Singapore’s Popular And Appetizing Chilli Crab

With its tangy gravy, chilli crab is popular in all the places of Singapore. It is the succulent flesh of the stir fried crab that brings water in your mouth. Yes, the crab is absolutely delicious with its sweet but savory, mild spicy and supremely satisfying flavor. Once you crack open the crab shells, you will get it all over your fingers. Singapore people like to have its sauce with fried or steamed buns called as mantou. With the passage of time, the chilli crab has become Singapore’s greatest curry invention or you might say – “the king of all crab dishes.” Easily available in almost all the seafood restaurants, people flood to the restaurant every now and then. The popularity has grown to the extent that it is now being copied and served in other nations as well. In case you want to copy it too, then read the recipe given below.

The Delicious And Full Of Gravy Chilli Crab Recipe:

Appetizing Chilli Crab

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Serving: 2


1 mud crab (large and clean)
2 onions (brown, roughly chopped)
8 red chilles (small and chopped)
125 ml of vegetable oil
3 teaspoon of shrimp paste (balacan)
250 ml of tomato puree
¼ cup of soy sauce (light)
¼ cup of (white sugar)
1 teaspoon of tomato paste
2 teaspoon of white vinegar
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of corn flour (mix with 125 ml of water)
1 egg (beaten lightly)
Coriander for serving

Direction To Prepare Singapore’s Chilli Crab Recipe:

Step 1

Remove the shells of the crabs and chop each of them into the size of ¼ pieces. Also, crack the crab’s claws to let the flavors penetrate. Keep aside once done.

Step 2

In a food processer, put onion with chilli and blend to a puree for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3

Take a wok and heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the puree (onion and chilli puree, prepared in the step above) and shrimp paste. Stir fry for the subsequent 6-7 minutes. Fry till the extra liquid disappears and the mixture starts changing color. Once you achieve such result, it is time to add sugar, tomato sauce, tomato puree, soy sauce, tomato paste, salt and vinegar. After adding the given ingredients, stir till the ingredients the mixed properly. Once done, add corn flour and water. Mix and heat to bring the mixture to boil.

Step 4

Now comes the major part i.e. adding crab. Add crab pieces and mix until well-covered in the ingredients and the gravy formed. Cook for another 8-10 minutes with stirring and turning after every 3 minutes. Once the crab shells turn red properly, it means that the crab is cooked properly. Break the egg on top of the crab and toss lightly to coat the crab. This completes your recipe. Sere in a plate with coriander leaves.

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