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Avocado Crab Roll with Soy Sauce Caviar

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Imagine sweet Dungeness crab nestled in a cradle of creamy ripe California avocado slices, topped with a drizzle of lemon oil, fresh cilantro, and soy sauce pearls. The pearls look just like caviar, and provide the same briny pop in your mouth, but with the flavor of soy sauce. This recipe comes together quickly. Just be sure to refrigerate the vegetable oil before starting, so that it is cool enough to make the caviar!

Ingredients

  • 1-½ quart Vegetable Oil (chilled)
  • 8 ounces, fluid Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Agar-agar
  • 4 ounces, weight Fresh Cooked Dungeness Crab Meat
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Oil, Plus More For Drizzling
  • 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Chives
  • 1 whole Large, Ripe Avocado
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Cilantro, To Garnish
  • Coarse Sea Salt, To Taste, For Garnish

Preparation

Make the “Caviar”:
1. Pour the vegetable oil into a tall container (make sure it has extra empty space, so you can add the other ingredients later) and place it in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours (or overnight) so it is below 40 degrees when you are ready to start the caviar.

2. Whisk the agar agar into the soy sauce in a small saucepan and heat to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and let the soy sauce mixture cool at room temperature for 10 minutes, then pour it into a squeeze bottle.

3. Remove the oil from the refrigerator and drizzle the soy mixture into the oil. When the soy hits the oil it will bead into “caviar” and the agar agar will solidify. Let the soy caviar sit in the oil for 10 minutes, and then gently strain it out.

4. Gently rinse the soy caviar in ice cold water, then set them aside in the refrigerator.

Make the Avocado Crab Roll:
1. Toss the crab meat with the lemon oil and chives.

2. Slice the avocado in half, pit it, peel it, and thinly slice the fruit into horizontal slices. Place half of the avocado slices on a small piece of parchment paper (approximately 4 x 4 inches), fanning the pieces into a long strip. Pull the sides of the parchment paper up, causing the avocado slices to bend, creating a channel down the middle. Place half of the crab mixture in the channel. Use the parchment paper to gently pull the avocado around the crab into a tighter cylinder. Repeat with the other half of avocado and crab.

3. Place the two avocado rolls on a plate, avocado side up, and drizzle with a bit of lemon oil. Season with sea salt and garnish with a spoon of soy sauce caviar on each roll. Place sprigs of cilantro on the plate. Serve.

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Amy (Minimally Invasive) on 9.30.2011

What a great use of agar! Can’t wait to try it – this sounds perfectly delicious.

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simplyhealthyfamily on 9.30.2011

Oh my gosh! I love you right now! Soy sauce caviar? I’m giddy.

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