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1 cup water
½ cup white wine
2 lemons, quartered
3 tablespoons fresh basil or tarragon, minced
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
1 stick butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine water, white wine, half of the lemon and 2 tablespoons of the fresh herbs in the bottom of a large, heavy-bottom pot. Insert a raised steaming basket and bring to a boil over high heat.
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.
Steam the Crab
Place Dungeness crab clusters in the steaming insert and sprinkle crab clusters with 1 teaspoon of the Old Bay seasoning. Cover the pot and steam for about 5 minutes or until the crab is heated through.
Make the Butter Sauce
While crab steams, combine the butter, remaining tablespoon of fresh herbs and Old Bay Seasoning in a small bowl.
To serve, remove crab clusters from the steaming pot and drain any water. Serve on a platter alongside herbed butter sauce and remaining lemon wedges.