Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dinner Snapshot - Ticked Off Crabs in Chili Coriander Sauce

The old adage, don't play with your food, went out the window yesterday when we brought home six very angry blue crabs. After putting them in some fresh water in the kitchen sink, we delighted in swinging our hands just out of reach of their mighty claws.

By cooking time, they were docile and went willingly, resigned to their important role as our tasty dinner. The chili coriander sauce brings David back to eating crab cooked by our friend Man's mother-in-law on the island of Koh Yao Noi, quite possibly the best compliment he has ever given my cooking.

Blue Crabs in Chili Coriander Sauce

Sauce Ingredients and Instructions:
3 tbs nam pla (fish sauce)
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp white sugar
2 tbs cilantro, chopped
2 Thai red chilies, diced
3 spring onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced on a diagonal
2 stalks lemongrass, rough outer layers removed, white and pale yellow soft parts finely chopped

1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Refrigerate until serving time.

Crab Ingredients and Instructions:

3 blue crabs per person, alive and kicking
4 stalks of lemongrass, sliced in half
4 cloves garlic, diced
Jasmine rice, cooked according to instructions

1. In a large stockpot filled with water, bring the garlic and lemongrass to a boil.
2. When roaring, add the crabs. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes.
3. Remove crabs and place in a large bowl covered with a lid.
4. Serve crabs.
5. After cracking the crabs, place the meat on top of the cooked rice, dishing the chili coriander sauce over the top.


  1. Keep these postings up and I'm flying out for dinner--you could go around the world as a charter cook! I'm lazy now and, with Ed's various dietary problems over the years, no longer very adventurous. You make me proud, girl!

  2. Aunt Gay - How I would have loved to be a charter cook! Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of swimming through the moon jellies with the Satori's charter cook! She was nice.

    I'm happy that my cooking is making you proud! I'll cook for you next time we see each other!


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