Easy Crab Salad

Easy crab salad recipes with essential oil.

For those of you who follow me in Instagram, you probably already know that I recently had an emergency appendectomy. Although these kinds of surgeries go a lot quicker nowadays with the advance of laparoscopic technology, surgery is still surgery and I was out for the count (unable to cook anything) for a full week. 




Once I was able to stand for short periods of time without too much pain or effort, I re-created this old Christy Boston recipe. My wonderful husband found it laying around while he was searching for recipes to make while I was laid up. I had scribbled it down a few years ago, stuck it in a folder and quite frankly, I had forgotten about it. So when he found it and showed it to me, it was like getting a little 'get well' gift!


This recipe requires no cooking, and takes 10 minutes to make (or 15 if you take your time). There are not a lot of ingredients, and only one requires chopping. I used imitation crab meat because I didn't want to pick through the real stuff. Hey, I needed a recipe that takes very little effort! The fish sauce makes up for any lack of spices. If you don't have the essential oil, you may substitute it with 1 teaspoon of the dried herb or a tablespoon of the fresh, just be sure to chop it to release its flavors if you use fresh marjoram.


I threw this together in the morning, then let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Once I had taken a much needed time of rest, lunch was ready to go. All I had to do was serve it up and enjoy.


This recipe is so easy, even a surgical patient can make it!

Nutritional Information

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Easy crab salad recipe nutritional information.
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Serves 4

Total Time: 10 Minutes


  • 3 cups imitation crab meat, shredded with a fork
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons sherry cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 drop marjoram essential oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Shredding the imitation crab meat is crucial to obtaining a texture that is like real crab meat, plus it insures that you'll get the most flavor with every bite, so be sure to do this step! Hold a piece of imitation crab meat down with one hand, and use the other hand to shred it with a fork. 


Dilute the essential oil in the olive oil.


In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld. The longer this crab salad sits, the more complex the flavors, so feel free to make this up to a day in advance.


Serve over lettuce, on toast points, or by itself.


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