Butter Garlic Baked Crab with Lime, Bacon, and Herbs, Served with Crab Gravy

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Baked Crab Butter Garlic with Lime Bacon Herbs and Crab Gravy

Baked Crab with butter, garlic, lime and herbs and served with the crab gravy it’s a simple and yet tasty crab recipe. The simple seasoning and cooking process preserved the natural sweetness of the crab meat. This baked crab recipe is a quicky and too easy recipe that can be prepared a few minutes before the dinner, but i guess this must be a foolproof recipe.

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Recipe Butter Garlic Baked Crab with Lime, Bacon, Herbs and Serve with Crab Gravy

Simple butter garlic baked crab recipe is a kinda runaway dish once you’ve got bored of spicy and kicking dish with a lot of spices and quite an effort to made it. My mom used to bake dunguness or blue swimmer crab once it’s on season, but in a very simple seasoning. My mom seasoned the blue crab with salt and lemon or lime juice, just as simple as that, nothing more added into it. Right after my mom popped out the baked crab, we gathered to enjoy it with spicy chilli sauce or a mixture of chopped birds eye chillies and kecap manis or Indonesian sweet soy sauce.

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Recipe Baked Crab with Butter, Garlic, Kaffir Lime, Bacon and Herbs

Oven baked mud crabRecipe  is my special flashback childhood memories .Instead using lemon juice, i add jeruk purut or kaffir lime juice for more citrusy and tangy flavour.  Some chopped bacon and a mixture of freshly chopped basil and daun kemangi or lemon basil enrich the baked crab. You should try this recipe once you’e tried Stir Fry Crab with Salted Egg Yolk and Cheese Sauce, Steamed Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaf with Chinese Black Bean Paste, Chilli, and Garlic Sauce, Thai Green Curry Crab, Rice Noodle in Rich & Spicy Crab Curry Soup, and Hot and Spicy Chilli Crab. I guess it’s like you’ve missing your old home bed once you’ve travel around the globe.

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Baked Crab with Butter, Garlic, Lime and Herbs

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Baked crab dripping for making crab gravy

The crab gravy is another improvised recipe because i can’t discard the juice that dripped out from the baked crab. I think this would be a nice dipping for the succulent and sweet baked crab meat. I add some roux to make the crab gravy a little bit thicker, then a pinch of the salt and freshly grounded peppercorn added to adjust the taste. This crab gravy is superb even more since i’m browned the butter before i added some flour to made the roux.

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Crabby looks: a face that only a mother could love!

I’m using 1.6 kg mud crab from Papua Island, Indonesia.  The gigantic crustacean claw is almost as big as my palm (i’m 5’11” or 180 cm heigh and weighed 95 kg or 190 pounds). This male mud crab is pretty big and four of us who joining the dinner got our stomatch fullfilled within it. The verdict of  this pricey gigantic male mud crab meat is quite good, the meat is perfectly cooked, succulent with  stringy flesh.  The flavour is sweet and  milder than the smaller crab that i’m used to cook previously, then the crab gravy pairing idea quite works this time. I guess if you craving the best texture and flavour of mud crab, i recommend mud crab weighed about 700 gr to 1.2 kg from my experience

Gigantic Mud Crab Clawn!

Gigantic Mud Crab Clawn!

Recipe Butter Garlic Baked Crab with Lime, Bacon, and Herbs:

Ingredients:

  • 1.6 kg mud crab (or you can use 3 medium size mud crab each weighed about 500 grams)
  • 1 tbsp kaffir lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1  tbsp daun kemangi or  lemon basil leaves, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp basil leaves,  finely minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instruction:

  • Preheat oven on 350–375 °F (180–190 °C)
  • Brush and clean the mud crab properly with running water to get rid the muddy aromas
  • Season the kaffir lime juice, salt and pepper. set aside
  • Meanwhile, mix the butter, garlic, lemon basil and basil leaves in a glass bowl, set aside
  • Drain the liquid from the crab, put it in a metal baking tray
  • Add the butter mixture all over the crab (you can crack the crab shell a little  bit)

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  • Wrap the baking tray with alumunium foil, bake for about 30 minutes (you need to check the doness for every 10-15 minutes, smaller size crab needed less than 30 minutes)

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  • Save the dripping liquid in the baking tray for making crab gravy
  • Serve it immediately with steaming hot rice and crab cravy

Crab Gravy Recipe :

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baked crab dripping
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp all purpose  flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instruction:

  • Heat up and melt the butter in a heavy bottom sauce pan, let it browned a little bit
  • Remove from the heat and add the flour, stir occationally

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  • Put the sauce pan back into the stove, let the flour is throughly cooked and browned a little bit for another 30 second
  • Pour the crab dripping and let it boil

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  • Simmer the crab gravy until thicken

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Steamed Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaf with Chinese Black Bean Paste, Chilli, and Garlic Sauce Recipe

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Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Paste in  a peranakan dish, fusion between chinese and malay culinary. Lotus leaves gives a nice scent to the spiced crab, resembles of pungent and earthy tea hint. You can purchase dried lotus leaves in asian groceries, it usually sold dried and it must be rehydrated first to soften it prior to cooking by simlpy soaked it in warm water for about 20 minutes, patted dry and then applied some oil in the surface to prevent the filling is sticking. You can replace the lotus leaf with banana leaves or even taro leaves, but the fragrance is not as potent the lotus leaves.

