Oh boy. Out of all the Dungeness crab dishes I've cooked lately, my boyfriend says this one is his favorite. It's made with lots of ginger, some garlic, cilantro, and a little bit of soy sauce, and it's so fragrant. The seasonings pair so well with the delicate, succulent crab. I like to cook some Asian noodles with this and use them to soak up the leftover seasonings.
Vietnamese Ginger Crab
1 Dungeness crab, parcooked and cleaned, claws removed, body cut in pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slivers
1 shallot, minced
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsp. rice cooking wine (shao hsing) or dry sherry
2 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
A good handful of fresh cilantro leaves
Heat the oil in a wok. Add the garlic, ginger and shallot and stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add the salt, sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, and crab and stir-fry until the crab is evenly coated and the meat is opaque. Add the wine and scallions and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer the crab to a bowl, garnish with the cilantro and serve with hot cooked Asian flour-based noodles.
(Image: Kathryn Hill)