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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad is divine! I absolutely love it. It's a bit of a splurge with the ingredients involved but can easily be made budget friendly too. I will typically make this for gatherings or special occasions. Everyone loves it! If you love seafood that is and we sure do! Fresh and delicious.


  • 1 lb Medium Shell Pasta, cooked
  • 2 tbs Butter
  • 1 c Diced Celery (about 3 stalks) 
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 12 oz Salad Shrimp (frozen cooked & peeled) 🦐
  • 8 oz Lobster (frozen cooked & peeled)
  • 8 oz Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • 1 c Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes

Cook pasta according to directions. My general rule of thumb when cooking pasta is about 16 cups of water with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Bring water to a boil and add pasta, cook for 10 minutes. Drain well.

While the pasta cooks.... add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted.

Add the celery and onions to the skillet, I used a Vidalia onion because they're in season, and cook until translucent. This will take about 5 minutes.

Add the lobster, crab, and shrimp to the skillet and saute until heated through then remove skillet from heat and set aside.

Lump crab is sky high y'all. That's why I said this is a bit of an indulgence to make. 8 ounces will run you around $15.00. I know, I know! Don't tell on me y'all!! That's why I only make this to serve to others, when you want to do it up a bit for guests. You can use lump or flake crab, which is considerably less expensive if you prefer. It's typically 1/3 of the price of the jumbo lump crab meat. The lobster is typically just under $10.00 and so is the shrimp. You could just go with shrimp only if your heart desires. Just use double shrimp if going that route. You can find all of these items in the seafood section at your local grocery store.

Okay...back to this recipe...

In a large mixing bowl, add mayonnaise (I use Dukes) , lemon juice, Old Bay, salt, pepper, and parsley. Whisk to combine.

Add the sautéed seafood and veggies to the mixing bowl and give a stir to combine.

Finally, add the cooked pasta. Stir to mix it all together. 

While this can be served warm, my preference is to chill it in the refrigerator for at least half an hour, then serve. 

This dish is creamy, delicious and so fresh tasting with just the right amount of seasoning. Your family and guests will love it. Leftovers are great too!

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1 comment:

  1. Just pinned your awesome salad! Thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday, I really appreciate you sharing with us!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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