The Crustacean Restaurant in California are famous for their garlicky roasted cracked crab-- which is a highly guarded " secret recipe ". I would like to share with you another recipe which I concocted as a great substitute. It is my version of the garlic crab which I had at the Crustacean.
YOU couldn't ask for a simpler or more successful dish. As long as you can get fresh Dungeness crabs. If you can't find any in your area --- you can use other types of crabs like stone crabs, blue crabs, lobsters or the "alimango " for the Filipino cooks...( as long as they are SALT WATER crabs).
4 - 5 cloves of garlic ( pounded with their skins on )
1 stick of unsalted butter
6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 dungeness crabs ( cooked and cracked ) ** since we do not have dungeness crabs in the Philippines... you can substitute the dungeness with our very own alimango..
coarsley cracked pepper corns
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley ( chopped fine )
+ Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
+ In a large oven-proof pan ---Saute butter and olive oil. Add the garlic to the
melted the butter and olive oil mixture. Add Set aside.
+ Prepare the crabs... break the crab legs from the body. Cut the crabs into 2 sections per crab. DO NOT remove the meat from the shell.
+ Stir in crabs into the hot butter, garlic and olive oil mixture. Add salt, pepper and lemon to taste. Toss everything well.
+ Bake the crabs for 6 minutes... Toss well again... to make sure all the crabs are coated with the butter/garlic mixture. Bake again for another 6 minutes until the garlic is brown.
+ Remove from oven and toss parsley into the crab.
+ Serve immediately.
HAPPY COOKING everyone!!!!