Chilli Crab Recipe 🌶️🦀

It is more complicated to eat chilli crab than to cook it. This is an easy recipe. Prepare the chilli paste earlier (take about 30 mins). When you are ready to eat, it only takes 10 minutes to cook.

This is my sister Kirstin’s recipe all compliments or complaints can be directed to her.


You will need:

  • 2 Mud crab or 4 blue swimmer (flower crab or whichever crab you want to eat) (2 mud crab is more than enough for 2 people) Mud Crab is the tastiest crab.

  • 1/2 Kilo of Pippies or Muscles depending on your taste. (or both)

Chilli paste:

For two crabs this is the minimum, depending on how much people like to dip the bread it might double this.

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 4 large hot chillies

  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tsp grated ginger

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 5 tbs fresh tomato puree

  • 2 tbs brown sugar

  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tbs tomato sauce (Kirstin uses this - I leave it out)

  • 2 tbs sweet soy sauce


  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced to garnish

  • Bunch of coriander to garnish

  • Fresh crusty bread (warmed up)


  • This goes well with pasta - mix it in at the end.

  • Pre crack the crabs and cut in half if you want them to soak in the sauce.

  • Prepare crabs by removing the gills, abdomen, gut and mouth, you can get the shop to do that for you.


  1. In a food processor, add everything (Except the crabs and the Pippies!) and blend roughly:

  2. Heat a large pot (or wok) on stove.

  3. Add the blended chill paste and stir for 2 minutes or until fragrant.

  4. Add the crabs and Pippies.

  5. Cook with lid on over a high heat so the steam cooks the crabs, until the crabs have turned orange and are cooked through.

  6. Crabs should be cooked in 5-7 minutes (lower side of this when cut in half and pre cracked).

  7. Garnish with spring onions and coriander.


  1. Dip the bread into the sauce and do not waste any of it!


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