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Crab Guacamole

Avocado lovers are very happy to live in Southern California, where avocados are plentiful and fairly inexpensive all year long. We have just the right weather to nurture them along, and we can enjoy them in January just as much as we enjoy them in July. If you can’t find them around where you live this time of year, you can always order them online.  Or you can enter the giveaway I’m hosting today for California Avocados Direct– maybe you’ll get lucky!  Their family farm is just 20 minutes from my house!  See the end of this post for details.

Let’s talk about what I like to do most with avocados:  make guacamole!  In this recipe, I combined crab with avocados to create Crab Guacamole.

Oh yeah… those are some big chunks of crab you see in that guacamole.  Let me show you how I made it…

First things first.  How do you pick a ripe avocado?  DON’T pick it up and digitize it (squeeze your fingers into the avocado).  If you do that, you’ll be created dark spots in the avocado for the next person who comes along and picks it up and buys it. DO hold it in your hand and gently press with your palm and hand. If it gives a little, it’s ready to bring home.  If it gives a lot, you don’t want to bring it home… it’s too ripe.

What’s the best way to get an avocado out of its skin?  Take a sharp knife and cut all the way around the avocado (the long way).  Gently twist it and it will come apart into two pieces. On the half without a pit: use a large tablespoon to scoop out the avocado flesh.

Use a sharp knife to tap into the pit lightly, twist it and it will come right out of the avocado. Then you can scoop out the flesh from the other half.

Use a fork for mashing lightly.  You still want to leave some chunks in there when you make guacamole, so don’t use your food processor… you’ll end up with avocado puree.

See chunks?  Just like this.

For my crab guacamole, you’re going to add a little cream cheese and sour cream.

And then you’ll add a couple of spoonfuls of fresh salsa (the store-bought stuff is fine), lime juice, salt and pepper.

And CRAB!  I got my crab from Andersen Seafoods.  It’s delivered overnight in iced-down packaging, and it looks just as good here as it really is.

Pretty easy recipe, right?  I always drizzle a little bit of lime juice on top to keep the guacamole from browning.  And you need tortilla chips for dunking too.  If you’re low-carbing it, thin sliced jicama is a great alternative to chips.

We enjoyed our crab guacamole with good friends, cruising on a boat on San Diego Bay… another great thing you can do in SoCal all sunny year long 🙂

And now for the GIVEAWAY! California Avocados Direct is a “Farm to Table” avocado gift box business offering the finest California avocados grown on their family farm in Southern California. They hand pack and ship their avocados the same day they are harvested.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a box of avocados to mess around with for your Super Bowl party??  Today, California Avocados Direct is offering one lucky RecipeGirl reader 1 box of 9 Fuerte Avocados to be delivered via mail.

This giveaway is open to anyone with a USA mailing address.  For a chance to win, please leave one comment sharing your favorite way to eat avocados. The winner will be chosen via at the end of the day on Sunday, Jan. 22nd.  The winner will receive one box of 9 Fuerte avocados from Good luck to all who enter!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner (chosen randomly via is commenter #175 Kim.  Thanks to all for entering! 

Yield: 3 to 4 cups

Prep Time: 25 min

Crab Guacamole

A delicious change from plain ol' guacamole. Crab and avocado are meant to be together!


4 medium, ripe avocados
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (low fat is okay)
1/2 cup sour cream (low fat is okay)
1/4 cup fresh salsa (store- bought is fine)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1 to 1 1/2 cups crab meat
Additional lime wedges to squeeze on top
tortilla chips, for serving


1. Slice open avocados and scoop out the flesh into a large bowl. Use a large fork to mash it, leaving chunks here and there.

2. Add cream cheese and sour cream to the avocado and gently stir it together.

3. Stir in salsa, lime juice, salt and pepper.

4. Stir in the crab meat. Squeeze lime juice on the surface of the guacamole to help prevent browning. Serve with tortilla chips.


*If you're preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of salsa that is known to be GF.
*If you like things spicy, use a spicy salsa in this recipe, or add in a little bit of cayenne pepper.

*It's okay to prepare this recipe up to an hour ahead. Drizzle lime juice over the top of the guacamole, lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the guacamole (so it's touching), and refrigerate it until serving time.


202 Responses to “Crab Guacamole”

  1. postedJan 18, 2012 3:22 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’m a huge fan of guac so that with anything Mexican is my favorite. Your crab guac sounds amazing!

  2. postedJan 18, 2012 3:22 AM

    Has to be guac!! Sooo yummy! Also have made shrimp guac, again very yummy!!

  3. postedJan 18, 2012 3:41 AM

    I hate to be boring here, but guacamole is my all time favorite way to eat avocados….it just is:-). Your crab guacamole sounds amazing….those chunks of crab are huge!

  4. postedJan 18, 2012 4:07 AM

    Ah, so very jealous of that marina shot! You SoCal’ers are a lucky bunch 🙂

    I’ve only been enjoying avocados for a few months if you can believe it – they used to creep me out! One taste is all I needed… I love slicing it up and adding it to rice bowls, chili, etc.

  5. postedJan 18, 2012 5:10 AM

    Definitely guacamole is my favorite way for avocado.. or on salads! This crab guacamole looks amazing; I definitely wouldn’t be able to stay out of it!

  6. postedJan 18, 2012 5:25 AM

    i love avocados with just a squirt of lemon and some salt & pepper, spread on toast : D

  7. postedJan 18, 2012 5:32 AM

    I love making guacamole from scratch then i can make it spicy with jalapenos and cayenne pepper. I also love it with sushi its my favorite part always so fresh and creamy. Will definitely be trying this crab guacamole looks fab.

  8. postedJan 18, 2012 5:50 AM

    Guacamole is one of the best things ever. seriously. and I love your addition of crab, I’m thinking this will be a great addition to our superbowl spread!

  9. postedJan 18, 2012 6:01 AM

    The only thing better than fresh guacamole…is fresh guacamole with crab meat in it. Amazing!!

  10. postedJan 18, 2012 6:15 AM

    Wow! I will definitely be making this! We eat avocados a LOT–mostly with seafood tacos & salads. My husband will eat plain sliced avocado with ANY meal. I would LOVE to have a box! 🙂

  11. postedJan 18, 2012 6:22 AM

    Did you use jumbo lump? Because thaaaaaat stuuuuuuffffff ruuuuuuuules.

  12. postedJan 18, 2012 6:23 AM

    I’d LOVE to win these! I miss my avocado trees in the Dominican Republic! At home we have two trees in the backyard and during avocado season, it was fresh avocados for breakfast (great in smoothies), lunch (side salad) or dinner (mashed into fresh bread with a drizzle of vinegar!) Love avocados!

  13. postedJan 18, 2012 6:37 AM

    I love making guacamole with whatever I have laying around – but the other night I ate an avocado just the way nature made it. I scooped it out with a spoon. Yum!

  14. postedJan 18, 2012 6:37 AM

    oh man, i love avocados … my fave way is sliced on a sandwich. a little avocado makes any regular old sandwich exciting! sadly, here in SC, we struggle to find good AND affordable avocados.

  15. postedJan 18, 2012 6:39 AM

    First of all, this crab guacamole looks amazingly good! And secondly, one of my favorite ways to eat avocado is sliced on a sandwich or salad! 🙂

  16. postedJan 18, 2012 6:43 AM

    Love guac, but they are great in a sandwich too! Creamy, yummyness!!

  17. postedJan 18, 2012 6:43 AM
    Louis van Belle

    I love to make a simple guacamole recipe that I found in our mini food processors owner’s manual. Garlic, cumin, minced onion, bacon, and, of course, avocados.

    We also love to put it on salads and Taco soup. My 2 year old just eats it plain! Love avocados!

  18. postedJan 18, 2012 6:44 AM

    We use avocado slices in mulitas, quesadillas, burritos, and other Mexican favorites.

  19. postedJan 18, 2012 6:46 AM

    Love adding to breakfast western omelet sandwich or any sandwich at all!

  20. postedJan 18, 2012 6:49 AM
    Michelle Yakob

    love avocado to spice up a sandwich instead of favorite? veggie: hummus, tomato, cucumber, avocado=delicious!

  21. postedJan 18, 2012 6:56 AM

    I am not a fan of avocados but I am a huge fan of guacomole…..go figure!

  22. postedJan 18, 2012 6:58 AM

    Looks yummy! And quacamole is so easy to prepare, that we have it at least once a week. (Always be sure to us lime or lemon juice to prevent darkening.) I had never thought of adding crab before, and has me thinking of other ingredients to add.

  23. postedJan 18, 2012 7:00 AM

    My new favorite way, thanks to pinterest, is to put on top of Chicken Parm. YUM!

