Roasted Garlic Crab w Garlic Noodles

One of our favourite spots for crab is PPQ Dungeness Island in San Francisco. Meep and I were suppose to dine at PPQ tonight to celebrate SK’s birthday over lovely Garlic Roasted Crabs and Garlic Noodles. He ended up staying in Edmonton for an additional week, and I didn’t want to drive from SF home myself so we bailed. To satiate that craving, I picked up a couple Dungeness Crabs from Lion’s Supermarket and prepared it.

Inspired by PPQ, but not quite the exact replica but close enough. Here is what I prepared:

Ingredient List:


2-3 lbs crab (1 big or 2 small)
1/2 stick butter
8 cloves garlic
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon Chicken Granules
Pepper to taste

Garlic Noodles:

Olive Oil
1 lb noodles
1/4 stick butter
6 cloves garlic (minced)
3 green onions (thinly sliced)
Handful Parsley (chopped)
1 tbs Oyster Sauce
1 tbs Maggi Seasoning

Preparing the Crab:

1. Preheat oven to 475F.

2. Clean crab. You can request for the grocery guy to clean the crab and cut in parts for you. I prefer to do it myself as I buy them last and like to conserve the crab butter (brains/guts) for more umami!

Scrub the shells. Then peel off the head by grabbing and the bottom end of the shell (shell facing upwards) and pull upwards. Rinse the insides and conserve the crab butter (goopy mess in the shell).

Peel off all the gills. Cut crab in half, clean off other goopy mess on the shell and then cut into sections.

3. Once crab is all cleaned and prepped, time to assemble into a oven proof skillet/pan.

4. Sprinkled the garlic, butter. Then drizzle the white wine. Finally, sprinkle the chicken granules and pepper. (If you do not use chicken granules, add salt. If you add the chicken granules, salt is not necessary as the butter and granules will have plenty of salt).

5. Leave the shell face down over the legs (yes, the crab butter will drizzle right on the legs while they cook)

6. Cover the pan with foil tightly and pop right into the preheated oven for 20 minutes. (Less time if you have one 2 lb crab, more if you have more like  3 lbs as pictured)

7. All done! Reserve the juices and plate the crab. Drizzle about half of the liquid over the crab and save the rest.

Preparing the Garlic Noodles:

I apologize for the lack of picture directions, we got hungry and I forgot.

1. Cook noodles according to the package. For these, less than a minute was sufficient as the noodles will cook more after.
2. Melt the butter with a splash of olive oil in a wok.
3. Add the garlic and fry till fragrant (not browned)
4. Add green onions and fry till wilted.
5. Add the noodles and mixed well.
6. Add Oyster sauce and Maggi Seasoning.

At this point, the crabs would be done and sitting in a nice pool of juices. This is the key ingredient in the noodles. Use about 1/3 or 1/2 of the liquid depending on how wet you like your noodles. Reserve the rest for dipping the crab.
7. Add the juice into the noodles and toss well.

8. Finally add parsley.

All done!

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