Salad of yabbies

Salad of yabbies

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1hour35min


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Yabbies, also known as freshwater crayfish, have flesh resembling lobster. They are best treated very simply so that the luxurious taste and texture come through.

Lynn Cole

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • For the Yabbie Salad
  • 1 kg fresh yabbies
  • 1 avocado, halved, stone removed and flesh chopped
  • 4 cups mixed salad leaves
  • For the Dressing
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Preparation:1hour30min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

  1. To kill the yabbies, place them in a deep bowl and wrap the bowl tightly in a towel. Place the bowl in the freezer for 1 hour. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the yabbies and cook for 5 minutes, or until the yabbies turn orange-red and the tails are tightly curled. Drain the yabbies and refresh in a sink of cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. To remove the yabbie meat, twist off the head where it meets the body. Use strong kitchen scissors to cut through the centre of the underside of the tail and gently peel the shell away from the meat. Remove the dark intestine if it is present (this generally applies to wild yabbies, but not to farmed ones).
  3. To make the salad dressing, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, caster sugar, garlic and salt and pepper to taste in a screwtop jar. Shake well to combine.
  4. Place the salad leaves in a large serving bowl. Add the avocado and yabbie meat. Pour on the salad dressing and toss gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Variation

Balmain Bug Salad: Replace the yabbies with 12–16 fresh Balmain bugs (also known as Moreton Bay bugs). Kill, cook and prepare the Balmain bugs in the same way as the yabbies.

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