  24. postedJan 18, 2012 7:03 AM

    Halved with a scoop of tuna salad, chicken salad or salmon salad in the place where the pit was! And alongside any and every meal.

  25. postedJan 18, 2012 7:04 AM

    Being from California but now living in SC my favorite way to eat avocado’s is in sandwiches. There is nothing like a pastrami sandwiches loaded with avocado and sprouts. It so reminds me of home!

  26. postedJan 18, 2012 7:06 AM
    Betty in SCal

    turkey, bacon, tomato and AVOCADO sandwich! Toasted bread, of course. Yum!!!

  27. postedJan 18, 2012 7:07 AM
    Gail Hooper

    My favorite way to eat avocados is to cut it into chunks and drizzle lemon balsamic vinegar over it. Top with a little crushed black pepper and that’s all you need! You can serve it as a quick appetizer with toothpicks!!

  28. postedJan 18, 2012 7:09 AM
    Kim Kropp

    I absolutely love guacamole. There is no better way to top off my tacos or plate of nachos with a heaping scoop of guacamole!! 🙂

  29. postedJan 18, 2012 7:12 AM
    Susan Peterson

    Trying to eat healthier in 2012, I have replaced the mayo on my sandwiches with avocado spread on my high fiber bread. It is so much tastier and the health benefits are a definite plus!

  30. postedJan 18, 2012 7:17 AM


  31. postedJan 18, 2012 7:18 AM

    My favorite way to eat avocado is to slice one half into thin slices and layer it between 2 slices of toast with olive oil and bacon. Sooooo good!

  32. postedJan 18, 2012 7:20 AM
    Fran McClain

    Hard to pick a favorite —- Guacamole, panini, chunky salsa — or just slice and eat!!!!

  33. postedJan 18, 2012 7:20 AM
    Linda H

    My family loves to eat guacamole made with 1/2 c. salsa and 2 c. of ranch dip. I also like it cut up in a chicken salad!

  34. postedJan 18, 2012 7:23 AM
    Heather Smith

    I’ve never tried crab with avocados before, but it looks delicious! Honestly, I like to slice up an avocado, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper and have at it! 🙂

  35. postedJan 18, 2012 7:25 AM

    My husband LOVES anything avocado! I would definitely make him this crab dip for the Superbowl – it looks delish!

  36. postedJan 18, 2012 7:29 AM

    I like traditional guacamole with lime chips. There’s nothing better!

  37. postedJan 18, 2012 7:29 AM

    Love em on a salad, sandwich or in guac. Heck, I love avocados plain!

  38. postedJan 18, 2012 7:31 AM

    mmmm all things guacamole and crab. this would definitely not last long in my house.

  39. postedJan 18, 2012 7:34 AM

    I love making homemade guacamole with avocados and fresh tomatoes and eating with salty tortilla chips!!

  40. postedJan 18, 2012 7:37 AM

    I love to eat them sliced with a little salt and pepper on a saltine cracker!

  41. postedJan 18, 2012 7:41 AM
    Lauren S.

    as a topping for my spicy chicken soup and in guac, of course! 🙂

  42. postedJan 18, 2012 7:43 AM

    Well, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to ruin perfectly good guacamole with crab, but hey — to each his (or her) own, right? 🙂 I’m on a guacamole kick right now myself, and I’ve discovered a pomegranate-mango guac recipe on Epicurious that I’m in love with.

  43. postedJan 18, 2012 7:55 AM
    Sherri Diaz

    I am the epitome of the California Girl, I used to pick them from the trees or forage off the ones that have dropped and eat right then and there. my favorite way to eat an avocado, with a bit of olive oil and pepper, yummy and healthy.

  44. postedJan 18, 2012 7:58 AM

    I love it on toasted veggie sandwiches. What a delicious recipe!

  45. postedJan 18, 2012 8:01 AM
    Cindy W.

    hmmm, I love home made Guacamole!!

  46. postedJan 18, 2012 8:01 AM

    sometimes I just cut them in half, take out the pit, add a bit of salt and eat straight out of the shell

  47. postedJan 18, 2012 8:07 AM

    I LOVE avocados and I have put them in so many things. I would have to say my favorite is my Mango Avocado Salad…it is amazing!!!

  48. postedJan 18, 2012 8:07 AM

    cut open with salt and pepper sprinkled on top!

