Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

by heidi on April 23, 2014

Uh-oh. Looks like I’ve entered an eating contest. It won’t be for hot dogs. It won’t be for pie and it’s not for chicken wings.

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

This eating contest won’t be with me as a contestant either. Instead, I’ll be on the other side of the table, as a judge. And I won’t be judging others eating. Nope, it’ll be me and a select few who will be doing all of the tasting.

This June I’ll be reprising my role as a judge at the Wisconsin Cheese Academy’s Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown. And loving every crumb of it.

Now, if you haven’t yet entered a recipe that will put me into a dead faint that has me dropped straight into a wheelbarrow and wheeled out the door, now is the time.

With the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize package, it’s probably worth a spin at this game of grilled cheese recipe roulette.

So let’s play!

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

It’s still grilled cheese month, and I’m still in the mood to melt.

Sometimes I find myself creating grilled cheese sandwiches that are a tad over the top, whether it’s based on my favorite salad or a riff on the classic BLT.

But this time around I’m going with just 3 ingredients to create a simple and utterly craveable bite between two slices of buttery toasted sourdough.

This sandwich is my dad’s favorite. He gets it every time we meet for lunch, at a local seafood restaurant where the crab is always fresh and the sourdough freshly baked. And bonus part, he always picks up the bill. Now that’s a great dad.

I used creamy Havarti for today’s version, but a lighter white cheese like baby Swiss or even a Monterey Jack will sub in just fine.

The sweetness of snow crab is key. Dungeness, as long as it’s sweet, would work too but plan on a meatier, sturdier bite rather than the delicate snowy crab flavors that meld so well with creamy avo and melty white cheese.

Pondering king crab? I’d probably save it for dunking solo with butter thanks to the saltier flavor that’s just too much for this delicate flower of a sandwich.

Bottom line? Grilled cheese is happy food.

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Yield: makes 2 sandwiches

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese


4 slices sourdough bread
2 slices Havarti cheese
½ avocado, pitted and sliced
8 ounces fresh snow crab meat
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature


  1. Spread ½ tablespoon of butter on one side of each slice of the bread, then stack buttered sides together. Cut the Havarti slices in half and layer 1 half slice on top of each bread stack, then a few slices of avocado, then half of the snow crab on each bread stack then the remaining Havarti cheese slices. Place bread buttered side down in a fry pan over medium heat. Cover with a lid and let cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bread is toasty golden and cheese has melted. The second side will cook faster than the first so watch carefully.
  3. Cut in half and enjoy hot.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda@themoonblushbaker April 23, 2014 at 4:58 am

I am sad i can not enter from down under but I am loving the crab in this! creamy avo with crab is always welcome; add cheese? Yep your dad has great taste!


Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life April 23, 2014 at 5:56 am

Sounds like an amazing combination! I love grilled cheese, and these are three of my favorite things! Yum!


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom April 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

Holy wowsers!!! freaking love this!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

I mean seriously. This is perfection.


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite April 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

So jealous that you get to devour every kind of grilled cheese in one sitting. Take your stretchy pants!


Tieghan April 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

Amazing combo! Simple, but so cheesy and it allows the flavors to shine. Need this!


Christine from Cook the Story April 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

This looks absolutely mouthwatering and amazing!


Caitlin April 23, 2014 at 7:39 am

You had me at crab. Yum!


Brian @ A Thought For Food April 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

Such a tough job. I’m sure you’ll rise up to the challenge. :-) And holy moly now I won’t be able to stop thinking about crab and avocado grilled cheese. What a magical combination!


Ali | Gimme Some Oven April 23, 2014 at 8:28 am

AMAZING. And cheers to another grilled cheese contest!! I couldn’t think of a better judge. :)


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

Grilled cheese most definitely is happy food. This sandwich in particular, though? EUPHORIA.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

Killer sandwich!


Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps April 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

Crab and avocado belong together, but add in cheese and bread — jeesh, grilled cheese heaven.


Jaclyn April 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

You always make the most perfect sandwiches – and your sandwich photos are always flawless! I’m so envious :).


heidi April 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

Oh you are way too nice, I think you should take a look in your photography mirror, because I admire your work so much!


Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon April 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Whoa-I love all things about this sandwich! Another gorgeous photo, I’m wishing this was my lunch! Pinned.


Lyn K April 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

One word. D-R-O-O-L !


Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog April 24, 2014 at 7:34 am

I know what I’m making for dinner…I am SO excited to have found this post, I will definitely be making grilled cheese ASAP and entering it as I live in WI and looove WI cheese! Side note…if you’re ever in Milwaukee WI let me know! I’d love to meet you :)


heidi April 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

I’ll be coming to Madison in June, but I’d love to get over to Milwaukee again. It’s such a cool city!


Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily April 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

I just went into some sort of food trance staring at this sandwich! I don’t know if I’ll be able to come up with anything this drool worthy but seeing as that I love grilled cheese I might just try.


Annie April 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

This looks incredible Heidi! Drooling over here.


shelly (cookies and cups) April 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

These sandwiches might be my new favorite food. oh my word…


Emily April 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

This looks so dang good! And I don’t even like crab very much. ;)


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