Crab Louis

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  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 main-course servings
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2 cups lump crabmeat (about 1 pound)

1 cup prepared mayonnaise

4 teaspoons chili sauce

1 tablespoon finely chopped green bell pepper

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

2 scallions, finely chopped

Worcestershire sauce, to taste

Hot sauce, to taste

Freshly ground pepper

1 hard-boiled egg

4 to 8 Bibb lettuce leaves, washed and dried

4 thick slices beefsteak tomatoes

1 ripe avocado, seeded, peeled, and quartered lengthwise


  1. Using your finger, carefully pick through the crab and discard any bits of shell or hard cartilage. Try to leave the lumps as intact as possible. Put the meat in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, bell pepper, lemon juice, 1/2-teaspoon salt, scallion, a couple dashes Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Season the dressing with pepper to taste.
  3. Gently fold about 1/4 cup of the dressing into the crab with a rubber spatula. Take care not to break the crab into smaller pieces. Put the crab salad and the dressing in the refrigerator until cold.
  4. Meanwhile, put the hard-boiled egg in a fine sieve set over a bowl. Using the back of a spoon, rub the egg through mesh to make a fine textured garnish. Set aside.
  5. Divide the lettuce leaves among 4 plates. Top each with a tomato slice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place an avocado quarter across each tomato slice and top with 1/4 of the crab mixture. Spoon some of the dressing over the crab and sprinkle each salad with some of the egg. Serve and pass the remaining dressing at the table.
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