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By Ben Shewry

Published 2012

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  • 1 x 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) live snow crab (from Western Australia), chilled (see crustaceans*)
  • 5 litres (175 fl oz) water sea salt flakes, to taste
  • 2 ml white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ml grape seed oil
  • 2 ml lemon juice


When ready to serve, kill the snow crab by inserting a knife into the head of the crab. This is the most humane way to kill a crab I know of if carried out properly. In a large saucepan, bring the water to the boil and season with salt. Place the crab into the boiling water and simmer for 12–14 minutes. Remove the crab from the pan and plunge into iced water and cool for 8 minutes. Remove and pick the crabmeat from the shell. Set aside in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, place the crabmeat in a bowl and lightly dress with the vingear, oil and lemon juice. Season with a small amount of salt.