The Spider Crab is one of the most delicious, succulent and tasty British Seasonal Treats – while being sustainable, plentiful and locally caught. These crabs are not that hardy and will not last long out of sea water – so you know they are fresh if you buy a live one. Most of them are sold to France and Spain where they are considered a serious delicacy.
Sadly we Brits have long been disconnected with much of our local foods, squeamish about cooking and preparing food from scratch. Get a grip! It’s time to roll up your sleeves, buy a spider crab, take it home and cook it. Then crack open a chilled bottle of wine, whisk up some mayonnaise, grab a lemon and get stuck into one of our finest foodie feasts.
The Spider crabs are about 1kg in weight and will set you back £6 each. You will need a large pan of heavily salted water, a lemon, one decent egg yolk (room temperature), olive oil and vinegar. A slice of really good brown bread or a crusty baguette would also help.
The spider crab is sweeter and meatier than the usual edible crab and it’s also cheaper.
Let me know if you would like to find out how to prepare a spider crab, we could put on a workshop and lunch if enough people are interested.