Time: 1 hour, plus at least 15 minutes to chill. Big, bold Southeast Asian flavors team up in a perfect balance of salty, sweet, hot, and aromatic.
Sunset DECEMBER 2008
1. Chop lemongrass. Put in a food processor with ginger and garlic; whirl until minced. Scrape into a large bowl and stir in honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Add crabs and stir to coat well. Cover, then chill at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.
2. Pour oil into a 14-in. wok or a wide 8- to 10-qt. pot over medium-high heat. With a slotted spoon, add crabs (reserve marinade). Cover and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes (omit this cooking time if using fully cooked crabs).
3. Uncover pan, add marinade, and cook, stirring often, until crab is steaming and meat is opaque, about 5 minutes more.
4. Stir in cilantro and basil, then pour crab and juices into a serving bowl.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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