  49. postedJan 18, 2012 8:19 AM

    I like to eat them with Salt n Pepper and a BIG SMILE!

  50. postedJan 18, 2012 8:20 AM
    Cindy Whitsett

    Oh my — this recipe looks delish! It just may be my new favorite way to eat avocados. I miss how plentiful they were since now I’m transplanted from California to the Mid-West. When I lived in California I would eat avocado pita pockets with fresh alfalfa sprouts, homemade ranch dressing and baby spinach. It’s still a favorite, but a rare treat.

  51. postedJan 18, 2012 8:20 AM
    Shandra Benito

    I love avocado most in salads and in guacamole of course!

  52. postedJan 18, 2012 8:21 AM

    I love to slice them up, throw on some salt and enjoy with tomatoes and a sweet drink!

  53. postedJan 18, 2012 8:24 AM

    Love ’em in salads, on a sandwich (or burger!), or straight out of the skin (no seasonings required). Yum!

  54. postedJan 18, 2012 8:26 AM

    Yum that looks so good. We just moved from CA to the east coast…I am missing avocados! I love avocados any way I can get them. I recently got a molacate and it is great for guacamole!

  55. postedJan 18, 2012 8:28 AM

    Favorite way to eat avocados? Any way I can get ’em! 🙂 Love guacamole, but sliced avocados on salad is also good, or in tacos, or my Mom used to give us half an avocado with shrimp salad in the middle. Mmmm.

  56. postedJan 18, 2012 8:30 AM

    I gotta say Guacamole too!! YUMMY can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  57. postedJan 18, 2012 8:30 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I just hosted a giveaway for CA Avocados Direct and received a shipment of their amazing avocados. They are truly awesome and I posted all kinds of recipes with that post. Your dip looks FABULOUS!

  58. postedJan 18, 2012 8:31 AM
    Ty Gray

    This sounds amazing! I love both crab and avocados…. I can eat avocados on anything or just plain….love them!

  59. postedJan 18, 2012 8:44 AM

    I love avocado and can eat it straight up!! but really like it sliced on a pita with some chicken slices…but the crab sounds delish!!! oooo-oooo please pick me!!

  60. postedJan 18, 2012 8:58 AM

    I love to put them in smoothies to make them creamy and heart healthy!

  61. postedJan 18, 2012 9:02 AM

    Savory, I like to use them as a mayo substitute in everything! The ol’ sardines/canned tuna and mashed avocado is always a winner. Especially when I’m traveling. No refrigeration required! Sweet, I make a mean buttercream with avocados with white chocolate and bailey’s. Yum!

  62. postedJan 18, 2012 9:02 AM
    Megan S.

    My favorite way is definitely guacamole style!

  63. postedJan 18, 2012 9:03 AM
    Katie W

    I love avocados and eat them with just a sprinkle of garlic salt. Yummy!

  64. postedJan 18, 2012 9:10 AM

    I love to make this guacamole and add a bit more minced garlic and some cream cheese. Yum!

  65. postedJan 18, 2012 9:36 AM

    My favorite is a a grilled “ABC” sandwich==Avocado, Bacon and Cheese sandwich.

  66. postedJan 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    I love guacamole!

  67. postedJan 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    I love avacados the old-fashioned way — cut ’em open, slice thin & pop in my mouth : )

  68. postedJan 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    I like avocados all ways. I eat them plain, in soups, salads, sandwiches and in guacamole. I couldn’t pick my favorite.

  69. postedJan 18, 2012 10:29 AM

    My favorite way to use them is in guacamole, but I love them in club sandwiches also.

  70. postedJan 18, 2012 10:40 AM

    I absolutely love guacamole – can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Also, one of my favorite Tex-Mex restaurants makes a delicious stuffed avocado, yum!!

  71. postedJan 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    I love them with eggbeaters for breakfast!

  72. postedJan 18, 2012 11:07 AM
  73. postedJan 18, 2012 11:23 AM
    Marisol N-Alverio

    I love avocados with Spanish rice and beans and definitely in a pomegranate and mango guacamole!!!

  74. postedJan 18, 2012 11:51 AM

    I’ll eat avocados in almost anything, but my favorite way is with a spoon and a sprinkling of salt.

  75. postedJan 18, 2012 11:53 AM

    Wow! That looks delish. I love avocados and use them in many ways, but my favorite dates back from when I was a little girl: slices of ripe avocado, sprinkled with lemon and salt and rolled up into a flour tortillla. It is still my favorite comfort food.

