Crab Chirashi Dinner

January 15, 2008

When there's crab in the house there are no left-overs. Really, I can eat my body weight in these critters. But we actually had a bunch of meat remaining and I was at a loss for what to make. I didn't want crab cakes or bisque; I was in the mood for something along the lines of sushi, but frankly, was just too tired for anything that involved. So I thought, "What's tasty and requires the least amount of effort? Chirashi!" And, healthy too. Chirashi sushi literally means scattered sushi. There's no fixed recipe for chirashi, and your fish can be cooked or raw.

Ours was simply this: rice, crab meat, avocado, julienned cucumber, umeboshi (pickled plums), cooked carrot (I used my little crab cookie cutter to show that I wasn't completely slacking off in the preparation) and black sesame. YUM! I served it with a little wasabi and soy sauce and, of course, hot sake.