1Whisk together the egg yolks with salt and lemon juice.
2Slowly begin to drizzle in the oil while continuing to whisk vigorously.
3After about half of the oil has been added, thin out the aioli with a few drops of water.
4Continue to whisk in the remainder of the oil in a slow stream.
5Once all of the oil has been added, the sauce should be thick and hold its form when a whisk is pulled through it.
6Add Tabasco® sauce in small increments, tasting after each addition so the aioli does not become too spicy.
7Divide the aioli between four bowls.
Grilling Alaska King Crab
1Prepare a large charcoal fire and let the coals die down to a nice red ember bed.
2While the fire is being prepared, remove the crab legs from the refrigerator so they begin to come to room temperature.
3They should not be out of the refrigerator for more than 15-20 minutes before they go onto the grill. (They should certainly be defrosted as they will burn on the grill before they heat all the way through!)
4Place the crab legs on the grill directly over the hot coals and allow to grill until the shell begins to turn dark brown, almost black. If the shell chars a little bit that is fine; it adds to the flavor.
5Turn the crab legs over and remove to a cooler part of the grill.
6Allow to sit for another 4 to 5 minutes.
7Place the lemons, cut in half, on the hottest part of the grill.
8The lemons should be golden brown and sweetly caramelized in the time that it takes to fully heat the crab legs.
1Prepare a salad of mixed greens lightly dressed with olive oil and salt.
1Place the grilled crab legs onto a large platter and serve with the grilled lemons and mixed green salad.
Suggest to guests that they squeeze a little grilled lemon juice over their salad. Eat the crab just as you would normally, by peeling back the shell and dipping the meat into the aioli.
Recipe by Chef/Author Barton Seaver
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute