Best Crab Salad is so easy to make in only 10 minutes! My crab salad recipe is loaded with flavor and makes the most amazing sandwich!
This is 100% the perfect summer sandwich, ever. If you really (but WHY) want to skip the bread, this salad is also great served over a bed of lettuce, stuffed into celery, or eaten on top of cucumber rounds. Crab salad generally always starts with imitation crab meat, it's easy to find, it's budget friendly, and it has a pretty mild flavor. If you prefer, you can absolutely use lump crab meat just like I do in my Crab Dip recipe! Along with the crab we throw in a chopped bell pepper for a little crunch, some green onions, because the flavor is mild and great with the crab, sweet pickle relish, mayo, a little lemon, and plenty of seasonings. It has been unbearably hot and humid here, and I'm loving this salad for lunch and dinner. And, I don't even mind heating up the oven for a few minutes to stuff it into a hot buttery roll.
How To Make Crab Salad:
- It doesn't get much easier than this! Add your crab, diced pepper, sliced green onions, and dill relish to a large bowl. Use one with a tight fitting lid if you want to chill this first or save it for later.
- Grab a small bowl and whisk together your mayo, juice of half a lemon, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
- If desired, you can butter 4-5 hoagie rolls and toast them under the broiler of your oven for serving!
How Long Does Crab Salad Last:
Once prepared, it's best to store this in a container with a lid in the refrigerator for up to three days. If this sits out for longer than 2 hours for any reason at all, I would discard the rest.
Best Crab Salad
- 1 Pound Imitation Crab Meat** Flaked
- 1 Bell Pepper Chopped
- ⅓ Cup Chopped Green Onion
- 2 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish
- ¾ Cup Mayonnaise
- Juice of ½ Lemon
- ½ Teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
- Optional Serving Ideas: Hoagie Rolls or buns, cucumber rounds, stuff in bell peppers or tomatoes, crackers, celery.
- Add the crab meat, bell pepper, green onion, and relish to a large bowl that has a tight fitting lid.
- In a small bowl whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, and seasonings.
- Pour the dressing over the crab mixture and stir to combine.
- Serve immediately in rolls if desired, or cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Siri Travieso Milton says
Just tried your recipe and I almost had everything needed except for the dill relish so I just used dried dill instead and it was great and easy to make. We ate it with some multi grain tortilla chips and it was a perfect snack. Thank you
Made this with canned crab today! I did not have Cajun seasoning available so used cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder, and paprika. Was really delicious!
Nancy M Perine says
Loved your website! Nice photography, also. Your Best Crab Salad recipe caught my eye. I had everything on hand except the imitation crab. Hotfotted it to our local grocery, just two blocks away, and they fixed me right up. I wouldn't have thought to serve the salad on a bun, but it was delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
I love the salty marshmallow. I use a lot of your recipes, but it always surprises me that people give recipes 5 stars and say "I can't wait to try it, or it looks amazing."Everything on here looks amazing and we all want to try it. I look to the comments to see if other home cooks have tried it and to figure out of there is any tweeking necessary. Just my thoughts! Keep on putting great recipes out there.
Hey! Thanks for your feedback, always appreciated! We'll keep putting out those recipes you love 🙂
Lola Osinkolu says
This looks just so perfect! Want it right out of the screen!
Markus Mueller says
It's Like a lobster roll, only with crab! I love fresh seafood and with summer basically here, I can't wait to start diving into all kinds of yummy sea inspired meals! I don't know why I've never tried to make something like this with crab, it' a no brainer really! thanks for sharing!
Love crab salad! To me, it's a summer essential! Looks terrific and easy too!
Def inspired to get my crab salad game on after reading your post!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)!
This looks so delicious. It just made me seriously hungry and craving for one of these. I just saved the recipe. Can't wait to try.
Jagruti Dhanecha says
I love everything about this salad, easy and straightforward recipe which can be served for lunch or dinner.
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says
I can't say that I have ever had a crab salad before. Or anything with crab for that matter. I am very intrigued!! I'm going to try out that crab dip of yours too!
This seriously sounds like a great lunch or dinner idea that works for any night of the week!
Never skip the bread! haha It's such a great sandwich. Thanks for the recipe!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Wow this crab salad looks amazing. I love how easy it is to make too. Plus, my hubby loves to go out crabbing this time of year, so it'll be super cheap for us! 😉
I love how easy and quick this is to make! My husband loves crab salad so he's gonna love this!
Such a great salad! I also love that it is so easy to make!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
This dish looks so deliciously good. I wish I could eat that right this minute!
Ashley F says
This looks SO GOOD! Love how it's only a few simple ingredients!
This is a perfect salad for lunch sandwiches. I love crab salads due to the taste that you can't find anywhere else. It does look like a fabulous recipe!