Steamed Live Crab with Garlic Noodles Recipe Ingredients:
Recipes makes about 6 servings of noodles
- live dungeness crab (as many as you want!)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (we prefer kikkoman)
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce (if omitting replace with soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons shaoxing cooking wine
- 2 tablespoons dark soy
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 1 pound fresh egg noodles, or a box/pack of thin spaghetti
- 3/4 stick of unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- Reserved “crab butter” (optional)**
- Chopped cilantro, for garnish
How To Steam the Crab and Prepare “Crab Butter”
- In a large pot boil about 3 inches of water. Keep heat on high so the water stays on a hard boil.
- Quickly put the crab into the pot. Crab does not need to be submerged. The crab will extend all it’s legs once it feels the heat so you need to put it in the pot quickly and close the lid. Steam with the lid on for 7 minutes.
- Remove from pot and allow to cool.
- Flip the crab upside down and pull off the body. This will allow the shell to hold all the liquid. This liquid is the “crab butter” Reserve this for the noodles.
Directions for the Noodles
- Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Boil a large pot of water, and cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Melt butter in a large saute pan or wok on medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for about a minute. Add the cooked noodles and toss to coat evenly with the garlic butter.
- Add the sauce and toss for a couple minutes. Add the “crab butter” and toss again.
- Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve with steamed crab.
*All of the sauce ingredients are commonly used in Taiwanese and Chinese recipes, except for the fish sauce which is a staple in my pantry. It adds saltiness and a unique flavor Japanese refer to as Umami.
**I often use spaghetti noodles when I don’t have time to stop at the Asian market. All that butter and garlic you ask? YES!
***The crab butter is not necessary but adds a depth of flavor and extra yumminess. Plus you’d otherwise throw this out so don’t let it go to waste.