How to use crab meat in cooking – Italian Cuisine

How to use crab meat in cooking


Crabmeat is a delicious but often little-known ingredient used in cooking. Here are some recipes that can give you an idea for excellent, slightly unusual dishes

With a strong taste, the crabmeat it is an ingredient that certainly stands out in any recipe. If you have never tried to use it, summer is the right time to experiment, cooking it in different variations, from appetizers to first courses, such aspotato, avocado and crabmeat salad or i garganelli with crab meat or, again, the crab balls.

The crab meat can be found already packaged in box, or you can extract it directly from the crustacean: for this maneuver it takes a little familiarity, but with our tutorial, which you can find in the gallery, it is not impossible. Here are some delicious recipes that include this ingredient.

Avocado caskets with crab meat

This is a truly original appetizer to open a dinner with. Get: 300 g of canned crab meat, 2 limes, 2 ripe avocados, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, white pepper, extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. Do so: start with avocado: cut them in half, remove the core, peel them. Now in a bowl with the previously drained crab meat, add the lime juice, the spoons of mayonnaise and pepper, with a drop of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and then fill the avocados.

Crab meat canapes

Canapes are always an excellent idea as an appetizer. For these canapes, you need: 300 g of crab meat (even canned is fine), 1 tablespoon of Sherry, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 egg yolk, 250 g of cooking cream, 30 g of butter, slices of toast, salt and pepper qb. Do so: drain the crab meat and chop it coarsely, season with a spoonful of Sherry, salt and pepper and mix well. In a small pan, melt the butter, then removing it from the heat, add the flour and mix always in the same direction. Meanwhile, in a bowl, add the cream, the egg yolk and beat vigorously; then add the mixture to the one based on butter and flour, mixing with a hand whisk. Pass the mixture over the heat for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, and then pour the thick sauce over the crab meat, mixing everything. Now take the slices of loaf bread, cut them into a triangle and toast them, then fill them with the mixture obtained.

Risotto with crab meat

This risotto can be aphrodisiac, so we recommend it for a romantic dinner. The doses are for two people. You need them: 120 gr of canned crab meat, 100 gr of cherry tomatoes, 160 gr of rice, ½ leek, 250 ml of vegetable broth, 1 clove of garlic, 1 knob of butter, ½ glass of sparkling wine, 1 tablespoon of mascarpone, salt, extra virgin olive oil and sweet paprika to taste. Do this: sauté the sliced ​​leek in a saucepan with the knob of butter. Then peel the tomatoes and cut them into chunks. In a separate pan, brown the garlic with the oil, the cherry tomatoes and the drained crabmeat. In the saucepan where you cooked the leeks, add the rice, toast it, then add the sparkling wine, then cover with the broth and cook. Season with salt. Before finishing cooking, add the crab meat with the cherry tomatoes to the risotto, stir in the mascarpone and add the paprika. Mix well so that all the ingredients are combined and serve hot.

Spaghetti with crab meat

A really fast first course, but rich in taste. You need them: 400 gr of spaghetti, 200 gr of canned crab meat, ½ glass of white wine, 150 ml of ready-made tomato sauce, 100 ml of cooking cream, 5 basil leaves, 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper as needed. Do so: in a pan, brown the drained and chopped crab meat with extra virgin olive oil, then blend with the wine and let the alcohol evaporate. At this point, add the tomato sauce and cream and mix. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti. When the pasta it is al dente, finish cooking in the pan with the sauce, adding a ladle of cooking water. Let everything set well and serve hot, adding the basil leaves.

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