1 whole parboiled crab
8 uncooked prawns with shell
6 table spoon of unsalted butter
1 chopped medium shallot
6 garlic cloves minced
350g cooked baby potatoes with butter and parsley
2 lemons ( 1 for juice, 1 cut into 4 wedges )
6 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley
You can get parboiled crab from your local fishmonger and prepared butter and parsley baby potatoes from your supermarket. If not I’ll explain how to prepare both.
Preparing the crab
Place the crab in boiling water. Keep the rubber band on the claws. Lower the crab upside down head first and boil for 5-10 min until red in colour. Remove from pot and cool in iced water. Then cut out the rubber band from the claws. Break crab claws and legs apart from the body. Using a big kitchen knife split the body into 2 section, but do not remove the meat from the shell.
Preparing the prawns
Using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors, cut the prawns shell along the middle of the back, from nick to tail. Make a slight incision with a sharp knife, taking care not to cut deep from nick to the tail. Rinse and remove intestinal track.
Preparing the baby potatoes
Boil the potatoes in a pot for 20 min and drain in a colander. In the same pot, on medium heat melt in 3 tablespoon of butter. Add the potatoes, 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley, and a pinch of salt. Cook the potatoes for 5 min until the potatoes are heated through and begins to brown.
Preheat oven 240c/ gas 9. In a round paella pan or skillet oven proof pan. On medium heat Melt butter with oil.
Stir in garlic and the shallot staring for 2 min. Then add the crabs, prawns and baby potatoes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of chopped parsley, salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Staring gently to combine. Place the pan in the oven and roast on high rack for 10 to 15 min staring once. When crab is heated and prawns are pink.
Remove from the oven squeeze one lemon juice and garnish with the remaining parsley with the lemon wedges on the side.
After you had enjoyed your crab. Make sure you take out the shells and Dispose of far away from your house and bin. As the odour the next day will be unbearable.