beer battered soft-shell crabs with asian dipping sauce

Categories
Main dish
Seafood
Yield
4 Servings
MeasureIngredient
  === BEER BATTER ===
1.00 cup All purpose flour - (scant); plus extra
  For dusting
12.00 ounce Beer; reserving 4 oz
  To thin batter if necessary
  === SAUCE ===
3.00 tablespoon Fresh lime juice
3.00 tablespoon Thai fish sauce; (nam plo)
  (available at speciality or Asian markets)
1.00 tablespoon Honey
3.00 tablespoon Water
2.00  Garlic cloves; minced
1.00  Scallion; thinly sliced
2.00 slice Habenero; Scotch bonnet, or jalapeno
  Chile; (very thin slices), see * Note
  === CRABS ===
4.00 medium Soft-shell crabs; cleaned, rinsed
  Milk; for soaking crabs
  Salt; to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste
  Peanut oil; for frying
  === GARNISH ===
  Scallion brushes
  Cilantro sprigs
  Lime wedges

* Note: Select chile type depending on desired degree of heat wanted.

Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the center. Pour 1 cup of the beer into the well and whisk until the mixture is just combined. Strain the batter through a sieve into a clean bowl and let it rest, covered, for 1 hour. Before using batter, whisk in additional beer, if necessary, to achieve desired consistency. In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, fish sauce and honey until dissolved. Add the water, garlic, scallion and chili slices. Set aside. Clean the soft-shell crabs by first cutting away the eyes and mouth. Lift up the top side flaps and pull out the feathery gills.

Turn the crab over and fold back the tail flap, also called the apron, and pull away from the body and discard. Place crabs in a shallow dish and add enough milk to cover. Soak crabs for 10 to 15 minutes. In a heavy deep pan heat 2 inches of peanut oil to 350 degrees. Season the crabs with salt and pepper. Dust the crabs with flour, shaking off any excess. Coat and fry crabs two at a time. Dip each crab into the beer batter and allow extra batter to drip back into bowl. Carefully lower the crabs into the heated oil and fry until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer fried crabs to paper towels to drain. Repeat process with remaining two crabs. Arrange crabs on individual serving plates. Garnish with scallion brushes, cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Serve immediately with dipping sauce on the side. This recipe yields 4 servings.

Recipe Source: COOKING LIVE with Sara Moulton From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # CL-8868 broadcast 04-22-1997) Downloaded from their Web-Site -

Formatted for MasterCook by Joe Comiskey, aka MR MAD - jpmd44a@... -or- MAD-SQUAD@...

10-28-1998

Recipe by: Sara Moulton

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