  76. postedJan 18, 2012 11:54 AM
    Mary Craig

    I love guacamole!! I also like avocado soup. So easy and simple.

  77. postedJan 18, 2012 11:54 AM

    with turkey!

  78. postedJan 18, 2012 11:56 AM
    Liz C.

    We love creamy avocado pasta. Tastes so creamy but is dairy free! Just avocados, olive oil, garlic, lemon, basil, salt and pepper.

  79. postedJan 18, 2012 12:00 PM
    Marsha F

    I love avocados sliced in a green salad or in guacamole.

  80. postedJan 18, 2012 12:02 PM
    Jennifer Martin-Wolve

    I’m another one who’s favorite way to enjoy an avocado is just as it is…I’ll cut it in hallf, maybe sprinkle with a little sea salt & grab a spoon 🙂

    Also, I love avocados on sandwiches, or sliced up in a salad, or with cottage cheese, or even in an omelet..really I just love avocados!

  81. postedJan 18, 2012 12:42 PM

    Guacamole or mashed and spread on toast with salt and tomato slices.

  82. postedJan 18, 2012 12:44 PM

    I love something mixed with avocados and tomatoes – sweet and creamy!

  83. postedJan 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    I had to give up Avocados for 9 months while nursing my avocado sensitive son. SO WEIRD! (I think avocados were harder to give up than the milk, soy, nuts, etc.) So when I finally got to eat them again, they went on everything from sandwiches to guacamole, to just mashing them up and eating them with chips and maybe some garlic salt. I’ll eat them any way I can get them!

  84. postedJan 18, 2012 1:05 PM

    Gauc is definitely my favorite way to eat avocados, followed by a close second with gazpacho and avocados…

  85. postedJan 18, 2012 1:11 PM
    Nancy L

    I love guacamole!!! But I’ll eat avocados sliced with a sprinkle of salt or on a sandwich, Yum! And in salads – so good!!

  86. postedJan 18, 2012 1:23 PM

    My first thought with this was to just put the crab guacamole back on top of a half of an avocado! I do love my avocados any which way. But simple is sometimes the best. A tablespoon of Italian (oil and vinegar) type salad dressing into the center of half an avocado and away I go!

  87. postedJan 18, 2012 1:27 PM

    I love guacamole, but avocados on salad are amazing, too!

  88. postedJan 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    Guacamole all the way! 🙂 And then I love to sprout the pits afterward – they make lovely houseplants.

  89. postedJan 18, 2012 1:38 PM

    Yum! I actually posted a crab guacamole recipe last week too – love the sweetness with the creamy avocado. I put blackberries in mine too. 😉 I’ll eat avocados just about any way – including with a spoon and nothing else!

  90. postedJan 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    I love them any which way. Plain with a little salt, in a salad, on a sandwich. I could eat them everyday.

  91. postedJan 18, 2012 3:04 PM

    I’ve just started enjoying avocados and learned to make guacamole. My friends told me they slice it thin and put in on their hamburgers. I can’t wait to try them in their ‘natural’ state the next time I bring them home.

  92. postedJan 18, 2012 3:40 PM
    Sara P.

    One of my favorite meals in the whole world is a tortilla loaded with scrambled eggs, salsa and sliced avocado. Yum! Best breakfast ever (and easy!)

  93. postedJan 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    My creamy avocado pasta is by-far my favorite way to eat avocados. This guacamole sounds like a new favorite though!

  94. postedJan 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    On toast with tomato, salt and pepper!

  95. postedJan 18, 2012 4:45 PM

    I like to eat them just with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper… yum

  96. postedJan 18, 2012 4:45 PM

    I love them on a sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomato, and ranch.

  97. postedJan 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    Yum!! Can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  98. postedJan 18, 2012 5:39 PM

    I love fresh avocado cut up in a salad! Yum! The crab gucamole sounds delicious — I will definitely have to try it out!

  99. postedJan 18, 2012 5:43 PM

    Oh yummy yum. My mom grew up in Cali so taught me guac basics…probably the best cooking lesson I learned from her! But crab takes it to a whole new level. Great idea!

  100. postedJan 18, 2012 5:53 PM

    I love Guacamole but also enjoy fresh avocado in a salad or on a sandwich. This was be a great win for me since I life far north and rarely find fresh produce worth buying!

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