Chilli Crab Recipe

  • 3 fresh crabs cleaned and halved, leave the main shell whole
  • Some flour
  • 3 large onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • a knob of ginger
  • Fresh chillies to taste
  • Chilli flakes or dried chillies to taste
  • 4-6 macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon belacan (shrimp paste)
  • 1 large onion chopped (yes, another one)
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup/sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup stock
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - lots of it

Chilli Crab Recipe

  1. First, you need to make the rempah or spice paste. Combine the onion (the first 3), garlic, ginger, various chillies, and macadamia nuts in a food processor. Blitz until they turn to paste. You make this as fine or chunky as you like.
  2. Heat up some oil for deep frying.
  3. Coat the crab pieces in flour. Shake off the excess flour. Fry the crab pieces until they are about half way done. This should take approximately 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Heat up a bit of oil then saute the chopped onion (yes, the other one) until it is nicely caramelised.
  5. Add the rempah and cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato ketchup and the sugar. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the stock. Reduce the sauce to a consistency you prefer.
  8. Add the fried crab pieces. Make sure all the crab is coated well by the sauce.
  9. Lower the heat and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the crab pieces are cooked.
  10. Garnish with some fresh coriander. Serve hot!

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