Crab, and its old friends, the Holy Trinity, are a classic combo, and so it was no surprise they worked so well in an Asian-style rice noodle dish – an experiment gone right. Garnish with sliced green onion.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 large portions
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk garlic, ketchup, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin together in a bowl.

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  • Place rice noodles in a large bowl; cover with boiling water and stir with tongs. Let soak for 10 minutes.

  • While noodles soak, heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir celery, jalapenos, and green onions until tender and fragrant, about 10 minutes.

  • Drain noodles and place in the pan; add the sauce and crabmeat. Cook and stir until noodles are coated evenly and everything is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Chef's Notes:

I used pasteurized blue crab, which you can find in most grocery store fish departments.

You can use hot and/or sweet peppers in the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

669 calories; protein 25.2g 50% DV; carbohydrates 105.4g 34% DV; fat 16g 25% DV; cholesterol 62.5mg 21% DV; sodium 1982mg 79% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2018
My wife and I really enjoyed this recipe. I substituted flake style imitation crab meat because my wife is allergic to the real thing. I also cut the cayenne in half and the dish still had a nice heat to it. When I make it again I plan to use diced onion in place of the scallions but still use the chopped scallions for a garnish. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/01/2018
I love Chef John, my favorite recipes are his, i love his videos, and i love 99.9% of his recipes. Unfortunately, this is the .01. A little bourbon after the fact helps. Sorry. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 1 stars
05/01/2018
I love Chef John, my favorite recipes are his, i love his videos, and i love 99.9% of his recipes. Unfortunately, this is the .01. A little bourbon after the fact helps. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2020
If you are a fan of pad thai you will like it! A little too vinegar for me and my hubby. The crab is throughout and the noodles hold well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2018
My wife and I really enjoyed this recipe. I substituted flake style imitation crab meat because my wife is allergic to the real thing. I also cut the cayenne in half and the dish still had a nice heat to it. When I make it again I plan to use diced onion in place of the scallions but still use the chopped scallions for a garnish. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/02/2019
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2020
I used the optional hot sauce. I used sarahcha and it was very spicy. Just the way my husband likes it. Delicious recipe. A keeper! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/22/2020
I give this a 2.5 stars overall. Like many others, I usually find Chef John's recipes to be a sure thing. While it was easy to make, it was sadly a disappointing recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2020
Added chopped fresh cilantro, fresh bean sprouts and lime wedges and it ended up being comparable to a dish we've enjoyed in a real Thai restaurant. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/04/2019
I didn't think the smell or taste was very appetizing and the rice noodles took a long time to cook. I had to speed up the cooking of them by boiling them instead of soaking them in cold water for a few hours and then I hot water like the directions on the package states. This might just not be a type of dish that I'd ever like. This is the first Chef John recipe that I haven't absolutely loved however - the others all aregreat! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2020
I thought it was decent not sure I'd make it again but it wasn't bad and I'm glad I tried it! Read More