Chilli Crab

    25 mins

    This finger-licking dish is very messy but delicious to eat. Forget the utensils and just use your hands to eat this. Get the crackers ready and have some toasted bread on the side to sop up the sauce.


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    2 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 4 whole crabs, cleaned and quartered
    • 4 red chillies
    • 3 shallots
    • 1.5 cm ginger, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 3 tablespoon ketchup
    • 2 tablespoon vinegar
    • 2 tablespoon sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • Salt to taste
    • Black pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
    • Small bunch of coriander leaves, chopped

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Grind the chillies and shallots in food processor until fine. Crack the crab claws and the big legs slightly.
    2. Heat wok with oil until very hot and stir fry the crabs quickly until it turns colour then remove and set aside. Reduce heat and add the ground paste and stir fry until fragrant. Add the chopped garlic and ginger. Mix the ketchup with the vinegar and sugar and pour in the mixture to the wok and stir well.
    3. Add the crabs back to wok and stir fry for another 3 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs, and pour into wok while continuously stirring to create strands in the sauce. If the sauce is a little dry, add some water. Turn off heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

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    Oh boy! I'm not 100% certain I prepared this as it was intended but if not, my interpretation was excellent too. There are many types of crabs so I'm not sure which kind you are supposed to use here. Blue crab maybe? I don't know? I used the kind available to me and they did not disappoint. The sauce is excellent and I think it would be good with shrimp too. There was just the right amount of sweet, heat, and tart and then you go adding cilantro and MMMMMMM! Messy yes but 5 stars all the way! Thanks for sharing!  -  30 Mar 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Not the real deal that comes from SE Asia or specifically from Singapore. Just tailored to western tastes, rather than the authentic better tasting chilli crabs back home.  -  12 Jan 2015  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Even my children loved this.......  -  16 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)