Sunday 28 July 2013

Chilled Watermelon Soup with Crabsticks and Crayfish

I had some watermelon to use up after making this salad and found a recipe in the Saturday Kitchen cookbook for chilled melon soup with langoustines and mint. It uses Cantaloupe and watermelon, but I decided to make it just with the watermelon that I already had. It also uses langoustines which are quite expensive; I'd just bought a packet of crayfish tails from Lidl and always have crabsticks in the fridge - I've loved them since I was a child and more recently found out they are syn-free on Slimming World so I like them as a snack. I thought they would work well in this recipe, so adapting it from the one in the Saturday Kitchen book, here's what I did.

Chop the leftover watermelon - about a third of a large slice which I think was about a quarter of a watermelon overall - and place in a blender.

 Add a splash of white wine and lime juice and blend to a liquid

Marinate the crayfish in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and 1 tbsp white wine vinegar with some shredded fresh mint

Whip about 100ml double cream until thick

Mix a little chopped mint into the cream. I used an ice cream scoop to make it a nice shape

Stack four crabsticks in the bottom of a soup bowl

Pile the marinaded crayfish on top and pour the soup around the sides

 Use the ice cream scoop to add a scoop of cream on top

 I wasn't really sure I was going to like this but it tasted absolutely amazing - I highly recommend it! A chilled soup is lovely for lunch in this hot weather and the zingy lime and sweetness of the watermelon, with a hint of seafood, works wonderfully together. I don't think I would bother with the cream next time, and would probably use a scoop of fat-free Greek-style yogurt instead. You could also try swirling the yogurt through the soup rather than placing it on top.

 I'm sending this to Credit Crunch Munch, as I used up leftover melon and swapped the langoustines for cheaper ingredients for this recipe. The challenge is hosted this month by Fish Fingers for Tea, on behalf of Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food 4 All.


  1. This soup sounds utterly divine love the contrast of flavours here:-) Thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch:-)

  2. Such an amazing collection of flavours but I can entirely see how this would work. A bowl of summery beauty and flavour. Gorgeous!

  3. looks and sounds realy good.


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