I’m spoiled when it comes to seafood because I am from Seattle where it is plentiful, high quality and relatively inexpensive. A result of my love for the bounty from the seas is the belief that seafood of all kinds needs very little additions when it comes to preparation. In general I’m a melted butter on the side kind of girl, maybe a few herbs here and there. But the baking barrister got me to thinking with her lovely post about herb rubbed dungeon crab that she then oven roasted. The combination of her pictures and the lovely accident of Dungeness crabs being on sale inspired me to come up with this recipe. The truly nice thing about this is that the marinade nicely flavors the sweet smooth meat of the body and when you are cracking the crab itself, the marinade on the shells give the leg meat just the hint of heat and crisp cilantro acts essentially like the acid from a lemon nicely balancing the decadent buttery depth of the more fibrous leg meat. Other than the marinating time, this is a super quick recipe that yielded a lovely dinner. I served the crab with a salad of Asian pears, butter lettuce and scallions with a light sesame salad dressing.
Thai Inspired Oven-Roasted Dungeness Crab
For two crabs
2 Dungeness Crabs (cleaned, and cracked in half, the fish monger can and should do this for you)
2 cups rough chopped cilantro (including the stems)
4 cloves garlic
1 Thai chili (if you can’t find them use a Serrano instead)
½ cup Olive Oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
Place all of the ingredients, except the crab… into a food processor and blend until a paste like consistency. Rub the cleaned crab all over with all the paste. Place in a bowl or shallow baking dish and marinate for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the crabs in a roasting pan or baking dish and roast for ten minutes. Serve immediately.
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