Crab Tacos with Pickled Jicama “Tortillas”

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These Crab Tacos with Pickled Jicama “Tortillas” incorporate traditional Latin ingredients and a hit of Asian simplicity. Cooked shrimp would be great here as well.

Crab Tacos with Pickled Jicama “Tortillas”

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I’ve used pickled jicama slices as tortillas but you may serve the crab salad on corn or flour tortillas if you prefer.

Crab Salad Taco with Pickled Jicama "Tortillas"

Ingredients

  • 1 jicama (at least 4" in diameter)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ pound lump crab meat
  • ½ cup tiny diced mango
  • 3 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 3 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • ½ teaspoon pico de gallo powder (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 16 whole fresh mint leaves (as garnish)
  • 16 lime wedges (for serving)

Directions

Make the jicama “tortillas”: Halve the jicama and make 16 very thin center cut slices. A mandoline is very helpful for getting thin, uniform slices. Use a 3 ½″ round cutter to cut each of the slices into uniformly sized rounds. Place the rounds in a shallow, heatproof bowl. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, stir the apple cider vinegar, water, salt, sugar and turmeric until the salt and sugar dissolve. Place the pan over high heat and bring the brine to a boil.

Pour the brine over the jicama slices, making sure some liquid gets between all the slices. Set aside to come to room temperature.

Make the crab salad: Place the crab meat, diced mango, rice vinegar, thinly sliced green onion, thinly sliced mint, and ½ teaspoon pico de gallo powder in a medium bowl. Gently fold the mixture together until well incorporated, taking care to keep the lump crab meat from breaking up too much.

Make the tacos: Drain the pickled jicama slices and gently pat them dry with paper towels. Lay the slices onto a serving platter and divide the crab salad equally between each of the slices. Garnish the taco with a sprinkle of pico de gallo powder and a mint leaf. Serve with lime wedges on the side.