This delicious deli-style seafood salad is made with imitation crab meat, celery, and other common ingredients. It is delicious by itself, on a salad, or in a sandwich.
Seafood salad made with imitation crab meat is one of my favorite deli salads. I grew up working in a deli for roughly 7 years and learned a lot of tips and tricks from my first real job.
It used to be my job to process the imitation crab meat and make the salad. We used some simple pantry spices, a blend of mayo, salad dressing, and fresh celery. The salad was so easy to make and was such a hit among the customers.
But I often get the question- Why use imitation crab meat–that stuff is gross?! Of course, real crab meat is the best and I do have a Real Crab Meat Salad recipe.
What is imitation crab meat?
Imitation crab meat is made of processed fish. It is similar to “bologna” in that it is made of bits and pieces of surimi.
Surimi is the flesh if fish that is cleaned, fat removed, and any bones. It it then turned into a paste-like substance and pressed into crab shapes or in this cake flake style.
What is seafood salad?
Seafood salad is typically a creamy, imitation crab meat based recipe that features fresh celery, mayo, and spices. It is best served on greens, or in a sandwich, or wrap.
Do you need to cook imitation crab?
The good thing about imitation crab meat is that you do not need to cook it. While it does taste delicious cooked in recipes like this Crab Meat Casserole, it is not necessary and can be eaten right out of the package.
Ingredients you will need
Imitation crab meat- 2 lbs of chunk or flake style. It doesn’t matter if you buy it freshly packaged or frozen. Just be sure it is fully thawed before processing.
Mayonnaise – This recipe calls for a blend of mayo and salad dressing which is most popularly known as Miracle Whip.
Celery- Fresh celery pureed to a fine consistency gives this salad a nice crunch and flavor. We used a food processor to get it to a fine consistency.
Spices- For best taste, you will need a little salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Using a food processor to chop your crab meat and celery is a huge time-saver! You will only need to pulse the seafood for a few seconds. You want it to be fine, but not pasty.
Ways to serve
This seafood salad is delicious in the following ways:
- Eaten alone
- Stuffed in peppers
- On a salad/bed of green
- Finger sandwiches/subs
For the celery, be sure to slightly drain the excess liquid before adding it to your salad.
Crab meat recipes
- food processor
- 2 lbs. imitation crab meat chunk or flake style
- 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup salad dressing (Miracle Whip or store brand)
- 1/2 cup celery chopped
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Process crab meat in a food processor until finely chopped, but not pasty.
- Process celery until fine and remove excess liquid.
- Add crab, celery, mayo, dressing, and spices to a large bowl.
- Combine all ingredients until mixed.
- Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate until chilled- about 2 hours.
- Serve in a sub rolls, on salad, or in a wrap.