Genuine crab salad can be expensive to make. However, when it's spread onto fresh avocado halves, it is well worth the money spent.
Not everyone loves crab meat. And if you do like, it's a double edged sword: delicious taste with a hefty price tag! There's no doubt about it, crab meat can be quite expensive depending on what time of year it is and what type of crab meat you're buying.
Buying crab meat is no simple task. There are countless varieties as well as types of meat available. As with anything that costs a little more, it's always a good idea to sample the various flavors in order to find the type that you like before making an actual purchase.
Crab meat varies considerably when it comes to grain, texture, and sweetness. Some of the more popular types of crab are Alaskan King, Blue Crab, and Queen Crab (also called Alaskan Snow). But there is also Dungeness, Rock Crab, Horseshoe, and Jonah. And those types are just a few of the many varieties that can be found world wide. Have you sampled the different types of crab? Until you've taken the time to taste each one, you don't know which one truly tickles your taste buds. Each type has its own unique qualities.
There is a particular period of time during a crab's growth cycle that it loses its shell in order to grow. Any crab that is caught during that time period is considered a Soft Shell crab.
Do you know what picked crab meat is? It means that the meat is, literally, hand picked by human hands. This is generally considered the best type of crab meat as it will have fewer shells and shell fragments inside of it (if any). Processed crab meat, which is removed from the shell by a machine, often contains shell fragments inside the meat. How much time do you have on your hands? Picked crab meat, although more expensive, is much quicker to prepare since you don't have to worry about shell fragments.
One use for crab salad is to spread it on top of Avocado halves. This combination makes for a tasty meal that's quick to make and will fill you up. However, it's not light on the wallet!
In a large bowl, mix together the following ingredients: 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (home made preferred), 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup finely chopped onion, and 4 tablespoons of lime juice. Now add 12 ounces of fresh (cooked) crab meat (hopefully you picked out a flavor that suits your taste buds!). Now mix it all together.
Cut four jumbo avocados in half. Remove their skin and the seeds. If you don't plan on eating this dish immediately, squeeze several drops of fresh lemon juice onto the avocado halves. The lemon juice will prevent them from turning brown.
Place your avocado halves onto serving plates, and then plop a healthy serving of the fresh crab salad onto each slice. The final step in this process is a simple one: eat!
1/4 cup of finely chopped onion 1/2 cup of your favorite mayonnaise 1/4 cup of finely chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 4 teaspoons of fresh lime juice 1/2 lemon (to squeeze juice onto the open avocado halves) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 4 jumbo avocados 12 ounces of cooked crab meat