What fruit says summer better than fresh, juicy watermelon?
Try this unique recipe for Grilled Watermelon and Crab Stick with Avocado Puree for your next late summer get-together. If you’re not a fan of crab, skip that step and serve the grilled watermelon with the avocado puree for a vegan-friendly appetizer or snack. Recipe provided by the executive chef at Double Tree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Watermelon & Crab Stick:
500 gm watermelon
100 ml lemon juice
15 ml sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
4 gm castor sugar
5.5 oz. (156 g) Alaskan king crab meat
½ cup (115 g) of finely sliced spring onions
A few pieces of red radish, thinly sliced
10 gm ginger cut into julienne
8 pieces of edible flowers petals
15 gm togarashi powder
Ingredients for Avocado Puree:
1 ripe avocado peeled with pit removed
5 gm ginger minced
a pinch of wasabi paste
5 ml lemon juice
5 ml sesame oil
Salt to taste
Half a pinch of togarashi powder
Prepare the avocado puree by scooping, mashing and whipping with a whisk until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients to the avocado puree and whisk until fully incorporated and blended. Jugni Style Tip: Throw it all into a food processor or blender to save time. Check for seasoning and adjust if required. Keep refrigerated.
Take the watermelon and cut into half horizontally, removing the outer rind and cutting into 4 rounds with a 2 cm thickness and 9 cm diameter. Place the cut watermelon in a deep bowl to marinate with the lemon juice, sesame oil, spring onion, sugar, salt and pepper, and set aside for 5 minutes. Preheat the grill and quickly grill the watermelon for about 1 minute on each side or until nice grill marks are achieved, remove from the heat and chill for 10 minutes.
Over a heated hot plate, sear the crab stick and set aside. With a butter brush, lightly paint the base of the grilled watermelon with sesame oil, then gently press the finely sliced spring onions onto the base of the watermelon to form a crust, shaking off any access onion. Place the grilled watermelon in the center on the plate. Place the chilled crab stick on top of the grilled watermelon. Put 3 dollops of the avocado puree on top and at the base of the crab stick and then garnish with thinly sliced radish, ginger julienne and edible flowers then finally lightly dust with togarashi powder. Serve immediately.