My Fav Seafood Salad Recipe Publix Copycat

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If you are an imitation crab lover like me then you must know about My Favorite Dreamy Seafood Salad Recipe! Try this pretty perfect copycat of Publix’s popular Deluxe Seafood salad recipe. This recipe is number one in my arsenal of yummy salad recipes.

I have been in love with the Publix Deluxe Seafood Salad for years. We moved to North Carolina from Florida in 2007 and a couple of years ago Publix moved here too! Yay!

Something seems fishy, to me the seafood salad here in North Carolina seems slightly different from the Florida version, maybe they updated the recipe from the original a bit or maybe they use a different mayonnaise brand in North Carolina. The recipe is top secret at Publix, so who knows what the real verdict is.

The North Carolina version has small shrimp in it and to me has a little too much mayonnaise. I’m ok with the small shrimp but the mayo needs to be toned down for us.

I also think Which Wich crab salad sandwich and Subways seafood sensation sandwich are pretty darn good too. There isn’t any shrimp in their version. So I tried to combine these two recipes to get that perfect blend of mayo and seasonings. Here is my version of my favorite Seafood Salad Recipe~

How to make my Seafood Salad Recipe

Seafood Salad Recipe

Seafood Salad Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Imitation Crab & Shrimp salad recipe


  • 1- 1.5 lb Imitation Crab
  • 4 oz can of tiny shrimp, optional
  • 2-3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Celery stalks diced
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, I use Hellmann's
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • tsp Salt & Pepper to taste, start with 1/4 tsp each
  • 1/4 tsp to taste of dried dill


  1. Remove crab from package and separate flakes.
  2. Chop and shred the crab in a large bowl.
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight to blend flavors.
  5. Serve with crackers for a snack or deli rolls for a crab salad sandwich.


Adjust the mayo as needed. You can also add a teaspoon of lime juice for added zing. You can also add pasta shells for a great summer salad.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 80Saturated Fat 1.3gCholesterol 58mgSodium 387mgCarbohydrates 8.3gFiber 0.5gSugar 1.2gProtein 7.3g

I could literally eat crab salad every day. This recipe hits the spot when I can’t talk my husband into going to Which Wich for me!


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  1. 8.23.20
    cllaporte said:

    I don’t taste onions in our local many Publix here in north Fl, however roasted red peppers are definitely in the mix.

  2. 8.5.20
    Sharon said:

    I also live in Florida and LOVE Publix seafood salad. I was told years ago ( I think by an employee) that the secret ingredient was a small amount of sweet pickle juice mixed in with the mayo. So if I make my own, I do that. It adds a bit of sweet plus the light taste of something extra….

    • 8.13.20

      Ooh, thanks for the tip! I may try adding some.

      • 8.13.20
        Sharon said:

        After seeing your post, I HAD TO have some Publix Seafood Salad on crackers for an after dinner snack. Next time I crave it, I will use your recipe to make my own. Thank so much….

  3. 9.28.18
    Paula said:

    do you think they may use a “salad dressing” like Miracle Whip or the like??? Dukes mayo ?

    • 9.28.18
      Kim said:

      No, I do not think my Publix uses Miracle Whip. You can use whatever mayo you like to make the recipe your own.

  4. 2.21.18
    Nicole said:

    Thank you Kim! I have been trying to decipher the Publix seafood salad secret to the mayo…my favorite part of it. not too tangy and not too much. Sour cream and Mayo!!! of course! This copycat was pretty perfect.

  5. 1.20.18
    Jillian said:

    Looks so yummy. I always use cucumber when I make it. Try it. It’s fantastic!

  6. 12.23.17
    Trisha said:

    This is excellent. I used Just Mayo by Hampton Creek and greek yogurt. Perfect for an appetizer or eat it with a fork. Yum! Thank you!

  7. 11.23.17

    Thanks for a simple and yet delicious recipe I can tell just from the picture (and ingredients) that it is what I was looking for dinner tonight!

  8. 7.19.17
    Mr.Ed said:

    Instead of Hellmans Mayo try Hellmans Balsamic Mayo

    Love the recipe

    • 7.21.17
      Kim said:

      Sounds great Ed! I will try it, I love Balsamic anything!

  9. 7.10.17
    Shannon Gibson said:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe to make. Going to try this one today.
    Never made it before, have always bought from grocery store but can no longer find any that I like. Will let you know how it turns out. Never thought of making it as a sandwitch. We’ll see. ;)

  10. 7.9.16
    Rob said:

    I like this recipe. Publix does taste different (I grew up and still live in Florida). It is very good. There are so many variations that taste good but I feel to get it closest to the big “P” is less is more. When you taste publix seafood salad you taste the sweetness of the seafood (imitation or not). So don’t over season. Just keep it simple.

  11. 6.23.16
    Dani said:

    Made this and made it again! And plan on making over and over lol! The weather is getting so hot and I’ve been searching for something besides pasta salads, chicken salad, etc. and this was a wonderful alternative! I have a multi generation family to feed from 80 year old mom down to 2 year old grandson. And I am happy to say all were happy. Mom wants me to fix this once a week and she’s my most picky eater! Just wanted to say thanks so much for the recipe! You made my family happy and that’s a really wonderful thing!

    • 6.23.16
      Kim said:

      Oh you are so welcome Dani, you are so sweet! Tell your mom I am glad she likes it. Have a great weekend!

  12. 5.13.16
    Mendee said:

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! My family absolutely loves it. I did use 2 pounds of crabmeat and included the canned shrimp. Two thumbs up!

    • 5.14.16
      Kim said:

      So glad you tried it and your family approved! Yay! Thanks for stopping by.

  13. 3.13.16

    I love a good seafood salad, especially now that the weather is turning so much nicer. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! The party goes live again tonight, we hope to see you there!

  14. 3.8.16
    Stephanie said:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it at Tasty Tuesday where you’ve been featured and pinned! Please come back this week!

  15. 3.7.16
    Martie said:

    This sounds so refreshing, but rich at the same time! I can’t wait to try it! :)

  16. 3.2.16
    Erlene said:

    This looks delicious! Love the combo of the shrimp and crab….so yummy!