Easy Shrimp and Crab Seafood Salad

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Learn how to make an easy shrimp and crab salad with an easy recipe. This crab and shrimp salad recipe has been a tradition in our family for years. It always brings to mind memories of gatherings from the past and a few candlelit family dinners. Most of this seafood salad side dish can be prepared the night before, so there’s no last-minute rush to get everything on the table. My mouth is watering just thinking of this easy seafood salad recipe. It’s a shrimp and crab seafood extravaganza! Read on for the simple seafood salad recipe with crabmeat and shrimp.

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This seafood salad recipe appeared in the Food Day section of the Oregonian a number of years ago, having been reprinted from the “Favorites of ’63” bulletin in the now-defunct Oregon Journal. Originally, it was listed as “Mrs. Hager’s Shrimp, Crab, Bread Salad”. Now, wait a minute, don’t be weirded out by the bread part. It seems strange, I’ll admit, but it really helps pull everything together. In my family, we have modified the recipe by adding more seafood and less onion. So here is the recipe for my most-favorite special side-dish seafood salad with real crab meat, shrimp, and bread, which I’m very excited to share with you.

The Perfect Scenario for this Easy Seafood Salad Recipe

In my imagination, the perfect setting for serving this marvelous salad goes like this. A candlelit table is set for two, and a fire is crackling in the fireplace. Big band music is playing softly in the background. Fine china dishes, ornate silverware, and crystal goblets grace the table, which is draped in a deep burgundy tablecloth. I invite my dear husband to have a seat across from me, and we gaze adoringly at each other over a delectable pan of bubbling lasagna. Death by Chocolate Trifle is chilling in the refrigerator for dessert. But wait, something is missing. Oh yes, the irresistible side dish, seafood salad. I bring the previously-prepared salad plates to the table, ask a blessing, and commence enjoying the romantic dinner for two. Bliss! Of course, this scenario has never really happened, but it could. Maybe.

But I digress. Without further fanfare or flights of imagination, here’s the easy recipe for my ultimate favorite special side dish.

Equipment Needed for Shrimp and Crab Salad

This recipe would not be nearly as easy to make without one crucial kitchen tool: an electric knife. The one pictured below is exactly like the one I have, complete with a storage case. This knife is also very useful for carving a turkey or slicing a ham. It makes the slicing of the buttered bread loaf in this recipe a snap.

Ingredients for Easy Crab and Shrimp Seafood Salad

1 large loaf sliced white sandwich bread


1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped

4 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped

1 pound of cooked shrimp (you could also use 2 or 3 cans of small shrimp, drained)

1/2 pound of fresh crab meat (you could also use 1 or 2 cans of crab meat)

1 cup finely cubed celery

3 cups mayonnaise (not salad dressing), more or less to taste

Directions for Easy Shrimp and Crab Seafood Salad

Cut crusts from bread and spread slices lightly with butter. Cut into small cubes so that each slice is cut into about 20 cubes. (I use an electric knife for this step.)

special side dish electric knife
The electric knife has already sliced off the crust of half of the loaf of buttered bread.

Add chopped onion and chopped hard-cooked eggs. Refrigerate overnight.

special side dish chopped eggs
Bonus kitchen hack: I use my trusty pastry blender to chop up hard-boiled eggs.
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Ready to be refrigerated overnight.

In the morning, add shrimp, crab, celery, and mayonnaise.

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The seafood, celery, and mayonnaise are ready to be added.


easy seafood salad recipe with real crab meat

easy seafood salad recipe with real shrimp

Mix lightly to combine very well. Cover and let stand 3 or 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

easy seafood salad recipe with real crab meat shrimp and bread

To serve, pile lightly on plates rimmed with salad greens. Garnish with slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Makes 12 generous servings.

easy seafood salad recipe with real crab meat and shrimp

Common Seafood Salad Questions

Do you put eggs in seafood salad?

Not all seafood salad recipes call for eggs. This easy shrimp and crab salad recipe does call for hard boiled eggs. The flavor complements the buttered bread and seafood flavors while balancing out the taste of the chopped onion.

What is seafood salad made of?

In the case of this recipe, the main ingredients, aside from the shrimp and crab meat, are bread, hard boiled eggs, butter, chopped onion, and chopped celery. The bread absorbs the flavors from the eggs, onions, shrimp and crab to create a pleasing blend for your tastebuds to savor.

Can you substitute salad dressing for the mayonnaise in this shrimp and crab salad?

