Archive for February 24, 2015

Grilled Dungeness Crab

Grilled Dungeness Crab

Crab is so yummy and Dungeness is amazing anyway you crack it. This grilled recipe is simple and easy though it does take a little time. In the end it’s completely worth it.

Ingredients:

3 Large Dungeness Crabs

1 Tablespoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon Lemon juice

Avocado oil

So to make things easier I got pre-cooked dungeness. I did have to clean them though and I will take you through each step of cleaning the crab.

My brother decided he was going to help me. Here is a picture so that you can appreciate just how large these crabs were.

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Cute little Brother lol.

 

First you want to remove the apron which is found on the underside of the crab.

Apron

Peel and crack the apron off starting at the narrow end. Pull the apron up and away from the crab body. It will take some force to actually break the apron off but it can be done. Next you want to remove the carapace, which is the top shell of the crab.

Carapace

To pull the carapace off insert a finger into the crab through where the apron was attached. Pull the top and the body in opposite directions, again this will take some force. The top piece once removed will look like this and may have some gills attached to it.

Gill

 

Once removed the carapace and anything inside can be discarded. Looking at the body the next step is to remove any remaining gills and the mandibles.

Mandible

The mandibles are the last part of the crab that you have to break off and they will come off the easiest. Now you can clean the crab out of all the nasty goop lol.

Cleaned out crab

Cleaned out crab

Now that you have the crab cleaned crack it straight down the middle into two pieces. Once everything is cleaned put them all in a large pot.

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Now you can mix up your marinade. Combine the seasoning, garlic, and lemon juice in a bowl. Slowly add in olive oil till you get a thick paste.

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Once you have the paste ready you want to make small cracks in the meatier parts of the crab claws.

Here's an example

Here’s an example

I used a pair of pliers to make the cracks. Once the cracks are there rub the paste over every part of the crab and make sure that you get it in all the nooks and crannies.

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Cover and let sit in the fridge for an hour to marinade.

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Once the hour is up grill the crab on medium high.

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Each side needs 5-7 minutes to cook.  Once done the crab is ready to eat. This recipe is yummy and super spicy.

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Serves 3

Serving 1 crab (10 ounces of meat)

Calories 395

Fat 12.8 g

Sat Fat 1.5 g

Cholest 215.3 mg

Sodium 2311 mg

Carb 3.2 g

Fiber 0 g

Sugar 0 g

Protein 63.2 g

Trick 1 Karo Syrup

Trick 1

So as I stated this will be the first of many either tips or tricks to make your kitchen function better or in a healthier fashion. The first thing I’ll show you is how to get the most out of your Karo Syrup. So Karo syrup is a thick sugar syrup that is used to make baked goods and candies. Because of how thick it is it’s hard to get all of it out of the bottle. I have discovered a trick that I use to get all I can out of a bottle of Karo syrup.

First you will take your replacement bottle and remove the cap. Once the cap is removed set it on a counter away from the edge. Next you want to open the cap of your old bottle but leave the cap on. The reasoning for this is so that the flow of the Karo syrup from bottle to bottle is controlled. This way not too much will come out at once and topple the bottles and it also won’t leak down the sides creating a mess.

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Left: New Bottle Right: Old Bottle

Next you will turn the old bottle over and place the bottle so that the small opening in the cap is in the large opening of the bottle. The two bottles will stay balanced.

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Balanced bottles. Top: Old bottle w/ cap Bottom: New bottle w/out cap

I typically leave the bottles like this alone for at least 10 mins. Usually the time it takes me to do the dishes. Leaving it longer won’t be an issue either. Once you’ve let the transfer finish cap your old bottle and throw away the old and your set to go for next time.