to create a mixture of larger and smaller crab chunks.

ingredients stacked

How to Make Crab Salad in 5 Minutes

This easy, quick, and foolproof recipe is seriously made in just 5 minutes. And although (I personally think) it tastes best after chilling in the fridge for a bit, the salad absolutely can be enjoyed right after it is made. So whip up a batch right before guests arrive, and serve an impressive dish that takes barely any effort or time to prepare!

Follow these simple steps to make the best Seafood Salad for crab rolls or snacks:

First, you need to prep the fresh crab. If you’re using cooked crab meat from canisters, drain and rinse the crab meat for the best flavor. However, if your crabmeat comes from a seafood counter, there’s no need to rinse it.

Place the crab meat in a large mixing bowl.

lump crab meat in a bowl

Add the chopped celery, mayo, dill, lemon juice, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper to the large bowl.

Gently mix. You want to coat the crab well with the dressing, but not break up any large pieces.

Taste, then add additional salt and pepper if needed. Enjoy right away, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

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adding lemon juice, chopped celery and dill to a bowl
homemade seafood salad in a bowl

How to Make Crab Salad Sandwiches

My favorite way to use seafood salad is to make crab rolls! Seriously, this recipe makes the best filling for classic Crab Salad Sandwiches.

Lightly toast or load up room temperature buttery hoagie rolls with lots of seafood salad goodness. Sure, you can add lettuce if you want. But really there’s no need for any extra sandwich ingredients here.

Serve the seafood salad sandwiches with your favorite sides. Homemade crab rolls are delicious with homemade potato chips and bread and butter sweet pickles!

crab roll sandwiches with pickles on a plate

Other Ideas for How to Serve Seafood Salad

Another fantastic way to enjoy this recipe for crab salad is as, well, a salad! Load crisp fresh greens, like iceberg lettuce, with a generous scoop of seafood salad and avocado slices for a light and yummy lunch. There’s no need to add any extra dressing since the seafood salad is already perfectly creamy and flavorful.

It’s also great to serve as a snack or appetizer at your summer gatherings! Pair with crunchy buttery crackers for scooping.

Even try spicing it up with some hot sauce drizzled on top.

a bowl of seafood salad with chopped celery and dill with crackers

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this recipe last?

This crab salad recipe is excellent as a make-ahead dish! Prepare it a few hours or even a day or so before you plan to serve.

Keep the seafood salad leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Take chilled crab salad along on picnics as a side dish, serve at summer gatherings, or enjoy as an afternoon lunch or snack with rolls or crackers!

Can I Substitute for Imitation Crab?

Yes, you can substitute imitation crab meat, but for the best flavor, you real crab meat.

scooping seafood salad

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Best Crab Salad (Seafood Salad Recipe) + VIDEO

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Easy Seafood Salad Recipe made with lump crab meat and a handful of pantry staples in just 5 minutes. Perfect for crab salad sandwiches!
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • If using cooked crab meat from a refrigerated canisters, drain and rinse the crab meat for the best flavor. If you’re your crabmeat comes from a seafood counter, there’s no need to rinse it.
  • Place the crab meat in a large mixing bowl. Add the celery, mayo, dill, lemon juice, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • Gently mix. You want to coat the crab well, but not break up any large pieces.
  • Taste, then add additional salt and pepper if needed. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

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Notes

Imitation Crab? Yes, you can substitute imitation crab meat, but for the best flavor, you real crab meat.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 1074mg, Potassium: 266mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 85IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Sandwiches, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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3 comments on “Best Crab Salad (Seafood Salad Recipe)”

  1. This is one of the best crab salad recipes that I have found, it is tasty and it is super easy to make!

  2. My mom loves seafood salad and the place she used to buy it closed down recently. I’m So excited to share this recipe with her so she can make it at home!

  3. THis was so yummy! We had it on bakery croissants and loved it!