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Shrimp and Crab Salad

If you are a seafood lover, you will flip over my Shrimp and Crab Salad. And the versatility cannot be beat!

Updated post from July 2, 2020.

shrimp and crab salad 2 shows a plated seafood salad sandwich


Seafood Salad is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. I am just that crazy about seafood.

However, I usually order my seafood in a restaurant because of the difficulty of getting it just right. Well, this is one you will get right the first time from your very own kitchen. And you will not believe just how easy this recipe is.

This is the BEST shrimp and crab salad, and here is why:

  • This salad actually uses imitation crab meat which is actually a white fish.
  • Precooked store-bought shrimp is also used in this recipe.
  • Serve this as an appetizer, sandwich or toss it with some pasta.
  • This easy recipe requires 10 minutes of your time.

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • shrimp – precooked small
  • imitation crab meat – this is a much easier product to work with than real crab meat
  • cheese – I like shredded mild cheddar
  • Miracle Whip – light or regular
  • tartar sauce
  • pickle relish – sweet
  • lettuce – a frilly lettuce like romaine makes the prettiest presentation
  • green onion – sliced
  • celery – diced
  • buns – hoagie, submarine or hamburger
  • dry mustard
  • seafood seasoning
  • salt and pepper


shrimp and crab salad 4.1 shows the ingredients used of Miracle Whip, tartar sauce, cheese, relish, green onions and spices

Let’s get busy making this shrimp and crab salad:

A full printable recipe is available in the recipe card toward the end of this post.

  1. Combine the shrimp, crab meat, celery, pickle relish, Miracle Whip, tartar sauce, cheese and all the spices in a medium-size bowl. Mix well.
  2. Open the buns and place some lettuce on the bottom bun.
  3. Pile high with the seafood salad.
  4. Sprinkle with the sliced green onion.

shrimp and crab salad 4 shows the shrimp and crab meat before combining


Optional Add-ins:

  • red onion – This will provide additional color, flavor and texture
  • diced green pepper
  • pasta – make it a delicious pasta salad
  • boiled eggs – chopped

My best time-saving tip:

By using precooked shrimp, which is readily available at the store, you do not have to take the time to cook the shrimp.

The three most important things about this recipe:

  1. This salad is best if you can refrigerate it several hours before serving. That way, the flavors have a chance to get really cold and compliment each other.
  2. For the ease of preparation, I highly recommend using the imitation crab meat. It is processed to acquire the taste of crab, and my experience has been that it tastes much better than canned.
  3. You could cook your own shrimp and chill for this recipe. But honestly, why would you want to. Let the grocery store do all the work. You can find the cooked shrimp and imitation crab meat in the refrigerated and frozen seafood section.

shrimp and crab salad 5 shows the salad in a mixing bowl

How should I serve this recipe?

I prefer to serve this salad as a sandwich, but it is also excellent served on buttery crackers. In addition, throw in some cooked pasta, and you now have a great pasta salad.

Have extra tomatoes from the garden? Core them and slice into 8 sections and pile high with this salad. This makes a deliciously different lunch. How pretty!

shrimp and crab salad 6 shows a mound of seafood salad on top of a bed of lettuce on a blue plate

How long will this salad last in the refrigerator, and can I freeze it?

This salad will keep well in your refrigerator for three to four days. Yes, you can freeze this salad. But why would you want to? It will disappear very quickly. NOTE: You may need to drain off excess water when thawing it. 

shrimp and crab salad 7 shows the salad after mixing in a red bowl

If you like this recipe, please like and share it–Thanks!

5 from 1 vote
shrimp and crab salad 1 shows a dollop of salad on a bed of lettuce
Shrimp and Crab Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This salad will be a favorite you will turn to often.

Course: Appetizer, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe, seafood
Servings: 6 sandwiches
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Renea
  • 12 ounces small or extra-small cooked shrimp
  • 12 ounces imitation crab meat
  • 2/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup tartar sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 buns (hoagie, submarine or hamburger)
  • lettuce
  • 1 sliced green onion
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the first 11 ingredients well.

  2. Open the buns and place some lettuce on the bottom bun.

  3. Pile on a scoop of salad and garnish with the sliced green onion. Serve the top bun propped up on the side.

If you made this recipe, please let me know what you thought in the comments, and give it a star rating.  xoxo Renea

After you try my Shrimp and Crab Salad, you will understand why I call it a BEST. My other great seafood salads include Garden Blueberry Salad with Shrimp and Crab Meat Pasta Salad.

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Tuesday 7th of July 2020

This was so creamy and delicious

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