Singapore chilli crab recipe
- Cuisine: Singaporean
- Prep Time: 20 min(s)
- Cook Time: 15 min(s)
- Serves 2
For this favourite Singaporean seafood recipe, a whole crab, preferably a mud crab, is served in a thick, sweetish tomato sauce warmed by chilli. Traditionally it’s served with triangles of dry white toast but, whatever the accompaniment, eating it with your hands is a must!
Ingredients1 large mud crab
2 brown onions, roughly chopped
8 small red chillies
125 ml oil
thumb-sized piece of Belacan
½ tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp tomato paste
400 ml tomato puree
2 tbsp tomato sauce
80 ml light soy sauce
75 g (⅓ cup) sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cornflour or potato starch, mixed with 125 ml water
PreparationRemove the crab’s top shell (retain for garnish if you like) then chop the crab into quarters. Crack the claws to allow the flavours to get in. Wash the pieces well.
Blend the onion and chilli to a puree in a food processor.
Heat the oil in a wok and add the onion and chilli puree and the shrimp paste and fry until most of the liquid evaporates. Add the vinegar, tomato paste, puree and sauce, soy sauce, sugar and salt and mix through. Add the crab and cook over high heat until the shells turn red. Add the cornflour or potato starch followed by the egg and gently stir through to thicken the sauce. Garnish with coriander.
SBS cook’s notes
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55–60 g, unless specified.
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