There are a wide variety of crabs. A crustacean notable for its sideways walk, claws and armoured shell! There are more than 4000 species crabs. Many of us avoid eating crabs as they feel that Crab cleaning is a very tedious job, but it’s worth the time as crab meat is one of the most prized delicacy that people crave to eat. Crab meat is delicate giving an impressive texture and delightful experience to the palate.
It is versatile delicacy that is used in a wide variety of dishes like salads, soups, starters, pates or served as a main course. Some of the popular classic crab dishes are the crab cakes or patties (crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings), pepper crab (is one of the two most popular ways that crab is served in Singapore.
It is made with hard-shell crabs, and cooked in thick gravy made with black pepper), crab masala, crab with ginger or crab and corn chowder etc. Crab meat is mainly prized high for its, soft, delicate sweet taste. The Brown Crab contains two 'grades' of meat: White Meat from the claws and legs is low in fat and high in protein, having a delicate, sweet flavour while the brown meat from the body has a higher natural fat content, but is also extremely high in Omega-3.
Crab meat is just as good eaten hot as it is cold. It is great in salads, soups or soufflés and goes well with cream, butter, lemon and chilli. Canned crabmeat is useful for adding to pasta or making quick crab cakes. Crab claws yield sweet, dense white meat similar to lobster meat, while the flesh from under the hard upper shell is soft, rich and brown. Crab liver is considered a delicacy. Male crabs tend to have larger claws and more white meat.
However, the females sometimes contain coral - a flavoursome red roe. The common edible varieties of crab are: European Brown crab: popular all over Europe, this crab is available all year round. It reaches 20-25cm/8-10in across and has heavy front claws with almost-black pincers, a rusty-red or brown shell, and red hairy legs mottled with white. Atlantic Blue crab: this crab has a blue-brown shell and can grow to 20cm/8in, but is usually sold smaller.
When newly 'moulted' (crabs regularly shed their hard shells), the crabs are caught with soft-shells and deep-fried for eating whole. The Blue crab is popular along the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
This can reach up to 20cm/8in and has plenty of delicious white, dense sweet meat. The meat in the shell, notably different for its pale greyish-green colour, also has a great flavour. It is popular along the Pacific seaboard of the United States.
Popular in France and Spain, this sweet-flavoured crab has no large claws and, indeed, resembles a big spider.
This crab is named for its resemblance in shape to a horseshoe. It is considered a living fossil, tracing its roots back some 500 million years. It is found along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to the Yucatan and along Asian coasts from Japan and the Philippines to India. And yes, they are indeed edible, although the ratio of meat to shell is small.
This giant crab is also often called "Alaskan King crab," "Japanese crab," and "Russian crab" due to its size, which can reach up to 25 pounds and measure up to 10 feet. It may be large, but only about one-fourth is edible, primarily the legs and claws. Only males are harvested. The delicately-flavoured meat is snowy white with a bright red outer edge. Below listed are some of my favourite easy to prepare Crab recipes. Before watching on the recipes, do watch my video on cleaning the crab, it’s easy to fast to do: Crab Cleaning Demonstrates an easy technique of cleaning the crab at home.
Using crab requires skill and taste is also an acquired taste. This simple recipe is worth trying.
Crab cake is a classic American dish prepared with crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings. Occasionally other ingredients such as red or green peppers or pink radishes are added, at which point the cake is then sautéed, baked, or grilled and then served.
Chilli crab is a seafood dish originating from Singapore. The mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce.
Kekda Masala or Crab Masala is a delicious crab dish made in Maharashtrian style influenced by Malvani cuisine - masala using spices and coconut.
Do try these amazingly exotic and easy popular & easy Crab recipes to satisfy your family and kids with good and delicious homemade food.
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