We love our fresh Dungeness crab here on the west coast. At the cabin, we have a fish monger on a boat in the harbor on summer Saturdays, and we take advantage as much as possible by buying the live crabs in the morning and having them for dinner that night. We always, at least at my house, serve it with garlic or clarified butter. Delicious but rich and fattening.
When I visited Shanghai I was lucky enough to go during Hairy Crab season, a local delicacy. In Shanghai, the crab is typically served with a dip made up primarily of black rice vinegar. I was able to pick up some at my local Asian market and have re-created this twice now, both times it was well received. It is a nice change to the richness of the butter sauce – plus you can have a healthy meal if you pair the crab with a large salad.
1/4 cup black rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 scallion, minced
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