This finger-licking dish is very messy but delicious to eat. Forget the utensils and just use your hands to eat this. Get the crackers ready and have some toasted bread on the side to sop up the sauce.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
30 mins
4 crabs


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


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine shallots and red chile peppers in a food processor; pulse until a very fine paste forms.

  • Crack the crab claws and the big legs slightly.

  • Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot; add crabs and cook until shells change color and meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer crabs to a plate, reserving oil in the wok.

  • Reduce heat under wok to medium-low and add chile pepper paste; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger. Whisk ketchup, vinegar, and sugar together in a bowl; pour over garlic-ginger mixture and stir until sauce is well mixed.

  • Return crab to sauce in the wok; cook and stir for 3 minutes more, seasoning with salt and pepper. Pour eggs into wok while continuously stirring to create strands in the sauce. Add water if sauce gets too dry. Remove wok from heat and garnish crabs with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; protein 14.5g; carbohydrates 21.1g; fat 10.1g; cholesterol 123.8mg; sodium 364.8mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Oh boy! I'm not 100% certain I prepared this as it was intended but if not my interpretation was excellent too. There are many types of crabs so I'm not sure which kind you are supposed to use here. Blue crab maybe? I don't know? I used the kind available to me and they did not disappoint. The sauce is excellent and I think it would be good with shrimp too. There was just the right amount of sweet heat and tart and then you go adding cilantro and MMMMMMM! Messy yes but 5 stars all the way! Thanks for sharing! Read More