Friday, February 05, 2010

Crab Tostada

During one of my Costco runs, I saw that they were offering a discount on crab meat. Normally, I wouldn't even give this a second look, not used to buying and eating any sort of already-processed, already-shelled crustacean meat. It must be the cheapskate in me that was lured by the two-buck discount that decided to give it a try.

left: pasteurized crab meat!
right: tortillas fried one by one by TS

We had some corn tortillas in the freezer and I thought we could finally try a tostada. I've seen tostadas on menus before but have never ordered them, always being tempted by tacos instead.

Now for the verdict, the good and the not-so-good. Unfortunately, nothing beats meat from a live-from-the-tank-before-you-eat-it-crab and there is a big, big qualitative difference between that and this processed and pasteurized crab meat.

We made our crab meat better by squeezing lime juice all over it. That seemed to restore the meat to some semblance of live-before-you-eat-it-crab freshness.

Our "winging-it" crab tostada consisted of fried tortilla, avocados for the "creamy" component (because we didn't have beans, refried or otherwise), lime-spiked crab meat, pico de gallo (tomato salsa), shredded cabbage and jalapeños.

The crab tostada, on the whole, was very good. What's not to love? Crispy corn tortilla, sweet-briny-salty crab meat, creamy avocado slices, and a piquant pico de gallo with juicy tomato chunks, crunchy cabbage slivers. . . the whole tostada is definitely more than the sum of its parts.

We'll just need to use actual fresh crab meat next time. But, knowing us and our lack of industry ("What, we need to cook crab then pick out all the flesh?!!"), we'll just choose a different filling next time. =)

[eatingclub] vancouver Mexican
Tacos... then
Tacos... now
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Semi-Lime-cooked, Semi-Yucatecan Shrimp with Garlic Chips
Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese with Pipían Verde
Quickie Turkey Tortilla Soup
Tacos of Carnitas with Pineapple, with Roasted Salsa and Sweet Potato
Shrimp a la Mexicana (Camarones a la Plancha)
Enchiladas Verdes
Cilantro Horchata
Strawberry Cilantro Salsa, on Grilled Flank Steak
Mexican Ancho Guajillo Chicken
Chipotle Ground Turkey on Flour Tortilla
Tacos... again (July 2009)
Tacos al Pastor with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
Tacos with Beer-braised Carnitas Filling
Shredded Beef and Tripe Tacos
Duck Enchiladas with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
Blueberry Tres Leches Cake
Crab Tostada
Homemade Mexican Chorizo Sausage
Torta (Mexican Sandwich)

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  1. Think I have seen that crab meat in Costco before but I never dare to buy....and I don't know why. Maybe I have nothing in mind I wanted to cook with those crab meat though I will buy fresh crabs and consume their meat/flesh :O

  2. Those look tasty. Maybe you need to find a grocery store that sells fresh picked crab meat?

  3. Crab tostadas sound so decadent and good!

  4. Hi gals - This looks great and better with avocado vs beans...much fresher taste. I've picked up that brand before and it's quite good.

  5. I think I must buy avocado and make tostada tonight. Yours is very pretty!

  6. this brand of crab meat is what we used for making crab/asparagus soup or some of the other crab soups such as bun rieu..but your creation looks great..the tortas here in LA tends to get really soggy quick and yours look still crispy!

  7. tigerfish:
    Actually, we're the same way. But I guess the DISCOUNT called out to us. LOL.

    Yeah, I think we've seen fresh lump crab meat around... except they were just too expensive for us. -)

    Joan Nova:

    Ravenous Couple:
    Yeah, this crab meat definitely is better cooked than eaten as is. We should yry making crabmeat & asparagus soup one of these days!


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