Saucy Seafood Macaroni Salad

Susan Bickta


I first tasted this macaroni salad at a picnic in 1978. I don't know where the recipe originated, but this is the version I have come up with. The addition of cocktail sauce is the perfect compliment to the surimi. On special occasions I use shrimp instead of the imitation crabmeat.


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10 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 box
    macaroni or pasta shells (12 ounces), cooked al dente
  • 6 oz
    imitation crab, chopped (or 1/2 pound cooked shrimp)
  • 3
    large eggs, hard cooked, chopped
  • 2
    stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 c
    frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 c
    salad dressing (not mayo)
  • 1/3 c
    cocktail sauce
  • 1/4 tsp
    old bay seasoning
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Saucy Seafood Macaroni Salad


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, imitation crab (or shrimp), chopped eggs, celery, onion and peas.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the salad dressing, cocktail sauce and old bay. Add to pasta mixture and toss gently to coat.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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About Saucy Seafood Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #pasta, #Imitation Crab

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