Set a large stockpot over high heat and make a court bouillon to poach the crab in.¬† Fill pot with water about two thirds full and add lemon, chiles, thyme, garlic, peppercorns and salt.¬†¬† Bring to a boil then drop in crabs.¬† Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes.¬† Shut off heat and soak for 5 minutes before straining and cooling.
To serve, remove cap, cut off gills and split crab into 8 pieces.¬†¬† Serve with Drawn Lemon Butter.
DRAWN LEMON BUTTER
Add all ingredients to a pan and set over low heat.¬† Slowly melt butter and barely bring to a simmer – the lemon and herbs should become fragrant.¬† Remove from heat and serve warm with crab.
Edited: October 14th, 2009