malaysian-style ginger-chile crab

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  4 - 6

1 dozen live blue crabs (or use precooked)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup minced ginger
1/4 cup minced fresh chile peppers
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and green parts

1.  if using live crabs, pour water in a large pot to a depth of 1 1/2 inches.  bring to a boil over high heat, add crabs, turn heat to medium-high, cover and steam until crabs are bright orange-red and all the blue-green color is gone, about 15 - 20 minutes.  remove from heat and rinse under cold running water. 

2.  clean the crabs:  grasp the top shell at the front, pull it away from the body and discard it.  turn the crab over, pry off the triangular apron and discard it, along with the spongy white gills.  grab the legs and claws close to the body, twist them off, and crack the claws lightly with a hammer.  discard the legs. you should end up with a body and 2 claws, including knuckles, from each crab.  snap the boy in half, using a chef's knife to cut through the shell if necessary.

3.  in a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat until it just begins to smoke.  add half the crab bodies and claws and saute, tossing frequently with your tongs, for about 3 minutes.  add half of each of the remaining ingredients, except the salt and pepper.  cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute more.

4.  remove everything from pan, add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and repeat with remaining crabs and ingredients.  season with salt and pepper.  serve warm or room temperature, with nutcrackers and picks.

- new york times

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