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Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Crabs in Garlic and Pepper Salt Recipe

(Cua Rang Muoi)

Ingredients : Serves 4


3 tablespoons

1 tablespoon

1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

125 ml

1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

Crabs, about 1.5 kg

Cooking oil, for deep frying

Garlic, finely chopped

Annatto seed oil

Spring onion (scallion), finely chopped

Chicken stock or water



Ground white pepper

Method :
  • Clean crabs. Pull top shells off crabs and remove feathery lungs. Rinse.

  • Pull off triangular-shaped shell on the underside and rinse crab again.

  • Twist off claws and crack. Cut crabs in half.

  • Heat oil in a wok and deep fry crabs over high heat for 10 minutes.

  • Remove and drain well.

  • Leaving 1 tablespoon oil in the wok, stir fry garlic until fragrant then return crabs to wok and stir fry for about 5 minutes.

  • Add remaining ingredients and stir fry for a few more minutes until crabs are well-coated in sauce.

  • Remove from heat and serve.

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