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Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ด

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ดThe boyfriend is not one to pass up fresh seafood.

So last weekend, when he spotted live, active crabs at our local Asian market, there was no way he could resist.  After convincing me that he would do all of the work of cooking them (I get a little squeamish around live seafood), we came home with two large Dungeness crabs in tow. 

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ดAs promised, the boyfriend cleaned and steamed the crabs, leaving me to work on a simple, but delicious Thai seafood dipping sauce to serve them with.  This sauce is similar to many Thai dishes in that its main flavors are spicy and sour.  The spice comes from green Thai chilis which are pounded into a paste with cilantro roots and garlic.  Lime juice provides the acidity while fish sauce and palm sugar are used to balance out the other flavors.

The amounts of each of these ingredients is up to your personal preferences.  The boyfriend prefers his dipping sauce to have a more round flavor, so I tend to add a little more palm sugar and fish sauce to balance out the spice and sourness.  One of our Thai friends, however, prefers for the flavors of this sauce to be very bold, without any sugar at all.

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ดBy the time I was done making this sauce and snapping a few photos, the boyfriend had finished steaming the crabs.  All told, it was a matter of about 20 minutes before we were able to enjoy fresh, succulent crab meat with a wonderfully spicy and sour seafood dipping sauce.  It was such a simple meal, yet so delicious!

I’m thinking I might have to look out for fresh seafood more often, especially if it means the boyfriend will do all of the hard work :)

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ด

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce

Makes 2 servings

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic
  • 2 cilantro roots
  • 6 green Thai chilis
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Prepare your cilantro roots by washing them and scraping the outer skin and rootlets away from the main tap root. Slice the garlic into smaller pieces. Place the prepared cilantro roots and garlic in a mortar and pestle and pound into a smooth paste.
  2. Next slice the Thai chilis into smaller pieces, place into the mortar and pestle, and pound until they are incorporated into the paste.
  3. Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar to your mortar and stir with the pestle until the palm sugar is dissolved and a homogeneous sauce has been formed. Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your personal preferences.
  4. Before serving, top with fresh cilantro leaves. Enjoy with your next seafood dish, whether it be steamed crab or grilled lobster!

6 comments… add one
  • Barb Fox September 13, 2016, 1:47 am

    I spent 4.5 yrs overseas – I came back wanting to savor all those flavors on a regular basis, and have found that the true replication of those recipes are through your website. I tried the seafood dipping sauce tonight, and cannot bring myself back from heaven. It sounds like an exaggeration but I never expected to experience this flavor outside of Thailand – well done, and thank you so much!

    • Rachel September 13, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Haha, Barb, I love your way with words :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Von May 29, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Oh wow… my mom use to make the dipping sauce and I always wanted to know the exact ingredients and measurements but couldn’t get it right like hers. I learned from her but everything is by sight (measurements) lol Can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!

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