Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sweet Dungeness Crabs with Chili Sauce, Garlic Noodles and Spinach


I promised you short and sweet recipes this week, and that's what I have for you today!  How does Sweet Dungeness Crabs with Chili Sauce, Garlic Noodles and Spinach sound to you?  Well it sounded amazing to me and it was so fast, it was embarrassing.

I saw crab the other day over at The Baking Barrister and thought, Stephanie must be reading my mind.  I'm so lucky to live in the Bay Area where we have some of the best Dungeness Crab.  When I went into my local Raley's and saw they had them for less than $3 bucks a pound, I jumped up and down; discreetly of course.

Prepare the crab:


I used two 2 pound cooked Dungeness crabs.  I tore off the legs, removed the body, and cleaned out the insides; then broke the body pieces in half.  Rinse and set aside.  I hear if you are really nice to your butcher and wink at him he will do this step for you.

I placed the crab in a bowl and added 3/4 cup of sweet chili sauce.  I buy mine at the Asian market, but most well stocked stores are starting to carry it.


Mince up 7-8 cloves of garlic and set aside.


Heat two large skillets on medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to each.  In the first skillet add half the garlic and the crab with the chili sauce.  Cook 3-4 minutes, until the crab is warmed through.

In the second skillet add the other half of the garlic, cook for one minute.  Add 1 pound of noodles,  I used a fresh Shanghai style noodle found in the Asian market.  Any thick noodle would be good.


In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce and add to noodles in pan.  A little black pepper too.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, then I added a whole bag of baby spinach, toss and take off heat.

Serve the crab over the noodles or toss the whole thing together.

This whole dish should take you less than 20 minutes, including prep.  Leaving you lots of extra time to get your Christmas shopping and baking done. I hope you haven't forgotten what's on my Christmas list!

Enjoy,

Gina

29 comments:

  1. mmm this whole dish sounds yummy. Right up my alley.

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  2. This dish sounds so fresh and tasty. I've been craving crab lately. You read my mind. Love how you threw spinach in there too. Yum!

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  3. Oh my word does that look amazing!!! I love sweet chili sauce on everything and I especially loved how you added it to this dish. It looks soooooo good, I can't get over how delicious it looks! :)

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  4. oh my gosh you're killin' mee! this looks so terrific! please please send me a plate! U love all the flavors used. I;m going to buy the frozen stuff this weekend.

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  5. Oh my lordy, this looks good! If I could find a really good substitute for pasta that wouldn't raise my blood sugar, I would make this in a heartbeat!
    BTW, you said you wanted to make the walnut torte I posted...if you want to make it with sugar, go for 1/2 cup in the actual torte and 3tbsp powdered sugar in the whipped cream topping. Omit erythritol and stevia, obviously, but the rest of the instructions would be the same.

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  6. Happy Wednesday-You gave me a good chuckle, your blog is the first that I opened, and reading these lines, and I quote...LOL

    "I tore off the legs, removed the body, and cleaned out the insides; then broke the body pieces"

    You really went at this poor little defenseless crab...LOL

    Love the way you prepared it, had you not shown the pasta, and the hot sauce, I would not have known. Our oriental market actually carries all these item, including the dungeness crab. Wow!
    I really have to make this amazing dish. Such a beautiful presentation, as well!

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  7. That just looks fabulous! I saw Dungeness for $2.99/lb at my local Asian market the other day. I may have to try this. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. Now THAT'S a meal!! I can't believe you can find crab for that reasonable a price! That makes me want to take a stroll through Chinatown and see what I can find. This sounds fantastic. Gorgeous photo too.

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  9. This is my kind of meal...wonderful Gina! Nicely done!

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  10. This sounds fabulous! I wish I lived up in bay area too and could get crabs for $3 a pound! And I love those fresh noodles... mmm...! :)

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  11. LOL Elisabeth, at least there was no shanking involved!

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  12. I'm so jealous of you all who live near the coast! In Texas we don't get crabs :( I wish we did though because I would be whipping up this dish in a heart beat!!

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  13. Crabs are just so yummy! Love that you used Shanghai noodles and added chilli. Would love to eat this.

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  14. Gina this dish look absolutely amazing! It looks so hearty and delicious. Dungeoness crab is my favorite crustacean and i love that mound of garlic that you included.

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  15. We first discovered dungeness crab in Victoria BC in March a few years ago and had it at the restaurant( very expensive). They sell it at the supermarket; do you buy it cooked or do you cook it yourself. Your recipe is a keeper.
    Won<t be seeing this again this next March
    Thank you

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  16. Dish looks wonderful!!! Love your blog!!

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  17. Just say the word "crab" and I'll be pulling up a chair. Make it look as good as you just did and you'll have to invite me to stay the weekend so I can finish up any leftovers! Wow, that looks fantastic.

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  18. Dungeness Crab for $3 a lb? You can hardly find any in the Chicago area, and if you do, the price is through the roof. Your dish looks so good., and I wish I was having this for dinner.

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  19. Gina, I'm so glad you posted this! I've been seeing crab on sale everywhere (yay for moving back to the Bay Area!) but wasn't really sure what to do with it. This looks like a great idea! :)

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  20. MMm!!! What a meal! I miss my Bay Area crabs, I used to stop and bring them home on my way home from school.
    Love the recipe!

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  21. Crab, and a delicious dish in under 20 minutes, I'm in! Now, I'll just have to see if we're getting equal time with the Dungeness crab special prices here in SoCal.

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  22. hi Gina! i love this dish. i also like that you added sweet chili sauce. i'm sure your asian noodle dish tastes fabulous.

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  23. Hey Gina, I love that top photo, I can just imagine digging into this wonderful crab dish!
    We love Dungeness crab and will be enjoying it over the Christmas holidays, usually with french bread and a salad. But I'm open to trying it a different way and your recipe looks like a winner:-)

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  24. We had some of those great crabs this week, too. Dungeness crab, Bay Area, Raleys - you can't be too far away. Except our Raley's is Nob Hill.

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  25. Hi from foodbuzz,

    this is a wonderful looking recipe, I gotta get some crab and try it myself!

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  26. I am so in love with this dish...
    my kind of food :)

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  27. OMG! Noodle and crab ! those are my fave ! *drooling ... ~,~

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