Sautéed Abalone

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  • Sauteed Abalone in a bowl.

    As Japan is surrounded by water, the Japanese eat a lot of seafood as part of their diet.  My mom used to serve fish and seafood way more frequently than I do for my own family.  San Francisco is located by the ocean so I’m lucky to be able to have pretty of fresh seafood available all year around.  Because enjoying seafood has been always part of my life, it wasn’t until I learned from food bloggers living in areas not close by ocean that seafood can be hard to get.  So today’s post may not be or everyone, but I thought it might be interesting for everyone to see how the Japanese typically cook and eat some seafood, and today’s menu is simple, easy, yet delectable sauteed abalone dish.

    Sauteed Abalone in a small bowl.

    My husband bought these baby abalone from the nearby Japanese supermarket and wanted to make it himself so I told him how to cook it.  It was interesting for me to watch him prepare food in the kitchen because he normally just barbecues.

    I’ve learned from past experience the key to prepare delicious abalone is to not overcook them.  These abalone were really small so they were done cooking in less than 1 minute.  For regular sized abalone, I usually never cook for more than 4-5 minutes otherwise the meat loses the tenderness and becomes rock hard.  My husband really loves shellfish so I’ll share another one of his favorite abalone recipe in the future.

    I hope you enjoy this simple dish with cold sake, or even without drinks.  You can of course substitute abalone with shrimp, chicken, white fish…as you like!   Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sauteed Abalone in a small bowl.

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    Sautéed Abalone
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
    Baby abalone sautéed with garlic, butter, dashi, and lemon juice. Enjoy this simple dish with cold sake, or even without drinks! 
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: abalone, awabi
    Servings: 1
    Author: Nami
    • 5 baby abalone
    • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • 2 Tbsp dashi
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • green onion/scallion (Finely chopped, for garnish)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Sauteed Abalone Ingredients
    2. Use a knife to remove from the shell. Remove the abalone guts and heart.
      Sauteed Abalone 1
    3. Clean the abalone with tiny bit of salt under running water.
      Sauteed Abalone 2
    4. Make some slits crosswise.
      Sauteed Abalone 3
    5. Melt butter on the frying pan over medium heat.
      Sauteed Abalone 4
    6. Add abalone.
      Sauteed Abalone 5
    7. Then quickly add minced garlic.
      Sauteed Abalone 6
    8. Lastly pour dashi stock and lemon juice and turn abalone and saute for 1 minute. Do not overcook. Remove from heat immediately.
      Sauteed Abalone 7
    9. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.
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