By all means, do not substitute a salad dressing (like Miracle Whip, which I am fond of) in this recipe. The mellow flavor of the mayonnaise showcases the stronger flavors of the rest of the ingredients. Salad dressing of any kind would compete and possibly overshadow the seafood flavors.


Easy Seafood Salad

This easy seafood salad recipe crowd-pleasing addition to any memorable meal. Get the details about this simple special side dish.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 200 kcal


  • Electric knife


  • 1 loaf sliced white sandwich bread
  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 tbsp onion finely chopped
  • 4 eggs hard-cooked and finely chopped
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp (or 2-3 cans small cooked shrimp, drained)
  • ½ pound fresh crab meat (or 1-2 cans crab meat, drained)
  • 1 cup celery finely cubed
  • 3 cups mayonnaise more or less to taste


  • Cut crusts from bread and spread slices lightly with butter.
  • Cut into small cubes so that each slice is cut into about 20 cubes with an electric knife.
  • Add chopped onion and chopped hard-cooked eggs. 
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, add shrimp, crab, celery and mayonnaise.
  • Mix lightly to combine very well.
  • Cover and let stand 3 or 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
  • To serve, pile lightly on plates rimmed with salad greens. Garnish with slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, if desired
Keyword holidays, salads


Other Easy Salad Recipes You Might Enjoy

If you are a fan of salads, there are many main dish and side dish salads to choose from. For a simple main dish salad meal, you could make easy taco salad, warm spinach sausage salad, chicken avocado corn salad, or cabbage ramen chicken salad. Tasty side dish salads include berry mandarin tossed salad or ham and pea salad.

Is There Room for This Easy Seafood Salad Recipe at Your Next Celebratory Meal?

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22 thoughts on “Easy Shrimp and Crab Seafood Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    This easy seafood salad recipe with real crab meat and shrimp sounds amazing. I absolutely love seafood – especially crab! I can’t wait to make this for my husband and I!

    • Oh, great! I would love to know how he likes the crab and shrimp in this seafood salad.=)

  2. 5 stars
    Love this easy shrimp and crab seafood salad with bread! I am a fan of seafood and this salad looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • You are most welcome! I think this shrimp and crab seafood salad is my favorite holiday side dish.

  3. 5 stars
    This seafood salad recipe with real crab meat and shrimp is just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • You are very welcome! The real crab meat and shrimp make all the difference in this seafood salad recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I remember this salad from 45 years ago at least. It’s the only time my mom would buy white Wonder bread! Great for a family gathering and perfect that I found this for a Labor Day celebration.

    • I’m so glad! This seafood salad with shrimp, crab, and bread makes any occasion special.

  5. So glad to find this recipe again. I made a similar one more than twenty years ago then lost the recipe. It called for imitation “Krab” which was just fine, and it got compliments.

    I’m adding ingredients to my shopping list to experience it again. Thank you.

    The bread very good in it – kind makes it reminiscent of a sandwich, but so good as a salad,

    • Yes, the bread is definitely an interesting ingredient. I’m so glad you are going to try this seafood salad recipe again. Enjoy!

  6. 5 stars
    This seafood salad is easy! The bread is an interesting addition. Thanks for sharing this side dish recipe.

    • I’m glad you liked this easy seafood salad. Maybe it will become a holiday tradition for you like it is in my family.

  7. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! With the bread in it, it is a perfect meal for me! Thank you, I can’t wait to try this!!

    • Great! Thanks for your enthusiasm. I hope you enjoy trying it.

  8. Thank you so much for joining us today at You’re The Star. Your special recipe looks delicious. I cannot wait to try it. Happy Valentine’s Day, Kippi

    • Kippi,

      Thanks so much for having me on You’re the Star. I hope you do get the chance to try seafood salad. Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!


  9. Yum, what a different salad. I have to try it. Old family recipes are the best.
    Happy Valentine’s Day, Kippi #kippiathome

    • Kippi,

      Yes, this family recipe is definitely a favorite. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


  10. I’ve never heard of this salad/side dish! What an interesting combos flavors. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cindy,

      It is a bit unusual, I think. If you like shrimp and crab, you should definitely give this a try. Thanks for your comment, and have a wonderful week!


  11. I had no idea there would be bread in a salad like this. looks yummy!
    ~Emily from So Sunny Day

    • Emily,

      Yes, the bread is kind of a surprising ingredient. I think it absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients so that the salad seems to have more seafood in it than it really does. I hope you get to try it out. If you do, please let me know what you think. Have a lovely day!



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