Five Things to Remember When Cooking Crabs
Summer is not over yet. We still have a month to enjoy the sun, the sand, the sea, and the best SEAFOOD! When it comes to seafood, crab is always on top of the list. But before buying kilos of crab, better take note of these tips to make sure you cook and
1. Choose a lively and heavy crab.
When buying crabs in the market, make sure the crab is alive and heavy. Uncooked dead crabs can be toxic, as you don’t know how long they’ve been lifeless.
2. Master the kind of crabs you want.
In the Philippines, there are four types of edible crabs you can buy from the market—alimango(mud or mangrove crab), alimasag(blue or spider crab), talangka(shore or river crab), and katang(fresh water crab).
3. Always clean the crab before cooking it.
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4. Now, learn various ways to cook your fresh batch of crabs.
Boiled: It’s the easiest and most common way to cook crabs. Don’t forget to sprinkle salt into the water. Tip: Water should take like sea water. To know if the crabs are already cooked, they should float after 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the size).
Steamed:If you want your crabs juicy, then steaming them is the way to go. It takes 10 to 20 minutes to cook, but it still depends of their size.
Grilled: Crabs grilled are at their best when brushed generously with butter. YUM!
Roasted: Make sure to clean the grabs thoroughly; boiling or steaming them can do the trick. Once cleaned, you can roast them in an oven at 500 degrees F, which takes about 10 minutes or wait for it to turn brown and to sizzle. P.S. You may add butter, garlic, shallots, herbs, and other spices to maximize the fresh flavor of the crab meat.
5. But before anything else, know where to buy big and fresh kilos of crabs!
Farmers Market Cubao: Sunday morning is the best time to shop for fresh seafood here if you want to avoid the crowd.
Seaside Mart/Market in Baclaran: This market is a bit smaller than others, but has different kind of crabs, shrimps, squids, and more!
Seafood Market and Restaurant (1190 Bacobo St., Manila): You may also dine in here if you want your seafood purchases to be cooked by the restaurant.
Dampa (Seafood Paluto Restaurants) in Pasay City and along Libis: This place is known for its large row of restaurants that cook fresh seafood depending on the customer’s request. After doing your pamamalengke, you can either bring home your fresh goods or have it cooked right there.
Happy shopping and cooking, Foodies!
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