Vodka and tonic soft shell-crab with saffron aioli and seasonal salad
Soft-shell crabs are surprisingly easy to cook at home because almost all the crab can be eaten saving lots of preparation time.
For the vodka and tonic soft shell crab
For the saffron aioli
For the seasonal salad
For the vodka and tonic soft shell crab, preheat a deep fat fryer to 190C/370F. (CAUTION: do not leave unattended. Hot oil can be dangerous.)
Mix the yeast, salt and sugar in a bowl until well combined. Pour in the tonic water and whisk in the flour, vodka and vinegar. Set aside to ferment – it is ready to use when the mixture starts to bubble.
Dip the crabs in the batter and place in the deep fat fryer for 3-4 minutes, turning two or three times, until golden-brown and crisp. Carefully remove the crabs from the hot oil using a slotted spoon, place on a plate lined with kitchen paper and season with salt.
For the saffron aioli, place the garlic and white wine in a pan and cook for a few minutes. Drain and reserve the garlic.
Place the egg yolks in a food processor, add the vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt. Blend until smooth, then with the motor running, gradually add the oil in a slow trickle until the mixture resembles mayonnaise. Add the saffron and garlic and blend to combine. Add lemon juice to taste.
For the seasonal salad, place all the leaves in a large bowl and mix. Place the oil, vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk. Pour over the salad and mix.
To serve, place the crab on serving plates with the salad next to it and the saffron aioli in a small dish. Scatter the spring onions over the crab.