Spanner Crabs

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By Peter Gilmore

Published 2014

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  • 2 live spanner crabs, 700 g (1 lb 9 oz) each
  • sea salt


Submerge the crabs in a large tub of iced water for 1 hour to help humanely dispatch them. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.

Add the crabs to the saucepan and boil for 8 minutes. Remove the crabs to a tray, transfer to the refrigerator and allow to chill for 1 hour.

Crack and remove as much white leg and body meat from the crabs as possible. Avoid any brown meat. Shred the crab meat with your fingers and place in a bowl. Refrigerate until required.