Crab Louis

Crab Louis
Staff Writer
Crab Louis

Romulo Yanes

Crab Louis

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 49g 75%
  • Carbs 15g 5%
  • Saturated 1g 6%
  • Fiber 3g 14%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 36g 72%
  • Cholesterol 281mg 94%
  • Sodium 1,854mg 77%
  • Calcium 219mg 22%
  • Magnesium 87mg 22%
  • Potassium 939mg 27%
  • Iron 3mg 14%
  • Zinc 7mg 48%
  • Phosphorus 507mg 72%
  • Vitamin A 129µg 14%
  • Vitamin C 31mg 52%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 27%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 24%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 171µg 43%
  • Vitamin B12 6µg 98%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin K 84µg 104%
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