When going to the seaside or a local seafood restaurant there is nothing better than a fresh and delicious crab soup. I have 2 recipes that I enjoy one is hot and spicy and the other is softer and allows the taste of crab to come through, this is the recipe I have brought to you today, the spicy one will follow shortly.
Crabs are full of delicious meat which has a great taste, If you want to make the recipe simpler buy dressed crabs and you won't need to prepare the crabs for cooking.
Crab Soup Recipe Ingredients
2 Crabs 1 Courgette 2 Spring Onion 1 Onion Handful of prawns Tofu 5 Mushrooms
2 Tablespoons of Soy bean paste 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon of Garlic 1 tablespoon of Soju (vodka) Pinch of black pepper
Preparing the Crabs
If you buy dressed crabs then you can skip the next step as the fishmonger will have done this for you. I will show you what parts of the crab will need to cut off and removed before cooking:
Start by breaking the the shell away from the crab, so that it seperates in to 2 pieces, then taking the body part remove the head, gills and rear ends, I have cut these away using sissors.
Next you need to remove the tips of the feet as these are sharp, again use sissors to snip them off. You can remove the legs before or after cooking, I have left them attached for now.
Crab Soup Recipe
Now the crabs are prepared its time to cook!
In a large saucepan put about 900ml of water or stock, if you are using water add a couple of spoons of chicken stock to add some flavour. Bring this to boil and allow to boil for a few minutes removing the froth with a spoon.
Take the courgette, onion, spring onion, tofu and mushrooms and slice these. In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the sauce until it represents a paste.
Put all the vegetables and crab in the saucepan, and add the sauce aswell. Bring the entire soup to boil, continue removing the froth with a spoon and keep boiling until the crab is cooked about 15 to 20 minutes at the most.
Now it's ready serve in bowls, Crab soup is very filling so i eat this mixed with some rice. The claws and legs will need to be broken to get at the meat, you can use a small hammer or knife to get at the meat, which is lovely and tender.