Caribbean Callaloo and Crab


A mouthwatering purée of taro leaves and crab served over rice or as a soup; this callaloo recipe will leave you wanting more. If taro leaves are unavailable, you may substitute two packages of frozen spinach.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 18 taro leaves

  • 12 pods okra, finely chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 4 ounces salted pig's tail (Optional)

  • ½ cup peeled, cubed pumpkin

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 habanero pepper

  • 3 cups coconut milk

  • 4 blue crabs, cleaned and chopped

  • salt to taste

  • 4 green onions, chopped


  1. Clean taro leaves by removing skin from stalks and tip from center rib. Rinse and cut into bite-sized pieces.

  2. Place taro leaves, okra, onion, thyme, garlic, salted pig's tail, pumpkin, water, habanero pepper, and coconut milk into a large pot. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

  3. Add crab to the pot, being careful not to puncture habanero pepper. Cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove habanero; season with salt.

  4. Purée soup using an immersion blender until smooth. You could also purée in small batches using a blender.

  5. Serve over rice; garnish with green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
23g Fat
9g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 548mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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