Recipe courtesy of Tom Douglas
Print
Total:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
1 to 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, white and green parts
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced lemon grass, tender white part only
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and julienned
  • 2 teaspoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 5 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup chicken stock, homemade or low sodium canned
  • 5 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese chili garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped Chinese fermented black beans
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1 Dungeness crab (about 1 1/2 pounds), cooked, top shell removed and reserved, cleaned, cracked in half, cut into sections, and claws cracked

Directions

To make the lemon grass sauce, heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Saute the green onions, lemon grass, red bell pepper, ginger, and garlic until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili garlic paste, and black beans. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add the dissolved cornstarch and simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce becomes glossy and thickens, about 2 more minutes. Set aside. 

To wok-fry the crab, heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok over high heat until almost smoking. Toss in the crab pieces (including the carapace or top shell), add the sake, and cover. Allow to steam 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon grass sauce and simmer until the crab is heated through and the sauce thickens to desired consistency, about 1 to 2 minutes. 

On a large plate or platter, arrange the crab with the carapace (top shell) back on top so it looks roughly like a whole crab again and pour all the sauce over and around it. You'll need crab-crackers, a side bowl for the shells, a stack of napkins, and bowls of warm lemon water to clean your hands. Serve this with steamed white rice. 

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Steak Essentials 03:26

Everything you need to know to select and grill a perfect steak.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Justine's Mom's Fried Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Russell Simmons

Whole Roasted Dungeness Crab, Mint, Parsley and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Saffron Salmon's Dungeness Crab Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Michael Waliser

Garlic and Chile Roasted Dungeness Crabs

Wok-Tossed Crab in Tamarind Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Luke Nguyen

Dungeness Crab and Panko Stuffed Artichokes with Passion Fruit Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy of Maria Manso

Boiled Dungeness Crab with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Adam White

Wok Tossed Mud Crab with Sate Sauce: Cua Xao Sate

Recipe courtesy of Luke Nguyen

On TV

Unique Sweets

10am | 9c

Unique Sweets

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Eats

11am | 10c

Unique Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1pm | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30pm | 12:30c

Man Fire Food

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

8pm | 7c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Carnival Eats

10pm | 9c

Carnival Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here