Abalone Diving, Frank Onstine

IMG_1509 IMG_1510If you’ve lived in Humboldt for any length of time you have eventually been invited to an abalone feed of some sort — I’ve had various experiences with that, one involving bear meat and abalone…let’s just say the abalone was great.  The bear meat that had been pressure cooked for hours was still so tough I got my front teeth stuck in it and had to pry them out.

The abalone, in fact, has always been great — everyone has their favorite way of preparing it but generally it involved deep frying after some combination of wet, dry, wet or dry, wet, dry had been applied (like eggs being wet, flour being dry, milk being wet, panko being dry, etc etc etc).  I’m afraid you could deep fry a flip-flop and it would be good too — so I am a fan of well prepared fried food.

I am not, however, a fan of entering the ocean and gathering up these crazy beasts.  That’s what friends are for — and so Frank Onstine has become a friend to many by gathering up abalone from the Fort Bragg area for years.  To hear more about Frank and his pursuit of abalone, listen here!

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1 Comment

  1. DarrylKBateman said,

    March 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I have been an ab diver for years, and the best way to cook them is deep-fried…mmm delicious. The prep is the important part, after you wack them, and clean them, let them rest in some milk( remember lactic acid) and garlic, with white wine. they will soften and fall apart in your mouth….got to go starving now.


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