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Fab Flower Crab

So last night we had our Chinese family over for dinner, the Goh’s…and as promised after months of pestering, I cooked up something quite special for our dear friends – FAB FLOWA KRAB! A delicious and simple variant on the Sri Lankan crab recipe that I’ve posted before. Only difference, flower crab and 5 minutes less on the old grill.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 12 live flower crabs

  2. 270 grams of unsalted melted butter

  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  5. 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

  6. 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  7. 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  9. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  10. A good shaking of Old Bay

  11. A small piece of butter for each packet

Combine the above, minus the crab and set your steeping sauce aside and go get ready to “dispatch” the crab.

I went to the shop to pick up the crab live and once home I placed them into the freezer for about an hour. This puts them into a bit of a “dream state” and gets them ready for the razor sharp Chinese clever!!!! (insert evil laugh…..mwaaaaa haa haa haa!) To dispatch, simply flip the flower crab onto it’s back and chop! A really sharp clever comes in very handy but let me caution you…it’s dangerous work so sobriety helps at this stage!

Flower crab is small in comparison to Sri Lankan crab so instead of chopping the crab into quarters, simply halve them and chop off the claws. At this point, take a sheet of aluminium foil and make a packet that resembles a Hershey’s kiss. Take a decent helping of your steeping sauce and pour it over the crab and then add a small bit of butter and a good shaking of Old Bay. Do this for all of your crab and then you’re ready for the grill.

Stabilize your grill at 400 degrees F. Place your packets onto the grill and set your timer for 15 minutes. Once your timer pings, remove the packets carefully and place them into a big metal bowl. Don’t uncover the individual packets until you’re ready to eat them. Its also a nice way to serve up the crab to your guests.

We accompanied the flower crab with a great homemade potato salad, corn on the cob and Heather’s awesome cherry pie. All in all, a great meal with great people! Thanks to the Goh’s for helping us devour the crab!

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Overall Heather Rating: 9/10

PS – forgive me for the blurry photos, good help is hard to find these days – Uncle Goh is a lousy photographer but a great friend!

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