Steamed Blue Crabs with Black Ginger Dipping Sauce

Steamed Blue Crabs with Black Ginger Dipping Sauce
Photo by Mikkel Vang

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar (preferably Chinkiang) or cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro stems
  • 36 live blue crabs (1/4 to 1/3 lb each; 3 dozen)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • + 2 more ingredients
    • ½ cup fermented fine-quality soy sauce
    • 1 wide 6- to 8-qt heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid

Bring 1 1/2 inches water to a boil in pot. Add cilantro stems, then carefully add half of crabs using tongs and return to a boil. Cook, covered with lid, 8 minutes (for 1/4-pound crabs) to 10 minutes (for 1/3-pound crabs) from time they enter water. (Break shell of 1 claw to check for doneness; c...

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