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Recipe Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf Wrap with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaves with Fermented Black Bean Paste is actually inspired by Lo Mai Gai dimsum. Lo mai gai is actually steamed sticky or glutinous rice with chicken stuffing in lotus leaf wrap. The sticky or glutinous rice is pre-steamed or preboiled before wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed. General stuffing for lo mai gai is chicken, pork, chinese sausage or lap cheong, mushrooms, and finely chopped dried shrimp. That’s why it’s common preparation when people add cooked glutinous rice or pulut (malay), or ketan (bahasa)  within the steamed crab. The glutinous rice absorb the crab natural juice dripping when the crab is steamed in lotus leaf wrapped and it makes the natural crab flavour infused on it, but i prefer to served this steamed crab with steamed buns or mantou.

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Recipe Steamed Crab Wraped in Lotus Leaves with Spicy Fermented Black Bean, Chilli, ang Garlic Sauce

Steamed Crab in Spicy Black Bean, Garlic and Chilli Sauce basic recipe is similiar with my Steamed Sea Scallop with Black Bean Sauce and Steamed Grouper Fish with Tofu. The ingredients of black bean sauce for steaming this crab is fermented black bean paste, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, ginger, salt and pepper use for the sauce. All the spice paste ingredients processed into a fine paste then chopped chili added to give a nice hot kicking flavour. Besides, you can enrich the flavour the black bean paste with dried shrimp, dried scallop and other savoury and umami dried seafood ingredients. Watch over the saltiness level of the black bean paste since it could be very salty and it’s not necessary to add any salt anymore. This black bean recipe is suits as a dressing  for rice porridge, steamed eeg, tofu, or even aubergines. Black bean sauce is actually made of salted and fermented black bean called doucitausi or tauco hitam in Bahasa. Black bean paste is ready to use, it’s available in a glass jar on most asian groceries in your town, my recommended  favourite  fermented black bean paste is Lee Kum Kee Brand.

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Resep Kepiting Saus Tauco Hitam/ Tausi Bungkus Daun Teratai (Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce Recipe)

Kepiting saus tauco hitam (tausi) bungkus daun teratai is steamed crab in lotus leaves with spicy fermented black bean or douci, chilli, and garlic in Bahasa Indonesia. I’m using a giant mud crab from Papua Island for this recipe. The gigantic crustacean was weighed about 1.4 Kg and the claw is almost as big as my palm (i’m 5’11” or 180 cm heigh and weighed 95 kg or 190 pounds). This male mud crab is pretty big and four of us who joining the dinner got our stomatch fullfilled within it. The verdict of  this pricey gigantic male mud crab meat is much more sweet and succulent compared to female mud crab with roe for my Thai Green Curry. Even my sister consider that the amount of the black bean sauce is not enough (notes: she eat almost all of  the steamed buns), i guess i’m doing it to present the natural sweetness of the crab meat.

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Handshake with Giant Mud Crab Clawn (Kepiting Papua)

Recipe Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce :

Ingredient :

  • 1 giant mud crab (i’m using 1.4 kg)
  • 1 big lotus leaf
  • 2 tbsp chopped chilies
  • 2 tbs chopped scallion for garnish
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lemon/ Lime juice
  • 2 tbs of premium light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup of chinese cooking wine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Spice Paste :

  • 2 tbsp of fermented black beans sauce/ tausi, i use Lee Kum Kee Brand
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 lemongrass(use only the soft white inner part)
  • a pinch of szechuan peppercorn*optional
  • 3 cm ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 tbs of rock sugar
  • salt and peper to taste

Instruction :

  • Cleaned  and brushed  throughly the crab surface,  discard the gills, springkle with salt, pepper and drizzle with a little of lime juice, drained, set aside

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  • Soak the dried lotus leaves in warm water for about 10 minutes until soften, patted dry, applied some oil to the inner surfece, set aside
  • Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a wok pan, sautee the spice paste until fragrance  and throughly cooked,  add the premium light soy sauce, chinese cooking rice wine and sesame oil, bring to boil and simmer unti reduced, set aside
  • Mix the sauteed spice paste and crab and chilli, ajdust the taste with salt and pepper

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  • Put the lotus leaf  to cover a heatproof pyrex bowl, put the spiced crab above the lotus leaves

Recipe Steamed Crab Lotus Leaves wrap black bean sauce

  • wrapped the crab with lotus leaves , marinade about 10 minutes.

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  • Cover the pyrex bowl with alumunium foil to prevent the steaming water dripping
  • Meanwhile set your steamer in a highest flame as possible.

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  • Put lotus leaves wrapped crab with black bean paste in the steamer, steam about 15-20 minutes depend on the size of your crab, Do Not Overcooked It!
  • Open the lotus leaves, garnish the steamed crabs with chopped scallion
  • Served with mantau or steamed buns

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