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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ginger and Garlic Steamed Crabs #SeafoodRecipesWorldwide

This is the natural way of cooking crabs that needs few ingredients and dipping sauce. You can choose the sauce that suits your taste.


2 pounds king or snow crab legs
3 finely chopped shallots
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 inch of finely chopped lemongrass
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup white wine
2 inches grated or finely chopped fresh ginger
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp finely chopped celery leaves


1) In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot, about 2-3 minutes. Add the shallots and lemongrass and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, stirring well.

2) Arrange the king or snow crab legs in a large pot with a steamer insert set inside. Pour enough water into the pot to come up to the bottom of the steamer, but do not let the crab sit in water. Cover and turn the heat on to medium.

3) Add the wine, the grated ginger and a little salt and turn the heat up to high. Boil off the wine by half, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice, one tablespoon of celery leaves (leaves from the top of a bunch of celery you buy in the store), and taste for salt again -- add some if you need it.

4) If the crabs have not already been steaming, turn the heat on the pot to high and steam the crabs for 5 minutes; remember king and snow crab legs are pre-cooked, so you are just heating them up.

5) Pour the sauce into a food processor and blitz it until it becomes a thick puree; it should look a bit like a light green mayo, as everything will emulsify. Or, you can use soy sauce, lemon juice and piece of fresh red chili, for spiciness.

6) Remove the crab meat from the shells with scissors or kitchen shears and set in a bowl.

7) To serve, lay some sauce down on a plate and top with nice leg pieces of the crab. Top with the other tablespoon of celery leaves and serve hot or at room temperature.


  1. The food looks good! Too bad I don't know how to cook, but the recipe you laid out can help others who do know how to cook.

  2. Bro, my wife who hails from Pampanga simply loves crabs and she will be delighted to read this post. But me, I really fate crabs. Lobster na lang.

  3. Love to eat this food but I can't due to my allergies. I miss eating this.

  4. I don't really like crabs that much but this is one interesting recipe I would love to try.

  5. I also am not so crazy about crabs but looking at the ingredients specially the garlic and lemon grass, this seems to be a recipe worth trying.

  6. I'd always wanted to eat crabs but too bad I'm not allowed because I'm allergic to it. :( It's a matter of life and death. Huhu. Sucks to be me!

  7. I am allergic to some of the sea foods. If I do eat them I have to select them. However, since I had already been victimized and suffered allergy after eating crabs fresh from the sea, I never ever venture to eat them anymore.

    Anyway, our best cook, no other than my wife really will love cooking this recipe you have had it here.

  8. I love crabs when they don't have those scary hard shells. lol! and believe me I haven't tried cooking crabs in my own hands.. I think I have some phobia on them or something like that :(

  9. Crab meat really absorbs the flavoring which means having ginger and garlic base really adds to its tastiness.

  10. i love crabs and this is something that I would really love to try..This blog post mad me so hungry

  11. This is I think easier for me to eat crabs and I thank you for being considerate for those who are having a hard time eating crabs! :D

    I love the taste of the crabs and with this recipe, I think I will love this one and no one can stop me! :D

  12. Just looking at the photo, make me gag already due to the fact I have strong allergic reactions to Crab.

    By the way, this is a good recipe, we'll recommend it to my Seafood lover friends.

  13. Wow. My mom would love to copy this recipe. I think it's good to also add honey and brown sugar for caramelization and chili for a bit of spice.

  14. Adding garlic and ginger - probably will help combat the high cholesterol of the crabs.
    Well, I guess so.

  15. oh crabs! really this tastes delicious but i hate it when served during times when im super hungry as i cant open it properly i always end up irritated.hehhe. shrimps and oyster recipes please!

  16. This is really great advice on shrimps.