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King crab, asparagus, garlic and hazelnuts

The fresh flavours of early summer come together with some key Japanese ingredients to make an impressive dinner party dish.

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For the vegetable stock

For the vegetable broth

For the bonito and garlic dressing

For the king crab


  1. For the vegetable stock, place all ingredients into a saucepan and cover with 400ml/14fl oz of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool then strain.

  2. For the vegetable broth, place all ingredients into a saucepan and set aside.

  3. For the bonito and garlic dressing, place all ingredients into a bowl.

  4. For the crab, place a frying pan over a medium heat with a little olive oil and bring the saucepan of vegetable bonito broth to the boil.

  5. Put the crab in the frying pan and gently fry for about two minutes, or until cooked.

  6. Place the chopped asparagus in the broth and cook for 30-40 seconds. Add the blanched garlic cloves and wild garlic leaves and set aside.

  7. Once the crab is cooked, place the crab into a bowl with the bonito and garlic dressing and mix together.

  8. To serve, place the asparagus, wild garlic cloves and leaves into serving bowls with a little bonito broth. Place the dressed crab into separate bowls and serve.

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