Cracked Crab with Lemongrass, Black Pepper, and Basil

Cracked Crab with Lemongrass, Black Pepper, and Basil
Photo by Alex Farnum

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup loosely packed Thai basil leaves or small regular basil leaves
  • 3 fully cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lbs. each), cleaned, legs cracked, and bodies quartered
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, ends trimmed and coarse leaves discarded
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro sprigs
  • + 3 more ingredients
    • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    • ¼ cup honey

1. Chop lemongrass. Put in a food processor with ginger and garlic; whirl until minced. Scrape into a large bowl and stir in honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Add crabs and stir to coat well. Cover, then chill at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour. 2. Pour oil into a 14-in. wok or a wide 8- to 10-qt. p...

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