Crab Butter

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By Stuart Ralston

Published 2023

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The signature dish of Noto, and definitely the most simple thing we have ever served, I could eat this forever. When I am really hungry I crave it: pure seafood indulgence from a humble ingredient, affordable but very luxurious at the same time.



In a small pot, gently warm the crab with the cultured and unsalted butters and the water (which helps it emulsify). Take care not to split the butter with excessive heat. Season with salt and lemon juice as necessary.

At Noto we serve our crab in a cleaned head sitting on a mound of wet salt but it is just as tasty served in a ramekin. Either way, top the crab butter with a drizzle of