Fresh Crab Escabèche
© Cedric Angeles

Fresh Crab Escabèche

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8 to 10

David Kinch's version of escabèche (marinated cooked seafood) combines sweet crab and crisp vegetables in a spiced-vinegar mix.


  1. 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  2. 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  4. 1 1/2 cups pure olive oil
  5. 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  6. 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  7. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  8. 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  9. 1 large carrot, cut into fine matchsticks
  10. 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  12. Small pinch of saffron threads
  13. Salt
  14. 1 1/2 pounds jumbo lump crab, picked over
  15. 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  16. Crusty bread, for serving
  1. In a large saucepan, toast the coriander, fennel and cumin seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the seeds to a plate and let cool. Finely grind the spices and return them to the saucepan. Add the olive oil, onion, shallot, bell pepper, garlic, carrot and sherry vinegar and bring to a gentle simmer over moderately low heat. Cook until the bell pepper is crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Add the thyme and saffron and season with salt. Let cool.
  2. Put the crab and parsley in a large bowl and pour the escabèche mixture on top. Gently toss, being careful not to break up the crab. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve with crusty bread.

Suggested Pairing

Serve this bright escabèche with a tangy, medium-bodied California Sauvignon Blanc.