Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Crab In Garlic And Pepper Sauce Recipe

(Cua Ran Muoi)

Ingredients : Serves 4 - 6

6 to 7 (1 1/2 kg)

3 tablespoons

1 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

1/2 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon


125 ml (1/2 cup)

Live crabs, plunged in boiling water to stun them


Chopped garlic

Freshly ground black pepper



Spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced

Water or chicken stock

Method :
  • To clean the crabs. lift up the shell and scoop out the yellow roe. Set aside.

  • Cut off the tip of each leg, but leave the claws and legs attached.

  • With a sharp cleaver, chop the crabs in half lengthways.

  • Heat the oil in a wok over high heat and stir-fry the garlic and pepper until fragrant, about 2 minutes before adding the salt, sugar and spring onions and stir-fry another 2 minutes.

  • Sprinkle in half of the water and stir before covering the wok.

  • Cook another 8 or 10 minutes until the crab legs turn red.

  • Add the rest of the water and stir-fry another 5 minutes more.

  • Remove from the heat and serve.

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