Crab Salad with Ginger and Dried Orange Peel

"I use this machine all the time," says Jing Tio of his L'Equip dehydrator, which looks like a supersized plastic toaster with horizontal drying trays. Tio has perfected the art of drying orange peel, grinding it to create a citrus powder with a beautifully smooth flavor--delicious with his simple crab and scallion salad. You can buy granulated orange peel at specialty food shops.

 

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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Winter, Asian, Appetizers/starters, Salads, Fast, Healthy, Lunch

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 large scallion whites, thinly sliced, plus 1 scallion green, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound crabmeat, preferably Dungeness, Maine claw or lump, picked over
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated dried orange peel

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the scallion whites and ginger and cook over moderate heat until starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the sake, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sugar and cook, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 1 minute. Add the crabmeat and scallion green and toss lightly to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the salad to a platter and sprinkle with the granulated orange peel. Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.

Suggested Pairing

It's an easy day-trip from Jing Tio's store to the Santa Barbara wine country, an ideal source for white Rhône varieties like Marsanne and Viognier. Blended together, they make a great partner for this piquant crab salad.

Contributed By Photo © Earl Carter Published March 2006

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