Never force-thaw frozen abalone in warm water or in a microwave. It is imperative that frozen abalone is thawed slowly, ideally in a normal refrigerator or in cold fresh water. Once the meat has thawed out, before shucking, wash it thoroughly in cold fresh water.
Place the front of a spoon or spatula against the muscle attached to the inside top of the shell and sever the muscle by moving the spoon or spatula inwards. Remove the abalone meat from the shell by hand.
Trim & Clean
Gently remove the liver and sand from the meat by hand. Using a sharp knife, remove the hard parts (‘beak’) of the mouth at the V-shape end of abalone.
Dry & Slice
Remove excess moisture with a paper towel. Slice the meat and cook as desired. See our recipes for some tantalising ideas!