Raw Soy Sauce Marinated Blue Crab Ganjang-gejang | 간장게장

Emily Strong's avatar
Emily Strong

Ingredients

Crabs

  • 6-7
    whole Female blue crabs
    live

Marinade

  • 2
    cups soy sauce
  • 1/2
    cup rice vinegar
  • 1
    whole sweet onion
    sliced
  • 1
    whole apple
    sliced thinly
  • 1
    tbs ginger
    smashed and chopped
  • 2
    whole small red chili peppers
    thinly chopped
  • 2
    whole green chili peppers
    thinly chopped
  • 1
    sheet dried kelp
  • 1
    whole bay leaf
  • 1//
    lemon
    sliced
  • 1/2
    cup mirin

Garnish

  • 1
    small red chili pepper
    chopped
  • 1
    tbs sesame seeds
  • 1
    green onions
    chop
  • 1
    small green chili pepper
    chopped

Instructions

1
The Shop: Visit your favorite fresh seafood purveyor and scope out the goods. This video features Aquabest in Chinatown, Manhattan (276 Grand St,NYC 10002).
2
Get to know your local seafood purveyor! This recipe video features Steven Wong of Aquabest (@aquabestnyc on IG) of the family run fish and seafood market.
3
Pick out 6 or 7 lovely & lively female blue crabs (hint: the females have the orange “painted nails”/claws) with tongs and put them in a bag.
4
Carry your live blue crabs home right away (in my case, via a sneaky trip on the MTA)🚉.
5
Put the crabs in the freezer for 2-3 hours while you prepare their marinade bath. This way, you can clean and trim them without getting pinched.
6
Marinade: Bring soy sauce,rice vinegar, mirin,garlic,sweet onion,apple, ginger,red & green chili peppers,bay leaf, & dried kelp to a boil over medium heat.
7
Marinade Continued: 1. Simmer softly for 1 hour. 2. Cool marinade, strain brine, and let cool completely. After cooled, squeeze and add the lemon slices.
8
Crab Cleaning: 1. Take the crabs out of the freezer. 2. Clean the crabs thoroughly by brushing them in cold running water.
9
Crab Crack: Crack the top shell off each crab. Remove the apron, gills, eyes, antennae, & trim claws. Keep the best part, the orange roe!
10
Shell Match Up: Check again that the top and bottom of the crab is clean. Put the shells back together with their halves.
11
Bath: Pour brine over your crabs in a large container and place a weight on top of the crabs to keep them submerged in the marinade. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
12
Eat: Take crabs out of marinade & garnish w/ green onions, sesame seeds, & chili peppers. 1 green onions (chop) 1 tbs sesame seeds 1 small red chili pepper (chopped)
Emily Strong's avatar
The Shop: Visit your favorite fresh seafood purveyor and scope out the goods. This video features Aquabest in Chinatown, Manhattan (276 Grand St,NYC 10002).