"Angry" Style Dungeness Crab with Sambal Orange Glaze

"Angry" Style Dungeness Crab with Sambal Orange Glaze
January is the beginning of Salty’s "You Crack Me Up" Crab festival and we kick it off in 2016 with an all-time favorite. Sweet shell-on Dungeness crab is roasted in a spicy sauce that is sure to get your attention. With notes of ginger and orange and just a touch of sweetness, this sticky-finger crustacean treat is sure to become one of your faves!

"Angry" Style Dungeness Crab with Sambal Orange Glaze

Serves 2-3 as an appetizer

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/3 cup Sambal (Thai chili paste)
1 each 2.5-3 pounds Dungeness crab, cooked, cleaned, chilled
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup rice flour
4 stems cilantro, optional 1 teaspoon each black and white sesame seeds, optional

Angry Crab Sauce Directions

In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the garlic and ginger and sauté until they are very caramelized but not burnt. Add the orange juice, brown sugar, fish sauce and Sambal to the garlic ginger mixture. Allow the mixture to cook over low heat, reducing by approximately half or until it makes a syrupy glaze. Allow the mixture to cool completely and reserve.

Angry Crab Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add Dungeness crab and cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove the crab with tongs and plunge immediately into a bowl of ice water. Once cooled enough to handle, remove the top shell and clean out the insides of the crab. Cut in between the leg sections so you have 8 leg/body pieces. Using the backside of a heavy chef’s knife, gently hit the crab in a couple spots per leg to crack the shell which will allow the sauce to permeate the meat during cooking.

Toss the crab sections in the rice flour, dusting off the excess and set aside. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof sauté pan. Add the crab pieces and brown well on both sides. Add a cup or so of the Angry Crab Sauce and toss to coat the crab. Place the crab into a 350-degree oven and allow to roast 5-8 minutes or until the crab is heated through. Transfer to a serving platter and enjoy with a glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, plenty of cold beer or a great Gewürztraminer!

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