Grilled Abalone with Papaya Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 6 hr 35 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 6 hr
Cook: 10 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

MARINADE:
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 1 papaya, peeled, sliced, and seeds removed and reserved
  • 1 chile pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound abalone
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
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Directions

To make the marinade, microwave lime in a small bowl to release essential oils, and set aside until cool enough to handle. Through the feed opening of a running blender add, 1 at a time, half of the papaya (reserving the other half), chile pepper, vinegar, salt and pepper. Then with the blender still running, squeeze in the juice from the microwaved lime.

Place abalone in a nonreactive container, pour marinade over, cover and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.

Heat grill.

Use marinade to make a sauce by adding it to a pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and let reduce and thicken. In a small bowl, create a slurry by gradually adding 1 tablespoon water to cornstarch. Whisk slurry into sauce, and add reserved papaya slices and papaya seeds. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, remove from heat, cover and keep warm.

Grill abalone over medium-high heat until opaque. Remove from heat and let rest.

Serve with sauce and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

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