Wild abalone can only be picked in certain areas, with a license, and following strict rules. They cannot be legally purchased. What can be purchased, however, are farmed abalone. They are smaller than wild ones, but just as succulent.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 1 wild abalone or 2 farmed abalones, cleaned
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 tsp. vegetable or canola oil
- Thinly slice the abalone and pound the slices tender.
- In a large shallow bowl or wide plate, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Dredge the abalone slices in the flour mixture, shake off any excess flour, and lay the abalone slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, cutting board, or platter. Alternatively, put the flour mixture in a large resealable plastic bag, add the abalone slices, and shake to coat.
- In a large frying pan or sauté pan, melt the butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add the floured abalone slices in a single layer and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the slices over and cook until golden on other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with any remaining slices. Serve hot.
Makes 4 appetizer servings Pan-Fried Abalone.