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Alex's Crab Louis
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Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Crab Louis

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
This is a chilled salad invented by a Seattle chef—and I feel like that makes sense. It had to be a chef that had a ton of fresh seafood around that would create a dish like this. Honestly, it’s a bit elaborate, but it’s wonderful because it manages to be both casual and fancy at the same time. The sauce has a tingle of heat and some sweetness, too. It’s almost like a slightly creamy cousin of shrimp cocktail, but with crabmeat.


Sauce Louis:

Crab and Plating:


  1. Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, sour cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, half the scallions and a pinch of salt. Taste for seasoning.
  2. For the crab: Spread the crab out on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining scallions and half the chives. Drizzle with the sauce to taste. Do not mix.
  3. To plate: Arrange the lettuce leaves as cups in a circle on a large plate. Disperse the tomatoes around the lettuce. Spoon some of the crab into each lettuce cup. Top each cup with an egg quarter and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining chives and a squeeze of lemon. Hold in the refrigerator until ready to serve and enjoy cold.