Chilli Crab

chilli crab

chilli crab

i did chilli crab for the first time at a recent 9pax lunch on 7.6.2016.

quite useful to have a group of friends who are confident & relax to try your first time food.

chilli crab

chilli crab

i have done chilli crab sauce pasta previously, so i used the same recipe for sauce preparation.

crab is troublesome stuff, to eat, to buy (how to get live crabs same day as cooking lunch for 9pax?), and to prepare – kill, crack pincers etc.

chilli crab

chilli crab

lately (last one year) i have cooked lobster (some live) on a number of occasions & learned the “mercy killing” method, basically deep freeze!

2xvery meaty crabs from chinatown market 1.1kg @ S$31:kg2xvery meaty crabs from chinatown market 1.1kg @ S$31:kg3

i bought the fresh crabs (2 crabs 1.1kg @ S$31/kg) from chinatown market the day before & put in freezer.

on the day i was cooking i washed & cleaned crab thoroughly (easier to clean w/o a hole by chopsticks or knife in the crab), then opened crab & cracked pincers. very meaty, & no less fresh for freezing!

chilli crab

chilli crab

my chilli crab sauce was pretty ok except it was a bit sweet, no reference to calibrate i guess.

chilli crab

chilli crab

reduce the sweetness, it should be a pretty good standard crab. for me i also like it to be a bit spicier.

the recipe & directions (with adjustments) below.

c.h.e.f andy



  • 1 crab (800g)

chilli crab sauce:

  • 6 chopped shallots
  • 3 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 in chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp garlic chilli sauce
  • 2 chilli padi
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp flat sugar
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 cup prawn stock
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • 3 cups prawn stock


  1. prepare prawn stock – fry prawn heads & shell in butter (or oil) till fragrant. add salt, a bit of oil, water & boil for 2-3hrs.
  2. prepare the chilli crab sauce –
    • mix the ketchup, chilli sauce, oyster sauce, shaoxing wine, vinegar. lime juice in a large bowl.
    • finely chopped the shallots, ginger, garlic and chilli padi (or pulse till finely chopped in a food processor).
    • add oil to a large wok over medium heat. and fry the chopped shallots, ginger, garlic & chilli padi for few minutes.
    • stir in the prepared mix from the large bowl, reduce heat and simmer of 3 or 4 minutes.
    • add the prawn stock, bring to boil, turn off the fire and set aside to use when required.
  3. prepare crab-
    • put in freezer for at least 1 hr.
    • wash & clean crab thoroughly (easier to clean w/o a hole by chopsticks or knife in the crab), then open crab & crack pincers. set aside.
  4. when cooking, heat the sauce to boiling, add the crab, spoon some sauce over the crab, cover & simmer for 5 mins. crack an egg & stir in the sauce. serve & garnish with coriander.


One thought on “Chilli Crab

  1. Pingback: Claypot Rice + Crabby 12pax Homecooked Dinner for my OPS Buddies on 23Jun2016 | c.h.e.f

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s