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Chilli crab

Chilli crab

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 15

Cook Time : 10

Total Time : 25



  • 3 uncooked blue swimmer crabs (see notes)

  • 2 tbs peanut oil

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 long red chillies, thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 2cm piece ginger, grated

  • 2 spring onions, cut into batons

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 tbs Chinese rice wine (shaohsing) (see notes)

  • 1 tbs each brown sugar and kecap manis (see notes)

  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

  • 1 cup coriander leaves


  • 01

    Cut each crab into 6, using a cleaver, and make a few cracks in the shell of each piece using the blunt side of the knife.

  • 02

    Heat the oil in a wok over high heat until it starts to smoke. Add onion, chilli, garlic, ginger and spring onion, then stir-fry for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the crab and toss to combine.

  • 03

    Add tomato, rice wine, sugar and kecap manis, then toss to combine. Cover and steam for 4 minutes or until crab is cooked.

  • 04

    Serve immediately topped with kaffir lime leaf and coriander.



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