Now Reading
The Best Imitation Crab Seafood Salad

The Best Imitation Crab Seafood Salad

The Best Imitation Crab Seafood Salad Recipe

Seafood Salad made with imitation crab meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, red onion and a few basic seasonings is a delicious and affordable option for when that seafood craving hits. Depending on what your mom called it, this is the classic crab salad or seafood salad we all grew up with. Much like tuna casserole and impossible pies, seafood salad made with imitation crab meat takes me back to my childhood. It’s a classic dish that I’ll never grow tired of.

The Best Imitation Crab Seafood Salad Recipe


This is the easiest and best imitation crab seafood salad recipe and it can be served in a variety of ways. This is a cold salad with a creamy sauce and some added crunch from minced celery and red onion. It is perfect to enjoy on a warm day or hot summer night. I make my seafood salad with Aquamar ® Surimi Flakes. I have always had trouble finding imitation crab that tastes as good as I expect it to and Aquamar Surimi Flakes exceeds those expectations. Plus, it is conveniently available at Walmart.

seafood salad


In case you’re wondering what imitation crab is, I’m going to share what I learned. I didn’t know for the longest time what it actually was. If I recall correctly, I learned about imitation crab from doing a Google search. Sometimes, I think I’ve learned more from searching Google than I did attending college. Anyways, it turns out that imitation crab is really fish which is why I’m calling this recipe a seafood salad, instead of crab salad. Imitation crab, known as surimi, is a man-made product that is actually made from fish. It is a good source of protein, affordable, and a great choice for those who cannot eat shellfish but still want to enjoy a crab-like food.

imitation crab

The key to the most delicious surimi is the highest quality fish. Aquamar Surimi, in particular, is crab-flavored seafood made with sustainably and ethically sourced wild-caught Alaska Pollock and Pacific Whiting. Aquamar is America’s #1 seller of shred style Surimi. It is a naturally good source of protein, with no saturated or trans fats.

Aquamar Surimi Flakes is versatile and can be used in many of your favorite recipes: crab cakes, sushi, crab dips, California rolls, pasta and seafood salad.

seafood salad and crackers


For your convenience, a printable recipe card with exact measurements is located at the bottom of this blog post.

Aquamar Surimi Flakes (imitation crab)
Lemon juice
Red onion
Salt and pepper

surami flake at Walmart


I happen to love red onion, but you can use any kind of onion you like, be it sweet onion or scallion. You could substitute finely chopped green bell pepper for the celery. Finely diced carrots would be nice too – something to add a bit of crunch. If you happen to have fresh dill, that would be a nice swap for the dried dill that I used. The beauty of a simple salad like this is that it is easy to make it your own.

seafood salad on bed of lettuce


This recipe is so simple to prepare and you’ll be glad to know that you can mix it all up in one bowl. I like to use my hands to break the Aquamar Surimi into bite-size pieces then place it into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and gently stir.

seafood salad on cracker


Enjoy right away if you like, but it tastes even better after spending a few hours in the fridge. There are so many ways to enjoy this seafood salad. Heap it into a hoagie roll, serve on a bed of lettuce, or spoon it into a tomato that’s been split and fanned out. You can even eat it right out of the bowl as a dip with some crackers.

seafood salad hoagie
The Best Imitation Crab Seafood Salad Recipe

The Best Imitation Crab Seafood Salad

About a Mom
Seafood Salad made with imitation crab meat,mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, red onion and a few basic seasonings is adelicious and affordable option for when that seafood craving hits. Dependingon what your mom called it, this is the classic crab salad or seafood salad weall grew up with.
4.66 from 29 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 137 kcal


  • large bowl
  • silicone spatula


  • 10 ounces Aquamar® Surimi Flakes (imitation crab)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp lemon
  • 1/2 cup celery, minced (about 2 stalks)
  • 3 tbsp red onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dill


  • Break imitation crab meat into bite-sized pieces and add to a bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and gently stir to combine.
  • The salad can be served immediately, however, the flavor will improve if it melds in the refrigerator for a few hours overnight. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1gCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 545mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword imitation crab, seafood salad
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Please take a moment to follow @aboutamom on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter!

See Also
Easy Way to Toast Almonds at Home

Subscribe to our daily email or weekly newsletter.

If you like this recipe, please Pin It and share it with friends!

You might also enjoy:

One Pot Loaded Veggie Pasta

Easy No Bake Banana Cream Pie

View Comments (2)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating

Scroll To Top