Steamed Crabmeat and Coconut Milk Custards
Steaming is essential for gently heating the egg base of these Thai-inspired savory custards, which are laced with lemongrass and ginger. Serve them as first courses or light main courses with sliced toasted baguette.
- 2 2/3 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk
- 3 lemongrass stalks, bottom 8 inches only, crushed and coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped peeled fresh ginger
- 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves and stems, plus leaves for sprinkling
- 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 3/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 pound lump crabmeat, picked over and patted dry with paper towel
- Crisp toasts or crackers, for serving
Bring coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, and cilantro to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; let stand 1 hour.
Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl; discard solids. Whisk in egg yolks, salt, and pepper. Ladle into four 8-ounce, 2-inch-high ramekins. Divide crabmeat evenly among ramekins; sprinkle each with 3 or 4 cilantro leaves.
Fill a large pot fitted with a round wire rack or a steamer insert with enough water to just come up to rack. Bring water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Carefully place ramekins in steamer; cover pot. Steam custards over medium heat, checking occasionally to make sure water doesn't completely evaporate, until just set, 18 to 25 minutes. Place each custard on a saucer. Serve immediately with crisp toasts or crackers.