Cracked Crab with Tamarind Sauce

Cracked Crab with Tamarind Sauce
Photo by James Carrier


  • ¼ cup salad oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons hot chili flakes
  • ½ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lb. each), cleaned and cracked (see below)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • + 3 more ingredients
    • 1 ¼ cups tamarind concentrate (see notes)
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
    • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

1. Pour oil into a 14-inch wok or a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat. When it's hot, add shallots and stir often until well browned and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer shallots to paper towels to drain. 2. To wok, add tamarind concentrate, honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, a...

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