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Crab Salad Recipe

This crab salad is my trademark dish; I usually make this for parties and family gatherings because it is so easy and quick to make.

If it doesn’t disappear by the end of the meal it’s only because I made way too much! The secret to the great flavor is in the horseradish sauce.

Ingredients for the Crab Salad:

1 ½  pounds imitation crab meat (chopped – using a knife or food processor)
6 or 7 hard boiled eggs (diced)
1 small onion (finely diced)
1 cup  mayonnaise
1 tsp cream-style horseradish sauce
1 (15 oz) can corn (well-drained)
1 (15 oz) can peas (well-drained)

Crab Salad Recipe

How to make Crab Salad:

1. Prepare all of the ingredients by chopping 1 1/2 lb of crab meat, dicing 6 hard boiled eggs,  dicing 1 small onion and adding 1 can of drained and rinsed corn. Add them to a large bowl.

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2. Add 1 cup of mayo and 1 tsp of horseradish sauce, than mix everything together.

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3. Finally fold in the peas. Adding peas last, keeps them from breaking.

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Add more mayo and horseradish to taste.

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Notes: A food processor is not necessary, but it makes the recipe even faster and easier to make. You can cut the recipe in half if you are making it for a smaller crowd.

Russian Style Crab Salad Recipe - Крабовый Салат

4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds imitation crab meat chopped - using a knife or food processor
  • 6 or 7 hard boiled eggs diced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp cream-style horseradish sauce
  • 1 15 oz can corn (well-drained)
  • 1 15 oz can peas (well-drained)

Instructions

  1. Prepare all of the ingredients by chopping 1 1/2 lb of crab meat, dicing 6 hard boiled eggs, dicing 1 small onion and adding 1 can of drained and rinsed corn. Add them to a large bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of mayo and 1 tsp of horseradish sauce, than mix everything together.
  3. Finally fold in the peas. Adding peas last, keeps them from breaking.

 

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  • Walter
    April 19, 2018

    Ok so this looks very nice so do you think we can add like some salmon and like maby a tyoe of seafood mix or would it be to rich thou Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 20, 2018

      Hi Walter, I haven’t tried that combination but I think it would be worth experimenting! 🙂 Reply

  • September 30, 2017

    Another recipe from you and another winner! Wow is this brilliant!

    I increased the eggs 4 hard boiled and 2 tablespoons of horseradish, other than that, excellent recipe that will be a regular, thank you once again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 30, 2017

      You’re welcome Lee! I’m glad you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! 🙂 Reply

  • Vika
    April 28, 2017

    Hey natasha i’m right in the middle of making the salad right now do you think that I can mix everything together the night before with the Mayo , horseradish and the peas ? Will it refrigarate well like the Russian oliveye? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2017

      Hi Vika, sorry for the late reply – it’s been a really long day! yes it is ok to mix everything together. This salad keeps really well refrigerated overnight. Reply

  • Anna
    July 27, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe, my in laws always ask to bring a crab salad, glad to have different variations of it to choose from! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 27, 2016

      You are welcome Anna, I’m glad you like the recipe 😀. Reply

  • rita
    December 15, 2015

    hey, I love ur blog and I use it all the time especially when I have no clue what to make for dinner. I have a couple recipes for u that you mite want to try. can u email me ur direct email? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 15, 2015

      Yes! That would be awesome: natashaskitchen@yahoo .com (no spaces). Excited!!! 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    November 22, 2015

    Which crab salad would you pick if u had to pick one? This recipe or the other one that u have posted? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2015

      We’ve made this one way more often. I guess I’d lean more toward this one, although the other one is definitely worth trying 🙂 Reply

  • Kateryna
    May 7, 2015

    Just made this salad! One of my favorites. My mom and grandmas in Ukraine always add napa cabbage as well. That way it is fresh and yummi. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Kateryna, I’m glad you enjoyed it :). Reply

  • Katie L
    October 26, 2014

    I made this salad with no peas and added mandolin sliced cabbage and it turned out sooooo goood! cabbage adds that crunch and makes it more light 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2014

      Mmmm I love your changes! Sounds so fresh and crisp and nice! 🙂 Reply

  • Svetik
    August 18, 2014

    I have not been disappointed with any of your recipes so far. =) (which is awesome=) ) So i will try this salad as well even though i love my recipe of it A LOT. I make mine with hard-boiled eggs, imitation crab meat , canned corn and fresh cucumbers, as always mixed with mayo, salt and pepper. Reply

  • marlene
    August 9, 2014

    Can i substitute crab meat for tuna?
    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 9, 2014

