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Newspaper Crab with Three Sauces

  • Crab boil / Seafood boil
  • All Shellfish
  • Active Time:20 min
  • Total Time:20min
  • Servings:2
  • Difficulty:Intermediate
Photo by Kelley Jordan


For the Soy Caramel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • ¼ cup sake

  • 3 tablespoons mirin

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

For the Avocado Herb Sauce

  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted

  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro, leaves and stems

  • ¼ cup plain Greek-style yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon champagne or white wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco, or other hot sauce

For the Lemon Panko Sauce

  • ½ cup panko

  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Pinch of cayenne

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter


Prepare the Table and Crab

Lay out several sheets of newspaper, plenty of napkins, and tools for cracking crabs. Steam, boil, grill, or bake crab for 5 minutes until heated through.

Make the Soy Caramel Sauce

In small saucepan, combine soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook the sauce until it is reduced by half, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn heat to lowest setting and whisk in butter one tablespoon at a time, adding more after previous tablespoon has fully melted.

Pureé Avocado Herb Sauce

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend to a smooth purée.

Prepare Lemon Panko Sauce

In a small bowl, mix panko, lemon zest, parsley, salt, and cayenne. Melt the butter and pour it into a separate small bowl. Serve the panko mixture and butter separately, dipping the crab into the melted butter and then into the lemon panko mixture.


Serve sauces either in large shared bowls or in smaller individual bowls.

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