This recipe, a delicious, easy-to-make alternative to crab cakes, showcases the sweet-saltiness of the West Coast’s favorite, Dungeness crab. The flavor of the dish is pleasantly complex without the recipe being complicated for the cook to make. We can say with assurance that the result is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
We’ve also included our recipe for an elegant, easy curry mayonnaise. If you’re in a crunch for time, simply substitute purchased mayonnaise and add curry powder to taste.
For the curry mayonnaise:
The mayonnaise may be made ahead and kept in a sealed container for several days in the refrigerator. The recipe yields more curry mayonnaise than needed for the crab salad, but it’s a special treat to have on hand. The extra mayonnaise makes a delicious spread for sandwiches.
Substitutions and options: Jonah crab is the best substitute in this recipe because it has a similar sweetness and appearance to Dungeness crab. If substituting lump meat from blue crab, the salad will have a more buttery flavor and a less stringy texture. This is not a bad thing, just different.
You may substitute other sweet apple varieties, like McIntosh or Delicious, but do not use tart varieties such as Granny Smith. The additional sourness will throw off the balance of flavors.
Beverage pairing: Choose a Riesling with crisp acidity and hints of green apple and citrus. Recommended: 2001 Holloran Winery, “La Pavillon,” Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon; or Pikes Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia.
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