Crab Salad Appetizers

These Crab Salad Appetizers are an easy, low carb appetizer for the holidays or any party! A simple crab salad on sliced cucumbers is a seriously tasty bite!

Looking for more low carb appetizer ideas? Check out our Italian Deli Roll Ups that would go perfectly with this beautiful Christmas Antipasto Platter!

crab salad on top on cucumber slices with a red bell pepper

An Easy Christmas Appetizer Recipe

So of course you don’t have to wait for Christmas to make these Crab Salad Appetizers, but they sure are a good one for the holidays!

Easy, make ahead appetizer recipes are always good to have on hand for Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any time you need to make a quick recipe that still looks this amazing.

I have to tell you, these crab appetizer are so good, we make them all year long. For a quick low carb snack or lunch or for watching the Super Bowl. It really doesn’t matter what the occasion is, or if there’s no occasion.

These Crab Salad Appetizers are just plain delicious. And the fact that they look so darn festive just makes them perfect for the holidays!

crab salad in a bowl with fresh dill

Do I Have To Use Lump Crab Meat For This Crab Salad Recipe?

Absolutely not. But you can if you really want to!

Lump crab meat will never be turned away at my house, but you really don’t have to spend the extra money for this crab salad recipe. First of all, you’ll be breaking a lot of the crab down when you’re mixing up the salad. Yes, you can gently fold the ingredients together but some of the lump crab meat will inevitably fall apart.

The other reason I don’t use lump crab meat for this recipe is that claw meat actually stays on the cucumber slice better! We actually tried using lump crab meat the first time we made this appetizer recipe and the “lumps” didn’t stay as well on the cucumber slices.

SO if there’s ever a reason to save a buck on an appetizer recipe, this is the time!

crab salad appetizers on a black platter with fresh dill

What Kind Of Peppers Are Used In This Crab Appetizer?

Aren’t these the cutest peppers???

We found them at one of our local grocery stores for the first time at their antipasto bar but now we are seeing them everywhere. These peppers are most commonly called Sweety Drops, so if you can find them, grab a bunch.

Sweety Drop peppers aren’t spicy but they have a slight kick to them. They are more on the sweet side but with a sharp kick from the brine that they are in. Honestly, these peppers are perfect on so  many things, we just love them!

But if you can’t find these Sweety Drop Peppers, here are some other ideas!

  • Sliced Olives (Green or Black)
  • Chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Banana Pepper Rings
  • Sliced Dill Pickles or Cornichons
  • Pickled Jalapeño Peppers
  • Sliced Grape Tomatoes

crab salad appetizers on a cucumber slice

Can I Make This Appetizer Recipe Ahead Of Time?

You can, although I would recommend assembling them right before serving. So go ahead and slice the cucumbers and make the crab salad and let them hang out in the refrigerator until you’re ready.

Then right before your guests arrive you can assemble and serve!

Looking For More Easy Appetizers?

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Classic Deviled Eggs

Hot Crab & Corn Dip

Creamy Jalapeño Dip

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Eggs


crab salad on top od a cucumber slice with a teardrop red pepper

crab salad on top on cucumber slices with a red bell pepper

Crab Salad Appetizers

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

These tasty low carb appetizers are perfect for the holidays or any party!



8 ounces crab meat (claw meat is fine)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh Black Pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon regular or smoked paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped plus more for garnish

1 cup Sweety Drop Peppers

24 cucumbers slices (from 1 large English cucumber)


Gently mix the crab, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and dill together in a bowl.

Add a heaping tablespoon of crab salad to each cucumber slice and top with a pepper and a piece of fresh dill.

Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Crab salad can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance, assemble appetizers before serving.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


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