Rating: 5 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
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Living in San Francisco, I've had more than my fair share of crab, prepared in more ways than I can remember. I've never enjoyed it more than in this Singapore-style chili crabs recipe. Just be sure to have lots of napkins around. My friends in Singapore tell me they serve this with at least twice the amount of sauce, and a type of fried roll to soak up the goodness with. So, if you want to rock the chili crab like a Singaporean, then you should probably double the sauce ingredients!

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
30 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk ketchup, chicken broth, egg, soy sauce, chile-garlic sauce, oyster sauce, tamarind paste, fish sauce, and palm sugar together in a bowl.

  • Stir shallots, garlic, oil, ginger, and serrano pepper together in a pot over medium-high heat. Saute until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add crab to pot, cover the pot with a lid, and shake until crab is completely coated in shallot mixture. Remove lid and cook and stir until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  • Pour ketchup mixture into pot, reduce heat to medium, and cook and stir until sauce thickens and crab is hot about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and green onions.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute water for the chicken broth, if desired. You can substitute any spicy ground chili sauce for the sambal oelek, if desired.

You can substitute 1 tablespoon sliced chives for the green onions, if desired. You can substitute red onion for the shallot, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

222 calories; protein 17.7g; carbohydrates 18.4g; fat 9g; cholesterol 94.8mg; sodium 1575.1mg. Full Nutrition