With the farmers market filled with plump, juicy tomatoes, stacks of smooth-skinned zucchini, and aromatic fresh herbs, now is the perfect time to combine summer's best produce into one vegetable-filled pasta. Some bonus crabmeat kicks it up a decadent notch.
'Crab' on Serious Eats
Inspired by both the Cantonese dish of crabs sautéed with scallions and ginger, and Vietnamese banh mi, these oversized soft-shell crab sandwiches feature lightly toasted soft baguettes packed with three crisp sautéed soft-shell crabs each, along with ginger-chili mayo, quick-pickled carrots and cucumbers, fresh scallions, and cilantro.
The classic Maryland-style soft-shell crab sandwich usually comes on white sandwich bread with mayo, sliced tomato, and lettuce. In this variation inspired by the original, we add a delicious tomato salsa made from oven-dried tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and red wine vinegar.
Crab Masala Fry is a fragrant medley of spices and aromatics. Its spicy punch is set off deliciously by the sweet crab meat.
Crab can make an unexpected and elegant addition to your brunch table. This recipe makes the most out of the ingredient by preparing it into a delicate strata.
In my opinion, crab cakes are a welcome addition to any brunch table. And while a jumbo lump crab cake is a wonderful treat, this version loosens up the mix; the thinner cake is perfect for a lighter, but no less impressive-looking, breakfast sandwich. Some added layers of avocado and crisp bacon balance the tender and meaty cakes with creaminess and crunch.
The appetizer nachos in Ultimate Nachos run the gamut from simple melted cheese on chips to insane platters of Reuben sandwich-esque bites and croque monsieur stacks. These crab-topped nachos offer an app that is somewhere in the middle. Neither pedestrian nor gut-bombing, this elegant dish is mostly light and refreshing, with plenty of sweet, briny shellfish to satisfy.
Tender, succulent crab cakes with no starchy binders at all.
Fresh pasta tossed in a sweet-and-spicy vodka sauce flavored with fresh crab meat and chilies, all topped with crunchy bread crumbs.
For a real taste of Singapore, try this signature seafood dish: hard shelled crabs cooked in a flavorful sweet, salty, chili-hot tomato sauce. Have some rice or steamed buns on hand to mop it all up with.
Foregoing the usual cream cheese and breadcrumb stuffing in exchange for lump crabmeat and Italian Fontina makes these mushroom caps something special.
For my rendition of a traditional Maryland crab dip, I was actually inspired by the fiery Southeast Asian dish of Chili Crab, wherein fresh whole crabs are bathed and cooked in a spicy sauce of chiles and aromatics. The final dip is a Baltimore by way of Singapore concoction that is spicy and creamy with that "of the sea" flavor provided by the crab meat—a combination of flavors that will surely benefit any carrot stick, cracker, or chip.
Traditionally, the savoury course comes after dessert at the end of a large meal—just a few salty bites to have with a glass of port. This crab savoury is a simple dish, creamy salty crab topped with melted cheese, is designed to serve a crowd.
What can be better than combining fresh crab meat, avocado, and cheese? This simple dinner is also served with a tomato and avocado concoction on the side to round it out.
Feel free to makes the cakes ahead of time and hold them in the fridge overnight. You can even take them from the fridge straight to the pan, although if you do, I'd recommend letting the cakes sit in a warm oven for a few minutes to let the center of the cakes get up to temperature. Some sour cream or Greek yogurt, lemon wedges, cold beer, and a green salad, and brunch is ready to serve.
Crab cakes are simple to bring together and make a great last minute brunch because most of the items you can keep in your pantry. This recipe is for very simple crab cakes, but a few great additions would be any fresh herbs you've got in the garden, capers, or even bits of smoked salmon. A dry white wine would be the prefect thing to round out this simple brunch.
Creamy salads like chicken and tuna are pretty common summer lunchtime fare, but there's something about crab salad that feels like a special occasion. A little pricier than chicken and the chicken of the sea, crab is sweetly delicate, the sort of nuanced flavor that begs not to be overpowered.
This recipe from Sunday Nite Dinner is kind of a Vietnamese egg drop soup, with crab meat and asparagus that give the soup some freshness and a little sweetness, and just enough fish sauce and charred onion to give it some funk.
I have to thank Lourdes Castro, author of Latin Grilling for bringing this Crab, Avocado, and Potato Terrine (or Causa Limeña as it's known in its native Peru) into my life. With its layers of creamy, spicy mashed potatoes, sweet crab tossed with scallions, cilantro, and lime juice, and cool avocado, it marries three separately delicious elements into one mind-blowing terrine.