Fish and shellfish are great immune-boosting foods, so be sure to include lots of them during flu season and throughout the year when they are in season. Oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams contain significant amounts of the trace element, selenium, which is protective against cancer and helps white blood cells produce cytokines, proteins that help clear the body of flu viruses. Wild salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting the lungs from respiratory infections.
Crab provides the selenium in this dish while garlic brings a host of impressive health benefits to the table through the compound allicin. Allicin has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce plaque buildup in arteries, and keep blood platelets from sticking together too aggressively. I’ve served this dish to presidents and to royalty. It consistently wins raves.
Garlic Crab Royale
2 large Dungeness crabs, cut in half, or 4 small whole crabs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup mirin (seasoned rice wine)
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
Pinch of ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
Cloves of 1 head of garlic
3 scallions, cut into long strips
Learn more: How To Reap the Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet