Garlicky Butter Abalone

Garlicky Butter Abalone

Want to impress your guests?? Why not try this delicious seafood appetizer! Stir fried in fragant garlic and butter, you're tastebuds will be in cloud-nine!*

Hey Hungry Piggies! Today, I want to share with you this delicious recipe using abalone! Abalone is considered a delicacy in my family since it is super pricey. We usually use it in soups and occasionally stir-fry. One day, I was walking around my local Asian grocery store and I saw that they carry frozen abalone for a reasonable price! Score!!! I immediately thought about the restaurant that I visited in California where they specialize in seafood dishes. The key ingredients are garlic and butter. Garlic and butter are a match made in heaven. It literally goes well with ALL seafood; clams, shrimp, name it! I love this receipe because it's simple to make but it looks so fancy. In addition, you can definitely tailor this recipe to your taste. I am a garlic lover so I love putting a lot of garlic to the abalone. However, you might want to take a mint afterwards...but i promise you won't regret making this!

Serves 3 Hungry Piggies


  • 3 medium size frozen abalone (1.25 lb)
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 huge spoonful of minced garlic (~6-8 medium-large size garlic)
  • A handful of Vietnamese coriander/mint: Rau Ram (This can be found in asian grocery stores); roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Roasted peanuts, crushed
  • Half of a lemon; medium size

Dipping Sauce:
*There is a dipping sauce that goes perfectly with this dish. It consists of lime, salt, pepper and Thai chili pepper. I do not have the exact measurements yet (I usually just eye ball it haha) but I will definitely include it when I make it again.


  1. Using a vegetable/fruit scrubber, clean the abalone by scrubbing off the black residue off the sides.
  2. Cut the abalone in half, horizontally. Then cut into long medium slices/strips.
  3. In a pot, add water and bring to a boil. Add the abalone to the boiling water and boil for 10 seconds. Turn off the heat and cook for an additonal 30 seconds.
  4. Strain the abalone and place in a bowl of ice water.
  5. Strain the abalone again and pat down dry with paper napkin.
  6. Heat a pan up and put the butter. Once butter has melted, add the minced garlic. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes until fragant.
  7. Add the abalone and stir fry for 10 seconds. Turn off heat and continue to stir. Squeeze half a lemon and add salt to taste if needed.
  8. Stir in the rau ram and crushed peanuts.
  9. Place in serving bowl and Enjoy!!

**I advise you to prepare all the ingredients before cooking the abalone since the abalone cooks really quickly.


  1. If I were to make this again, I would definitely add more butter and garlic.
  2. If you have nut allergy, you can most certainly leave out the peanut. It will still be very tasty.