Despite being incredibly quick to prepare, this Seafood Salad certainly does not compromise on presentation or taste. It’s my absolute favorite, but my husband is truly the ultimate fan. The last time I whipped it up, he devoured almost all of it before requesting seconds. Fortunately, this dish is a breeze to prepare!
16 oz. of flaked style imitation crab meat
1/2 cup of finely diced celery
3 tbsp. of super finely diced red onion
1/2 tsp. of Old Bay seasoning
2 tsp. of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp. of freshly chopped dill (or 1/2 tsp. of dried dill)
Salt & pepper to your liking
Ingredients16 oz. of flaked style imitation crab meat1/2 cup of finely diced celery3 tbsp. of super finely diced red onion1/2 tsp. of Old Bay seasoning2 tsp. of fresh lemon juice1/2 cup of mayonnaise1 1/2 tbsp. of freshly chopped dill (or 1/2 tsp. of dried dill)Salt & pepper to your likingInstructionsIn a large mixing bowl, combine the imitation crab, celery, red onion, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, mayonnaise, dill, and a dash of salt and pepper. Gently toss everything until well coated. You can serve it immediately or cover and refrigerate for later use. It stays fresh in the fridge for up to 2 days.The way you choose to present this salad is totally up to you. Our personal favorites are heaping it on a crunchy baguette with some lettuce or pairing it with crackers. Here are a few other creative serving suggestions for you:Spoon it into a cup of butter lettuce.Stir it into pasta for a chilled seafood pasta salad.Fill baked puff pastry shells with the seafood salad.
Hollow out a ripe tomato and stuff it with the seafood salad.NotesOld Bay seasoning is a unique flavor, and finding a substitute can be challenging. If you are unable to find Old Bay, you can try to recreate it with a similar spice blend. The exact formula for Old Bay remains a secret, with its 18 ingredients closely guarded. However, I’ve provided a rough recipe that approximates the flavor quite well.Old Bay Imitation Seasoning3/4 tbsp. of salt1 tbsp. of celery seed2 tsp. of sweet paprika1 tsp. of dry mustard1 tsp. of ground ginger5 bay leaves1/2 tsp. of smoked paprika1/2 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper1/2 tsp. of freshly ground white pepper1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes1/8 tsp. each of ground nutmeg, mace, cardamom, allspice, and cinnamon1/16 tsp. of ground clovesCombine all the ingredients and grind them together in a spice or coffee grinder until you achieve a fine powder. Store in an airtight container or spice jar.Remember: Cooking is a creative process, so feel free to make this recipe your own. Enjoy!