Best Fake Crab Seafood Salad Recipe For Sandwiches

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This Crab Seafood Salad is made with Imation Crab meat, celery, and mayonnaise. It is a delicious combination that will make a quick a refreshing summertime meal. It is quick & easy to make.

Best Crab Salad Recipe For Party Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time:
0 Minutes
Total Time:
5 Minutes
4 Servings

As summer approaches, food that tastes crisp, fresh & delicious is a must. Every summer, our family spends a week of vacation in Maine. Having a Crab Seafood Salad sandwich is a must for that week and an easy lunch idea.

Not only do we have one, but oftentimes we end up ordering it a few times during the week. It is a classic dish and has been a staple sandwich filling found at delis and on salad bars for decades! But the best is ordering these sandwiches from a pop-up food truck on the beach. AHHHH!

Summer vacations are the best! I have always had nostalgic reactions to food. Enjoying this sandwich at home just brings me right back to being on vacation. If you are in search of that Perfect crab Seafood Salad Sandwich AKA crab po’boy this is the right recipe for you.

This offers a delicious seafood roll with spiciness throughout, all on a toasted split-top bun. This cold crab salad is just a perfect light lunch or dinner when the weather is warm and you don’t want a heavy, hot meal. It can easily be whipped up in less than 10 minutes.

You don’t need to be near an ocean to enjoy this seafood delight. But you know it does help! You can also make this ahead. I have to say; it tastes better the next day. Peace, love, and a satisfying bowl of seafood salad.

What is great about this recipe?

Less than 10 minutes to make – If you’ve never made an imitation crab seafood salad before, you’ll be surprised by how easy it isThe takes less than 5 minutes to mix together. Then all you have to do is put the filling in your favorite hot dog rolls or bread.

Great flavor – Thanks to simplicity, you get to taste a variety of fresh flavors. Making every bite delicious.

It works with any size hot dog – Feel free to use any size hot dog roll or bread. You can make this sandwich into minis and eat multiples. Or you can grab one large hoagie roll and make it a large sandwich.

Seafood Salad is my favorite summer recipe.

Making Fake Crab Seafood Salad

Please note that the printable version of this recipe can be found below (Just scroll down) to the recipe card. 

How do you make imitation crab salad? With a mixture of celery, mayonnaise, paprika, mustard, and imitation crab meat. It may seem strange that you are using a combination of mayonnaise and mustard, but this is the base for many homemade salads & foods.

Such as; tuna salad, deviled eggs, tartar sauce, to chicken salad. Find your perfect protein and pair it with mayonnaise. You will find that they will become great friends. I like to call them best friends. This is a great classic seafood salad.

What is an Imitation Crab?

Why imitation or fake crab meat (also known as Krab)? Living in Upstate New York, often we run into a seafood dilemma. Cost versus availability.

Not always can we get fresh or real crab meat, and if we do have it in store, the cost is something that is just not in my budget.

Imitation crab meat, on the other hand, is not only more affordable, but a serviceable substitute in sushi rolls, salads, and dips.

Imitation Crab Salad (krab) is actually made from a mild whitefish, typically Alaskan Pollock, that is ground and then bound with starch to resemble a real crab leg.

Pretty interesting stuff right there.

Either way, I find it much easier and lighter on my budget to purchase imitation crab meat I like to purchase lump crab meat. I can always count on it being at the grocery store. Frugal is my name, and savings is definitely my game.

Ingredients Needed For Crab Salad Recipe

  • 1 package chunk or flakes of imitation crab (8 oz package)
  • 4 oz cooked shrimp (small shrimp or chopped large)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • ½ red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chipotle Mayo (Optional)
  • A squeeze of lemon juice (optional – If you are a fan of lemon use it otherwise – don’t)

This mayonnaise is the best. You know most of us have our favorites, but this one pairs so well. And why would you change that?

Serve on a hoagie roll. Hey, if you are feeling a little creative, you can make your own Homemade Hoagie Rolls. I Like this recipe from the Stay At Home Chef.

Looking for new lunch options, some of my favorites include Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad and Easy Homemade Corn Dog Batter Mix. Plus you will also want to check out my Hawaiian Macaroni Salad.

Other Ways To Enjoy 

  • In a Tomato – Core out one large tomato (like a beefsteak), fill with seafood salad, and enjoy. The same goes for wrapping this mix inside a piece of iceberg lettuce. A great low-carb option.
  • In between tomato slices – Make it a fun sandwich without the bread.
  • As a Pasta Salad – Make your favorite style of pasta. Once cool, mix in with the seafood salad mix. Now you can enjoy Seafood Pasta Salad.
  • With Crackers – Serve with your favorite club crackers or fresh veggies.
  • Lettuce cups – Spoon your seafood crab salad into a bed of lettuce or on a lettuce cup.
  • Cucumber –  Spoon onto cucumber slices for an easy party snack.
  • Puff Pastry – Fill up cooked puff pastry shells with the salad.
  • On Sour Dough Bread- Just like the restaurants do.
  • Or grab a spoon and eat straight from the bowl
  • Turn it into a crab seafood dip.

How to Make Into a Crab Salad Dip AKA Crab Dip

It is pretty simple to turn your seafood salad into a dip. It all comes down to size. If you are making it as a dip, you will want to chop the crab up into small pieces.

This way, when you are serving, you can scoop it up and eat it on your favorite cracker. We really like to serve this as a dip on buttery-round type crackers. The combination is so good. I love how it will serve as a delicious sandwich recipe or dip!

How to Store Crab Salad

The biggest and most important step is not to let it sit out on the counter for too long.

Since it contains mayonnaise, this crab mixture could spoil pretty quickly. Make sure you get it placed in the fridge in an airtight container. Can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days. If, of course, you have any leftovers.

Imitation Crab Seafood Salad Recipe

Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive, delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with. Whips up in less than 10 minutes and only requires a little bit of your attention.

Give this delicious recipe a try the next time you are in the mood for a seafood recipes. I know you will really enjoy creating this salad.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Fake Crab Seafood Salad Recipe For Sandwiches

seafood salad

This Crab Seafood Salad is made with Imation Crab meat, celery, and mayonnaise. It is a delicious combination that will make a quick a refreshing summertime meal. It is quick & easy to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 package chunk imitation crab
  • 4 oz cooked shrimp (small shrimp or chopped large)
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • ½ red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp old bay spice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chipotle Mayo (Optional)


  1. Chop imitation crab and small shrimp into bite-size pieces. Then add in the diced celery, bell pepper, and red onion into a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combined mayo, mustard, old bay spice, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix wet ingredients until combined. Next, add all other ingredients mix until well coated. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  3. When ready to serve to apply the chipotle mayo to the outside of the split-top bun. Toast on both sides. Once the seafood mixture is cool fill the buns so they are heaping and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 1228mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this easy recipe at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan or have it as a quick lunch.

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  1. This is a new dimension of enjoying crab seafood I hadn’t thought about! Sounds good. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. whoa this looks yummy, love the fillings, it looks so good, and would love to try it. Thank you for sharing!

  3. For years, I’ve been using imitation crab meat in my summer rolls and papaya salads. I use imitation lobster as well!

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