      I haven’t tried with tuna but it would b a completely different salad with a different texture. Without trying it myself, I can’t really recommend it. Reply

  • Oksana
    May 22, 2014

    I made this salad for a family get-together. I loved the mayo/horseradish combination, but we all decided that we didnt like the peas so much. Im going to make it again today but will try substituting fresh cucumbers instead of peas. Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2014

      Have you tried my other crab salad? It has cucumbers and it’s so so tasty! 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    January 23, 2014

    Delicious!!!Thanks again 😉

    Natasha have you ever thought about posting a homemade mayo recipe? Just a thought….. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2014

      That’s a great thought! I’ll add it to the list 🙂 Reply

      • Natasha
        January 23, 2014

        looking forward to that recipe, to a PERFECT homemade mayo. no doubt you will make it perfect 😉 Thank you for the consideration 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 23, 2014

          Oh I bet it would be amazing with homemade mayo!! Reply

  • Olena
    December 16, 2013

    Thank you Natasha!!! Yes! It’s a very good salad. I appreciate you sharing your recipes with us who visit your website. It’s very very useful!!! Thank you!!!:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 16, 2013

      I appreciate your awesome feedback 🙂 Thanks so much Olena! Reply

  • YanaP
    July 23, 2013

    Made this salad a few times and I love it. Thank You sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 24, 2013

      You are welcome Yana, I’m glad you enjoy it :). Reply

  • Galina
    July 19, 2013

    I will try next time horseradish, sound interesting. I do not use green peas for this salad, but I add very little fresh cucumber. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 19, 2013

      I love the idea of using fresh cucumber. Thanks for sharing!! Reply

  • Julia
    July 18, 2013

    Just wanted to tell you that I made this & hubby and I have been eating it for 3 days now 😀 It’s delicious! It’s much lighter than the traditional Olivie without the potatoes & carrots which I really liked! Saving for my recipe binder. All your stuff is delicious. Thanks for the hard work you put into this website! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2013

      Oh I haven’t made this salad in awhile. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the salad. It’s always been one of my favorites. Reply

  • Julia
    June 20, 2013

    Hi Natasha –
    I was wondering if there’s anything you can substitute the mayonnaise with that won’t compromise the taste? Not a huge fan of mayo! My grandma has made it with sour cream before, and I liked it a lot, but wondering if there are any other suggestions!

    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2013

      I have always made it with mayo, haven’t explored any other options :). You can use vegan mayo. Reply

  • Oksana
    May 25, 2013

    This is a great salad. I make mine a little different. I substitute the peas for some fresh cucumbers! The crunch is a lovely texture in this salad. Try it next time when you make it 🙂 You will like it a lot I think. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 25, 2013

      Thank you for the suggestion, I will try that for sure :). Reply

  • Luba
    October 11, 2012

    Would this salad be OK if i chopped all the ingredients the night before? And just mixing it with the mayo/horseradish and adding the peas the day of? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 11, 2012

      Totally fine, just refrigerate everything, but you already know that 🙂 Reply

  • Lilia
    April 19, 2012

    My family’s recipe for crab salad is made with equal parts cauliflower, diced tomato, and imitation crab (all diced to about the same size). We then dress it with sour cream and mayo and salt to taste. Will have to try yours. Sounds yummy. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2012

      Tomato and cauliflower sound nice. I’ll have to try your version as well! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Tanya
    April 6, 2012

    Love crab salad! The way I make mine is as follows (amount of ingredients varies from person to person and preference):

    Imitation crab meat- chopped
    Red bell pepper- cut in thin strips
    Canned corn
    Celery- cut in tiny cubes
    Olives- cut in thin circles or half moons
    Green onion- chopped
    Dill
    A little mayo to coat

    I like to eat it just like that where as my mom likes to mix in some cooked rice and my sister-in-law likes to mix in some cooked tiny shells. Enjoy! Reply

    • Tanya
      April 6, 2012

      Oh! And my mother also adds some grated hard boiled eggs to her salad too when she mixes it with the rice. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        April 6, 2012

        I should try adding the dill. Sounds like a nice touch! Reply

  • Heather
    April 1, 2012

    Hi Natasha,
    I have to tell you, I work with a few young Russian women and one of them brought this to work one day for a pot luck and it was so divine! I told my husband about it and he was quite eager to try it, so after searching online, I came across your recipe and tried making it on my own and it was sooo delish! Personally, I thought your recipe was much better than my Russian friend’s. We nearly made ourselves sick while trying to eat it all and we even bickered over who would get the last of it!! Ha ha ha ha!! I have also tried other recipes of yours and you, ma’am, are a kitchen goddess!! Thank you for your site!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2012

