Monday, April 12, 2010

Crab boil

What do you do with over 7 pounds of crab claws?
Experiment with new recipe ideas!
Two really great neighbors shared a wealth of frozen Jonah crab claws and I remember that I had a box of Zatarain's boil in the pantry.

The recipe on the box called for 1 bag of boil, 3 quarts of water, some salt and 1 lemon cut up. I mostly followed the directions but added in a few cloves of garlic and half a white onion into the mix.

While the boil, well boiled, I pulled out the crab from the freezer - about 2 lbs sitting, awaiting their soak.

Items were thrown in, brought back to a boil for 5 minutes, then the heat was shut off and they crab soaked for another 15.

Drained and then out came the heavy artillery:

Hammers and pliers to get at the meat:

Yes, that is some delicious butter for dipping in the background.

The meat was a sweeter than I expected, and really didn't take on a ton of the boil ingredient flavors. It was a lot more work to pry the meat from the shell, it took over an hour to make it through the 2 pounds or so, but it was worth it. Next time I will try the addition of vinegar to the boil. Apparently it suppose to help release the meat from the shell!

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