Crab Von Helsing

Crab Von Helsing

Crab Von Helsing

Crab in garlic sauce. Not some wimpy garlic sauce, mind you, but one suitable to ward off creatures of the night. And, as an experiment, I made this with no butter, and no oil. A low calorie, low-fat sauce, if you’re looking for something like that.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Dungeness Crab, cooked
  • 2 cups of peeled and minced garlic (you may want to use a food processor for this)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped or minced
  • 2 cups of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 Tbsp dried hot pepper powder/flakes
  • 2 Tbsp ginger powder, or 2″ of chopped fresh ginger

Directions:

  • Open the cooked crab
  • Remove and put aside the butter, the brown/green material found there. Seriously, it’s wonderful. Don’t confuse that with the lungs, the butter is the consistancy of soft butter, not an organ.
  • Clean and crack the crab, breaking the body into two pieces.
  • Check out this video, if you haven’t cleaned a crab before, but don’t toss the butter
  • Put the onion and minced garlic in a wok/deep pan, and cook for a minute over medium-high heat until fragrant
  • Add soy, hot pepper, ginger, and 1/2 cup of water, and bring to a simmer/low boil
  • Add the reserved crab butter, stir in. Gives the sauce a wonderfully intense crab flavor.
  • You’ll heat the crab in stages…
  • Start putting in the crab parts, heat in the simmering liquid for 2-3 minutes, move to a plate/bowl, and put in the next load of crab
  • If the sauce starts to reduce too much, getting too thick, add remaining 1/2 cup of water, bring back to a simmer, and continue
  • Once crab is all heated, reduce remaining sauce to desired thickness (if needed), and pour over crab
  • You can also reserve some of the sauce for dipping bowls, if you’d prefer
  • Sleep well, knowing you’re safe from those pesky nocturnal visitors, at least for one night