Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado

It’s been a hot time for sandwiches lately! Two of my blogging friends have released sandwich cookbooks in the past month. By their titles, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes and The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, you can tell right away that each covers quite a bit of sandwich territory. Today I’ll share with you the Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado recipe from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, by Alison Lewis of Ingredients, Inc. and later this week I’ve got another recipe from The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches, by Susan Russo of Food Blogga.

See 400 Best Sandwich Recipes on AmazonIn 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, Alison Lewis takes on the gargantuan task of creating a comprehensive collection of sandwich recipes – everything from the classics to burgers to wraps and condiments. The Grilled Cheese section alone contains 91 recipes – and I thought I was exhausted of grilled cheese!

Without question, coming up with this many sandwich recipes requires a good amount of creativity. Alison’s creativity proves to be boundless as she delivers innovative twists on familiar favorites such as BLT Pimiento Cheese Sliders, Tuna Caesar Wraps Prosciutto and Melon Grilled Cheese. She also has an appetizer section with a slew of mini sandwiches and crostini.

Out of the 400 recipes in this cookbook, the one that I knew right away I wanted to make first was the Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado. The reason? A chance for sandwich redemption.

Back in the early days of Panini Happy I attempted to grill crab, mango and avocado panini. It was horrendous. I actually posted about what a disaster it was. My major faux pas back then was cheese choice: a really strong blue cheese. I have no idea what I was thinking with that.

The recipe in this cookbook calls for Muenster, a milder, more sensible choice. Also, the crab is tossed in lime juice and black pepper, making it more like a ceviche. This made for a fresh-tasting seafood sandwich. I substituted some flatbread that the Kontos company sent to me in place of the French bread the recipe calls for, which was a nice, toasty variation.

I knew this sandwich idea held promise when I first attempted it – I’m so glad this book prompted me to revisit it!

Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado


Grilled Crab, Mango & Avocado

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min

Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • 12 oz fresh crabmeat, drained
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices French bread (1/2-inch thick slices)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 avocados (see Tips, below)
  • 1 mango, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz Muenster cheese, thinly sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, combine crab, lime juice and pepper.
  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with butter. Place on a work surface, buttered side down. Slice avocados. Top 4 bread slices equally with crab mixture, avocados, mango and cheese. Cover with remaining bread slices, buttered side up, and press together gently.
  3. Place sandwiches on preheated panini grill or in a large skillet over medium heat and cook, turning once if using a skillet, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately.

Tips: If you’re short on time, purchase jarred mango slices and use 1 cup (250 mL), drained.

Avocados turn brown quickly but brushing with lemon juice will help it some. If you end up with half of a cut avocado, store it with the pit still in it and wrap tightly in plastic wrap in the refrigerator.


I received a copy of 400 Best Sandwiches for free from the publisher but the opinions expressed here are my own.


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  1. Maria wrote:

    Great sandwich for summer!

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  2. Huge thanks for featuring my book and recipe! I really appreciate it!!

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  3. George wrote:

    That looks really good. I’ll take any excuse to use avacado and crab is my favorite seafood.

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  4. Oooh, this is right up my alley! the perfect summer sammy

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  5. I can’t wait to cook from Alison’s new book. This sandwich looks like a definite contender for the first recipe I try. So tasty!

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  6. I love this, what a great combination of ingredients in one sandwich!

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  7. Shaina wrote:

    This sounds perfect for summer.

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  8. I currently have an over abundance of mangos and avocados (that did not get used for Cinco de Mayo salsa…this should help me whittle that down a bit.

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  9. marla wrote:

    Such a wonderful combo of flavors! I love this book 🙂

    Posted 5.9.11 Reply
  10. Linda wrote:

    I was just searching to make a crab quesadilla and this is an amazing combination! Yumm!

    Posted 5.10.11 Reply
  11. Sophia wrote:

    What a fun, tropical panini!! It sounds amazing! The combination of mango and avocado sounds so tasty!

    Posted 5.10.11 Reply
  12. Love the addition of mango! This looks soooo scrumptious!

    Posted 5.10.11 Reply
  13. mango and avocado together sounds nice – sweet and creamy. I should give it a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 5.10.11 Reply
  14. What a perfect panini!

    Posted 5.10.11 Reply
  15. Megan wrote:

    Oh yum! 🙂

    Posted 5.11.11 Reply
  16. Snehal wrote:

    Mango+Avocados in a sandwich! That looks delicious. I’m a vegetarian but would love to try this minus the crab.

    I’m going to be at the Bake Sale this weekend. See you soon :).

    Posted 5.11.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Looking forward to seeing you there, Snehal!

      Posted 5.11.11 Reply
  17. kellypea wrote:

    Fabulous combo of flavors — truly. That’s a pretty perfect looking panino. Glad there are so many great books out on sandwiches now. One of my fave foods. Is it a “food?” 😉

    Posted 5.11.11 Reply
  18. Oh I love this combination!

    Posted 5.12.11 Reply
  19. Eliana wrote:

    Love the combination fo sweet and salty here. Looks delicious.

    Posted 5.12.11 Reply
  20. Thrilled to find you site! We cooked up some crab and chive eggs a few days ago and some burritos with mango salsa last night…of course we have leftovers of both so this is the perfect inspiration for tomorrow! Thank you. Looking forward to following you!

    Posted 5.12.11 Reply
  21. As a mango and avocado addict, love this combination 🙂 I have linked to this post in today’s Delicious Links post. Happy Monday!

    Posted 5.16.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Thanks a lot, Yuri! 🙂

      Posted 5.16.11 Reply
  22. Greg wrote:

    An entire blog about paninis, well alright! I love this recipe. Mangos with seafood are such a great combo.

    Posted 5.16.11 Reply
  23. I bet this would be a fabulous combination with grilled shrimp, too. YUM!

    Posted 6.25.11 Reply