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As the winter chill is fading here in North Carolina, I am starting to crave salad. Yesterday, I had a thought to try my hand at crab salad. However, I knew for certain I would not be using imitation crab meat. Do you really even know what it’s made from? There is NO crab meat in it at all. It’s white fish (usually pollock), added with fillers and dyed to make it imitate real crab. Imitation crab meat is a less expensive alternative. So, if you do not want to go about making Snow Crab Salad with real crab, use the imitation. Just do not tell me about it. Haha! We will get more into this later.

Naturally, I created a short video on TikTok making this fabulous Snow Crab Salad. Click here to view. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.

a blue bowl filled with snow crab salad topped with crostini and old bay hot sauce caviar



As mentioned above, you really need to use real crab in this salad. Additionally, if you also like shrimp and/or lobster, throw it in here. The title may be a bit deceiving as I not only used snow crab, but a few king crab legs, as well. Feel free to use all snow. Just be sure to grab the jumbo snow. You want big pieces of crabmeat in this salad. Let’s talk yield. I used two and one-half pounds of snow crab legs and just under a pound of king crab. It yielded just under a pound and a half of usable crab meat.

Did you know that crab legs are already cooked when they reach the consumer? Reheating is basically up to you. For this recipe, I encourage boiling a pot of water with a bit of kosher salt. Toss in the frozen, or thawed crab legs for just a few minutes to warm through. Try not to “cook” too long as this can cause the meat to become too dry.

Be as meticulous as you can when taking the crab meat out of the shells. This will allow for larger pieces of meat in your salad. Using kitchen shears can be quite valuable. Use all of the knuckle and claw meat too! Grab a helper if you can!


Keep the add-ins very simple. Normally, for any salad, I would dice my celery super tiny. However, I felt like very thin slices would be perfect. This was exactly the same slicing technique I used for my Italian Seafood Salad. Chop up a bit of the celery leaves, too. Also, I am a huge fan of red onion. Tiny dices complimented this Snow Crab Salad, just beautifully.

Mayo is the base of the dressing elevated with a bit of lemon juice and lemon zest for brightness. Of course, I could not leave out the Old Bay Seasoning. Just a touch is all you need. If you want to get super fancy. Make your very own Old Bay Seasoning Hot Sauce Caviar as an out-of-the-box garnish. The method to make this caviar is the same as the one I used to make Golden Balsamic Caviar. Click here for full recipe. Hope you ENJOY this recipe for Snow Crab Salad!

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a blue bowl filled with snow crab salad topped with crostini and old bay hot sauce caviar


  • Author:Charlotte Fashion Plate
  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:25 minutes
  • Yield:3 servings 1x


For a super light and refreshing meal, make this Snow Crab Salad. The sweetness from the crab combined with the perfect dressing will make your taste buds so very happy!


  • 2 1/2 lb snow crab
  • 1 lb king crab
  • kosher salt
  • 3/4 C mayo
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced plus a few leaves
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • juice of one lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 TBLS fresh parsley, chopped


  • 1/3 C Old Bay Seasoning Hot Sauce
  • 1 gram agar agar


  1. Boil the crab legs in salted water for about five minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
  2. Remove the crab meat from the shells. Cut into pieces. Reserve.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the mayo, lemon juice, lemon zest, kosher salt, black pepper, Old Bay seasoning, celery and red onion. Mix well.
  4. Fold the crab into the dressing, very gently.
  5. See link to video on how to make the caviar.
  6. Garnish with the caviar and fresh parsley.
  7. Serve with crackers, in a roll, or with toast points.
  8. ENJOY!


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