How to make Chilli Garlic Crab -

Delicious crabs cooked in a chilli and garlic sauce

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Crabs (केकड़े), Dried Red Chillies (सूखी लाल मिर्च )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Chilli Garlic Crab

Chilli Garlic Crab Recipe Card


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Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chilli Garlic Crab Recipe

  • Crabs 2 large

  • Dried Red Chillies halved 3-4

  • Garlic crushed 14-16 cloves

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Red chilli paste 2 tablespoons

  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • Fish stock or chicken stock 1 1/2 cups

  • Black peppercorns crushed 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Dry sherry (optional) 2 tablespoons

  • Vinegar 1 tablespoon

  • Sesame oil (til oil) 2 tablespoons

  • Spring onion greens chopped 2 stalks


Step 1

Separate the claws and cut the crab into four pieces each. Wash and remove gills and stomach sac from underside. Crack the claws lightly, wash thoroughly and drain well.

Step 2

Mix cornflour in half a cup of water. Heat oil in a wok or a pan, add garlic and red chillies and stir fry for a minute. Add red chilli paste, soy sauce, sugar, MSG and immediately add the crab pieces.

Step 3

Continue to stir fry for two to three minutes, stirring continuously. Stir in the stock and cook for two minutes or until the crabs are cooked. Stir in the cornflour mixture and cook for a minute or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Step 4

Add crushed peppercorns and salt and stir in dry sherry and vinegar. Drizzle sesame oil and serve hot, garnished the spring onion greens.

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