Steamed Blue Crabs with Black Ginger Dipping Sauce
Steamed Blue Crabs with Black Ginger Dipping Sauce is From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 35 minutes.
Bring 1 1/2 inches water to a boil in pot.
Add cilantro stems, then carefully add half of crabs using tongs and return to a boil. Cook, covered with lid, 8 minutes (for 1/4-pound crabs) to 10 minutes (for 1/3-pound crabs) from time they enter water. (Break shell of 1 claw to check for doneness; crabmeat should be opaque.)
Transfer crabs with long-handled tongs to a large platter, reserving cooking liquid in pot, and keep warm, loosely covered with foil. Cook remaining crabs in same manner.
While crabs cook, stir together ginger (to taste), soy sauce, sugar, water, vinegar, and salt in a small bowl until sugar and salt are dissolved.
If necessary, dip crabs in cooking liquid to remove any external residue, then transfer to another large platter.
Serve crabs hot, with dipping sauce.
*We recommend Gold Plum brand, available at Asian markets and Kam Man Food Products (212-571-0330).
Recommended wine: Chardonnay, Muscadet, Riesling
Chardonnay, Muscadet, and Riesling are great choices for Shellfish. Buttery chardonnay is great for scallops, shrimp, crab, and lobster, while muscadet is a classic pick for mussels, oysters, and clams. If you've got some spice in your shellfish, a semi-dry riesling can balance out the heat. The Trentadue La Storia Chardonnay with a 4.3 out of 5 star rating seems like a good match. It costs about 20 dollars per bottle.
Trentadue La Storia ChardonnayThe 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, is typical for the variety with aromas of apples, white peaches and citrus. With longer time in the glass nuanced aromas of nutmeg, slight toast and vanilla come to play along with suggestion of pineapple and ripe Meyer lemons. The mouth feel is crisp and restrained with clear minerality and purity of fruit. Rich, elegant and beautifully balanced.