Salt and Pepper Crab

Filipino Style Recipe: Salt and pepper crab is another simple and easy seafood dish that is commonly served in Chinese restaurant. The crabs deep fried and stir cooked in scallion, butter, salt and pepper. This is usually served as appertizer or pulutan together with dipping sauce.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20 minutes

1 kilo fresh mud crabs, cleaned
5 tablespoons cornstarch
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped scallion
3 tablespoons olive oil
cooking oil for deep frying
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter(optional)
1/8 teaspoon dried chili flakes(optional)

Part 1
1. Sprinkle cornstarch over crabs then deep fry for 5 minutes. Drain on paper towel.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat olive oil and butter then saute garlic, scallion and chili flakes.
2. Add fried crabs then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir cook for a minute.
3. Remove from heat then transfer to serving plate and serve with spicy vinegar.

Steamed Crab

Filipino Style Recipe: Steamed Crab(alimasag) is a simple and easy seafood dish. The crabs simmered in water with salt, I used soda instead to have a sweeter taste. Crabs cooked for less than 8-10 minutes or until the crabs cooked and turns to bring red. This dish is usually served as appetizer or pulutan with toyo-mansi with bird’s eye chili(labuyo).

1 kilo fresh crabs(alimasag), cleaned
1/2 cup soda
2 teaspoons salt

1. In a large pot, combine crabs and the rest of ingredients.
2. Cover and simmer in medium heat for 10 minutes or until crabs color turns to bright red.
3. Remove from heat then transfer to serving plate. Done.

Crabs in Coconut Milk


Filipino Style Recipe: Crabs in coconut milk or ginataang alimango or alimasag is another simple yet tasty and nutritious seafood dish, basically crabs simmered in coconut milk then season with salt and pepper.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

5-6 pieces crabs, halves
2 cans(400 ml) coconut milk
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 thumb-sized ginger,pounded
1 onion, chopped
2-3 pieces green chili(siling haba)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 squash(kalabasa), peeled and cut into cubes(optional)
1 bundle string beans(sitaw), cut in 3 inches long(optional)

1. In a saucepan, heat oil and saute ginger, garlic and onion.
2. Add crabs, water, salt and pepper. Bring to boil for 5 minutes or until water is almost absorb.
3. Pour coconut milk, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add the green chili, squash and string beans. Simmer over low heat until vegetables are tender but not overcooked.
5. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
6. Simmer until sauce is thicken. Serve hot.