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What is it about crab salad? It is so light, flavorful, and extremely versatile. It is perfect for everything from a light luncheon or picnic to a large tailgating event or even when entertaining over the holidays.

Crab salad comes together in just a few minutes, but makes an impression that lasts. For entertaining large groups, I like to serve it in small tomatoes that have been hollowed out and a dollop of crab salad has been spooned inside. It makes a beautiful presentation and always seems to disappear quickly.

Crab salad stuffed little tomatoes really is finger food at its finest!

For smaller groups or luncheons, it is great served in larger tomatoes or on a Bibb lettuce leaf or just alongside sliced avocados and tomatoes. And for more casual get-togethers, I love crab salad in a tuna melt fashion to take that classic lunch favorite up a notch or two.

See? I told you it was versatile and perfect for so many occasions.

I absolutely love it. It just calls to me.

Here’s my favorite recipe for Crab Salad that you can print or bookmark for your next Crab Salad craving.

4.84 from 6 votes

Crab Salad Recipe

Salad 10 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 4
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Crab Salad makes a wonderful dish to serve at picnics, luncheons, or when entertaining.


  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat picked over for shells
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest , finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1 stalk celery finely diced
  • 1 spring onion or scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco or Srirachi


  • Gently combine all ingredients until just well-combined. Serve chilled.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 580mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    just made this recipe neighbor had bring over some left over crabs so i google how to make it found this recipe turn out great and ate in with ritz cracker and watch good football game thanks alot for sharing this recipe _adam

  2. 5 stars
    I had crab salad very similar to this and thought it was absolutely delicious. I googled around for recipes and came upon this…this recipe is very close to what I had… delicious! Anyone who loves crabs needs to try this recipe!

  3. This salad is calling my name! And yes, the pic is beautiful.

    I’ve been experimenting with lump crab (minus the mayo) lately. This one is going on my must try list.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this crab salad recipe for a party and stuffed it into jumbo pasta shells. A big hit!

  5. 5 stars
    I have made crab salad for years!  This is the best recipe ever!  This is my new go-to! All the taste of crab with just enough seasoning to enhance flavor. Great balance and very bright which I love!

  6. Hi. It’s probably because I used canned crab meat but I found I had to add both salt and a little bit of sugar to round out all the flavors.
    But other than that it was really good.
    Thank you.

  7. 5 stars
    This particular crab salad recipe caught my 👁 I like the old bay and Worcestershire additions. Typically I would add a few other powdered spices instead and it is boring, always the same. Thanks for the additional flavors. Gonna make for lunch. Only thing I am missing is the lemon zest. Should be OK w/o but next time I will be making canapés for a party in phyllo cups and will make sure I have the 🍋 for zest.

  8. This recipe was absolutely delicious. My only change was I added a little mustard, as I typically do this with my crab cake mixture. Thank you for this!