Rating: 4.71 stars
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This recipe is well known in Singapore and is a great hit with tourists and locals alike! It is really spicy!!!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wash crabs and separate claws from body. Crack the shell and cut the body into 4 to 6 pieces.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together ketchup, water, cornstarch, and soy sauce.

  • Heat skillet and the oil, stir in garlic and shallots. Fry the garlic and shallots for 1 to 2 minutes before adding the chili. Fry another 2 minutes. Add crab pieces and fry until they turn red, about 4 minutes.

  • Stir sauce mixture into the skillet until the crabs are well coated. Cover the skillet and let simmer on high heat, for 7 minutes or until the shells turn bright red.

  • Remove cover and stir in the lime juice. Stir in beaten egg until it is fully cooked. Turn the heat off and stir in green onions.

Nutrition Facts

517 calories; protein 29g; carbohydrates 29.7g; fat 32.9g; cholesterol 173.3mg; sodium 771.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2006
This recipe is delicious! We make it quite often, and sometimes substitute green chiles, which aren't quite as hot. We've also used king crab, which is more readily available. Served with white jasmine rice, it's really messy, but really addicting! Read More
(26)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/15/2019
Too messy. Sauce was great but just too much of a mess to crack open the shell and dig out with the sauce. Maybe I might try it with cooked lump crab. Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2006
This recipe is delicious! We make it quite often, and sometimes substitute green chiles, which aren't quite as hot. We've also used king crab, which is more readily available. Served with white jasmine rice, it's really messy, but really addicting! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2008
Thank you for the recipe. It was very good and just as I remembered it in Malaysia! I didn't have any cili padi, so I used habanero instead. And I left out the lemon juice, just because i didn't have any. It still tasted food though! Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe turned out a little different than I expected, but was still very enjoyable. It was a little too spicy for my daughter, but I actually added more hot pepper to spice it up even more. It is a very new way to enjoy crab. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2013
I am a Singaporean so is very familiar with Singapore Chili Crab just made this recipe (100% same) this doesn't taste close to our local dish but is delicious in its way. Our Chili Crab (which is commonly sold all over singapore)is much more complicated so this recipe is much more suitable to cook at home. I love this recipe and will cook it again but cannot agree that it taste like our local dish. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2010
This was one of the most delicious and completely messy things I have ever eaten in my whole life. Wow. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
Awesome didn't change the recipe enjoyed by everyone. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
i lived in singapore from 1973 to 1980 and have been back a few times. this recipe is as good as i remember. a little harder then expected but well worth it. and im not much of a crab eater. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2012
Yes this is very messy and yes it is delicious and spicy! We used 1 jalapeno instead of the chilis and that was hot enough for us. We accidentlyused lime instead of lemon juice but I think it was a happy accident. Excellent dish that we will make again. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2014
I used Dungeoness Crab that I caught for this dish. Love the simple and flavorful tastes always looking for new recipes and other ways to cook my catches of Salmon and Crab Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
01/15/2019
Too messy. Sauce was great but just too much of a mess to crack open the shell and dig out with the sauce. Maybe I might try it with cooked lump crab. Read More