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.


  • 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


  • 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