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Stir-fried Crab Legs with Ginger-Scallion Butter

Stir-fried Crab Legs with Ginger-Scallion Butter Recipe
Photo by Grace Parisi

Meaty bairdi crab legs are briefly steamed just until heated through, then they get a quick flash in a wok (or skillet) with butter and aromatics to create the ultimate 5-napkin crab fest. Sturdy kitchen scissors make easy work of cutting the legs into manageable pieces.

Stir-fried Crab Legs with Ginger-Scallion Butter | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 30 min
Total time: 30 min
Serves: 2


Ingredients

  • 1 bairdi cluster (approx. 4 legs and body), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped, plus some sliced for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or sambal oelek
  • ½ lime

Directions

Separate Crab

Separate the crab legs from the body and break into segments at the joints. Using a sturdy knife cut the body into 2 pieces. Cut the large section of each leg between the joints into 2 pieces using kitchen shears or a sturdy knife.

Steam

Place the crab into a wok or skillet with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Cover and steam just until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well and wipe out the pan.

Stir-Fry

Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the butter, oil, scallions, ginger, sesame seeds, and as much red pepper flakes or sambal as desired, and stir-fry just until sizzling. Add the crab and stir-fry until coated with the sizzling mixture. Transfer to a deep platter, scraping all of the butter and aromatics on top. Add a squeeze of lime and sprinkle with sliced scallions. Serve right away with claw crackers and lots of napkins. Dip the crab meat into the surrounding butter and enjoy!


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