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4.84 from 18 votes

posted: 07/19/20

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This Seafood Salad recipe only takes about 10 minutes to throw together and is so much better than what you buy at the grocery store.

side view of a seafood salad garnished with fresh dill in a blue ceramic bowl

Seafood Salad is one of my weaknesses. You will note, that as a food blogger and generally weird person, I have odd weaknesses. Croutons, Spicy V8, and pickles are also on the list.

While it is so simple to buy Seafood Salad from the grocery store deli, I would urge you to make your own instead. It is so incredibly easy and a recipe that you will fall in love with.

Seafood Salad Ingredients

This salad comes together with just a few simple ingredients.

  • Imitation Crab Meat
  • Salad Shrimp
  • Red Onion
  • Celery
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon Juice
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Dill
  • Salt & Pepper
the ingredients for seafood salad separated by ingredient in a glass bowl, garnished with fresh dill

How to Make Seafood Salad

This seafood salad recipe is very simple to make.

  1. Mix together the main ingredients: Imitation crab meat, shrimp, onion and celery.
  2. Mix together the dressing ingredients: mayonnaise, lemon juice, old bay seasoning, dill, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the dressing into the main ingredient.

What Shrimp to Buy

When making this salad we always just buy frozen salad shrimp. You can buy it pre cooked and all you have to do is thaw it. It is already perfectly cooked

croissant sandwich with seafood salad on it, garnished with fresh dill, tomatoes in the background

Imitation vs. Real Crab Meat

I have dealt with a lot of criticism over using imitation crab meat in my Crab Pasta Salad. Guys, I’m fine with it. I love the stuff.

That being said, I also love real crab meat. It’s delicious! The reason for using imitation crab meat in this and my other recipes is twofold.

  1. Imitation crab meat is cheaper than real crab meat. Using imitation means more people can make my recipes.
  2. It hold up better in salads like this.

All of that being said, if you would like to use lump crab meat, go for it! Buy it fresh or by the can, and just make sure that you pick over it really well for shells before adding it to the salad.

Old Bay Seasoning

Old Bay Seasoning is a great seasoning that is really popular in New England cooking, specifically related to seafood. I love it in my Shrimp Pasta Salad and often people use it to replace Spike in my Crab Pasta Salad.

You can usually find it with the spices and seasonings and it contains:

  • Celery Salt
  • Red Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika

Or you can make Homemade Old Bay Seasoning.

seafood salad in a lettuce cup garnished with fresh dill

How Long Does This Last

This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days when stored in an airtight container. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

How to Eat Seafood Salad

I think that seafood salad is great on it’s own. But it is also delicious eaten on a croissant or a bun as a seafood salad sandwich. You could also serve it in lettuce or endive cups as an appetizer.

overhead view of a seafood salad in a ceramic bowl garnished with fresh dill

Other Great Salads

If you are putting out a spread some other great salad recipes are:

If you make this Seafood Salad recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.

side view of a seafood salad garnished with fresh dill in a blue ceramic bowl
4.84 from 18 votes

Seafood Salad

Serves: 8 servings
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Seafood Salad recipe only takes about 10 minutes to throw together and is so much better than what you buy at the grocery store.



  • In a large bowl, combine the crab meat (broken up), shrimp, red onion, and celery.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning, fresh dill, and salt. Taste and add pepper to taste.
  • Stir the dressing into the main ingredients and serve. This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days in an air tight container.


I have had a few people mention this is too salty. I think it is perfect as written, but tastes absolutely vary. You might want to leave out the salt and then add a little at a time to the sauce until you hit a taste you like.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 108kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) Protein: 7g (14%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 54mg (18%) Sodium: 660mg (29%) Potassium: 32mg (1%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
side view of a seafood salad garnished with fresh dill in a blue ceramic bowl

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  1. Anita says

    Hi lisa, my sisty made this for a family gathering and it was delicious now I’m bout to make it for my Thanksgiving dinner menu wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that!

  2. Debra says

    About to try out ur sea food salad recipe hope it’s good

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Debby says

    3 stars
    I have one suggestion…please wait on adding the 1/2 top of salt! Much too salty and old bay seasoning has salt in it already. This recipe was way too salty so be careful with adding the salt!

  4. Jen says

    5 stars
    I just made this for dinner tonight and it is so yummy already. I did follow another reviewer’s suggestion and I omitted the 1/2 tsp of salt. It would have been too salty if added. I also thought I had more red onion than I did, so I added two green onions to the red onion and is very good. Looking forward to dinner tonight. Thanks!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it!

  5. Bryan Coates says

    Lisa, I want to thank you so for your terrific recipes. I have been put into the position of chief cook and bottle washer in my home because of my wife’s disability. I’m enjoying it so much because of you. I’m not one to always cook hum drum meals and I’m very much a novice in the kitchen so whether you know it, you are in control of my life. Lol.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Bryan, this comment absolutely made my day. Seriously. Thank you so much for coming to leave it.

  6. Kris says

    This seafood salad is delicious! I did t have celery so I substituted half of a green bell pepper and it was amazing!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you like this recipe!

  7. Malen says

    I usually buy seafood salad at the grocery store, but all they had at the salad bar was plain imitation crab. I bought that and some cooked frozen shrimp and proceeded to make your recipe. I left out the salt as recommended and forgot the dill. However, this is the best seafood salad that I have ever tasted, so much more flavorful than store bought.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy that you liked it so much!

  8. Karen Foster says

    4 stars
    It was really good but yes I agree, it was a tad too salty!

  9. Bessie says

    Love your recipes

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that!

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