Refreshed Crabmeat Ravigote

September 23, 2012

Author Notes:

Sometimes your memories of food are better than the real thing. That's the case for me with a New Orleans dish called Crabmeat Ravigote. I remember it as a crab salad with the best lump crabmeat. The flavor of the crab was enhanced with lemon or vinegar, a hint of mustard, the crunch of a scallion, a little heat. A little research told me that "ravigote" means refreshed, and was a way to revive crabmeat that was about to go bad. Common recipes are loaded with mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, onions, peppers, Worcestershire...I wonder how you could taste the crab. So I decided to refresh the ravigote. This is a super simple recipe--feel free to increase or decrease the ingredients as you please. Just use really good lump crabmeat. I served it over a big salad.


Serves: 2


  • 1 cup lump crabmeat
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 1 inch piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 3 scallions, chopped fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper as desired
In This Recipe


  1. Gently toss everything together. Taste and adjust as you like. Serve.

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healthierkitchen October 1, 2012
This sounds terrific, nice and light and fresh! I will make this once my husband can eat scallions and red pepper again. He is coming off of a bad experience with too much advil at the moment.