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Easy Seafood Crab Salad Recipe

This Easy Seafood Crab Salad is a quick recipe with shrimp and crab meat. Serve it cold and chilled or warm with veggies, as a lettuce wrap, or with bread as a sandwich.

seafood crab salad with shrimp in a white bowl with spinach and a bowl of lemons

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Growing up I ate this salad a lot. It makes a great appetizer for soul food Sunday dinners and holidays. You can also season it with Cajun seasoning to give it a little kick!

raw shrimp, lump crab, raw celery, and raw onions in separate glass bowls
Old Bay seasoning, fresh dill lemon, and mayo on a flat surface

What Type of Crab to Use

I use lump crab meat. You can find it in the refrigerated meat section of the grocery store. This recipe is commonly made with imitation crab meat, sometimes called krab meat. You can use that if you wish, it’s also sometimes easier to find.

Imitation crab is processed fish meat. It is seafood and comes from surimi that has been deboned and minced into paste. It does not contain crab. Crab extract is sometimes added for flavor.

Use whichever you wish. You can read more about What Imitation Crab Is here.

jumbo lump crab in a can for crab rangoon dip

What Type of Shrimp to Use

Shrimp can be found at the grocery store in a few different ways. There is raw, pre-cooked, raw and frozen, deveined, tails on, tails off, etc.

I never use pre-cooked shrimp. There is an obvious difference in taste due to the lack of quality. The shrimp is cooked and then frozen and you have to cook it/warm it up again. This usually overcooks the shrimp. Raw shrimp only takes minutes to make, just buy it raw.

Always look for deveined, that’s my preference. The black vein that runs along the back of the shrimp is the digestive intestinal tract. Is this shrimp poop, yes.

You can buy it with the vein and remove it using a sharp paring knife to make a slit along the back and lift out the vein with the tip of the knife.

raw shrimp in a frying pan

How to Make Seafood Crab Salad

  1. Cook the shrimp until bright pink.
  2. Combine the shrimp, crab, celery, onion, dill, lemon juice, mayo, and seasoning in a large bowl.
  3. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
shrimp and crab in a frying pan

How to Substitute Mayo

If you are looking to make the recipe with no mayo, use plain Greek yogurt, cream cheese, or sour cream instead.

Additional Ingredients or Substitution Ideas

  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Mustard (a tablespoon or to taste)
  • Bell Peppers
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Grapes
seafood salad in a glass dish

What to Eat and Pair With the Salad

  • Parmesan Cheese Crisps
  • Crackers
  • Wheat Chips
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Fresh veggies like celery, broccoli, or cauliflower
  • You can also serve it on bread as sandwiches.

What to Serve with the Salad

Air Fryer Ribs
Keto Smothered Pork Chops
Smothered Chicken

seafood crab salad with shrimp in a white bowl with spinach and a bowl of lemons

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

It will last (tightly covered) for 3-4 days.

How Many Calories and Carbs

Each serving has 297 calories and 1 net carb.

person holding a stalk of celery with seafood salad

More Seafood Recipes

Seafood Lasagna
Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Air Fryer Crab Cakes
Crab Rangoon Dip
Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

More Salad Recipes

Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Antipasto Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Keto Low Carb Broccoli Salad
Keto Avocado Tuna Salad

Keto Low Carb Egg Salad

seafood crab salad with shrimp in a white bowl with spinach and a bowl of lemons
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Easy Seafood Crab Salad

This Easy Seafood Crab Salad is a quick recipe with shrimp and crab meat. Serve it cold and chilled or warm with veggies, as a lettuce wrap, or with bread as a sandwich.
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crab salad, seafood salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 297kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp Cut into smaller chunks, about an inch.
  • 1/2 pound jumbo lump crab You can use imitation crab if you wish.
  • 1 finely chopped celery stalk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onions
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Add more and adjust to taste if neccessary.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning Divided into 1/2 teaspoon portions.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat with the olive oil.
  • When hot, add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through until the shrimp turns bright pink.
  • Add the crab and 1/2 teaspoon of the Old Bay Seasoning. Stir.
  • Remove the crab and shrimp from the pan and add it to a large mixing bowl along with the mayo, lemon juice, celery, onions, 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Notes

You can substitute any seafood you like or omit the shrimp and keep it as a crab salad.
I like to use a food processor to chop the onions and celery. It’s quick and gets them to the perfect texture.
You can lower the fat in the recipe but substitute mayo for plain, non-fat Greek yogurt.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 26g
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Recipe Rating




tanya

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

This will definitely be my go to. Delicious. Easy to make. Great with my air fryer chips.

staysnatched

Friday 27th of November 2020

Yum! That sounds awesome with air fryer chips.

Mayah

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Made this exactly as described. It was so easy to make and so so good. I only wish I doubled everything so I had more!

staysnatched

Thursday 29th of October 2020

haha! Next time make more.

Mayah

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Made this exactly as described. It was so easy to make and so so good. I only which I doubled everything so I had more!

Tanya

Monday 28th of September 2020

I loved this so much! Delicious. Easy to make. Great with my air fried tortilla chips.

staysnatched

Monday 28th of September 2020

Such a great thing to eat with those chips!

Lainie

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I had to prepare this shrimp and crab salad after seeing it in the recipe emailer. Did not disappoint! Another easy and delicious recipe. and super quick. Perfect on a warm day. Seriously upped my salad game!

staysnatched

Monday 28th of September 2020

Yes! The perfect salad to switch it up!