Big Sur Coastal Crab Cocktail
Serves 4
The roots of this recipe were created on our California trip to the Moss Landing-Big Sur area. As we did throughout our vacation, we went shopping without preconceived notions of what food products we were going to purchase. Stopping at roadside stands and local harbors, this is what we came up with for one of our evening meals. We are sure that you will enjoy this dish as much as we did even though we enjoyed this recipe in the grandeur of Big Sur in the private dining room of a Volkswagen Westphalia (candlelight of course) with a great bottle of wine. We recommend a Sauvignon Blanc, dry and crisp in style even though with this dish we had only a Pinot Noir from one of our winery stops along the way. It was an outstanding compliment to the dish as well. Talk to your favorite wine experts for their recommendation. As always we encourage visiting our local wine mongers Aloha Wine and Liquors, Bens Liquors, Bella Fiore and Divine Wine.
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291 calories
13 g
86 g
16 g
27 g
2 g
272 g
477 g
3 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291
Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 86mg
Sodium 477mg
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pound fresh Dungeness Crab
  2. 5 radishes approximately 11⁄2 inch diameter, thoroughly washed, quartered and thinly sliced
  3. 1⁄4 cup of cucumber, skinned, seeded, quartered and then thinly sliced (We suggest Persian cucumbers, which can be found at Trader Joe’s, or English cucumbers)
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onions (We recommend Peri Bros. from Yerington, or a Hawaiian sweet onion)
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or to taste
  6. Chiffonade (term for thinly sliced to 1⁄16 inch) of fresh lemon balm or mint (lemon balm is available at Raleys)
  7. 1 avocado firm but ripe (this is very important) cut into 1⁄4 inch cubes
  8. 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (organic)
  9. 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice or to taste
  10. 1⁄2 teaspoon raspberry vinegar
  11. 2 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions (green onions, 1⁄4 inch slice)
  12. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  13. *Optional: hearts of butter lettuce leaves
  1. Using a 12 inch mixing bowl, add the crab, the radishes, the cucumber, sweet onions, cilantro, fresh lemon balm or mint, and carefully toss together so as not to disturb the integrity of the crab meat. After a light toss add the avocado. Do not mix again until liquid mixture is added, this way the avocado holds its firmness.
  2. In a separate bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, raspberry vinegar and scallions. Add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Thoroughly whisk these ingredients together. Check for taste (ie: salt and pepper). Whisk again and then immediately add over the top of the Big Sur Crab Cocktail. Lightly, gently, carefully, toss all ingredients together one last time. Let set 5-10 minutes.
  1. We think putting this cocktail in a small bowl lined with whole hearts of butter lettuce leaves is a nice touch. This recipe will easily serve 4 as an entrée or 8 as an appetizer.
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