Crab Sauce

There are several different types of crab sauce, including red, herb and cream sauces. Each different type of crab sauce has one thing in common. They all possess a delicate flavor and texture, and should be approached with care. Crab meat can be fickle, its texture and flavor dependent on being properly cooked.

Due to health risks, you should be very careful with your crab meat and making certain it is cooked thoroughly.

Ingredients (Cream Sauce):

Fresh Crab Meat

Butter

Flour

Green onions

Minced parsley

Salt

Pepper

Light cream

Ingredients (Herb Sauce):

Lemon

Garlic

Cilantro

Basil

Parsley

Olive Oil

Salt

White Pepper

Ingredients (Red Sauce):

Onion

Garlic

Cilantro

Basil

Parsley

Tomatoes

Olive Oil

Salt

White Pepper

Notes on Ingredients:

In order to compliment the lighter flavor of crab, fresh ingredients should be used. Dried ingredients tend to have a stronger flavor and may overwhelm the crab. Moderate amounts of stronger ingredients, such as onion and garlic, should be used in moderation.

Preparation:

All ingredients should be prepared prior to combining in a sauce. Crab meat should be thoroughly cooked before it is used in sauce.

Cooking Time: 1+ hours

Crab sauce can take several hours to prepare and cook, as the crab meat must be cooked prior to being used in sauce. Once the crab meat is cooked, you can expect 30 minutes to an hour to prepare the sauce, dependent on the type of sauce you desire. Herb and red sauces tend to have a quicker cooking time than white cream sauces.

Uses:

There are many uses for crab sauce. It is often used as a topping for pasta, as well as an accompaniment to other seafoods, such as lobster and salmon. Before you determine what type of crab sauce you want to make, you should decide what dishes you are preparing to go with the crab sauce. Red and white sauces tend to match better with pastas. Herb sauces tend to go well with fish and lobster. Both white and red crab sauce can be used as a base for various crab soups.

Regions:

Crab sauce tends to be used in both Eastern and Western cuisines. It is typically a coastal dish, as fresh crab is difficult to transport in land. While frozen crab can be used, it tends to have a different texture and flavor than freshly caught crab. In the United States, New England and surrounding areas tend to be very well known for various crab sauces and seafood.