I’ve only ever used tinned crab before, I have eaten fresh crab at a restaurant but never had to prepare before. The recipe says to prepare it in the usual way but I have not had much success preparing shellfish in the past!
I attempted to prepare a lobster a few months ago and was a complete disaster, I had no idea what bits should be avoided! So I was only ever going to try this with a dressed crab from the fishmonger..
To prepare the stuffing I first soaked the bread..
Once that had been squeezed I added the bacon, chilli, garlic, chives and seasoning..
I then mixed in the crab..
Then that was all piled back into the crab shell..
Finally it’s topped with breadcrumbs and then into the oven for about 30 minutes.
I had intended to buy two crabs and have one each but I thought that seemed too much, so I just made the one and we ended up having with a salad and some wedges.
We really enjoyed this! It is quite rich but in a good way! I didn’t really get much heat from the chilli so would maybe up that a bit more or even leave the seeds in! Overall it’s really delicious, and I was worried about the consistency with the brown meat and the bread but the breadcrumbs add a nice crunch.
Would I make this again? Yes, really enjoyed this..