Steamed Crabs

    35 min

    This is a fantastic way to prepare crabs when in-season. They are simply steamed and served with a seasoned dipping sauce and Chinese black vinegar.

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    Serves: 3 - 4

    • 1kg crabs, cleaned
    • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar
    • sugar to taste
    • monosodium glutamate (MSG) to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Make the sauce by heating the sesame oil in a small saucepan for 15 seconds. Add the soy sauce, sugar, MSG, Shaoxing wine and heat for 15 seconds more. Pour into a bowl and add ginger, set aside.
    2. Pour some black vinegar into a separate bowl and set aside.
    3. Steam the crabs over high heat for 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked through. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with sauce and vinegar.


    Shaoxing wine, Chinese black vinegar and monosodium glutamate can be purchased in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops or online.

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