2740 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606-8283

The Kickin' Crab

(Between Jamboree Rd and Millikan Ave)

Neighborhoods: Irvine Business Complex
Cuisine: Seafood, Asian fusion, Cajun

The Kickin' Crab is a Seafood, Asian fusion, and Cajun restaurant where most Menuism users came for a business meeting, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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  • 5/06/2015

    A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

  • 10/17/2014

    A Seafood food lover from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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 Anaheim, CA

The Kickin’ Crab is Cajun seafood with an Asian kick

Jan Nguyen and her family immigrated to the USA from Vietnam back in the 1970s with the little that they could carry. Her family landed in Louisiana where she worked in restaurants where she quickly learned the Cajun style of cooking. Incorporating what was available in the bayou from crawfish to shrimp, she was introduced to a range of spices and flavor profiles quite different from her native Vietnamese cuisine. In her years in the restaurant business, she began tasting foods and then recreating them at home with her own twist. Her dream of having a restaurant serving Cajun seafood for families in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, became a reality with the 2010 opening of The Kickin’ Crab located in Santa Ana, CA. In less than 4 years, The Kickin’ Crab has grown to 7 locations in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and Santa Clara County with 2 locations opening soon.

Fried Oysters

Fried Oysters are lightly breaded, fried to a golden brown, and served with cocktail sauce. These oysters are gigantic! They are so big that you will need to bite into them. They are way too big to just pop in your mouth. As you bite into them, they are sweet and juicy, unlike any fried oyster I’ve ever had. I’m a raw bar gal when it comes to oysters, but these were just fantastic. I love the light breading as it did not smother the sweetness of the oyster. The cocktail sauce has a nice horseradish kick that pairs well with the oyster. Thumbs up, way up!

Cajun Edamame

Cajun Edamame is boiled edamame that is tossed in the Cajun seasoning. It’s a little messy, but that’s why we are here. No shame in getting your fingers saucy! The edamame is cooked to perfection, bright with that one of kind taste that edamame has. The Cajun seasoning has a kick and works well with the edamame. I ended up sucking the flavor off the pods and my fingers. The sauce is so addictive! Thumbs up, way up!

Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles is an ingenious blend of linguini tossed in Kickin’ Crab’s own garlic butter sauce. It’s a combination of Italian and Asian flavors and it works! Wind it around the seafood of your choice for an orgasmic flavor profile. The garlic sauce on the noodles and the seasoning from the seafood will have you dancing in your chair. Thumbs up, way up!

Kickin’ Combo Deal #1

The seafood menu can be daunting at first so try the Kickin’ Combo Deal #1. You can mix and match any 3 – choose from clam, shrimp, crawfish, and/or mussels for a total of 3 pounds of seafood and includes 2 corns, 2 potatoes, and 4 pieces of sausage. You also get your choice of seasoning: Lemon Pepper, Cajun, Louisiana, Garlic Butter or Kickin’ Style (all of the above) and then your choice of heat level: Extra Mild, Mild, Medium, Spicy, or Spicy Spicy. We opted for the crawfish, mussels, and shrimp in Kickin’ Style with medium heat. Hoo Doggies! We could have gone a little spicier at the restaurant, but glad we didn’t as the leftovers went to another level at home. The spice level will increase as the seafood marinates in the sauce so keep that in mind if you plan on having leftovers the next day. Even with the spicy heat level, the flavors of the garlic butter and lemon pepper still peer through for a great finish. All of the seafood is cooked to perfection with juicy pulled tails and succulent sucked heads for the crawfish and shrimp and sweet mussels. Thumbs up, way up!

Pan Roast

Pan Roast is Kickin’ Crab’s version of etouffe. Shrimp, scallops, and clams are bathing in a light roux étouffée which is rich and creamy. The seafood is cooked to perfection and the sweetness works well with the sauce. You don’t want to waste the sauce so mix it up with the rice and dig in! Thumbs up, way up!

Coconut Sea Snails

Coconut Sea Snails are served with a coconut curry sauce reminiscent of Thai curry. The coconut flavor hits you immediately and makes the sauce luxurious. The snail shell tips are snipped so you just suck the snail right out. For all of my Ohana, it’s like eating tsubu but you don’t need a toothpick. The snail is very bland and takes on any profile you throw its way. I bet it would be good with the garlic butter sauce! Thumbs up!

Seafood Cajun Cuisine Asian fusion
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