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Cracked Crab with Herbed Avocado Sauce

This super-simple sauce was inspired by the tarragon tang and beautiful color of green goddess dressing. It's rich yet has a sharp bite and highlights the briny sweetness of crab. Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes resting time).

Sunset DECEMBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives (about 2 bunches)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 Dungeness crabs, cooked, cleaned, and cracked


1. Whirl avocados, olive oil, vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 cup water in a blender until smooth. Stir in chives and tarragon. Cover and let sit 30 minutes at room temperature to let flavors blend.

2. Season sauce with salt to taste and serve with crab.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 413
  • Calories from fat: 76%
  • Protein: 19g
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated fat: 5.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 6.8g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 482mg
  • Cholesterol: 87mg

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Cracked Crab with Herbed Avocado Sauce Recipe