Deli-Style Imitation Crab Seafood Salad Recipe

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Imitation crab (surimi) is the base ingredient of deli-style seafood salad. It can be found in the fresh or frozen seafood section of your market. Making your own imitation crab seafood salad is less expensive than deli-prepared, and allows you to adjust the add-ins and flavors to your preference. Use imitation crab seafood salad mixture as a topper to a bed of salad greens, as a sandwich spread, a chunky dip, or as an appetizer cracker topping. Following is a starter recipe which you can tweak to your seafood heart’s delight!

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Servings: 10


Cost per serving $2.75 view details
  • 1 pound imitation crab (surimi), chopped or flaked (my KitchenAid Mixer rotor attachment with the slicing cone, made effortless work of flaking the surimi)
  • 1 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish (or more to taste)
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise (or more to taste and consistency desired)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt and pepper (optional - I didn’t need any)


  1. Mix imitation crab, onions and pickle relish together in a large bowl.
  2. In small bowl blend mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill weed, then stir into imitation crab mixture, tossing gently but thoroughly to coat. Adjust seasonings and consistency as desired.
  3. YIELD: Fills a 1-quart serving bowl (sufficient toppings for 8-12 entrée salads or sandwiches, or about 32 servings as a chunky dip or cracker spread.)
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 88g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 162  
Calories from Fat 112 69%
Total Fat 12.71g 16%
Saturated Fat 1.76g 7%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 508mg 21%
Potassium 122mg 3%
Total Carbs 3.83g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 2.87g 2%
Protein 8.49g 14%



  • Bobby Lovera
    August 7, 2013
    I like to substitute avocado for the pickle relish...and puree it into the dressing for a lemon, dill, avocado aioli...a dab of mustard would be good too. Shredded cheese please! I wonder... how much garlic would be too much for something like this.
    Shall we stuff and broil some tomatoes ?
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    This is a variation
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    • Robyn Savoie
      August 11, 2013
      I like the idea of avocado in place of the pickle relish. I use to work in a Deli and our salad was real simple and delicious. As for garlic, I don't know about that. I love garlic but with crab? Maybe if it was roasted over the raw, to mellow out the flavor.


    • ShaleeDP
      August 12, 2013
      This looks very nice. I like salads too.
      • Salad Foodie
        August 5, 2013
        To the basic recipe, consider any add-ins you like, such as celery, chives, mustard, capers, chopped hard-cooked eggs, canned tiny shrimp, cooked pasta, bell pepper, cucumber.

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