Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad

Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad - Easy pasta salad recipe from Family Fresh Meals

How to make the best seafood salad!

Have you ever one of those days when there’s just no time to make dinner?

You might have plenty of time earlier in the day. But then from about 4pm on, you’re just booked solid. Doctor’s appointments, after-school activities, afternoon meetings – whatever it is, you’re running around steadily until you finally come home at dinnertime. And then dinner isn’t ready, because you had no time to cook.

Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad Ingredients crab celery and noodles in bowls

On days like that, it’s really handy to have a dinner recipe that you can whip up ahead of time, so it’s ready and waiting when you finally get home. The Crockpot is a good way to do this, of course, but what if you want a cold meal instead of a hot one?

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Why, then you whip up this Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad, of course. It’s a hearty mix of shell pasta, imitation crabmeat, chopped celery, and a zesty, creamy dressing with a touch of Old Bay Seasoning. All you have to do is mix everything together and pop it in the fridge to chill, and it will be ready and waiting whenever you come home.

Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad

(printable recipe and ingredient list at bottom of post)


  1. Place cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl.Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad - Cooked noodles in a bowl - Family Fresh Meals
  2. Add in celery and crab meat. Mixing in mayo, sugar, vinegar and lemon juice.Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad - Pasta salad mixed in a mixing bowl
  3. Next add in your salt,  pepper, onion powder and Old Bay Seasoning.Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad - Adding seasoning to seafood salad
  4. Mix all together in a large bowl. Chill for at least 2 hours. Served chilled.Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad - pasta salad served in a small white bowl

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Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad

Author Corey
This Homestyle Seafood Pasta Salad recipe is a summer favorite. It’s a hearty mix of pasta, crabmeat, celery, and a zesty, creamy dressing. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
chilling 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 lb Medium Shell Pasta cooked
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning seafood seasoning


  • Place cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in celery and crab meat.
  • Mix in mayo, sugar, vinegar and lemon juice.
  • Next add in your salt,  pepper, onion powder and Old Bay Seasoning.
  • Mix all together in a large bowl. Chill for at least 2 hours. Served chilled.


Love seafood? Try adding some cooked shrimp to this recipe for an extra seafood kick! 


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1231mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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  1. Karen Becker says:

    Hi Corey, This looks delicious! I just want to be sure about the amount of mayonnaise to use. It says to use “1.5 cups and 1/2 cups mayonnaise”. So do I use a total of two cups?

    1. Sorry about that Karen! The recipe card had been fixed. It is only supposed to be 1.5 cups.

  2. This sounds nice and refreshing for this time of year. I am pinning it to try soon.

  3. Donna Schumacher says:

    5 stars
    I have made this several times. I used Italian Pipette pasta. Added 12 – 16 0z. petite frozen peas, thawed and 12 oz. tiny frozen, cooked shrimp along with the imitation crab. It is so good!

    1. Nancy Besser says:

      What is Old Bay like?Is it spicy?

    2. This is a seafood spice. I wouldn’t characterize it as spice.

    3. Molly Crocker says:

      It’s a spice blend that was originally for seafood, but it works great on lots of things. Not spicy. Celery salt, paprika, ground black pepper make up the base of the blend.

  4. 5 stars
    My mom loved the seafood pasta and she couldn’t stop eating it. She kept going back for more. I used Bow Ties Pasta and added shrimp, green peas and peppers. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I really liked this recipe. I bumped up the Old Bay (I’m from Maryland) and added shrimp which I also steamed in Old Bay and added boiled eggs. Delicious. Of course you have to season to taste. I do not add my crab until the very end – after its cold and seasoned completely because I use lump crab meat. You do not want to lose your lumps.