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Old 05-08-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Crab Question

A few weeks ago I ordered crab cakes on line from the market. When they are out of an item, sometimes they make a replacement. I received two small crabs about 4-6" each in a shell. I wrapped them up & put them in the freezer. They appear to have some sort of stuffing. I see some green peaking out (hope it isn't mold), and sort of a crusty topping on the shells - crumbs & paprika perhaps? I'm not sure if the shells were stuffed and how to prepare them. Should I defrost them & bake or steam? Not sure what to do with them. TIA

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Old 05-08-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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the green is more then likely pepper or green onion...parsley perhaps?

As for the preparation, just thaw, bake then broil off the top to make it crispy.
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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what tatt said!

top with a little butter and lemon too.
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Cool, guys! That's sorta what I thought. About 350 oven for about 10 minutes? Okay, I'm gonna let them thaw. Wondering - how did they stuff the crabs and put them back together in the shells? I'd like to try that.
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It's easy, and a lot of markets sell the cleaned, sanitized shells. The whole piece comes off the crab really easily...but it isn't pretty.
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It's easy, and a lot of markets sell the cleaned, sanitized shells. The whole piece comes off the crab really easily...but it isn't pretty.
If you use shells as a little vessel for presentation, you can put a layer of salt on the plate to keep them from rolling around. Works great with clams casino, etc.
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Thanks, Tatt & Jeeks. Your right Tatt. The stuffing looks easy. (These look like my guys on the bottom right.) Wow, the shells are sharp little suckers. lol

Stuffed Crabs - Cooking Louisiana

I might stick with crab rangoon.
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Thanks, Tatt & Jeeks. Your right Tatt. The stuffing looks easy. (These look like my guys on the bottom right.) Wow, the shells are sharp little suckers. lol

Stuffed Crabs - Cooking Louisiana

I might stick with crab rangoon.
DW and I just arrived in San Francisco. We won't be doing any crab cakes here: Dungeness Crab is in season! Yahoo!! We will think of you other crab and shellfish lovers as we devour several shares everyday.
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DW and I just arrived in San Francisco. We won't be doing any crab cakes here: Dungeness Crab is in season! Yahoo!! We will think of you other crab and shellfish lovers as we devour several shares everyday.
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Bite m.............I mean enjoy your crabs and shellfish I'm there in July so please save some for us!
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Bite m.............I mean enjoy your crabs and shellfish I'm there in July so please save some for us!


I wound up baking them, & they were so-so - mostly bread. I'd like to make my own stuffing. Tried to wash the shells, but one of the sharps points ricocheted(sp) across the kitchen & broke. I'll definitely give it a go with my own concoction. The premade market's version just didn't do it for me.
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