Crab Louis

Crab Louis
Romulo Yanes


For the dressing

  • 1 Cup  mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons  grated mild sweet onion, such as Walla Walla
  • 1/4 Cup  tomato-based chile sauce, such as Heinz
  • 1/4 Cup  sweet pickle relish, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon  lemon juice
  •  Pinch of  cayenne
  •   Coarse salt, to taste

For the salad

  • large eggs
  • head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 1/2 Pound  cooked crabmeat (about 6 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon  finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1-2  ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • stalks celery
  •   Lemon wedges, for serving

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by Martha Stewart

That a crab Louis is a West Coast classic is about all that can be agreed on about the popular salad. At last count, the recipe was credited to at least three different chefs named Louis in three different cities — San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle — at the turn of the 20th century. The dish is essentially cooked fresh crabmeat mixed with a creamy dressing flavored with onion, chile sauce, and cayenne. Use Dungeness crab if you can get it; otherwise, jumbo lump or peekytoe crabmeat works just fine. Although not as traditional, the salad can also be made with an equal amount of baby shrimp for similar delicious results. Whichever version you make, be sure to serve it the way they do out West: scooped onto a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce, with hard-cooked eggs, celery, and tomato served alongside.


For the dressing

In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, onion, chile sauce, relish, lemon juice, and cayenne. Season with salt, to taste. (The dressing can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 days; stir before using.)

For the salad

Place the eggs in a small saucepan and fill with enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn off the heat. Cover and let stand for 11 minutes.

Transfer to a small bowl and cover with cold water. Let cool and peel. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise.

Divde the lettuce among 4 plates. Scoop the crabmeat on top of the lettuce and sprinkle with parsley. Arrange the tomato wedges, celery stalks, egg halves, and lemon wedges around the crab. Spoon the dressing on top or serve on the side.


Calories per serving:

639 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 195g 299%
  • Carbs 58g 19%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 14g 55%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 41g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 144g 288%
  • Cholesterol 1,122mg 374%
  • Sodium 7,414mg 309%
  • Calcium 875mg 87%
  • Magnesium 349mg 87%
  • Potassium 3,751mg 107%
  • Iron 10mg 56%
  • Zinc 29mg 193%
  • Phosphorus 2,027mg 290%
  • Vitamin A 515µg 57%
  • Vitamin C 126mg 209%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 42%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 84%
  • Niacin (B3) 21mg 107%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 95%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 682µg 171%
  • Vitamin B12 24µg 392%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 17mg 84%
  • Vitamin K 334µg 418%
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