Spider Crab and Leek Rolls

The Spider Crab is a well sought after ingredient in many countries. In Asian cuisine  the spider crab will be the king of the table at a banquet, in North America Alsakan fishermen will risk their lives to be able to land king  spider crabs. They are abundant in Cornish Waters, if you go for a snorkel in the summer they are one of the most likely forms of sea life that you will encounter. However we don’t see them on many menus’s or in many shops here in the UK.

I read a stat that said 95% of spider crabs caught here in Cornwall are exported to abroad. I think that here in the UK we just do not know what do with a spider crab and how to get at it’s meat, there is alot of effort that has to  be put into cooking and picking crab meat and even more so for a spider crab. However with them been so abundant on our shores we have the opportunity to be eating one of the jewels of the sea fresh from Cornish Fishing boats . I was lucky enough to  come across some already picked spider crab white meat from the Wednesday market in Truro .The Cornish Food Box also had their first Cornish Early’s of the year in their shop along with some loverly looking leeks, so the challenge was on to make the most of this produce.

Spider crab meat is sweeter and more meaty than brown crab. It is not as flaky and white but more dense and succulent. I wanted to make a recipe that would do the crab  meat justice, something that would elevate the freshness and sweetness of the crab in an elegant a sophisticated manner.

Spider Crab
Spider Crab

 

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Spider Crab and Leek Rolls
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 45
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 45
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
Hollow Out The Leeks
  1. Take the leeks and top and tail them. Push the centres out of them with your finger so that you are only left with the outer skin. Keep the centre parts as we will be putting them into the spider crab mix.
Spider Crab Mix
  1. Take the left over leek and mandolin into a buttered pan on a low heat. Cook the leeks until they are soft and remove from the pan. In the same pan add the whiting fillets and cook until just cooked through. Remove from the heat. Take the 2 mediu