Black Bean and Ginger Dungeness Crab

Total Time:
25 min
10 min
15 min

4 servings

  • 2 Dungeness crab, shell off (save shells), claws cracked and body chopped up into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cornstarch, for dusting and to make a slurry with 1 tablespoon
  • 3 cups peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rinsed fermented black beans, chopped
  • 4 large slices bruised ginger
  • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 5 scallions, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup shaoxing(cooking wine)
  • 1 tablespoon naturally brewed soy sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • Small pot cooked Chinese rice

In a large wok, bring peanut oil to high temperature. Dust the crab pieces with cornstarch and a little salt. Shallow fry the crab for only 1 to 2 minutes until the crab shells turn red. Drain on paper towels. Do the same with the 2 shells. Reserve oil and wipe wok clean. Add 2 tablespoons oil back to the wok on high heat. Stir-fry the beans, ginger, garlic and scallions for 1 minute until soft. Add back the crab and deglaze with shaoxing and add soy and stock. Check for seasoning and bring to a boil. Thicken with the slurry and cook 30 more seconds. Serve immediately with the cooked shells.

PLATING On a large oval, place the 2 shells down near both ends. Fill with hot rice. Mound the crab between the shells. Enjoy with your fingers. Can also serve with lemon finger bowls.

Wine suggestion: Marsanne, Bois du Renard, Languedoc 1998

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