      Ha! Sounds like you enjoyed it a little too much! Thank you Heather! I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful cooks in my family; who have taught me most of what I know 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    March 17, 2012

    I make my salad exactly but also add quartered cucumbers..what kinda rice would you add to make it like your aunt? That sounds interesting, and I’m curious how it would taste;) Reply

  • Ana
    February 27, 2012

    I guess in the 90th when the salad was invented they used crab meat imitation because of the bad economy Recently I tryed to use fresh shrimps instead of fake crab meat and frozen corn instead of caned I was so surprized how the test changed! The salad came out very delicious Also I know another varian of this salad – when you use fresh carbage instead of eggs and onions – more light variant but also very good (i m making with shrimps) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 27, 2012

      That does sound nice! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • lavonni M
    February 14, 2012

    Love your blog!! Keep up the fabulous work! Reply

  • Lydia
    December 17, 2011

    My husband is Russian and when I first learned to make this recipe I asked a Russian friend.Her recipe has carrots instead of the corn and finely diced apple and pickle.It’s delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2011

      That sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing Lydia! Reply

  • Yana
    September 19, 2011

    I love this salad! We make it exactly the same except we use the imitation crab meat sticks. All you do is hold it between your hands and rub it together. It comes apart easily and we just throw it and mix it together. Reply

  • Olya
    July 1, 2011

    Sounds delicious I’ll have to try it, I make mine with just crabmeat, boiled eggs, corn, green onion and mayo. What are the black things on the picture above? Reply

  • Lena
    June 17, 2011

    Thank you very much for the recipe of this salad, I love it. Reply

  • Nelya
    May 21, 2011

    Hi Natasha! I just made this salad and its soo delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipes. I enjoy trying them out:) Reply

    • Natasha
      May 21, 2011

      I always love to hear when people try and enjoy my recipes. 🙂 it adds sweetness to my day so thank you! Reply

  • Nelly
    January 27, 2011

    Hey there…this salad sounds really good. I have a different way of making a crab salad…I will try yours and let you know how it goes. But i usually make mine with fresh cabbage, the crabs, green onions, and mayo. I add a little bit of salt and a little more pepper. Thanks for the recipes..God Bless Reply

  • Natalie
    January 26, 2011

    Hi – I have recently discovered your site and absolutely LOVE it! Quick question: can this salad be made the day before it is eaten or is it best freshly made and served? Reply

  • December 10, 2010

    i always make my crab salad with rice, eggs, corn and crab meat and this time i thought i’d try yours out-sure glad i did. the husband loved it and i couldnt keep my hands off of it!! Reply

  • Zina
    October 15, 2010

    I like to serve a few salads on my zakusky table and this turned out absolutely delicious. Your recipes are divine and I am so happy I found you. Reply

  • Margo
    September 19, 2010

    I LOVE this salad! Our first Russian exchange student made this for us for Thanksgiving and we have added it to our holiday menu ever since. His mother made it for me this summer when I visited them in Russia and of all the salads that were made for me this is still my favorite! Reply

  • David
    April 22, 2010

    Just thought that I’d return and tell you how much I enjoyed this recipe. THANKS! Reply

  • Ilona
    April 14, 2010

    Wow that does sound good. Thank you so much for this recipe… I make my crab salad with tomatoes and green onions and then put mayo, salt and black pepper to taste… When i take it to church parties, everybody likes it.. I will try this next time. Sounds yummmmyyyy Reply

  • Anna
    March 22, 2010

    I love crab salad. But I make it differently. I don’t use peas, but add 1/2 cup of rice, bell peper (usually red to give some color) and olives from the can.
    Great blog, btw. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 24, 2010

      Thank you!! Bell pepper sounds interesting. My aunt makes hers with rice too. Reply

      • Yulia
        January 5, 2015

        В нашей семье это одни из любимых салатов. Вариантов этого салата тоже много, многие делают с рисом, но рис делает салат более тяжелым. Я всегда заменяю рис тертым твердым сыром и добавляю черные оливки. Горошек мало кто добавляет. Иногда к крабовым палочкам добавляют креветки. Этот салат у нас готовится на каждый праздник, это уже традиция. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 6, 2015

          Cheese and black olives would be wonderful in this salad! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • sveta
    December 13, 2009

    this is hands down the best crab salad ever, if natasha werent my sister i would invite her just because of this salad Reply

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