Crab season is here and this jumbo lump Chesapeake Crab Salad is perfect for backyard BBQs, cookouts, dinners, and more!
As seen on TikTok, this viral crab salad is made with Old Bay Seasoning and is full of fresh lump crabmeat, creamy texture, and mouthwatering flavor!
Eastern Shore Seafood Salad Recipe
As a Marylander, I live not far from the Chesapeake Bay area. So needless to say crab recipes like jumbo lump crab cakes, blue crab salad recipes, and more are super popular.
It is no secret the best crab comes from the Eastern shore and this recipe highlights the crab meat in every way.
This crab salad is easy to make, relatively healthy, and a great recipe you can do so much with!
The salad is great for any occasion, weekend cookouts, dinners, and more. Turn them into sliders to make the perfect dinner or appetizer for parties and events.
I promise if you are a fan of crab legs you will absolutely go bonkers for this recipe.
Chesapeake Crab Salad Ingredients
Crab: To make crab salad, you will need 1 lb of fresh or canned jumbo lump crab.
Seafood Seasoning: As a Marylander, you know Old Bay seasoning was used. Throw in 1 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning to finish off the flavor boost.
Chesapeake Crab Salad Sliders
Bread: For this recipe, I used 1 package of Hawaiian pretzel slider rolls which I highly recommend. However, you can use your favorite type of roll or bread.
Butter: Before toasting up the rolls, melt 2 tbsp of butter and brush it on the bread.
Toppings: Top off your sliders with some shredded Iceberg lettuce and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Make it a Taco: Follow this same recipe and throw it in corn or flour tortillas.
Optional Toppings and Ingredients: If you are looking to add to the flavor and list of ingredients, consider trying Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, chopped green peppers, or red bell pepper, chopped red onion or sweet onion, fresh parsley, or even some chopped ripe tomatoes.
Optional Seasoning: Looking to turn up the heat? Consider adding a touch of cayenne pepper or black pepper.
How to Make Chesapeake Crab Salad
How to Make Crab Salad
Add ingredients to a large mixing bowl. In a large bowl add your chopped scallions or green onions, and parsley along with mustard, mayo, sriracha, old bay, and the juice of one lemon.
Check crab pieces for shells. Gently pick through the crabmeat looking for any pieces of shell. Try to not break up the lumps as best you can.
Mix and chill. Finally, fold together all the ingredients so that the crab meat is well coated. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve. After chilling, serve with a side of lemon slices or wedges and enjoy!
How to make Chesapeake Crab Sliders
Turn your salad into delicious crab sandwiches by using the following steps.
Brush butter onto rolls and toast. To prepare the sliders brush melted butter on your rolls then lightly dust with old bay and toast under the broiler for about 2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them to make sure the rolls don’t burn.
Pile on the crab and toppings. Pile the crab salad on top then add a layer of lettuce, tomato, or pickles if you like before cutting it into individual sandwiches.
How long does crab salad last in the fridge?
Store your leftover crab salad in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. The leftover crab will keep for about 3-5 days.
What sides go with crab salad?
Eating your Chesapeake crab salad as just a salad? Serve it up with some hearty whole-grain bread, crackers, or a mixed green salad.
Crab salad can also be enjoyed with fresh cucumbers and chopped tomato too!
Real Crab vs. Imitation Crab
For this recipe, I used REAL jumbo lump crab. However, let’s take a second to talk about imitation crab and the differences between the two.
Real crab meat has nearly three times the amount of protein as imitation crab and is also higher in vitamins and minerals. So if you are concerned about protein and overall health, real crab is the way to go.
Imitation crab, however, is cheaper and does not actually contain crab at all. It is a faux crab that relies on a bunch of different ingredients to mimic the taste and texture of the authentic real crab.
So, what is imitation crab made of? It is predominantly made with something called surimi, which is just a fish paste.
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- 1 pk Pretzel Slider Rolls
- 2 tbsp Butter Melted
- 1 cup Iceberg Lettuce Shredded
- In a large bowl add your chopped scallions and parsley along with mustard, mayo, sriracha, old bay, and the juice of one lemon.
- Gently pick through the crabmeat looking for any pieces of shell. Try to not break up the lumps as best you can.
- Finally, fold together all the ingredients so that the crab meat is well coated. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
- To prepare the sliders brush melted butter on your rolls then lightly dust with old bay and toast under the broiler for about 2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them to make sure the rolls don't burn.
- Pile the crab salad on top then add a layer of lettuce, tomato, or pickles if you like before cutting it into individual sandwiches.