Friday, March 22, 2013

Cajun Spiced Blue Crabs




I am reposting this recipe on Fish Friday for Lent.
This a delicious island dish I grew up eating,
with my own little Cajun twist to it.
 


 
 
 
My sister-in-laws posted pictures in a social network
of them having lunch
in a Seafood Restaurant called Dampa in Manila.
Seeing the Philippine King Crabs they were eating,
inspired me to make this for dinner.
 
Off to the Asian Market we go, children in tow.
The kids love going there because next door to the market is a bakery
that makes the most delicious cakes and smoothies.
While the kids and my husband are at the bakery,
 I trekked in the market.
As I open the door, the smell of fish hits me.
If you are not use to this foul smell, your bestfriend would be the sink.
 
Going in an Asian Market, I feel like a 3 year old going to a candy store.
Excited in seeing things I have not seen for a long time. Take the Jackfruit. The sweet smell of jackfruit just makes me salivate.
The problem ... they were selling the whole fruit, all 20 lbs of it!!!
If I bought it, I'll be at the emergency room being treated for an acute stomach ache. That would be embarassing, telling everyone at the ER I over ate on a 20 lb. fruit that they have not heard of.
The doctors will probably have to Google it, for them to know how to treat me.

 



Following the fish smell, off to the aisle of Live Crabs.
Seeing the crabs opening and closing their claws makes my heart jump. It's alive! It's fresh!  
It's hard to get fresh seafood here in the Midwest. Most of the time they come frozen because it has to travel far, and if you get a fresh one, they have to fly it and you have to pay a good amount for it.
This Blue Crabs either come from the Cheasapeake Bay or Maine.
It was so different from when I lived in California, I just drive to the Port of San Pedro at 4 a.m., and wait for the fishermen to arrive, and buy the catch of the day. Fish still flipping, shrimps jumping and crabs crawling. I can go on and on about fresh seafood stories all day.                              
 Fish is my families business in our island.
We eat seafood for breakfast. Seriously we do!
With Rice!
Oh rice!
That's another chapter in this blog.

I usually just like my crabs steamed.
 Opening my spice cabinet I found the Cajun Spice I brought home
from a Hamburger chain restaurant.
Yes a burger restaurant.
They give you a cajun spice for your fries.
I used a pinch for my fries and had plenty left, so I brought it home.
It's delicious!
So with cajun spice in hand,
 I looked for ingredients I can use from my pantry,
 and from the ice box.





Ingredients:


1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup scallions, thinly cut, divided
1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup water
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp cajun spice
1 tsp chili pepper flakes
3-4 Thai chili peppers or Siling Labuyo (optional)
salt and pepper to taste



Directions:

  • Heat pot on medium-high heat, add olive oil, once hot, add garlic, scallions, and tomatoes. Stir for a minute or 2.
  • Add water, and tomato paste. Stir to blend.
  • Add crabs. Bring to a hard boil.
  • Add coconut milk, cajun spice, chili pepper flakes, thai peppers or siling labuyo, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat to simmer, and cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice.
Serves 4
 
 
 
Note:
 
  • If you like your dish very spicy, finely slice thai peppers/siling Labuyo.
  • If you want it mild spice, leave thai peppers whole.
 
 
 




















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