Nova Scotia Snow Crab with Heirloom Carrot & Kohlrabi

This Nova Scotia Snow Crab with Heirloom Carrot & Kohlrabi is the perfect light summer dish. Using local produce and snow crab, this meal is as fresh as it gets. Pair with your favourite local wine and you have a delightful meal to enjoy on the patio!


Serves: 4

Carrot Pickles (Part A)

3 Coloured local heirloom carrots
3 tsp Kosher salt
3 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
3 sprigs Fresh tarragon

Carrot Pickles (Part B)

1 cup White wine vinegar
1 cup Pure white vinegar
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Fresh orange juice
1 tbsp Mustard seed

Crab Mince Mayonnaise

1/4 cup Snow crab mince meat
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp Smooth Dijon
2 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Tabasco
Kosher salt, to taste

To Assemble

Shelled leg meat of 1 snow crab
1 Kohlrabi
2 tsp Lemon juice
2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
Crushed cashews
Carrot pickles
Crab mince mayonnaise
Salt and pepper, to finish
Sprouts, to garnish


Carrot Pickles

  1. Peel each carrot lengthways with a vegetable peeler keeping each colour in separate bowls.
  2. Season each bowl with 1 sprig of tarragon, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Combine all of part b in a pot and bring to a boil, then immediately split liquid evenly between the bowls. These can be made ahead of time and left in the fridge submerged in pickle liquid for a more enhanced flavour.

Crab Mince Mayonnaise

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

To Assemble

  1. Whisk together lemon juice and olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  2. Cut skin off kohlrabi and slice thin. Season gently with lemon vinaigrette mixture.
  3. Place crab mayonnaise on bottom of the plate followed by leg meat dressed with remaining vinaigrette
  4. Arrange carrot pickles and kohlrabi on top and garnish with crushed cashews, a pinch of sumac and sprouts.

Local Source Guide:

Produce: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Seafood: Evan’s Seafood & RestaurantClearwater Seafoods Ltd.Masstown Market’s ‘Catch of the Day’ or Fisherman’s Market.

Recipe provided by: Founders House Dining & Drinks.
Photography provided by:
 Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie.

This recipe is featured in our 2021 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide.

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