Mango Crab Tower with Avocado

I’ve been eyeing containers of lump crab meat in our grocery store for weeks. Good quality crab meat isn’t cheap, so I wanted come up with a recipe that would do it justice. This mango crab tower is made with fresh and flavorful ingredients. I really wanted to keep this crab tower simple, so I picked flavorful fruit that is currently in season. It really makes a difference.

Mango Crab Tower with Avocado

I’ve made a mango salsa for oven-baked fish many times, so I decided to incorporate many of the same flavors in this crab tower. To hold the crab together, I added a small amount of light mayonnaise. It doesn’t affect the flavor much, but it allows the pieces of crab to keep its shape.

To form the tower, I used a Stainless Steel Round Form. If you follow my blog regularly, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I use these food rings all the time. From cutting disks out of pastry dough and cookie dough, to creating towers and tartars, these rings are extremely useful in the kitchen.

Mango Crab Tower with Avocado

The ingredients in this tower can easily be adjusted. If you can’t find fresh mangos, this dish can be made without them. Or, if you prefer more avocado, you can make the layer much thicker. Since these crab towers are made with simple, fresh ingredients, you can adjust the amount of each layer easily, without worrying much about seasonings.

Mango Crab Tower with Avocado

Since we had a few crab towers leftover, Elliott and I added the ingredients to a leafy salad. We decided to leave out the mayonnaise since we didn’t want the crab to clump together. Although the presentation wasn’t as beautiful as these towers, the salad was just as flavorful.

Mango Crab Tower with Avocado
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Total time
Serves: 3 crab towers
  • 8 oz lump crab meat
  • 1 - 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large mango, chopped
  • microgreens, to garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Mix the lump crab meat, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix the chopped avocado, lime, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place a food ring form onto a plate. Add layers of avocado, tomatoes, mango, and crab to the ring form using a spoon to press down each layer. Slowly remove the ring form and repeat.
  4. Serve immediately.
You may adjust the amount of each layer to your liking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tower

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This looks fantastic! So simple yet beautiful, this would be a great first course to impress guests at a dinner party!


this is a lovely summer lunch!