Monday, July 18, 2011

Fast, Fresh, Dungeness Baked Crab

So, the Bake was out fishing for salmon today but no luck. On the way home he picked up his crab pot and there were 2 keepers. Fifteen minutes later, they were cleaned, seasoned and baked for 12 minutes. Fresh peas and salad greens from the garden rounded out the rest of the dinner. Quick and delicious!
2 cleaned crabs
3 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons butter
4 finely minced, garlic cloves
1 large finely minced, shallot
1/4 of red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
1 Tablespoon grated rind of Meyer lemon
4 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
4 Tablespoons finely chopped basil

Preheat oven to 500F.
In a large pan (big enough to hold the crab) melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, shallots, red bell pepper, and pepper flakes. Stir well. Add crab to pan and season with salt and pepper, put in oven and bake until crab is cooked, about 12 minutes.
Put crab in a large bowl and sprinkle with parsley and basil.
Place pan back on stove and add lemon juice, and rind and cook until reduced by one third. Pour over crab and serve.

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