Queen Crabs with Almendra Sauce

Its has been a while since my last post, that was a year ago! I just woke up from a long period of procrastination! And that’s what I call, LIFE! =)

Sorry if I keep you hanging and waiting for my next post. But now I’m back and will keep retro-posting!

I decided to share this simple but yet exquisite dish on my special day.

So let the show begin…

Queen Crabs with Almendra Sauce Photo by Nino Almendra
Queen Crabs with Almendra Sauce
Photo by Nino Almendra

Now on with the cooking…

Queen Crabs with Almendra Sauce

Prep. time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Very Easy

Good for 12 crew

You will need;

12 pcs./2.5Kgs. (250grms./each portion) Queen crabs {Frozen pre-cooked}

A large steamer,(or a large frying pan, or a large baking tray)

enough water for steaming

*For the Almendra sauce:

1 cup (227grms.) salted butter,(Just add a pinch of salt if using unsalted butter.)

12 pcs. roasted almonds/almendras, finely grated

8 cloves garlic, minced or use a garlic press

zest of 1 lemon

4 Tbsp.  lemon juice, (squeeze 1 med. lemon)

garnish with freshly cut dill.

Direction;

We normally recieved frozen Queen crabs onboard, you can either thaw it inside your vegetable room at 4’C overnight and steam it slowly to keep warm until serving time.

Or you can directly steam the frozen Queen crabs for 8 minutes and lower heat to keep it warm until serving time.

*For the Almendra sauce:

Melt butter on baine marie.(You can also melt it on microwave oven.)

Add the finely grated almonds/almendras. Add the minced garlic. Add the zest of 1 lemon.

Pour in the lemon juice. Garnish with freshly cut dill.

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉

Here’s how I do it;

Quick Facts about the Queens Crabs:

Queens Crabs a.k.a. Opilio crab, Alaskan Snow Crab or Chionoecetes.

The Canadian season for snow crab is April through November. In the Bering Sea, the start of the season depends mainly on when the ice breaks. The Alaskan Crabbing season can extend well into the summer months. The average snow crab weighs between 2 and 4 pounds.

Life Span of Snow Crab, more than 10 years. Snow crab are caught as far north as the Arctic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Greenland and north of Norway in the Atlantic Ocean, and across the Pacific Ocean, including the Sea of Japan, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Norton Sound, and even as far south as California for Chionoecetes bairdi.

If you ever watch “The Deadliest Catch” that runs on the History Channel, you will notice the difference between the two, King Crab and the Oplilio Crab, or Queen Crab. Both are very large crab, but when they catch a full pot of King they may only have 60 or 80 (average, they hope!) in their pots. But in a full pot of the opilio (snow) crab, they may have more than 200 in a pot. With this said, they are still relatively smaller than the Alaskan King Crab.

Queen Crabs Photo from WIKIPEDIA
Queen Crabs
Photo from WIKIPEDIA

INFO FOR MY FELLOW COOKSONBOARD!

I recieved this provision from Koge, Denmark.

A box of Frozen Snow Crabs from Greenland
A box of Frozen Snow Crabs from Greenland
1 Full box is 20 lbs./9.07Kgs. which cost around 18euros/kgs.
1 Full box is 20 lbs./9.07Kgs. which cost around 18euros/kgs.
A box of Frozen Cooked Snow Crabs.
A box of Frozen Cooked Snow Crabs.

 

 Now on with the cooking…

We normally recieved frozen Queen crabs onboard, you can either thaw it inside your vegetable room at 4’C overnight and steam it slowly to keep warm until serving time.

Thaw 12 pcs. (each portion is 1/2 Queen crabs.)
Thaw 12 pcs. (each portion is 1/2 Queen crabs.)
Steam it slowly to keep warm until serving time.
Steam it slowly to keep warm until serving time.

You can’t over cook crab legs in a simmering steamer. 

So no worries about over-cooking it! =)


Or you can directly steam the frozen Queen crabs for 8 minutes and lower heat to keep it warm until serving time.

In case you don't have a steamer which is my situation right now, you can use a large frying pan. Add some water and steam your Queen crabs on it.
In case you don’t have a steamer which is my situation right now, you can use a large frying pan. Add some water and steam your Queen crabs on it.
Cover with lid for 8 minutes.
Cover with lid for 8 minutes.
Now you're ready to serve!!!
Now you’re ready to serve!!!
Steamed Queen Crabs Photo by Nino Almendra
Steamed Queen Crabs
Photo by Nino Almendra

 

*For the Almendra sauce:

Melt butter on baine marie.(You can also melt it on microwave oven.)
Melt butter on baine marie.(You can also melt it on microwave oven.)
Add the finely grated almonds/almendras.
Add the finely grated almonds/almendras.
Add the minced garlic.
Add the minced garlic.
Add the zest of 1 lemon.
Add the zest of 1 lemon.
Garnish with freshly cut dill.
Garnish with freshly cut dill.
Almendra Sauce Photo by Nino Almendra
Almendra Sauce
Photo by Nino Almendra
Queen Crabs with Almendra Sauce Photo by Nino Almendra
Queen Crabs with Almendra Sauce
Photo by Nino Almendra

Enjoy your meal !!! 😉

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe encourage

you to try steaming some Queen crabs with Almendra sauce.


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