Deli-Style Imitation Crab Seafood Salad

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!


  • 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)


  • Mix imitation crab, onions and pickle relish together in a large bowl.
  • 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.
  • 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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Deli-Style Imitation Crab Seafood Salad