Steamed Blue Crabs with Black Ginger Dipping Sauce

35 mins (prep 20)
9 ingredients
makes 6 servings
Blue crabs take a little more work to eat than larger crabs like Dungeness, but their sweet flavor is worth the extra effort. Blue crabs are commercially harvested from New York to Florida — including, most famously, Chesapeake Bay — and the Gulf Coast states. The best are available from late summer to early fall. If you're landlocked or on the West Coast, you can order live blue crabs from The Crab Place (877-328-2722;

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  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro stems, coarsely chopped
  • 36 live blue crabs (1/4 to 1/3 lb each; 3 dozen), well rinsed
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup fermented fine-quality soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chinese black vinegar* (preferably chinkiang) or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • special equipment: a wide 6- to 8-qt heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid


Serving Size (46.77 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 49.98 Calories from Fat 0.18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.02g 0.18%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.07%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1198.76mg 299.69%
Total Carbohydrate 10.95g 21.91%
Dietary Fiber 0.16 g 3.79%
Sugars 10.17 g %
Protein 2.07g 24.87%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 4.4mg% Iron 0.48mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh cilantro, live blue crabs, peeled fresh ginger, finely chopped, chinese black vinegar, a, special equipment


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