This video will help explain how to crack your crab claws - these aren't pacific rock crabs in the video, but they are close enough!  We linked it to start midway through so you don't have to learn about getting the body meat.

World Famous Crab Louie Salad



1/2 Cup Mayonnaise

1 1/2 Tablespoons Ketchup

1/2 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon juice

1/2 Garlic clove - minced

1/2 Teaspoon Tabasco sauce

1/4 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 Dashes of sweet smoked paprika

2 Dashes of chili powder

Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1/3 Pound of Asparagus

16 Ounces romaine heart - cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick

1 Six ounce seedless cucumber - thinly sliced or cut into spears

2 Medium tomatoes - cut into wedges (optional)

2 Hard-cooked eggs - cut into wedges

2 Radishes - thinly sliced

Crab meat (~.5lbs)

* This is usually prepared with Dungeness crab, we actually prefer to use Rock Crab - it seems to hold together better, yielding meatier chunks of crab through the whole salad!

  1. In a bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the ketchup, relish, lemon juice, garlic, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and chili powder.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the asparagus until just tender ~ 3 minutes. Drain and cool.
  3. Arrange the romaine, cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, eggs and asparagus on a platter.  Top with large chunks of the crabmeat and serve, passing the dressing at the table.


2/5 - Easy

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

5 Minutes