Keto Crab Salad Stuffed Avocados Recipe
If you need an easy low carb lunch idea, try these keto crab salad stuffed avocados! The crab salad is easy to throw together quickly and can be stored in the fridge for a few days to use for lunch. Just slice up your avocado, toss your crab meat in, and you’ve got a simple and filling lunch.
How to make keto crab salad
This crab salad is easy, and will probably remind you of how you make a traditional tuna salad – basically just a combination of seafood, mayonnaise, and seasonings!
Here’s what you’ll need for the crab salad:
- Crab meat
If you’ve got the budget for it, fresh-cooked lump crab meat tastes amazing in here! But it can be expensive and hard to find. In that case, feel free to go with canned crab meat.
You’ll just mix up your crab meat with the rest of the ingredients. Feel free to add extra spice if you want, like tossing in some Cajun seasoning or cayenne.
Then, just slice an avocado, remove the pit, and put a big ‘ol scoop of your crab salad in there. So easy and so delicious. I like to garnish mine with a little extra paprika and cilantro, but you can skip that step if you’re in a rush.
This easy keto meal has 25.5 grams of fat, 9.3 grams of total carbohydrate / 2.4 grams of net carbohydrates, and 12.5 grams of protein. That gives it a macro breakdown of about 74% fat, 11% carbohydrate, and 15% protein.
That might seem a little high on the carbohydrate side of things, but remember that most of those carbs come from fiber in the avocado – so the net carbs are actually very reasonable for a keto diet.
What about imitation crab?
Imitation crab is typically made up of inexpensive white fish like pollock, which is minced and then formed into a crab-like shape. Sometimes imitation crab has small bits of real crab in at as well, while other times it may only have a crab seasoning.
While pollock itself is a great choice, when it’s made into imitation crab a bunch of other ingredients – like starch and sometimes sugar – are added to form it into the crab-like shape and consistency.
Unfortunately, this adds unnecessary carbohydrates. For example, a 3-ounce portion of regular crab contains no carbohydrates, while a 3-ounce portion of imitation crab generally contains about 12 grams of carbohydrate.
If you wanted to use imitation crab rather than real crab in this recipe, just keep in mind it would add about 8 extra grams of net carbohydrate per serving – bringing the total to 10.5 g net carbs rather than 2.4 grams. Still doable for many on the keto diet, but not quite as ideal as a real crab!
How long can you store this in the fridge?
The recipe below makes enough for 4 servings. If you’re making the dish for multiple people, that’s great and you can use it all up then. But if you’re only making it for yourself, you can store the leftover crab salad in the fridge.
Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. I don’t recommend any longer than that for the best quality.
For the avocado, I recommend slicing what you need for the recipe that day. If you’re making four servings, slice both avocados. If you’re only making this for yourself, slice one avocado and save the other half for tomorrow.
When you are storing the other half of the avocado for later, you can prevent browning by sprinkling on a little lemon juice or lime juice, and then wrapping tightly in plastic wrap. This helps prevent oxidation from occurring that causes the browning.
Other keto stuffed avocado recipes
Stuffed avocados are a great way of creating a high-fat nutritious meals. Here are a few more keto-friendly ideas for you!
- Avocado breakfast boats – These avocados are stuffed with eggs, bacon, cheese, and tomato! Such a great savoury way to start the day.
- Cajun shrimp stuffed avocado – If you’re in the mood for more seafood, try these yummy Cajun shrimp stuffed avocados! It’s super simple to make with just a few ingredients you’ve probably already got around the kitchen.
- Tuna stuffed avocados – 4 ingredients and a few minutes make this one of the easiest lunch ideas around. And I love all these seafood recipes to help boost the omega-3s in the diet!
- Taco stuffed avocado – Normal tacos are delicious, but those corn tortilla shells pack in unnecessary carbohydrates. These taco stuffed avocados give you all the classic flavors you love, with even more healthy fats!
I hope you enjoy this keto crab salad stuffed avocado as much as we do at our house. If you try it, be sure to leave a recipe rating or comment!
Keto Crab Salad Stuffed Avocados
- 8 ounces crab meat
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika (plus optional additional for garnish)
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish (optional)
- 2 large avocados
- Combine the crab, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and paprika in a mixing bowl.
- Halve the avocados and remove the pit. Scoop about 1/3 cup of the crab salad into each avocado half. If desired, garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and cilantro.