Serves 4
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 1 minutes
Ingredients

KAFFIR LIME AND LEMONGRASS BROTH:

1 medium Alaska Grown onion

1 medium Alaska Grown carrot

1 stalk Alaska Grown celery

1 bay leaf

1/2 Tablespoon ground turmeric

3 garlic cloves

1/2 Tablespoon black peppercorn

3 stalks lemongrass (split)

1 package (about .5 oz.) kaffir lime leaves

3 quarts water

 

WILTED KALE AND QUINOA SALAD:

2 cups cooked tri-colored quinoa (1/2 cup dry uncooked quinoa)

1 cup torn Alaska Grown kale leaves

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

 

CILANTRO GINGER PESTO:

1 bunch cilantro

1-1/2 Tablespoons fresh grated ginger

1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

2 oz. toasted almonds (about 3/4 cup slivered)

1/3 cup olive oil

Salt and Pepper,  to taste

 

FENNEL ORANGE SALAD:

4 oz. Alaska Grown fennel, sliced thin

1 orange, segmented

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

BUTTER-POACHED ALASKA KING CRAB:

8 oz. clarified butter (see Note)

2 to 3 lb. wild Alaska king crab

Alaska Grown beet sprouts, for garnish

Directions

KAFFIR LIME AND LEMONGRASS BROTH:

Place all ingredients in a large pot over high heat; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.  Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl and strain broth, discarding solids.  Keep broth warm until ready to serve.

 

WILTED KALE AND QUINOA SALAD:

Remove stems from kale and tear leaves into bite-size pieces.  Heat oil in a pan and sauté garlic 1 minute or until golden.  Turn off heat and stir in kale and cooked quinoa.

 

CILANTRO GINGER PESTO:

Place all ingredients in a blender and purée; set aside.

 

FENNEL ORANGE SALAD:

Combine fennel and orange in a mixing bowl.  Squeeze lime over and season with salt and pepper; set aside.

 

BUTTER-POACHED ALASKA KING CRAB:

Heat clarified butter in a small saucepan and keep war crabmeat from shell, keeping the meat in one piece, if possible.  Dip crab in butter and gently toss to coat just before serving.

 

To serve: In a shallow serving bowl per person, add 1 or 2 ladles of Kaffir Lime Broth.  Toss Wilted Kale and Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Ginger Pesto and divide evenly among bowls.  Top with Butter-Poached King Crab and Fennel Orange Salad.  Garnish, if desired, with Alaska Grown beet sprouts.

 

NOTE: To make clarified butter, heat 12 oz. unsalted butter in a heavy-duty saucepan over low heat until melted.  Simmer gently until foam rises to top of surface; remove pan from heat and skim froth from the top (discard foam or keep for adding to soups, polenta, bread, oatmeal, etc.).  Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl.  Strain butter, leaving any solids in the pan.  Store clarified butter in refrigerator up to several weeks.

 

Recipe by Chef Shane Moore, South Restaurant, Anchorage, AK