Prepare a Mud Crab
Long stared at these bound beasts at the local market, a little fearful of their power and wondered how to clean them up for cooking? Well, wonder no more – use this method to prepare muds for pot-roasting or stir-frying, knowing these crabs are ideal for such cooking methods thanks to the thick shell protecting the delicate interior flesh. And be sure to purchase the crabs live. Then leave under ice or in a freezer for 30 minutes to one hour before handling – ensuring humane treatment and sweet, soft meat.
LAY THE ICED MUD CRAB ON ITS BACK AND, USING A SOLID CLEAVER, CUT THROUGH THE MIDLINE. 1.
2. PULL THE TOP SHELL FROM THE BODY OF EACH HALF AND REMOVE THE GUT, LEAVING LIVER AND ROE.
REMOVE THE GREY LUNGS – THE ‘DEAD MAN’S FINGERS’. 3.