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Softshell Crabs with Black Bean Sauce

Sake is a sweet Japanese wine frequently served heated with meals. It is available in most liquor stores. If unavailable, substitute white wine, vermouth or dry sherry.

  • 8 hotel softshell crabs
  • flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sake
  • 4 green onions, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fermented black beans, rinsed and chopped

Pat the crabs dry and dredge lightly in flour. Shake off excess. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Place 4 crabs in skillet, back-side down, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook until brown on the other side. Remove to a heated platter and keep warm in a low oven. Cook remaining crabs in remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the same way.

Increase heat to high. Pour the sake into the skillet and bring to boil, using a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits out of the pan. Add the green onions and garlic and boil 1 minute until onions are limp. Add the black beans and boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly. Spoon sauce over crabs and serve.

Serves 4.

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