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Shrimp and Old Bay Macaroni Salad

Seafood lovers will fight over this flavorful twist on macaroni salad. Add any cooked seafood you'd like.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Chilling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 27 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: seafood macaroni salad, shrimp macaroni salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Large mixing bowl


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 8 ounces elbow pasta (half a box) slightly undercooked
  • ½ cup diced fresh cucumber
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup cooked mini shrimp


  • Make the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, salt, black pepper, and Old Bay in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add the pasta, veggies, and shrimp. Place the cooked, cooled pasta in a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing on top. Add the veggies and shrimp and stir well.
  • Chill. Let the macaroni chill for at least 2 hours. Serve cold.


I cook the macaroni for 1 minute less than the box recommends.
You can find mini-cooked shrimp in the freezer section.  If you can't find them, just chop up regular-sized shrimp.