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Crab Cocktail Thingies

Prep: 20 min | Cook: 0 min | Total: 20 min | Servings:16


Crab Cocktail Thingies
Crab Cocktail Thingies
Crab Cocktail Thingies
When I originally set out to do this, I was planning on doing a very basic "Crab Cocktail Shooter". I may, still! I went to the store to purchase my ingredients and additionally sought some shot glasses. They were not to be found. Instead I found a stack of plastic wine glasses, with the detachable bases. I thought, "This is for a party and ... these are clearly disposable. DONE!" I bought them, then changed the concept to something slightly more elaborate.

Now, it's more like a Mexican Crab Cocktail ... ish thingie ... in a disposable wine glass! Fun, huh?!

It's incredibly beautiful, totally light and incredibly delicious. There's no cooking involved and no big mixing of ingredients. The only real trick requires some knife skills, but ... even then ... it's not that big of a deal. Just use good fresh ingredients and you'll almost always win, almost all of the time!

Note: Suggest your guests slurp it down. People love it when they look at something so pretty and you say, "Slurp!"

How To Note: The third step says to make lime sections. You can use the method in this video to make lime sections (called "Supremes").

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 each (67g)  fresh lime, washed3.820.071.32.0701.25
1 lb (454g)  fresh assorted fresh tomatoes, finely diced82.3204.4917.464.49012.97
1 each (6.67g)  jalepeno chillies, seeds removed and finely diced2.
8 oz (227g)  lump crab meat, drained and picked to remove shells232.043.3645.40000
1 whole (136g)  avocado, peeled and finely diced22721312903
16 sprigs (15g)  cilantro leaves, fresh whole3.500.75.500.25
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 16 Servings):550.6824.4g53.05g31.93g14.25g0g17.68g
Per Serving:34.421.53g3.32g2g0.89g0g1.11g *


  1. With a vegetable peeler, peel the very outside green layer of the lime. Probably 2 nice strips of lime peel are all that is needed. When peeling, be careful to only get the green portion of the skin and not the white part, underneath. If you do pick up some of the white part (the pith), you can scrape it off the strip with a spoon.
  2. Once you have your strips, slice them into VERY thin strips, like ... lime hairs or noodles. Set them aside.
  3. Now, make lime sections, by peeling the entire lime, so that just the meat is leftover, within the lime. Now cut with the knife close to one white section, cutting halfway into the lime. Now, cut alongside the next white line, down to the center. Repeat this process, removing the sections between each white line, as you go. If any seeds come out in the process, remove them.
  4. Give a very course chop to each lime segment, resulting in about 3 or 4 pristine fresh lime segment pieces. Set this aside.
  5. Lay out 16 "glasses" on the countertop, then produce each of the following steps in each "glass".
  6. Now, in the base of each glass, add about 2 tbsp of tomato dice. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place a very small sprinkle of very finely diced jalepenos.
  8. Place about 1/2 oz of crab meat on each pile of tomatoes.
  9. Place the avocados on the top of the crab.
  10. Add 3 or 4 pieces of lime onto the top of each pile.
  11. Garnish with the lime zest and cilantro.
  12. Serve!

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Hi Ed, thanks! I'm happy my info is helpful! :) Unfortunately, there's no real way for me to add sodium. A long time ago, I thought about adding it in, but ... opted to leave it out, for a few reasons. 1. There's no room! That chart is already packing a lot of info into a small space. 2. I never suggest an amount of salt to use. The overwhelming majority of sodium comes from the added salt in any given recipe, which ... I leave completely up to you and your tastes. Because of this, the recipe would always been inaccurate. 3. While I realize there are people who genuinely must cut down on sodium due to medical conditions, for the most part, the struggle against salt as been exaggerated. I do not believe people need to restrict salt usage as much as conventional wisdom wants us to. Finally ... and at this point, just a fairly hard reality ... even if I DID want to add the sodium, there are about 400 recipes on my website. At an average of about 8 ingredients per recipe ... that would put me in the position of researching and adding the sodium content of over 3000 different ingredients. THAT would be a monster of a task! I am sorry. Ultimately, I do wish it were there in some manner, but ... the reasons for leaving it off won the tug of war at the time ... and it's since stayed that way. Sorry!

 DJ  2/9/2014


Been following you for a while now and like your recipes a lot since I am diabetic and my doctor suggested I limit myself to 75 net carb per day. Your recipe nutritional chart is very helpful. I just wondered: Would be possible to include sodium content in the analysis as well?

 Ed Lair  2/8/2014